Tradition means a lot here in Buffalo. Tradition binds us together. It makes us feel safe. It brings us comfort. And the Toyota Taste of Country wasn't a tradition we could let slip by, no matter what's happening in the world.

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So on Friday night, June 12th--our original date for the Taste of Country--we hosted some of WNY's greatest country music acts for a special live acoustic performance in honor of the show that we were forced to reschedule.

The first ever Nearly Acoustic Toyota Taste of Country, presented by Evans Bank, went live from the WYRK Performance Stage on the air, and on Facebook Live. Our talented lineup of past and current TOC Risers included Kate Mallen, Fuzzy of Fuzzy and the Rustbelts, and our first-ever TOC Riser and Nashville recording artist Eric Van Houten.

We were then joined on the WYRK airwaves by a special guest after the live shows--Jake Owen! He performed three songs in an exclusive performance from an undisclosed, socially-distanced location.

You can check out a bit of each of our live performers below--what an incredibly talented group.

As a reminder, this event DID NOT REPLACE the full Taste of Country currently scheduled for Friday, September 25th. For all information on that show, please click the button below.