You only want to do what you think is right.
Close your eyes and then it’s past;
Story of my life”
“Story of My Life” -Social Distortion
5. Go to a damn Buffalo Bisons game (Aug 21-23)
(Still one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen)
Bisons games are a great cost-effective way to have a good time. I know, I know. Baseball isn’t for everyone. Sometimes it can be downright boring. If you are a baseball fan, this is just a reminder that we have great AAA baseball being played right here in our own city and Friday is Zombie Night/Friday Night Bash. If you aren’t a baseball fan, I have good news. We have a great AAA baseball team playing right here in our own city and you can get pretty hammered on the cheap there- transforming baseball into an edge of your seat spectacle. Once you get inside, head up to Pettibones Grill where you can enjoy some relatively inexpensive drinks (not like Bills or Sabres games) and sit on the balcony to watch the game. I went a few weeks ago on a beautiful Friday night and it was an absolute blast. There aren’t many places left where you get 3+ hours of entertainment for 15 bucks, so get out and enjoy the summer tradition of Bisons baseball. Seriously, when’s the last time you’ve been?
4. Party on the Portico @ The Buffalo History Museum (Aug 21)
The Buffalo History Museum will be hosting the 10th annual Party on the Portico this Friday. The event features booze, door prizes, free appetizers, music (The Rockaz) and of course Buffalo history-related things to do. There will be free 15 minute tours of the museum as well as the majestic views of Hoyt Lake and the surroundings to enjoy. Plus, you can nerd out with other history buffs while drinking at a damn history museum. Tickets are 5 bucks for members and 10 bucks for the rest.
3. Brian Posehn @ Helium Comedy Club (Aug 20-22)
Comedy veteran Brian Posehn is coming to Buffalo this week and I highly recommend checking him out. An original cast member and writer for the legendary Mr. Show with Bob and David, (did you know there are new episodes coming to Netflix??) Brian has gone on to play parts in dozens of TV shows and movies as well as releasing 3 comedy albums. He was even in a Seinfeld episode, the one where Kramer acts like he has gonorrhea so medical students can determine his illness (okay he doesn’t play a big part in that but any excuse to watch a Seinfeld clip is a great thing). He’s a true nerd comedy hero- if jokes about Star Wars and metal music are your thing, don’t miss this show.
2. 7 Seconds @ Mohawk Place (Aug 21)
I have been waiting a long time for this one. Hardcore punk legends 7 Seconds will be playing Mohawk Place on Friday and holy shit I can’t believe I’m saying that. One of the most influential punk bands of all time, 7 Seconds has been slaying faces with their positive brand of hardcore since 1980 (wikipedia says they actually coined the phrase “hardcore” calling themselves “hardcore new wave”). I know the term “straight edge” gets a bad wrap, but back in the early 80’s bands like 7 Seconds and Minor Threat were deeply dedicated to living a mostly Spartan lifestyle that avoided drugs and alcohol to encourage youth to stay focused on making the world a better place. That positivity bleeds through in the music, with singer Kevin Seconds belting out lyrics about unity and nonviolence. The opportunity to see one of the most influential punk rock bands of all time at an intimate venue like Mohawk Place has me absolutely psyched. Get your tickets soon as I guarantee there will be no tickets available at the door.
1. Social Distortion @ Town Ballroom (Aug 18)
Few things could have me more pumped than seeing 7 Seconds, but this is one of those things. I feel like I’ve been throwing the term “legend” around a lot for events this week, but man, Social Distortion is another seriously legendary act. Formed in 1978 in California, “Social D” has put together an incredibly impressive career. Punk/Rockabilly icon Mike Ness has come to exemplify the entire genres in a lot of respects, with his gravelly voice that combines the world weariness of Johnny Cash and the visceral immediacy of Sid Vicious. They’ve released 7 full length albums, including the essential Mommy’s Little Monster and their self titled 3rd album that features “Ball and Chain” and the above “Story of My Life.” They are also emblazoned in punk history as being a part of the fascinating rock documentary Another State of Mind that features a young and precocious Social Distortion and LA’s Youth Brigade on their first tour. I saw Social D last year at a festival and they were basically tiny little Lego people at the end of a sea of thousands of people, so the chance to see them at Town Ballroom is pretty exciting. It is currently sold out, so keep checking craigslist for updates. That’s where I was able to get my ticket. Good luck and see you there!
Other notable Events: Rumble in the Belt @ Mohawk Place (Aug 22), Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Artpark (Aug 18), The Tins @ Bidwell Park (Aug 18)
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!