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The Buffalist: Oct 5-11


“Watch the dust start to rise through the air
I don’t know if it ever comes back again
Breathe it in so I never forget where we came from

Don’t put out the fire
It’s been the summer like I wanted but it’s never enough
And although my bones are tired
I won’t change a thing”

  “Wipe Yourself Off Man, You Dead” – Four Year Strong


5.  Sugar City Soul Night @ Milkie’s (Oct 10)

So the Bills just lost and you’re feeling the blues.  Well, you can get yourself a little jolt of soulful energy this Saturday at Milkie’s when some great local DJs will be spinning some of the best Soul records from their extensive collection.  Milkie’s is a Buffalo staple of course, and if you aren’t familiar with Sugar City check them out here.  They have done some phenomenal things for the Buffalo arts community and run one of the most unique music venues in the city.  They’ll be taking $5 “donations” at the bar this Saturday, so I highly recommend you throw them a couple extra bucks for what they do.

4. Four Year Strong @ Waiting Room (Oct 10)

Pop punk can sort of get a bad rap due to the extensive list of corny bands that have showcased the genre on the big stage over the years, but this is not one of those bands.  They’re closer to the Bouncing Souls then they are to Sum 41 in terms of the “pop” punk sound, so don’t be afraid that you’ll have to check your punk cred at the door.  The Waiting Room is a pretty cool venue too so this ought to be a pretty awesome show.  Make sure you get nice and close to the pit and get a little sweaty, that’s all part of the fun. 

3. The Dodos @ Mohawk Place (Oct 8)

Riding high on their well received 2015 album Individ, The Dodos will be bringing their kinetic brand of indie rock to Buffalo’s Mohawk Place this Thursday.  Although beset by tragedy in 2012 with the death of guitarist Christopher Reimer, the band formerly known as “Dodo Bird” has kept moving forward and have built up quite a following over the years.  They have an incredibly fresh and energetic sound that ditches some of the snarkyness of modern indie rock in a great way.  Mohawk Place might be my favorite venue in Buffalo so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out A) why do you choose to live under a rock and B) this is as great an opportunity as any to give it a try.

2.  Carrie: The Musical @ The American Repertory Theater of WNY (Oct 3)

Take advantage of one of your last opportunities to see The American Repertory Theater of WNY‘s production of Carrie: The Musical.  If you haven’t been, the venue location is located at 18 Agassiz Circle (otherwise known as Medaille College).  The reviews have been pretty solid, with the Buffalo News giving it 3.5 out of 4 stars along with plenty of other positive buzz.  The talent is mostly home-grown, with theater veterans Christopher Standart and Michael Hake running the production, directing and musical duties.  The last 2 shows will be this Friday and Saturday so get on over there and check it out while you still can! 

1. Sabres Opening Night Festivities @ First Niagara Center/Harborcenter (Oct 8)

It’s here!  It’s finally here!  We can root for the Sabres again!  If the Giants beating up on the Bills has got you down, you should hopefully be able to get your sports fix with the other Buffalo sports team the Buffalo Sabres.  The great news is that they are looking to finally be pretty good, although anything is better than the hell that has been the last 2 years of Sabres Hockey.   They might not be good enough for the playoffs but they’ll at least be exciting.  They’ve looked pretty good in preseason, with the new savior of Buffalo Jack Eichel scoring a couple beauties.  Even vets like Tyler Ennis have been looking pretty damn good, and that doesn’t even include all the shiny new tools in the form of Ryan O’reilly and Evander Kane.  They’re a little green on defense and the goaltending is very suspect, but like I said we’ve got nowhere to go but up for this team.  Let’s Go Buffalo!

Hot Takes:  Joywave @ The Waiting Room (Oct 9).

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


The Buffalist: Sep 28 – Oct 4


“I always say, if you are homophobic, you better be positive you’re right. Because is it going to blow [that] all these kids are killing themselves, and … that in 20 years … you get to write a book about how wrong you were. They’re dead. So why don’t you have a soul-searching moment now? Go into your house, shut the door, and make sure you’re positive that you’re making kids feel like crap for no good goddamn reason.”

  WTF With Marc Maron -Todd Glass




 5.  Buffalo Beer Week: San Diego Burger and Tap Night @ Allen Burger Venture (Sep 29)i-can-has-cheezburger

Still haven’t been to ABV?  What the hell are you waiting for?  Allen Burger Venture has a bevy of unique burgers and beers with an awesome rock ambiance that keeps snootier types at bay.  With vinyl records on the wall, heavily tattooed bartenders and absurdly delicious burgers on the menu this dive will certainly continue to do very well on the Allen St. strip.  This week they’ll be holding a San Diego Burger and Tap night as a part of Buffalo Beer Week.  San Diego has some of the best beers in the country, and I’m pumped to see what sort of burger concoctions they come up with.  ABV is open M-W 11AM-Midnight, Th-Sat 11AM-2AM.

Owner Mike Shatzel must have big plans for Allen as he also purchased a few other buildings along the street for future projects.  It is a very exciting time for those who enjoy the edgier part of Buffalo that exists on Allen St.


4. Doug Benson @ Helium Comedy Club (Oct 4)

3. Todd Glass @ Helium Comedy Club (Oct 1-3)


What a week for comedy in Buffalo as stoner hero Doug Benson and one of America’s most insightful comedians Todd Glass will be coming to Helium.  Just watch the above video and you’ll get a great taste of what to expect from both comedians.  Both are podcast staples, with Benson running the always hilarious Doug Loves Movies  and Glass putting out The Todd Glass Show.  Todd Glass was also on one of my favorite podcast episodes ever, where he comes out as gay on WTF with Marc Maron and gives a lot of insight into what his experience has been like and reflections on life and society.  Benson will be here Sunday after the Bills game and Glass will be here from Thursday to Saturday, so don’t miss them.


2.  Allentown Fall Festival @ Allen St (Oct 3)


Allen St. will be closed off and filled with musicians, vendors, an artisan market and fun activities for children as the Allentown Art Festival kicks off for the second straight year.  The event starts at 11 and goes to around 7 with the band PA Line closing things out.  In addition to the festivities, there is a casual 25 mile bike ride to the Olmstead parks throughout the city that starts at 9 AM (sign up is here).  If you have never been on one of these rides I highly recommend it.  Buffalo is a great city to see on a bike and the weather looks to be pretty decent still.  Once you are done over there, you can just hop back on your bike and head over to…. 

1. Buffalo Porchfest (Oct 3)


 Ah yes my favorite event of the year.  If you haven’t been before, Porchfest is an absolute blast.  The premise is simple- a dozen or so residents in the West Side open up their porches and lawns to musicians and spectators and Buffalo Police look the other way when it comes to drinking in public.  Get your bike out of the garage one last time and spend the day going from site to site checking out some of the best music Buffalo has to offer.  For my money (okay it’s all free) I’ll be hanging out around the corner of Elmwood and Lafayette where the bands usually end up going the latest and the party seems to be the wildest.  Keep your eyes open for the official schedule later this week, I’ll post it on the Facebook page when it comes out. 

Other notable Events:  Cages @ Sugar City (Oct 2), Apocalypse of the Undead @ Central Terminal (Oct 3).

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


The Buffalist: Sep 14-20


“I have loved
But I’ve lost all that they gave me
They all try to save me
But I’m seeing this thing through
And these feelings of remorse
They leave me no recourse
So I pour another glass
Fail again and again

But as long as there is whiskey in the world
We can drink away the heartache
We can drink away the girls
Oh we long to love but we never touch
As long as there is whiskey in the world”

“As Long as Their is Whiskey in the World” Good Morning, Magpie

-Murder by Death


5.  Trail Running Film Festival @ Screening Room Cinema Cafe (Sep 10)

Kicking off the 30 city North American tour, Buffalo is the FIRST city in the country to view these adventurous films. Watch daredevils conquer treacherous trails, battling climates and terrain that most of us have never faced. These films will have you sitting on the edge of your seats, leaving you feeling as though you could overcome anything you encounter. They will have beer from Southern Tier Brewing Company for you to sip on as you are taken on a virtual run through forests, up mountains, beyond emotional obstacles and across the finish line.  All proceeds from this event will benefit Erie County Parks and help maintain the great trails we utilize and love!  (by Brian Stewart)

4. Of Montreal @ Babeville  (Sep 14) 

The eclectic rock group Of Montreal will be at Ani Difranco’s Babeville and tickets are still available for now.  Starting off as a member of the Elephant 6 music collective out of Athens, GA (famed for the legendary Neutral Milk Hotel who played Babeville this winter), Of Montreal’s musical output has included everything from electronica to folk to punk to jazz to funk.  I imagine there are a few more that I missed.  More than anything else, they’re quirky and a whole lot of fun.  Their outstanding 13th (13th!) album Aureate Gloom is a trip back to 70’s era CBGB where glam and punk reigned supreme, so that should make for a great live show.  The beautiful and great-sounding Babeville is perfect for a band like this.

3. Jim Breuer @ Helium Comedy Club  (Sep 15-16)

Comedian Jim Breuer comes to Helium Comedy Club this week so blow the dust off your old copy of Half Baked and get caught up with an old friend.  The SNL vet has been around for a long time, and his comedy certainly reflects the growth and wisdom that comes along with that.  But at heart he’s still the same fun stoner-dude that you’d love to grab a beer with.  He also was a part of one of my favorite Marc Maron’s best podcast episodes, revealing to him the backround machinations of why Maron was passed over for Weekend Update gig.  Check him out this week, he’s one of the safest bets you’ll ever make to laugh your ass off and have a great time.

2. The Avett Brothers @ Artpark (Sep 19)

Bluegrass and Americana have seen massive renaissances of sorts in the last decade or so, and a portion of that is attributable to The Avett Brothers.  Their 8 studio albums have been mostly fantastic and their live shows are a wildly fun time.  Seth and Scott Avett’s sound has softened a bit over the years since teaming up with Rick Rubin, but their live shows are still a raucous affair.  There are few bands out there who can vacillate so deftly between soulfull ballads and foot-stomping crowd pleasers so expect to be doing a lot of dancing while they rock the stage.  Artpark can be a hell of a party with the right band, so this ought to be a real fun night of revelry.


1.  Murder by Death @  The Waiting Room (Sep 16)

 Murder by Death’s Good Morning, Magpie will always have a special place in my heart.  A few years back I spent a little time under-the-weather when I lived in Alaska, and this album was the soundtrack to that winter.  Singer Adam Turla and cellist Sarah Balliet warmed my cabin while lightly sipped bourbon and gazed out out at the cold, snowy woods surrounding me.  I wore that record out- it actually had the same place where it skipped every single time during the same song.  I just popped it up on my computer and I immediately recognized the spot, half expecting it to happen again.  As you can guess, I highly recommend going to see this band.  They are a tremendous live act, and I have yet to find a person who doesn’t like them when introduced.  I know the name suggests a harsher sound, but they have a beautifully velvety sound that goes down like an expensive glass of whiskey.  I’ll be there this Wednesday at The Waiting Room to see them, and you should be too.


Hot Takes:  BPO Opening Night Gala: Lang-Lang Returns: Kleinhans (Sep 16), Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure @ North Park Theatre (Sep 19)

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


The Buffalist: Sep 7-13


“Flat top intervention
Bringing home a new invention
See it there in pieces on the ground
A television war between the cynics and the saints
Flip the dial and that’s whose side you’re on
Sleeping on the White House lawn ain’t never changed a thing
Look at all the washed out Hippie dreams”

“Flat Top” Boy Named Goo

-The Goo Goo Dolls


5.  Hank & Cupcakes/ Scajaquada Creeps/ Bryan Johnson and Family @ Nietzsche’s (Sep 10)


Coming all the way from Tel Aviv, Israel, Hank & Cupcakes will be lighting up Nietzche’s with their funky synthpop this Thursday night.  The duo, consisting of Sagit Shir and Ariel Scherbacovsky, met while in the Israeli Army (service is mandatory there) and were married a half a decade later.  Spending much of the 2000’s in New York City, they sharpened their musical abilities playing 3-4 concerts a week all over Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  No doubt they are going to rock Nietzche’s hard, but don’t sleep on the Scajaquada Creeps and Bryan Johnson and Family.  They are two outstanding local acts that you won’t want to miss. 

4. Buffalo Pink Dress Run @ D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub (Sep 12) 

Pink Run

Having raised over 37,000 for breast cancer research, 7th annual Pink Dress Run will be kicking off this week from D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub this Saturday and it ought to be a ridiculously fun time.  Participants are expected to of course where a pink dress, but feel free to get crazy and really get dolled up with a wig and makeup if you’re brave.  The race registration is at D’Arcy McGee’s from 930-10am (or here online), with the race kicking off at 10am and costing 30 bucks if you haven’t bought a ticket already.  All proceeds go to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, so the money will certainly be used for a great cause.  It’s fun and thoughtful events like this that make Buffalo a great place to live, so get out there and support if you’re around! 

3. Edgefest @ Outer Harbor  (Sep 12)

God damn this year’s Edgefest has a hell of a lineup.  Artvoice’s Jeffrey Czum already did a phenomenal write-up on this event so I’ll just send you his way.

2. The Buffalo Bills Home Opener @ Ralph Wilson Stadium (Sep 4)

It’s finally that time of year where Bills fans get to convince themselves that maybe, just maybe, this will be the year where we finally making the playoffs.  We know we’ll have those hopes expertly dashed by early November, but there is nothing like the excitement of the fresh beginning of a Bills football season.  The difference is, this year they might actually be pretty good.  I know, we’ve heard this before.  Every year for last 16 years we’ve heard it actually, and the team hasn’t made the playoffs each time.  The defense is stout and might be a top 3 unit in the league, so no problems there.  It’s really going to come down to new starting QB Tyrod Taylor and whether he can keep the offense moving forward.  He certainly has the talent around him to be successful, so we’ll see.  Call me cautiously optimistic.  Okay, I’m a homer… I’m really goddamn excited.  Hey ay AY ay!

1.  Music is Art Festival ft. Goo Goo Dolls @ Delaware Park (Sep 12)


As you can tell there is a lot going on this Saturday, what with everyone trying to get their last bit of summer in before jack frost comes back to town to drop a billion tons of snow on us.  If you aren’t feeling up for Edgefest or don’t want to fork over the cash, head down to Delaware Park for the 13th Annual Music is Art Festival.  With over 100 bands on 6 stages, you can look forward to a full day of a FREE good time.  Oh yeah, and Buffalo legends The Goo Goo Dolls will be playing.  A Boy Named Goo is one of my favorite albums of all time, and if you are a Buffalonian it should be for you too.  Go listen to it right now and let the nostalgia for the ’90s flow through you.  For a full list of events and things to do, check here and you can even download the official app!  See you there!  

Hot Takes:  Swervedriver @ The Waiting Room (Sep 8), Tinsley Ellis @ The Waiting Room (Sep 11), Sophistafunk @ Iron Works (Sep 10)

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


The Buffalist: Aug 31 – Sep 6


M. Gustave: I’m not angry with Serge. You can’t blame someone for their basic lack of moral fiber. He’s a frightened, little, yellow-bellied coward. It’s not his fault, is it?

Zero: I don’t know. It depends.

M. Gustave: Well, you can say that about most anything, “it depends”. Of course, it depends.

The Grand Budapest Hotel -Wes Anderson



5.  Ratatat @ The Rapids Theatre (Sep 3)

I know it’s a bit out of Buffalo, but if you have even a passing interest in electronic music you should check out Ratatat at the Rapids Theatre.  With 5 studio albums under their belt (including 2015’s well received Magnifique), Evan Mast and Mike Stroud are not afraid to push their music in interesting directions.  Deftly toeing the line at times between a little bit of punk and a bit of hip hop as well as their raison dêtre experimental electronica, Ratatat is basically perfect music for cruising through the city on a hot day.  They also have a pretty damn good and weird sense of humor.  Give them a listen and it’s hard to not be hooked.

4. BFLO Harbor Kayak @ Canalside 

Contrary to what the national media of hucksters looking for an easy laugh at our expense say, Buffalo has a summer that extends well into September.  There are still plenty of opportunities to get out and go on summer adventures.  If you haven’t had a chance yet, the best way to explore the historic Buffalo River and the Canalside Harbor is via kayak.  If you do not have your own kayak, I recommend checking out BFLO Harbor Kayak to get hooked up for your trip.  They aren’t cheap really at 20 bucks an hour, but if you have the scratch then it is absolutely worth it.  You can also do kayak tours by appointment which I bet is a blast as well.  Enjoy the summer while you can!

3. Tuesday Night Flicks ft. Grand Budapest Hotel @ Canalside (Sep 1)

Considered by some to be Wes Anderson’s finest work, The Grand Budapest Hotel is certainly his most adult-oriented feature.  It’s particularly violent, especially for a Wes Anderson movie.  It also has the most “colorful” language of his movies as well.  The Grand Budapest Hotel however is at times one of his funniest and heartfelt movies and one of my personal favorites (they are all pretty damn good).  Canalside Tuesday Night Flicks (click that link and see how packed and fun it looks) is a fantastic way to enjoy a great movie in our harbor with your fellow Buffalonians, but make sure to get down there early to snag an Adirondack chair in time for the 8:30 PM show.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll be starting at Food Truck Tuesday at Larkin first and then heading over to Canalside in time for the show.  That’s a damn great night if you ask me.    

2. The Albrights @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Sep 4)

As a part of the excellent M&T Bank-sponsored Free Fridays, Buffalo favorites The Albrights will fittingly be playing the Albright-Knox Art Gallery this week. The show is $5, or free for Albright Knox members. Admission to the gallery is free from 10am to 10pm, while the band goes on at 8:30. It is a phenomenal opportunity to check out the gallery if you have not done so already and a just-as-great opportunity to check back in if you haven’t been in a while. Check it out!

1.  Visit the Darwin Martin House


In case you didn’t know, we happen to have one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest architectural achievements right here in Buffalo.  Don’t know who Frank Lloyd Wright is?  Put Law and Order: SVU on mute for a second and read.  Just kidding, I know you’re busy. In fact, this place had been all but abandoned until the early 90’s when restoration began in earnest, so you really can’t be blamed for not knowing much about it since the City of Buffalo ignored it for decades.    

This needs to be a destination in your regular rotation for when people come in from out of town.  It was good enough for Mick Jagger, so it ought to be good enough for your relatives flying in from Ft. Lauderdale.  Get off your butts and show them why Buffalo is one of the most unique architectural destinations in the country.  Bonus points for being able to talk smartly about educated topics about Buffalo when out of town and someone talks smack about our city.  Check the tour schedule here and enjoy one of the best treasures Buffalo has to offer.


Hot Takes:  Gangstagrass @ Buffalo Ironworks (Sep 5), Summer Beach Party @ Buffalo Riverworks (Sep 6), Slyfest @ Griffis Sculpture Park (Sep 5), Steve-O @ Helium Comedy Club (Sep 3-6).

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


The Buffalist: Aug 24-30


“First of all, we must internalize the ‘flatulation’ of the matter by transmitting the effervescence of the ‘Indianisian’ proximity in order to further segregate the crux of my venereal infection. Now, if I may retain my liquids here for one moment. I’d like to continue the ‘redundance’ of my quote, unquote ‘intestinal tract’, you see because to preclude on the issue of world domination would only circumvent – excuse me, circumcise the revelation that reflects the ‘Afro-disiatic’ symptoms which now perpetrates the Jheri Curis activation. Allow me to expose my colon once again. The ramification inflicted on the incision placed within the Fallopian cavities serves to be holistic taken from the Latin word ‘jalapeno’.”
— Oswald Bates (Damon Wayans), In Living Color season 1 ep 3

Hey I’ve been pretty busy this weekend so these are going to be some quick hits, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great things to do this week!

 5.  Blackalicious @ The Waiting Room (Aug 29)

The incredibly talented alt-rapper Blackalicious will be bringing his positive brand of frantic hip hop to the Waiting Room on Saturday and if you haven’t seen them before, check the above video and you’ll see why they are so popular.  Formed in the early 90’s in California, founding members Gift of Gab and Xcel didn’t hit it big until the 2000 when their first full length Nia won them critical acclaim.  Their newest LP Imani Vol. 1 drops Sep 18th so get to the Waiting Room and hear their new hits before everyone else.

4. Campus Wheelworks Season Finale (Aug 25)

Buffalo has quietly (and sometimes very loudly) become a superb cycling community.  There are a bunch of weekly and annual rides throughout the city (including the previously recommended Slow Roll which had a record over 1000 riders last week!  Congrats!) over the spring and summer, but this particular weekly ride kicks off every Tuesday at 6.  There are multiple skill groups and distances so you don’t need to be a ‘roided up Lance Armstrong in a 6000 dollar bike to enjoy it.  You can do the easy group that does around 10 miles and gets ice cream, the medium group that does 20 miles or the advanced group that does 30 miles.  They do not recommend the hard group for anyone who does not have previous group riding experience, however.  The clan goes all over the city and uses different routes every time, going everywhere from the Central Terminal to the Basilica in South Buffalo to Elicott Creek.  I’ll be there struggling through the middle group, so come join it is a ton of fun and a great workout.  This week is the season finale, and will end with a big party at Resurgence!  See you out there and bring a helmet!

3. Best of Buffalo – 48 Hour Film Project Screening @ Buffalo Ironworks (Aug 30)


The 48 Hour Film Project is an international film competition that takes place all over the world, with over 900 events having taken place since founders Mike Ruppert and Liz Langston started in 1991.  The premise is relatively simple: can someone make a watchable movie with only 48 hours to work on it?  30,000 films later, their answer of course would be yes.  Check out Buffalo’s contribution to this on Sunday at 7 PM and see the best area film makers have to offer!  Details can be found here for the event and admission is only 10 bucks so the event will sell out fast.  The venue, Buffalo Ironworks, is a quick skip over from Canalside to the Cobblestone district so you can really make a nice evening out of it.

2.  Damon Wayans @ Helium Comedy Club (Aug 27-30) 

It’s Damon Wayans.  You know who he is.  In Living Color was a long time ago (for those who are too young, this is also where Jim Carrey got his comedy wings), but he still is as funny as he’s ever been.  His comedy has evolved in a Louis CK kind of way, which of course is a good thing.  Check him out at Helium this week.

1.  Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts (Aug 29-30)

Festival season may be winding down, but Buffalo has been saving one of its best for last.  The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts will be lighting up the West Side with over 170 vendors, over 50 performances and plenty of food and booze.  The event will take place from West Ferry to St. James Place from 10-6pm Saturday and Sunday, with an after hours concert at 6:15 on Saturday at the St. James Place stage.  Close out August strong with this can’t-miss event!

Hot Takes:  Aircraft Album Release Party @ Sugar City (Aug 29), Shark Girl’s Birthday (Aug 26)

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


The Buffalist: Aug 17-23


“Life goes by so fast
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!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


The Buffalist: Aug 10-16



“We know where we’re going / But we don’t know where we’ve been / And we know what we’re knowing / But we can’t say what we’ve seen / And we’re not little children / And we know what we want / And the future is certain / Give us time to work it out.”

  “Road to Nowhere” -Talking Heads






5.  They Kill Things @ Silo City (Aug 13)


Torn Space Theater will be presenting They Kill Things at Silo City this Friday and it is looking to be a very unique and exciting event.  Not only is this the first opportunity to see the guts of the Perot and Malt House grain elevators, but also you will be able to enjoy and support some tremendous local theater.  For the un-initiated, Torn Space Theater is a collaborative collective of local artists working together to create “original, aesthetically innovative performances” and to “introduce internationally-renowned, contemporary drama to Western New York.”  According to the Facebook page, they will “transform Silo City into an epic landscape, focusing on a secluded society celebrating the summer harvest as they prepare for the arrival of a visitor.”  Sounds like some sort of uniquely Buffalo Children of the Corn scenario to me.  Gen Admission tickets are 20 bucks and VIP tickets are 50 and can be purchased here.  

4. Keb’ Mo’ @ Asbury Hall (Aug 13)

Keb’ Mo’ (AKA Kevin Roosevelt Moore) will be bringing his modern take on the “Delta Blues” to Asbury Hall and if you are the kind of person who enjoys Robert Johnson (he actually played him in a documentary) or Muddy Waters you ought to enjoy this show.  Hailing from Compton, CA but residing in Nashville, TN, Keb’ Mo’ expertly combines modern blues with its old-fashioned country cousin.  Give the above video a listen and if you close your eyes you’ll swear it was recorded long ago.  Not only is Keb’ Mo’ an accomplished musician (he has 3 Grammys to prove it), but he also is very involved in political activism.  He is an active member of the No Nukes Group and has performed and recorded several songs for charity.  Asbury Hall is one of the best sounding venues in Buffalo so I expect this is an event you won’t want to miss.

3. Mac Demarco @ The Tralf (Aug 16)

The sometimes distantly bizarre and sometimes deeply emotional (yet always interesting) Mac Demarco will be playing The Tralf this Sunday.  He just dropped his fourth album Another One last week and it is a fascinating listen that ought to be making some waves on end of the year top album lists in a few months.  If you’ve never heard of the guy and think he just popped up out of nowhere you’d be right.  The Edmonton native picked up and moved to Vancouver after High School and pretty much consistently has gained more notoriety since then.  His first album Heat Wave had a small release under the weird monicker Makeout Videotape and sold out faster than they could make them.  In 2012 he made the change from Makeout Videotape to his own name but continued to make infectiously relaxed and often strange music.  Give his new album a listen as I’m sure of course that he’s going to be playing a lot of it at the show.

2.  Authority Zero @ Town Ballroom (Aug 11)

Although formed in 1994, Authority Zero didn’t record its first full length album until 2002’s A Passage in Time.  That makes them technically a 90’s California punk band and if you know anything about that style of music, then you know what to expect.  Best listened to while skateboarding or a dank basement with empty Jolt Cola cans all over, Authority Zero’s sound embodies a specific time and place in the history of punk music when bands like Rancid, Blink 182, NOFX, Offspring and Green Day reigned supreme.  I know, older folks may cringe at the notion that 90’s melodic pop punk bands have joined the likes of Black Flag and the New York Dolls in the annals of punk legend.  But let’s face it, Authority Zero began in 1994- over 20 years ago- and Green Day was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Get in touch with your 90’s angsty teenage self and check this show out, I’m sure it’ll be a blast.   

1.  Screen Play: Life in an Animated World @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery (All Week)


Tabor Robak (American, born 1986). A*, 2014. Fourteen-channel HD video with real-time 3D, edition AP 1/edition of 3 and 2 APs. Running time: 9 minutes, 46 seconds. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange, 2015. Photograph courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.).

Tabor Robak (American, born 1986). A*, 2014. Fourteen-channel HD video with real-time 3D, edition AP 1/edition of 3 and 2 APs. Running time: 9 minutes, 46 seconds. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange, 2015. Photograph courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.).

  It’s the dog days of hot summer so what better time to check in at the air conditioned Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Although there is no bad time to visit this jewel of Buffalo, they are currently (until Sept 13th) displaying an exciting exhibit about animation and digital art.  Since they are professionals and can explain it much more eloquently than an amateur like me, an excerpt from their website says: “Animation permeates twenty-first century culture; from movies and television to videogames and advertising, it fills virtually all of the screens ubiquitous in contemporary life. Screen Play: Life in an Animated World is the first exhibition devoted exclusively to examining the work of contemporary artists who use the techniques, technologies, and tropes of animation as tools in their practices.”  Everyone should put this place (along with the Darwin Martin House and Canalside) on their must do list when giving out-of-towners a tour of the city.  I’d be willing to be they have no idea Buffalo has a treasure like this.   

Other notable Events:  You, Me and Everyone We Know @ Waiting Room (Aug 13), G-Nome Project & Sonder @ Buffalo Ironworks (Aug 11)

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

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