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Peter Case @ the Sportsmens Tavern Wednesday

Singer/songwriter and native of Buffalo, Peter Case, is an immortal. After two decades of songwriting the 57 year old from Hamburg has kicked it into overdrive, releasing two albums since the begining of the 2010 as well as starring in a documentary about his own life called Troubador Blues. “Is there a place in our fast-moving, hyper-informational mess of a culture for the traveling singer-songwriter?” This is one of the questions asked in Troubador Blues, which will debut this Friday (Oct 14) at the Buffalo International Film Festival with Case and Director Tom Weber in attendance. “It’s nothing like making an album,” Case said as the subject of the film, which was shot over the course of eight years. “You change as a person over that much time,” he said. Case is a workhorse. After taking some time off to recover from major heart releated surgery that almost killed him, he bounced back to release two albums within a year; 2010’s Wig, a rowdy and celebratory 11 track album, followed by this year’s Case Files. “These are songs that fell through the cracks,” Case said of Case Files, which he went on to describe as an “archival album,” full of Bob Dylan-like politico-folk tracks that range from near rap to full on rock, including a western-blues cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Good Times, Bad Times.” Case breathes new life into these tracks, that he once considered lost, from throughout his 25 year career. This Wednesday (Oct 12, TOMORROW) the three time Grammy Nominee returns to the Sportsmen’s Tavern, as part of a 100 date, coast to coast tour. “It’s different coming back to Buffalo now, but I still feel that strong emotinal connection with this place” Case said. He’ll get together with a couple of old pals—Jim Whitford, Mark Winsick, and Rob Lynch—to play as a full band and hopefully top last summer’s wild, sold out set. Dee Adams, Mark Norris, and Dave Ruch will open the show with a tribute set of Case songs as part of The Good Neighborhood’s Tributaries series benefiting Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. —cory perla

7pm. Sportsmens Tavern, 326 Amherst St. (www.sportsmenstavern.com). $15.

Check out some live footage of Case in the video below


Photos from OAR’s performance at Artpark

OAR

August 3rd, Artpark

The gloomy weather and chance of showers didn’t keep many from opting out of the OAR show last night. There was little breathing room between the thousands of fans who made their way to Artpark to watch OAR jam—music so reminiscent of many folks’ college days. And to everyone’s luck, the weather held up throughout the night.  Special props to the trumpet and saxophone players who joined OAR.  The set was even more fantastic than most fans expected! —emilie hagen

Photos by Neil Kryszak


Best of Buffalo Winners 2011

Well Buffalo, you voted and here are the results. There is a lot of Buffalove to spread around, but the Best of Buffalo winners are the creme de la creme. Special thanks goes out to all of our volunteers, donors, and local businesses who came to the Best of Buffalo 2011 party last night. You made it a great evening. Congratulations to all our winners.

 

 

 

DINING

BEST BAGEL
Bagel Jay’s

BEST BAR FOOD
Cole’s

BEST BBQ
Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

BEST BEEF ON WECK
Charlie the Butcher

BEST BRUNCH
Betty’s Restaurant

BEST BURGER
Grover’s Bar & Grill

BEST CHEAP EATS
Mighty Taco

BEST CHINESE
Red Pepper Cafe

BEST COFFEE
Spot Coffee

BEST DELI
Joe’s Deli

BEST DESSERT
Dessert Deli

BEST DINER
Lake Effect Diner

BEST FISH FRY
Papa Jake’s saloon

BEST FRENCH
Rue Franklin

BEST SUB, BEST FRENCH FRIES, BEST 2AM EATS
Jim’s Steakout

BEST GERMAN
Ulrich’s Tavern

BEST GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN
Pano’s

BEST HOT DOG
Ted’s Jumbo Red Hots

BEST ICE CREAM
Anderson’s Frozen Custard

BEST INDIAN
India Gate

BEST ITALIAN
Chef’s Restaurant

BEST LATINO
Niagara Cafe

BEST MEXICAN/TEX-MEX
Gramma Mora’s

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN
Falafel Bar

BEST NEW RESTAURANT, BEST BEER ON TAP, BEST NEW BAR
Blue Monk

BEST PATIO
Cozumel

BEST PIZZA, BEST TAKEOUT/DELIVERY
La Nova

BEST POLISH
Polish Villa

BEST SALAD, BEST SOUP
Globe Market

BEST SAUSAGE
Spar’s European Sausage Shop

BEST SEAFOOD
Seabar

BEST SOUL FOOD
Gigi’s Restaurant

BEST STEAK
Buffalo Chophouse

BEST STREET FOOD
Lloyd’s Taco Truck

BEST SUSHI
Kuni’s

BEST THAI/VIETNAMESE
Saigon Cafe

BEST VEGETARIAN
Merge

BEST WINGS
Duff’s Famous Wings

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