For indie music fans, Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle concert at Canalside is not only the biggest event of the weekend, but it's likely one of the highlights of the summer.
But, if you don't already have a ticket, then you're probably not going to get one. The show is sold out -- 12,000 tickets have been purchased -- and the eight StubHub tickets remaining range from three to four times the original ticket price. You can feel like you're already there by immersing yourself in Michael Farrell's preview, replete with a Spotify playlist!
Also, here's the musical lineup, if you're curious:
1:45pm – Music starts
10:45 p.m. -- Show must end
Buffalo Iron Works hosts the after party -- featuring MORE music from Cheerleader and I Am Dynamite -- but it requires your Kerfuffle ticket stub to get in. Those things are so easy to lose!
Now that we got all that kerfuffle out of the way (had to), here's the rest of The 10:
1) Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday on Sweeney, Niagara and Renaissance Bridge in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda (see the festival map). It's free to get in.
Commentary: We can appreciate when non-music based festivals show a little thought in whom they book, and with local country band West of the Mark on Friday, CODA (Led Zeppelin cover band) Saturday and 24K Diamond Band with Denzell Ward -- a tribute to the late Lance Diamond -- on Sunday, Canal Fest should please your ears as you wait in line across the river for souvlaki. Fireworks will explode over the Erie Canal at dusk on Sunday (and Jason Pierre-Paul will be a safe distance away.)
2) Buffalo Infringement Festival, all weekend, essentially 24/7. Schedules for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The festival runs through Aug. 2, is held primarily in Allentown and most activities are free.
Commentary: The annual Infringement Festival wants nothing to do with normalcy. In fact, "weird" and "edgy" are central to this art and culture grassroots project. Colin Dabkowski gives you an idea of the scale in his Infringement preview -- 94 venues, over 400 participating artists -- and then breaks down his top five events daily. Read his "Infringe-y" selections for Friday, and now for Saturday, and continue to keep your eyes peeled on Buffalo.com for considerable future infringing.
3) Buffalo Garden Walk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at various locations around Buffalo. You can pick up a map for free from Evergreen Health Services (206 S. Elmwood Ave.), Buffalo Seminary school (205 Bidwell Parkway) and Richmond-Summer Senior Center (corner of Richmond and Summer.)
Commentary: I told myself before writing this that I'd try to spell chrysanthemum without looking. So that's my attempt right there. For me, the cool part of Garden Walk is its self-guided nature -- go at your own pace, stare at hostas until they stare back at you and wonder aloud how these pleasant urban folk have so much time and energy to devote to their landscaping. This News photo gallery will get you pumped up.4) Dog-e-Style Hot Dog Day in Buffalo, 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Dog-e-Style (128 Genesee St.). The hot-dog eating contest begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Commentary: The deadline has passed to enter the eating contest, but you can still hang out with the Bud Light Girls, the Shock Top Car (cars love to be hung out with) and enjoy liquor samples from Empire. Also, who doesn't enjoy watching hungry competitors slam hot dogs? It's becoming a national tradition. Perhaps the next Matt Stonie -- who dethroned the nine-time reigning champion at Nathan's Famous -- will come from this 50-person challenge.
As you might expect from a Termini-an event, the stakes are high: the eating contest winner gets a three-year lease for a Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo 2015 smart car, the runner-up bags a year of free hot dogs from Dog-e-Style, while third-place takes home a very nice piece of furniture. [The official National Hot Dog Day was Thursday, but we guess it's OK for Dog-e-Style to stretch the rules.]
5) Queen City Jazz Festival, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Colored Musicians Club (145 Broadway St.). You can attend for free, but donations to the Colored Musicians Club are encouraged.
Commentary: Three stages with ample live jazz music recognize the 80th anniversary of the Colored Musicians Club and one decade of Queen City Jazz Festival celebrations. Toney Rhodes and Gruvology are enticing bands scheduled for the evening at the outdoor stage. There's also the Masten Jazz Festival on the lawn of the Buffalo Museum of Science on Sunday, as well as The Buffalo News' Summer Jazz Series at 2 p.m. Sunday featuring Mike Costley. That's A LOT of jazz for one weekend.
6) "Twelfth Night" at Shakespeare in the Park, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday behind the rose garden in Delaware Park. Free to attend. Shows run Tuesdays through Sundays, ending Aug. 16.
Commentary: He's not exactly a magician, but Colin Dabkowski explains how this Shakespearean play takes both a conservative and progressive approach to gender roles. An all-male cast thrust into a classic love triangle should give you a vague idea of what to expect. If you attend, be sure to use the term "gender-bender" when talking to your friends. Still not thrilled with the person who decided there should be an "f" in "twelfth."
7) Niagara USA Wine Festival, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Academy Park (841 Center St., Lewiston). Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. [Note: The Niagara USA Wine Festival is different than the Niagara Wine Festival, which runs in September in Canada.]
Commentary: On a Niagara Wine Trail tour, you go to the wineries. At the Niagara USA Wine Festival, the wineries come to you. (Well, not exactly. You shouldn't expect them to invade your backyard.) Here's the list of wineries that will have a representative (and wine!) at this weekend's festival, and fittingly, Nashville band The Red Wine Effect will wile away Saturday afternoon.
7.5) LeSean McCoy's private party, 10 p.m. - "until," which is not a time, Shady, on Sunday at private location. Females only. Must sign confidentiality clause and RSVP individually and post your picture.
Commentary: Judging by their recent actions, Buffalo sports teams really wanted to make life easy for identical twins Randy and Jason Sklar. Bills assistant Aaron Kromer was placed on paid leave for beating up a kid, Sabres signing Ryan O'Reilly crashed, under the influence, into a Tim Hortons, and now LeSean McCoy is throwing parties using the Bills logo without permission. With no shortage of material, expect the Sklar Brothers to kill it. [Read their interview with Mark Ciemcioch]
9) Buffalo Fooz-n-Brewz, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Flying Bison Brewing Co. (840 Seneca St.). $20 per individual, $120 for a six-person human Foosball team. Teams are guaranteed at least three 10-minute games.
Commentary: I've finally tracked down the rules of Fooz-n-Brews, at least the Buffalo version. It's played inside an inflatable Foosball table that (fairly comfortably) fits 12 people. Here's a link to the registration form, which appears to be still accepting teams.
1. 3 - 10 Minute Games
2. Highest Score Wins (each goal worth 1 point)
3. Hands on Bars at All Time (except goalie)
4. 6 Players per Team
5. Ball is Placed in Center to Begin Game
6. Ball is Placed in Center (rolled toward non offending team after penalties)
7. Ball Must Stay Below Bars
8. 16 Team Limit
9. Single Elimination Bracket
Sounds like it's worth giving a try, and there's beer from Flying Bison and food from undisclosed food trucks as well. (Also, "Undisclosed Food Trucks" should be a local cover band).
10) Elmwood Village Association open house, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at EVA's new office space in the Lafayette Lofts (875 Elmwood Ave.) and on the lawn outside. Free to attend and explore.
Commentary: So, it'll be a warm night, and there's a change you'll be wandering around the Elmwood Village scoping out the landscape. There are worse options than enjoying free beer, wine and ice cream (while supplies last), examining Rick Warne's sculpture and snagging some food from a cool crew of vendors: GG's Franks, Big Suzie's Little Bakery, O.G. Wood Fire pizza truck and the West Side Bazaar.
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