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Black Rock Zydeco happy hour 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). No cost is listed. Black Rock Zydeco, Buffalo's own piece of the Big Easy, makes happy hour even happier. The band includes Ron Kowalewski (accordion), Tim Gettings (bass), Kathryn Koch (saxophone), Jeff Schaller (drums), Tyler Westcott (guitar), and Joe Rychlik (washboard). Join…

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Miles Davis' 1959 classic album, "Kind of Blue," is the next selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series, which takes place 7 p.m. Monday, June 18 at the Sportsmen's Tavern. The kickoff event of the series in May, featuring George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass," was held before a packed house. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West …

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Is the start of March too early to begin celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? That depends. Are you passionately connected to your Irish heritage? Were you raised to cherish Ireland’s culture, history and heartbreak? Do you read Samuel Beckett in the summer, spin The Chieftains in the fall and appreciate the enduring on-screen beauty of Maureen O’Hara all the days between? …

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The seventh annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.), $5. New year, new venue. After spending the last half decade in Allentown, the annual Johnny Cash tribute has serendipitously relocated to Black Rock's Sportsmen's Tavern, which was named the best roots/Americana venue by the Nashville-based Ameripolitan Awards. …

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Seems that the rest of the country is catching on to something we've known for a long while. On Tuesday evening, our own Sportsmen's Tavern took home a serious trophy at the Ameripolitan Awards ceremony, held yearly in Memphis, Tenn. Of 10 venues from coast to coast – and even one club in Germany - nominated in the "Best Venue" category, the Black Rock establishment run…

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First Ward, 9 p.m. Feb. 9, Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), $7. Formally of indie act Son of the Sun and occasionally of alt-rock cover band Kurt & the Loders, Western New York stalwart Zak Ward will bring his most recent project, the hard-driving outfit First Ward, back to the Nietzsche's stage. The group's debut EP "Live at the Raven" dropped back in the fall of 2016.…

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We're getting to that time of year again. The time of year when Buffalo starts looking less like a beautiful snow globe and more like a salt-smudged wasteland. Those pretty, cheery Christmas lights are gone. Hawaii and Florida are looking pretty good. Or a Caribbean cruise -- or a Gulf coast getaway, or --- or --- But what if you can't get away? You'll have to enj…

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Back before Elmwood Avenue was an ebullient stretch to find double IPAs, spicy tuna rolls and soy lattes, it boasted gritty joints like Merlin’s, tall and tattered in the locale now occupied by the soon-to-be-deceased Blue Monk. Full of leather-clad bikers, Long Island ice tea inhalers and wild cards of various predilections, the place was unpredictable — which made it a …

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Bassist Stu Hamm - whose resume includes names like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Michael Schenker, Alan Holdsworth, Joan Baez and Mick Jagger, among many others - will perform June 8 in the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.) as part of his "Solo Bass Songs & Stories 2016" tour. Fans of serious rock, jazz and fusion music, take note - Hamm, who last performed in Buffalo …

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SzelestFest, an all-star musical tribute to Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Stan Szelest, will return for year two at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). The event will benefit the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation. Before his passing in 1991, Szelest established himself as an influential member of the Western New York blues community, playing key…

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For many, Super Bowl Sunday is becoming the sports version of New Year’s Eve: Even if you don’t really want to take part in all the partying, you feel like it somehow would be wrong not to, lest you end up on the wrong end of this conversation: “What are you doing for the game?” “Nothing. I’ll probably stay home and watch some of it.” “Really? So, how long have you been…

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With today’s dearth of traditional record sales, it’s become increasingly critical for bands’ live product to be part sales pitch, part performance and part party. Binghamton folk band Driftwood is no different, as should be evident when the quartet makes its latest visit to Buffalo for a show at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Driftwood sell…

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Girls, Guns & Glory frontman Ward Hayden’s voice has been compared to everyone from Dwight Yoakam to Chris Isaak to Lyle Lovett. But whatever better known names his amplified syllables evoke, there’s no denying that the man and his award-winning Boston band are a formidable force by their own credentials, something that will become clear once they plug in at Sportsmen’s Ta…

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Fresh from their induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Class of 2015, the surviving members of seminal early ’70s prog-folk-rock outfit Flash will reunite for their only area show on the stage of the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) at 5 p.m. Sunday.Original members James Ralston, Phil Dillon, Richie Pidanick and Dean Mooney will be joined by bassist John Caru…

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“I really like Peter Case. He is a great songwriter and a magnetic performer.” That’s John Prine right there. And when a songwriter like John Prine has something to say about another songwriter, you’d best listen. The guy knows what he’s talking about.It’s no surprise, really, that a songwriter given to turning an economy of words into incisive lyric poetry and marrying w…