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10 can't-miss shows during Buffalo's NCAA games

If you're looking for entertainment at night while you're in town for the NCAA Tournament, we've found 10 events at music and comedy clubs within walking distance or a short drive of KeyBank Center.


Coldboydjs and C.M.G. present: Roc the Mic, 9 p.m. March 15 at Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., $10.

For something a little different, catch this DJ competition hosted by Michelle visa and Steel bout Money. Music is Coldboydjs and DJ Money with judges are Future and Ndure DJ Shay. Cash prizes are awarded to Top 3 contestants.

Club info: Mohawk Place is a live music staple just a few minutes drive from KeyBank Center on East Mohawk Street between Washington and Ellicott streets.


Chris Trapper, 8 p.m. March 16 at the 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $18-$20.

Trapper, formerly of the Boston alt-pop act the Push Stars, is a Buffalo-born favorite who is no stranger Babeville. He will make his latest local appearance to play songs from his deep catalog, including his most recent album, 2015's "Symphonies of Dirt & Dust."

Club info: Babeville is former church that was converted into a multi-space live music haven by local singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco. The little brother to Asbury Hall on the first floor, Babeville's basement venue has hosted an eclectic batch of up-and-coming acts over the years, including the Tallest Man on Earth, Cloud Nothings, Titus Andronicus, the Antlers and Horse Feathers. It is a short drive down Delaware Avenue at the corner of Tupper. Parking on the street and in nearby lots.

Donnell Rawlings, 8 p.m. March 16 and 7:30 and 10 p.m. March 17-18 at Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St., $15-$23.

Have some laughs with the star of "Chappelle's Show," "Def Comedy Jam," and MTV's "Guy Code" and "Hip Hop Squares." For ages 18 and over. Dinner is available before the show at the club's restaurant, Elements. Call 853-1211.

Club info: Helium Comedy Club has local and national comedians throughout the week. It's a short walking distance from KeyBank Center.

The Vine Brothers w/the Observers, 8:30 p.m. March 16 at Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), $5.

The well-seasoned live music hub will begin to gear up for a busy weekend in the Queen City with a three-band bill of Americana acts.

Headlining the evening will be the award-wining three-piece the Vine Brothers. A pleasant brew of Tom Waits, the Band and Django Reinhardt, the band was recently named Americana Group of the Year in 2016 by the International Music and Entertainment Association following the release of its well-received third album, "No Candy."

The Allentown-bred roots act the Observers and old-timey folk trio the Brothers Blue will also be on hand for a rollicking evening.

Club info: Nietzsche's has been presenting live music in the lively Allentown neighborhood seven nights a week for 30 years. Quickest way from the arena is to drive down Elmwood or Delaware avenues and turn left onto Allen Street. Street parking is available, but fills up fast.


Mr. Conrad's Rock 'n' Roll Happy Hour, 5 p.m. March 17 at Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), free.

Mohawk Place hosts a free happy hour set of rockin' blues by Mr. Conrad. Music starts at 6 p.m. Drink specials will be available, including the Buffalo favorite Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

The Town Pants, 9 p.m. March 17, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $20.

St. Patrick's Day is kind of a big deal in Buffalo, such a big deal that we have two parades for the lively holiday. Buffalo Iron Works will help kick off the Irish-centric weekend with a performance by Celtic rock act the Town Pants. Hailing from Vancouver, B.C., the world-traveling act will deliver a rollicking set of Irish-rooted tunes, best served with a healthy pint of Guinness.

Club info: Just steps from KeyBank Center, Buffalo Iron Works is a popular pre- and post-game venue located in the city's growing Cobblestone District.

Local Natives, 8 p.m. March 17, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $25-$27.

Known for intricately crafted melodies matched with harmony-rich vocals, popular indie group Local Natives will make its Buffalo debut with a performance at the Town Ballroom. The Los Angeles-based band will be passing through Buffalo to share songs from its polished and high-reaching 2016 album "Sunlit Youth."

Club info: Town Ballroom is a music club in the heart of Buffalo's Theatre District.  Take the Metro Rail outside KeyBank Center to the Fountain Plaza Station. Walk a long block to the club. Parking is available along Main and Washington streets.

Live Band Karaoke, 10 p.m. March 17 at the Studio @ Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), free.

With themed sing-along genre nights of pop-punk, hip-hop, emo and even country on it resume, Waiting Room will slide into 1990's rock radio format for its most current karaoke installment.

Presented by Buffalo rock radio station 103.3 the Edge, a live band will accompany would-be singers as they can pick songs from acts like Weezer, Blink-182, Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Lit and much more.

Club info: Waiting Room is two-floor music venue conveniently located between go-to party streets Allen and Chippewa.


2 Days of Punk, Oi! and Hardcore!, 7 p.m. March 18 at Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $10.

Buffalo isn't all about Irish music on St. Patrick's Day weekend. Those in town who are looking to catch something a bit more on the grittier side should head down to the Hawk for a blitzkrieg of punk-rock

Night one of the two-day mini festival will be headlined by the Queens hardcore punks of Murphy's Law and additionally include sets from Las Vegas-based proto-punk act Tiger Sex and Troy, N.Y., band Brick by Brick, as well as local outfits Facility Men and Juggernaut.

Influential Kansas City music fixture Rico Dejoie, owner of Boss Hooligan Soundsystem, will DJ both nights of the event.

The Trews, 8 p.m. March 18 at the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $20-$25.

Buffalo music fans love Canadian bands. We tend to adopt them as our own and never want to give them back. Sam Roberts Band, the Arkells and especially Hamilton's beloved Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip receive a heroes welcome when they route through town.

You can add the brotherly Nova Scotia rockers TheTrews to that list. The quartet will be in town in support of its career-spanning album "Time Capsule" and will be joined by two of our best and hardworking local bar bands Sixties Future and First Ward.

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