Commentary: When we saw Alternative Buffalo radio host Brandi tweet out a picture of Ben & Jerry's Truffle Kerfuffle ice cream in advance of Saturday's show, our sweet-tooth was sparked and our fondness rekindled for the music festival's name.
The News contributor Michael Farrell breaks down the show in detail below; Dashboard Confessional, Grouplove, Franz Ferdinand and the Mowgli's are among the more recognizable bands on the bill.
Commentary: Thin Man's first anniversary is celebrated by an all-day street music festival, highlighted by a performance by Buffalo bands Aircraft, The CPX and RADARADA; a pig roast and seafood boil by Thin Man Chef Bruce Wieszala, burgers from Allen Burger Venture; and even an outdoor beer truck to keep the brewery-restaurant's long list of in-house beers flowing.
Elmwood Avenue between Hodge and West Utica will be blocked off from traffic.
3) BBQ & Blues Bash, 5 to 9 p.m. June 16 on Illinois Street in the Cobblestone District. Tickets are $20 presale here and $25 at the gate. This cost includes Labatt products and the music; food tickets are an additional $2 apiece.
Commentary: Barbecue will rule in the Cobblestone District on Friday night, as BW's Smokin' Barrels Barbecue, Babz BBQ and Big Belly BBQ will slather, grill and serve downtown.
The Hayden Fogle band, Tim Britt Band and Miller and the Other Sinners will grace the outdoor stage, while Electric Salmon will entertain the after-party at nearby Buffalo Iron Works. See Smiles at the 2016 BBQ & Blues Bash.
4) Kiss the Summer Hello, doors at 3 p.m., music begins at 4 June 18 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $35 for general admission, $50 for premium viewing seats.
Commentary: What the Kiss 98.5 FM music festival lacks in a true headliner it compensates with a deep lineup, with Sean Paul, Austin Mahone, Bebe Rexha, Clean Bandit and the Vamps all in roughly the same tier of stardom. Head to Canalside the day after Kerfuffle for the slate of young musicians featured on the local pop music station.
Look back at photos of performers from 2016, including Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor.
Commentary: Westside Gunn and Conway's signing to Eminem's Shady Records label was welcomed news for a Buffalo rap scene previously unheralded on the national level. Resulting from the recent developments, there's a buzz around the two rappers' Waiting Room show this weekend.
The News' Jeff Miers learned a few reasons for their success, which includes a strong personal brand and a hardcore '90s-style rap. Find out what musical qualities caught Eminem's attention.
6) Burchfield Penney Gala and Art Auction, 5 to 11 p.m. June 17 at 1300 Elmwood Ave. Tickets are $250 apiece. Call 716-878-3739 for reservations.
Commentary: Burchfield Penney director Anthony Bannon, who will retire from his position at the gallery July 1, will be honored during the Burchfield's black-tie gathering, entitled "Wildflowers at Night." Food and drink, silent and live auctions, and a variety of entertainment are also part of the festivities.
Look back at the Smiles gallery from the Burchfield Penney's 50th anniversary party, thrown last December.
7) Herd Fest, (8:15 p.m. June 15 to 1 a.m. June 16). 6 p.m. June 16 to 2 a.m. June 17; 8 p.m. June 17 to 2 a.m. June 18; 8 to 11 p.m. June 18; various venues in Mohawk Place, Dreamland, DBGB, Nietzsche's and Milkie's. See the full schedule of bands, times and venues here. Wristbands can be purchased for $20 that allows admission into any Herd Fest gig.
Commentary: The four-day indie music festival begins Thursday at a variety of venues throughout Buffalo. More than 50 bands are slated to perform, including recently featured groups like M.A.G.S., Made Violent, Humble Braggers and Younger Then.
While the $20 wristband is wise if you're planning to hop between shows or experience Herd Fest over multiple nights, costs for individual shows are either $7 or $8.
8) Party on the Portico: Vitamin D, starring Vin DeRosa, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 16 at the Buffalo History Museum back steps (One Museum Court). Cost is $5 for members and $10 general admission.
Commentary: Perch on the massive concrete steps of the Buffalo History Museum for free appetizers, wine and beer, and live music from Vitamin D, a recent project of local musician Vinnie DeRosa. Fifteen-minute tours of the venue are free during the event.
Take in the surroundings of Mirror Lake and the Japanese Rose Garden, one of the prettier landscapes you'll find in the city of Buffalo. Additional parking is across the street at McKinley High School, while the future dates of the monthly concert series can be found here.
9) Hope Chest Dragon Boat Festival, 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). See the first part of the race schedule here. It's free to watch as a spectator, and race entry has closed.
Commentary: Few things scream teamwork more than 20 people fiercely paddling a craft to the beat of a drummer, and paddlers of various levels will compete on Saturday outside Buffalo RiverWorks.
Watch the YouTube video below to see what the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is all about, from colorful vessels to the shoulder-shredding effort from the crew. It's quite the spectacle.
10) Buffalo Fantasy & Magic Fest, 5 to 9 p.m. June 16, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 17, noon to 4 p.m. June 18 in Buffalo Central Terminal (495 Paderewski Dr.). Cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door or $18 for a weekend pass.
Commentary: The three-day Fantasy & Magic Fest in the Central Terminal will blend classic fantasy, science fiction, celebrity guests, artists and magicians in a family-friendly event.
Expect a slew of child-friendly activities, too, and on Sunday – Father's Day – dads get into the festival for only $5 if they're accompanied by at least one child.
BONUS No. 1) Olcott Beach Mermaid Parade, 4 to 7 p.m. June 17 at Lakeview Village Shoppes (5995 Ontario St., Olcott). Free to attend.
Commentary: Mermaids, pirates and other sea-faring costumed characters will stroll down Ontario Street in Olcott for the third annual parade.
This year's iteration offers a little extra spice, as Kim Richter will marry James Dean Bonds at the event – and yes, they will both be in costume. Read more from the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal.
BONUS No. 2) See a local soccer match: FC Buffalo vs. Fort Pitt Regiment, 7 p.m. June 17 at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium (2885 Main St.); WNY Flash vs. Rochester Lancers, 7 p.m. June 17, at Niagara University. Each match is $8 at the gate.
Commentary: The first month of summer soccer hasn't been kind to Buffalo-area teams, as FC Buffalo are virtually out of the playoff hunt in the National Premier Soccer League, and the Flash have had their stumbles in their first season in United Women's Soccer.
Plenty of both seasons remain, though, and the local sides are almost as much about player development as they are focused on winning.
Want to reflect back on past Buffalo fun? Check out our photo galleries from past shows, like when Grabbitz joined Jauz for a Town Ballroom show in 2016.