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The 10: The night before Thanksgiving in Buffalo

While the Strictly Hip's performance at Tralf Music Hall and both nights of Lowest of the Low in Town Ballroom are sold out, there's no reason to panic for the ticket-less looking to go out Wednesday.

Buffalo wholeheartedly embraces the reputation of the night before Thanksgiving — believed to be the biggest party night of the year — and several other venues are hosting events on Nov. 22.

1) Reverse the Curse, Giant Buffalo statue unveiling, 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 22 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $22.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids; more details here. Parking is free.

Commentary: The timing is perfect for the first Reverse the Curse event, presented by Gameday Hospitality, considering the Bills' recent plummet and the Sabres' early-season doldrums. Attendees receive their first drink free, a t-shirt commemorating the event and a chance to commiserate with fellow local sports fans.

The release of the lit up buffalo sculpture, created and executed by Earl Ketry, Mark Madden and Tyler Griffis, will occur between 4 and 8 p.m. Fire-hoop performances and DJ sets will complement.


2) Jive Turkey Celebration, 8 p.m. Nov. 22 in DBGB (253 Allen St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar will be the hub for late-night partying in Allentown, as a robust turkey giveaway, live old-school hip-hop spun by the Incredible Scott Down and Charlie the Butcher, and a kitchen that remains open until 3 a.m. should all draw a crowd.

Take a look at the Monster Ball gallery, right, at DBGB on Halloween for a sample of how the bar celebrates.


3) Turkey Takes Flight 3.0, 5 p.m. to midnight Nov. 22 in Toutant (437 Ellicott St.). Free to attend, and free cocktails upon entrance are on a first-come, first served basis.

Commentary: While Toutant's Facebook post had us at "baloney sandwiches" - one of Buffalo's elite-yet-elusive late-night comfort foods - the Wednesday celebration is sponsored by Wild Turkey spirits, which include whiskey, bourbon and rye.

Flight specials, free whiskey tastings and a carefully curated bar-snack menu are all reasons for celebration. Keep an eye on Toutant's outstanding Instagram for a look at the special menu for the night before Thanksgiving.

House-made bologna, buttermilk bun and Genesee Cream onions complete the glorious picture. (Photo: Toutant)


4) Pre-Gobble Bash, 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 22 at West Shore Brewing (10995 Main St., Clarence). Free to attend.

Commentary: Visit the area's newest brewery, West Shore, at the pre-Thanksgiving party featuring the Tim Britt Band, which will play between 6 and 9 p.m. Babz BBQ food truck will handle the saucy fare, while the Clarence brewery plans to offer drink specials and release a new beer.

New brewery in Clarence pays homage to local railroad, family history


5) Philosofest II, 4 p.m. Nov. 22 in 12 Gates Brewing (80 Earhart Drive, East Amherst). Free to attend.

Commentary: The East Amherst brewery's name comes from the work of alchemist Sir George Ripley, who broke the brewing process down into 12 separate gates, and Wednesday night's event is a tribute to alchemy and "turning grains into gold."

12 Gates will release a pumpkin amber ale, keep its doors open until 1 a.m. and boast live music from two bands - Joe Webber (4-7 p.m.), and Mike and Mandy Music (8-11 p.m.).


6) Lazlo Hollyfeld plays Talking Heads, 9 p.m. Nov. 22 in McGarret's (946 Elmwood Ave.). Admission details to come.

Commentary: Sonny Baker and the rest of Lazlo Hollyfeld breezed through Arcade Fire's catalog of hits less than a month ago, and the local musicians are back at it again on Thanksgiving eve by embracing the discography of new wave '80s darlings Talking Heads.

Lazlo, which has also covered Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem in previous shows, will play two sets in the Elmwood bar on Wednesday.


7) Groove Nightclub 10-year reunion, 9 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Landmark on Pearl (318 Pearl St.). Tickets are $25 general admission and $50 for VIP access; further details here. The event is open to those 30 years old or older.

Commentary: It's been 10 years since Groove Nightclub, at 481 Pearl St., shut its doors. Wednesday offers an opportunity for regulars and former employees to reminisce at a casual 30+ party in the Landmark on Pearl. DJ Spin, DJ Warlock and Mr. Illmatic will spin throughout the evening, while VIP admission includes a private room and a buffet.


8) Santora's 90th anniversary, 9 p.m. Nov. 22 in Santora's Pizza Pub and Grill (7800 Transit Road, East Amherst). Admission is a $5 donation or a grocery bag filled with non-perishable food items.

Commentary: Nerds Gone Wild continue their local momentum with a Thanksgiving Eve bash in Santora's. The cover band's eccentricities - like wild outfits and obscenely precise set times (9:38 for Wednesday) - have attracted a solid group of fans, who will enjoy an event based on a speakeasy theme in honor of the bar-restaurant's 1927 birth.

Drink specials include a 1927 amber ale, vodka and gin martinis, Gin Rickeys and champagne.


9) Rock the Reunion Live, 10 p.m. Nov. 22 in Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.). Entrance fee is $3, and proceeds benefit the Rock Autism Music Festival slated for summer 2018.

Commentary: Goodbar is always a lively scene on the night before Thanksgiving, and this year's event on the second floor comes with a charitable bent - the fight against autism.

Rock the Reunion serves as a fundraiser for its summer concert, the Rock Autism Music Festival, will feature performances by Max Muscato and Outer Harbor, Noah Gokey and Ponder the Giraffe, as well as drink specials.


10) Thanksgiving Eve Bash featuring Hit-N-Run, 4 p.m. Nov. 22 in The Cove (4701 Transit Road, Depew). $5 cover between 8 p.m. and midnight.

Commentary: Rock cover band Hit-N-Run has brightened suburban parties for years, and The Cove has secured its presence for a set between 8 and midnight on Wednesday.

The Cove has upped its event-hosting game in the last two months and has been rewarded with solid turnouts for two Halloween parties - The Edge's bash and a gathering to benefit Carly's Club.


BONUS: Kickstart Rumble, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 22 in Flying Bison (840 Seneca St.). Free admission.

Commentary: Rock band Kickstart Rumble - which plays original music as well as roots-rock covers - invades the Larkinville brewery for an energetic happy hour on Wednesday.


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