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 by Dwane Hall and Co. took home the top prize.
"Sad to say we are no longer the Honkiest Tonkiest Beer Joint in town," read a post on the Sportsmen's Facebook page Wednesday morning. "Last night at the Ameripolitan Awards we won best venue anywhere! Thank you for all the tremendous support and for all the votes!"
The Ameripolitan Awards honor the best in roots and Americana music country-wide, with an emphasis on various subdivisions of country music – Outlaw, Honky Tonk, Rockabilly, Western Swing, and so forth.
"This reaffirms the fact that Buffalo's music scene is second to none," Hall said via text message Wednesday morning. "This is a stepping stone as we work to make Buffalo a recognized music town, a place music fans to seek out, and a reason for them to spend time in our area. And personally, I'm incredibly humbled by the support for my family and for the Sportsmen's."
The Sportsmen's was up against some stiff competition in the venue category. Clubs in Nashville, Kentucky, Brooklyn, Minneapolis and Little Rock were all in the mix. A tip of the hat is due to proprietor Hall and his staff, who've worked tirelessly to turn the Sportsmen's from a Black Rock watering hole to a major tour stop on the country-wide Americana circuit.
Here is a March 2015 profile of the Sportsmen's Tavern: