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Michael Farrell

Buffalo News contributor Michael Farrell is a freelance writer, novelist, and graduate of St. Bonaventure University.


Family

With six months of events packed into three over the summer, music is somewhere nearly every night. But what about live outdoor music for families? Having children doesn’t make you yearn for Tragically Hip covers any less than when you were traipsing from show to show untethered to responsibility, so what are parents to do? Thankfully, there are plenty of kid-friendl…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Before Buffalo’s food truck revolution—one that’s packed four-wheeled restaurants on street corners for everything from garden walks to rock concerts—attendees to many of the city’s most popular outdoor events were actually expected to either eat beforehand, or bring their own food and drink with them. This could be inconvenient—but it could incite some creativity, allo…

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British rock icons. Hair metal virtuosos. Fashioners of the anticipatory synth riff, and enablers of the most famous double-Jaguar dance sequence in music video history. The David Coverdale-led Whitesnake has rode those accomplishments to endure through breaks and lineup changes over its more than 40 years of existence. Whitesnake is bringing its “Flesh & Blood” wor…

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Enthusiasts of an explosive bass drum. Architects of rock 'n’ roll mayhem. Once billed by Animals’ frontman Eric Burdon as “a group that will destroy you in more ways than one,” the Who has been a revelation—and a reverberating sonic boom—throughout its now 55 years of existence. Now, the act’s “Moving On!” tour is headed for a local stop at 8 p.m. May 9 in KeyBank Cent…

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Since the invention of the first steam train in 1804, the transformational mode of transportation has transfixed society in a diversified number of ways. It’s enabled memorable excursions across unfamiliar terrain for romantic travelers. It’s inspired numerous songs, from Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” to Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train”; and through cherished televisio…

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Buffalo has always been a city of strong ethnic identities, cherished by generations whose ancestors first arrived at this waterfront territory, settled and, ultimately, set us all up to be united as Americans. We’re also all really good at celebrating where we come from – and initially, our ancestor-generated festivals were much more insular affairs. They were family a…

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College bars have a feel. Whether it’s the sound of gleeful camaraderie or smell of spilled Labatt and Lemon Drop shots settled in floor planks, visitors can usually walk into these joints blindfolded and determine its designation within seconds. Case in point: The blue-hair of Buffalo’s University District, The Steer Saloon & Restaurant. Enter the decades-old ba…

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A neighborhood pub’s personality pulsates through its people, whether boisterous guests at the bar, couples seated quietly at tables—or in the case of JP’s Pub in Lake View, its hard-working wait staff, ready to treat you with brutal honesty. “You’re lucky I’m even waiting on you while you’re wearing that hat,” said the smiling, pro-New York Yankees waitress, ready to t…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Still fresh with St. Patrick’s Day spirit and Dyngus Day delirium, we roll into spring ready to make plans. New restaurants to sample, different bars to try and an entire slate of seasonal events to add to the schedule. It’s a new season, so it’s time for another night out. This month, we’ve devised an entry-to-spring itinerary with a walkable plan so you can park your …

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Drugs. Divorces. Heartbreak of all kinds, and the songs to go with it. The run of Fleetwood Mac has been anything but boring—including the band's latest roster shakeup. Now back for more and headed to KeyBank Center at 8 p.m. March 26, here's a quick look at the band, and what to expect at the show. You know Fleetwood Mac from: Its long-term transformation from classic …

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Contrary to what some believe, Buffalo’s impressive wealth of Irish musicians are not seasonal employees. Multi-instrumentalist Matt Sperber of South Buffalo's Crikwater has run into this assertion for years, but he and his bandmates don’t mind correcting the misconception. “We constantly remind folks that Crikwater is a band that performs year-round,” said Sperber. …

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Where you choose to spend the bulk of your St. Patrick’s Day weekend (or week) isn’t always about finding the hippest venue. Is this because it’s hard for hordes clad in goat-hair sweaters, Kelly green Chuck Taylors or sheepherders’ wool caps to appear hip? Possibly—but it has more to do with the impetus of the celebration. It’s one for family and friends to laugh and s…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Free bar snacks around Buffalo used to be near ubiquitous, with baskets of peanuts, pretzels or cheese doodles ready for any patron rolling through pints. All were complementary to the pilsners and lagers of the day—and drenched in salt, all kept patrons thirsty for more rounds. But whether because of health concerns, changes to barfly bar culture or the foodie-like int…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

There’s an image of St. Patrick’s Day that’s been packaged by advertisers, sold by beer companies, and inhaled by the masses who annually drape themselves in green. This image is now as accepted as pumpkins on Halloween, and it lures folks into impersonal, beats-pumping bars with hanging shamrocks, emerald beads, and a hustling party staff dressed as leprechauns. But as…

Food and Drink

For legions of sleepy Buffalonians, coffee is just a drink — albeit a vital one. It’s poured hot and black, with no importance attached to its origin or intricacy of taste. It’s more medicinal than it is experiential. Whether served as a regular, double-double or as an extra large through a drive-through window, it’s a necessity to keep the day rolling. For others li…