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Prepare for an avalanche of local music across two days in Buffalo's Cobblestone District. The third annual Cobblestone Live Music and Arts Festival, slated for Aug. 2 and 3, has announced the first 29 bands that will perform across four stages - two outdoor and two indoor - with much of the outdoor action on Illinois and Columbia streets. Buffalo Iron Works, Lockhou…

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Lagerhaus 95 restaurant has closed after a six-year run in the Cobblestone District. Developer Sam Savarino recently took over the restaurant, at 95 Perry St., after a deal to sell it fell through, according to a news release. Savarino is an owner of the building, which is managed by his company. “With the with the KeyBank Center event season over we felt this was…

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Eighteen months after buying the first half of the building, William Paladino's Ellicott Development Co. has completed its acquisition of the Kellner Bros. complex on Chicago Street, adding another property to its holdings near the Fairmont Creamery and the Cobblestone District. Ellicott, through 1238 Group, paid $1.216 million to buy the second half of the 43,000-squar…

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After a successful freshman debut, the Cobblestone Live! Music & Arts Festival is returning for year two on July 27 and 28 in Buffalo's historic Cobblestone District. Like last year's inaugural run, musical performances will take place at three locations: Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.), Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.) and the main outdoor stag…

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Music festival season is quickly approaching, and Buffalo is getting a new one of its own. Cobblestone Live, a two-day indie-music festival, will kick off its inaugural go-around at 1 p.m. July 15-16 in Buffalo's historic Cobblestone District. "Cobblestone Live is loosely inspired by Brooklyn Comes Alive," said promoter/founder C.J. Cook of Sunbeam Entertainment. "A …

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Lockhouse Distillery was the first distillery to open in Buffalo since Prohibition, and the welcome it received showed Buffalo was thirsty indeed. It opened with 1,000 bottles of vodka that were expected to last months. They were gone within the hour. "That's when I knew we had already outgrown that space," business manager Thomas Jablonski said of the distillery's origin…

Comedy

Comedian Dave Coulier entertained a full house Thursday night for the first of five shows at Helium Comedy Club in downtown Buffalo. Best known for his role as Joey Gladstone on the highly rated ABC sitcom “Full House,” the comic’s engagement with the audience proved to be the highlight of the night.Fans of Joey’s character voices on “Full House” will be in for a treat dur…

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When Brian Posehn loves, he loves deeply: whether it’s his family, heavy metal, comic books or the perfect fart joke.The 49-year-old comedian of 2013’s “The Fartist” and co-writer (with Gerry Duggan) of Marvel’s “Deadpool” comic just finished work on Netflix’s “Mr. Show” revival, “With Bob and David” and taped his next comedy special. He returns to Helium Comedy in Buffalo…

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For those of you complaining about society being too easily offended, too sensitive to jokes, too “politically correct,” does Helium Comedy Club have the show for you with the rowdy Dave Attell, who began his weekend run Thursday night.Of course, one person annoyed with the pressure to take down a Confederate flag or the removal of a school mascot name might also be easily…

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Buffalo's first distillery since Prohibition has moved downtown. Lockhouse Distillery has doubled its production space by relocation to 41 Columbia St. on July 8, leaving its birthplace in the Great Arrow Building, where the business launched in November 2013. Situated near Helium Comedy Club, Buffalo Iron Works, Ballyhoo, the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and Swannie Hous…

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Bruce Adams and Augustina Droze are making impressive progress on their new mural, "Go!", painted on the south face of 95 Perry Street. I caught up with them to talk about their process and the concept behind the piece, which Droze called "an energetic, celebratory scene for Buffalo." [bn_youtube id="v0i5fU4zyu0"]  

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The 10,000 Maniacs might not be the first band that comes to mind when you contemplate traditional English folk music, but from the group’s beginnings in the early 1980s, British collectives like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span and artists like Bert Jansch, Nick Drake and Richard Thompson had an immense influence on the group that would become one of our region’s mos…

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You need more than lamppost banners and 50 nights of business a year to start a bar district.The establishment of such requires investment, vision and blind ambition, all focused on generating interest in an area of the city known more for its parking lots than for its pulsating Saturday nights. It involves patience while waiting for familiarity and word-of-mouth to eventu…

Food and Drink

Two baby boomers walk into one of Buffalo’s newest bars on a Monday in October. The first approaches the bartender and asks for a domestic beer clearly not on the wall-mounted menus. He is kindly offered a few comparable alternatives, is seemingly offended by these choices, lets the bartender know he had spent nearly four decades in the bar’s previous incarnation, then …

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Were you there at Canalside in June, when Buffalo’s jam band ambassadors to the world, moe., returned to the city of its birth for a concert-slash-party? Did you stay until the very end, when the band was joined by a horn section, tearing through a take on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” as well as moe.’s own “Akimbo” and “Threw It All Away,” before conc…