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When the Lodge Bar & Grill opened on West Chippewa Street in 2013, the wild-game spot—with its glistening interiors, antler chandeliers and servings of grilled pheasant – sought to heighten the expectations of a downtown stretch known more for its moonlight street brawls than its culinary bravado. Five years later, the two-level Lodge is no more, but its address is …

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The recent opening of the new music club The Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.) also puts the spotlight on the growing list of live music venues in the city of Buffalo. Different stages, different rooms and, thankfully, but they are all stamped with an imprint that is indelibly Buffalo. Indie outfit wailing in a spiritual space salvaged by a locally born indie-folk icon? …

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Even Buffalo's most casual music fans have a rough idea where to find Town Ballroom. It's been downtown's biggest music club dedicated to live music since opening in 2005 at 681 Main St. in the Theatre District. In the age of navigation systems and map apps, finding a parking spot would always present a greater challenge than finding the venue. This is why Town Ballr…

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Since 2005, the Town Ballroom has been a prime destination for just-breaking young bands and tenured veterans alike. You might see an of-the-moment EDM act one night, an underground legend or jam band the next, and an oldie-but-goodie alt-icon, a la Psychedelic Furs or Peter Murphy, the next. Town Casino From the 1940s through the '60s, the site at 681 Main St. was k…

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Nietzsche's is the longest-serving original music-friendly venue in Buffalo, and the only club that has offered live music seven nights a week from its opening in 1984 to today. The club has been a major hub for the local music scene for decades, but here are a few things you might not know about the venerable Allentown institution. It wasn't love at first sight When…

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Attending an outdoor concert invariably poses a list of questions: What do I wear? Can I bring a chair? What about my dog? We’ve answered those questions for you with a look at five of our major outdoor concert sites.ArtparkEarl W. Brydges State Park, Lewiston (artpark.net)What to bring: Lawn chair, rain poncho.What not to bring: Food, beverages, bad attitude.What to wear:…

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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…

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Bands erupt within a scene when bands have places to play. You start in the garage, move to the back yard party presentation, and then finally, to the stage of a club, where listeners who dig your music can show up and make that fact known in public. Waiting Room, at 334 Delaware Ave., recently opened an auxiliary club on its second floor. Dubbed Studio @ Waiting Room, th…