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Mikaela Davis and Southern Star, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $12. Rising Rochester-born musician Mikaela Davis will return to Buffalo with her band Southern Star for a performance in Babeville's basement space. The young singer's profile has continued to rise following the release of her breakthrough effort "Delivery" during the summer o…

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Slocan Ramblers, 7 p.m. Dec. 5, Sportsmens Tavern (326 Amherst St.), $10. Canadian bluegrass outfit Slocan Ramblers will be paying a visit to the Black Rock venue. The Juno-recognized roots act will be passing through town as it continues to tour in support of its celebrated 2019 effort "Queen City Jubilee." The record, which landed a nominee for Traditional Roots Al…

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If you’re an expat returning home for the holidays, you’re in for a few surprises. Many new businesses and cultural establishments have opened since you’ve been gone, lending increased variety to the Buffalo-area experience. News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau and Music Critic Jeff Miers have pulled together a few places that weren’t part of the mix at Thanksgiving 2018 t…

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Buffalo has some frivolous events, and there's nothing inherently wrong with them. But when there's a chance to have a good time and support something that matters - such as feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless or encouraging more Buffalonians to register as organ donors - the benefit extends beyond your own enjoyment. When local fundraisers are run well, …

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“Save the life of someone you’ll never meet.” This isn’t exactly the sort of between-tune banter devout attendees of rock concerts are accustomed to hearing. But beginning in 1998, if you were attending any of the various post-Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead-based shows that included bassist Phil Lesh in the lineup, you heard these words just prior to the encore. Lesh was…

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Miles Davis' acclaimed 1970 double album "Bitches Brew" is the selection for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Please note the change in pricing for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour events. Buffalo News subscribers can now purchase a discounted $5 ticket in advance here. Non-subscribers can purchase a $10 ticket in advance here, or su…

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Folkfaces, 7 p.m. July 11, Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.), $12. Local Americana favorites Folkfaces will be celebrating the release of its latest album at the Amherst Street musical landmark. The follow-up to 2017's genre-sprawling collection "How Long?," "Fat Ol' Rat" finds the quartet picking up right where it left off, delivering foot stompin' cuts of roots …

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The Who's 1971 "Who's Next" album, featuring "Baba O'Riley," is the selection for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour on Monday, July 8 in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the series, held on the second Monday of each month. Miers and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American mu…

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The Common Council approved today a permit for the Sportsmen’s Tavern to produce various public events, including concerts, art shows and an open-air market, on a vacant lot owner Dwane Hall recently purchased that sits adjacent to the Amherst Street club. Hall said the first show on the new grounds will be an Aug. 4 performance with Dale Watson, Bill Kirchen, the Lustr…

Black Rock Historical Society's "Music of the Ages" fundraiser will be presented at 2 p.m. May 5 in the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Hosted by Buffalo music historian and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame founder Rick Falkowski, the afternoon will see the dial turned back on the city's rich musical history to tell the stories of early rock musicians, radio stations an…

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Dwane Hall was near the door of his Sportsmen's Tavern on Thursday evening when Michael Anelli walked in. Anelli had been Hall’s principal at Riverside High School in Buffalo in the early 1970s, and Hall was pretty sure he remembered their last true conversation. They were sitting in Anelli’s office with a truant officer about 48 years ago, while Anelli kept telling Hal…

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It’s fitting that Black Rock, one of the first neighborhoods in Buffalo to boast a community-based individualism and a progenitor of what we now know as the “buy local” movement, is experiencing a bit of a resurgence along the lines of what’s happened in the Hertel, Elmwood Village and Canalside regions. “Black Rock, by the end of the 19th century, had developed a commu…

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Marvin Gaye's legendary 1971 concept album "What's Going On" is the selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the monthly series, held on select Mondays. Miers and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American music, spin …

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Steely Dan's classic 1976 album, "The Royal Scam," is the selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the monthly series, held on select Mondays. Miers and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American music, spin portions o…

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How do you build a scene? It’s a question that has been plaguing Buffalo-area musicians for decades, as an ongoing series of "one step up, two steps back" movements created a sense of stasis here that left many feeling like they were simply treading water, getting by while so many other music scenes in seemingly more welcoming cities moved forward and grew exponentially…