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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…

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Bill Kirchen’s Americana music credentials are impeccable. As a guitarist and seminal member of irreverent hard-core country/rock legends Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Kirchen developed a reputation as one of the finest musicians in the genre. He has that “twang” guitar sound and an ingratiating sense of humor that comes through in Kirchen’s between-song patte…

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Black Canyon Lights started out as a band covering country classics three years ago, but as is so often the case, the synergies between the band members – long-serving denizens of the Buffalo music scene, all – ended up dictating the course the music would take. “It’s evolution, baby,” as Eddie Vedder once famously screamed. “I’d say it’s a band that is rooted in Americ…

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It’s the oldest battle in the Buffalo band business – the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between cover bands and original artists. The artistic credibility card is generally played by the original bands and songwriters. Meanwhile, the cover and tribute bands pack the house and make the money. Or so the old saw goes. The truth is more complex and nuanced. I’ve yet to meet …

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The Beatles' legendary mid-'60s albums "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" are 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 musi…

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1) Hamburg Oktoberfest, 2 to 11 p.m. Sept. 15 in Memorial Park, at Lake and Union streets, Hamburg. Free to attend, and discount tickets (for various purchases such as food and drink at the festival) can be found here. Commentary: Although we're still roughly three weeks from the beginning of October, the Oktoberfest event season has begun. Head to Memorial Park in Hamb…

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Santana's eponymous 1969 debut album is the next selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Previous events in the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series were held before near capacity crowds. Those wishing to attend Sept. 10 are encouraged to arrive early, as entry is not guaranteed. There is no presale available. …