Share this article

print logo
Gusto

Willie Nile texted me shortly after the recent “Mary Moser Forever” concert celebration at the Town Ballroom, saying he would be back in Buffalo to play "an outdoor stage downtown” in early June. I added the date to my calendar, but then a band rehearsal was planned for that night, so Nile’s show was banished to the ever-growing “Wish I could be there, but I can’t be in tw…

Food and Drink

For 30 years, you could bank on it: Thursday nights in Buffalo would feature live music outdoors throughout the summer. The names of the locations and series changed frequently - we even got to say "wharf" for a few years - but leaving work Thursday often meant fresh air, a domestic beer and the joy and release that accompany a band jamming in the summer heat. When Cana…

Featured

"Bleed a Little While Tonight." "Rosy and Grey." "Salesmen, Cheats and Liars." These are all songs penned by revered Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Hawkins more than 25 years ago, back before multiple generations of Buffalonians discovered these tracks and others by Hawkins’ Toronto-based Lowest of the Low to soundtrack secluded keg parties, barroom laughs or the unpleasa…

Featured

Willie Nile was indie before they even called it indie. Since leaving Buffalo more than 30 years ago, Nile has tirelessly pursued his own agenda, blending power-pop hooks with early rock 'n' roll grit, melding the clear and present influence of Bob Dylan’s lyrics with a penchant for populist anthems that has earned him the respect of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Bon…

Featured

Everyone has holiday traditions. For instance, you may celebrate your annual New Year’s Eve by not leaving your couch. A few cartons of Chinese food, a bottle of wine and a screen full of Ryan Seacrest may be your ideal transition from one year to the next – and that’s fine. But if you’re stretched out across Western New York, there are plenty of live shows scheduled to n…