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March 2018

John Caparulo at Helium Comedy Club

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Keith Harkin w/ Joey Harkum at Buffalo Iron Works

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TIME: 8:00 PM


HARKIN was part of the popular Irish music group, Celtic Thunder, for nearly a decade. After being discovered by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, HARKIN signed to Verve Records and released his self-titled debut solo album in 2012 where it became the Number 1 best seller on iTunes in addition to reaching Number 1 on the World Music Chart in both the U.S. and Canada. Harkin’s sophomore recording, On Mercy Street, was released in 2015, followed by his 2016 holiday release, Nollaig, both of which also reached Number 1 on Billboard’s World Music chart.

For over a decade HARKIN has touched the hearts of fans with performances in venues large and small throughout Europe, North America and Australia.

SABAH 2018

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On March 24, 2018, SABAH will celebrate the achievements of more than 670 individuals challenged by disability at the annual Celebration on Ice show at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. The celebrity co-hosts for the 2018 show will be Pete Gallivan, WGRZ Daybreak Anchor, Pegula Sports and Entertainment journalist, Lauren Hall, and former Buffalo Sabre and hockey analyst, Andrew Peters.

Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the KeyBank Center Box Office, online at, or by calling 888-223-6000.  All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.  No service charge applies at the KeyBank Center Box Office.  Dates and times subject to change without notice.

WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania

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WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania returns to KeyBank Center on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets are $118.50, $88.50, $68.50, $43.50, $28.50 and $18.50 (includes $3.50 facility fee) and can be purchased at the KeyBank Center Box Office, online at, or by calling 888-223-6000.  All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.  No service charge applies at the KeyBank Center Box Office.  Dates, times and card is subject to change without notice.

Roman Reigns vs. Free Agent John Cena

2 on 3 Handicap Match

Seth Rollins & Finn Balor vs. The Miz and The Miztourage

RAW Tag Team Championship Match

Titus Worldwide vs. The Bar

RAW Women’s Championship Fatal Four Way Match

Mickie James vs. Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax

Plus: Braun Strowman, Elias, Asuka, Bray Wyatt, Kalisto and many more!

Card subject to change

An Evening With Marc Cohn

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Show Details
When: Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM)
Ticket Price: $35.00 – $45.00
Door Time: 7:00 PM
Restrictions: 18 & over

Marc Cohn: After winning a GRAMMY for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.

Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade” and Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.”

Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn’s early records for Atlanta, as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. In 1998, Cohn took a decade-long sabbatical from recording, ending in 2007 with Join the Parade. Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date.

About his album Listening Booth: 1970, a collection of reimagined classics from that seminal year in music, Rolling Stone said, “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons – a rich immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own.” In late 2014, Cohn released, “The Coldest Corner in the World,” the title song to the documentary Tree Man and his first original song released in more than seven years.

On March 25, 2016, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, Marc proudly released Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities and the bonus album, Evolution of a Record, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut album and the Grammy Award that followed.

DL&W Trail Open House

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Let’s Re-Imagine the DL&W Corridor Together

Please join the Western New York Land Conservancy for a presentation and discussion about creating a community vision for the DL&W Trail near Downtown Buffalo in the First Ward, The Valley and the Perry Neighborhood. 

Since the Fall of 2017, the Land Conservancy has been meeting with neighbors and community leaders to have conversations about what matters most to them.  We are also working with local officials and organizations to create new partnerships as the plan develops. 

During this Open House, you will learn about what we’ve heard from neighbors and community members, as well as early thoughts and plans for the corridor. 

Most importantly, feedback stations will be set up so attendees can share their thoughts on various aspects of the project – don’t miss the opportunity to be part of an inspiring project for Buffalo!  Light refreshments will be served. 

Ample free parking is available in the A and B service lots.  The parking lot entrances are on Van Rensselaer Street, just south of Exchange Street. 

As always, the Land Conservancy encourages the use of Metro Bus and Rail, walking, biking and carpooling.  The #15 Seneca bus goes to Larkinville from downtown Buffalo.  For more information about bus and rail connections, visit the NFTA Metro website,  Thank you for considering environmentally sustainable alternatives!

Click the link below for registration

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day This Weekend In the Historic Cobblestone District (March 16-18)

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Buffalo Bandits vs. Saskatchewan Rush
Friday March 16
Key Bank Center

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(game ticket not included)


Special Event:  Bill Bellamy
Friday March 16, Saturday March 17, Sunday March 18
Helium Comedy Club

Veteran comedian Bill Bellamy first gained national notoriety on Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam,” and is credited for coining the phrase “booty call.” He has starred in the films “How to Be a Player,” “The Brothers,” and “Any Given Sunday.” Bill hosted “The Bill Bellamy Show,” “Bill Bellamy’s Who Got Jokes?” and “Last Comic Standing,” and has his own Showtime special “Booty Calls.”

Dinner before the show? Make a reservation at Elements by calling 716.853.1211!

This show is 18+. Please note, there is a 2 item minimum in the showroom. Tickets will be available for pick up at the box office prior to the show (they are generally available 1.5-2 hrs prior to showtime.)

Fri, Mar 16, 2018
Sat, Mar 17, 2018
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Where Are They Now? An Evening of Punk, Reggae and Soul!
Friday March 16
Lockhouse Distillery & Bar

A night of Punk, Soul, and Reggae! Featuring live music from…

Wolf Tickets

Scott Reynolds (ALL, THE PAVERS)

with VINYL DJ sets from DJ Kel, DJ Ruben, and DJ Universal!

Music starts at 8:00 p.m. $5 cover.



Tom Keefer and Celtic CRO
Friday March 16
Buffalo Iron Works

Traditional. Modern. Inspirational. Dedicated to keeping Irish and Scottish culture alive through music. Whether it’s the whole band or the Celtic Cross Duo, you can be assured that you will be left satisfied. Don’t miss an opportunity to see the band or duo


DJ Milk
Friday March 16
716 Food and Sport


Irish Stroll – St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
Saturday March 17
Lockhouse Distillery & Bar

Call on the luck of the Irish to get you through this boisterous St. Patrick’s Day bender:’s annual Irish Stroll on Saturday, March 17th. A roaring celebration of Ireland, you’ll be chasing pints like pots of gold with free admission and drink specials at Buffalo’s heartiest bars and pubs.

Venues Included:

– Pizza Plant

– Lafayette Brewing Company

– Lockhouse Distillery

– Pearl Street Grill and Brewery

– Union Pub

– Receive your wristband, map, and other items at designated registration location

– Drink specials, times and prices vary per venue

– Ticket holders may visit participating venues in any order

– Registration sites, bars and drink specials are subject to change

– All sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable regardless of attendance. This is a rain or shine event

To get crawling, register at Bar Name between Start Time and End Time to get your wristband and bar crawl map, and stroll your way to a day of spirited Irish celebration.


$10.00 BUY

Irish Stroll Admission- Pizza Plant Italian Pub- canalside

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$15.00 BUY

2 Day Pass: Irish Stroll and Lucky Hour Admission

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$30.00 BUY

Multi-Pack Stroll Admission for 4
Buffalo Sabres vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Saturday March 17
Key Bank Center
 The Town Pants w/ Tim Britt Band
Saturday March 17
Buffalo Iron Works
Ticket Price: $17.00 – $22.00

Door Time: 9:00 PM
Restrictions: 18 & over

The Town Pants: With a decades worth of headlining roots and celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues, the Town Pants own brand of celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, and backed up with and a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from Ottawa to Oslo. Rarely does a band have this combination of passion, energy animation and spirit that makes for some of the most imaginative songwriting you’ll find in the genre.

Special Guests The Tim Britt Band will join!


DJ Spruke
Saturday March 17
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino


Public Skating, Curling and Ice Bike Rentals
Friday March 16, Saturday March 17, Sunday March 18


Buffalo Golden Gloves:  NYS Semifinals
Sunday March 18
Buffalo RiverWorks

Since its inception, Buffalo Golden Gloves has been committed to creating champions out of young men and women through the sport known as “the Sweet Science”. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines champion as “one who has the attributes of a winner.” Buffalo Golden Gloves uses boxing as a tool to build character, enrich social development and gain athletic achievement.

An enticing and lengthy list of New York State amateur boxing semifinal bouts is on tap for Sunday in RiverWorks.  Four women’s bouts are also scheduled for the afternoon.

Cost is $30 in advance at Doris Records, RiverWorks and Carubba Collision ($35 for ringside seats), or $40 at the door. VIP tickets range from $45 to $50.


Iron Jam
Sunday March 18
Buffalo Iron Works

Come jam out with us at Iron Jam at Buffalo Iron Works Sunday March 18th from 7:00pm-10:00pm.

– NO COVER and 18+ so bring your gear or just your ears and come jam!

– All musicians and vocalist welcome to participate in a night of improvised jams

– Backline provided but feel free to bring any of your own gear

An Optician, A Limo Driver and a Dominatrix Walk Into Helium Comedy Club

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Originally published in The Buffalo News
March 9, 2018
By Tim O’Shei

It was seven fifty-something p.m. This isn’t a place, or at least an evening, where people are binding themselves to a clock, so nobody noted the exact time. But it was nearly 8 p.m., which meant Nicholas Ranic was late when he ran through the door of Helium Comedy Club.

“Sorry, guys!” he mouthed to no one in particular.

Ranic was one of eight members of a Comedy 101 class held over the previous six weeks at Helium. Tonight was their graduation show, and his classmates were already here: The firefighter who lives with five women. The optician who’s dreamed of doing comedy for 30 years. A retiree who hit the comedy clubs decades ago as a young man in New York but left the business — until his girlfriend signed him up for this class. A limo driver whose marriage broke apart and decided to do something for himself. A millennial woman who realized she was just as funny as her funny friends. An experienced actress who wanted to add stand-up to her repertoire. And there’s the 6-foot-4-inch former dominatrix-turned-ordained minister.

As for Ranic, the bushy-bearded guy racing in late, his eyes slightly scurried behind his soda-bottle glasses? He’s a 33-year-old who has struggled with school, alcohol, disease and the unexpected death of his mother. He’s back in school now, and he was late this night because he went to Bryant & Stratton’s Orchard Park campus to pick up the math homework he would be missing.

He’s determined to get school right this time, and he’s determined to do right by his comedy class, too. Some people in his life have told him he couldn’t achieve. So tonight, for Ranic, is all about confronting “the haters.”

Moments before 8, class instructor Rich Lamb ushered his group of students out of the lobby and into the club. The crowd, made up almost exclusively of the performers’ families, friends, co-workers and clients, was seated in the front, closest to the stage. The students took seats in the back, set lists in hand.

By now, they knew this room well. They had spent six Saturday afternoons in here, working with Lamb and with each other on comedy theory, joke structure and ultimately, stacks of drafts and revisions of their own material.

That was low-key. They sat around with their feet on chairs, drinking coffee and Mountain Dews and Big Gulps. The lights were on, and Lamb – tapping what he calls his “inner critic” – piped in with suggestions and tips to boost every joke.

In class, they were never alone.

But tonight, with the lights dimmed, the front of house packed and a spotlight illuminating the stage, they were about to be on stage alone, standing before a crowd waiting to laugh.

* * *

When this group first convened in mid-January, Lamb was the only one standing onstage. This class is his mode of performance. He’s been in comedy since 1995, doing both stand-up and improv, but long ago decided to stay local rather than travel. He works full time as a training specialist at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and teaches classes at Helium. His eyes flit and dart as his comedy hard drive spins, churning out loads of raw, useful information.

“You have to install an app in your brain,” Lamb, 50, told the assembled group on Day 1. He pointed to his forehead. “I have an internal critic that does the work for me. He never shuts off.”

Other than hosting his students’ graduation shows, Lamb rarely performs anymore. Teaching is his performance, and though he has a gentle-giant persona with his students, it’s an intense experience for him. After each class, he would pace around the club, often staring into a distant wall, decompressing.

Lamb has developed a small collection of comedy instruction sheets, which he handed out over the first few weeks. They include the Writing Flow Chart (brainstorm, rant, underline, shorten and rewrite); the Joke Break-Up Page (make a statement, ask a question, give an example, then exaggerate into the punch line); and the Comedy Toolbox (14 strategies, including the Rule of Threes: “First and second are alike, the third is the punch”).

The strategies aren’t all Lamb’s creations; he’s a collector and observer — a self-described “student of comedy.” On the first day he distributed a syllabus, pointing out that the first three weeks would be packed with instruction and technique. One of the starting points, for example, would be having each student simply stand onstage and learn how to adjust the height of the mic stand and use the mic itself.

He also assured the students that they would become a tightknit group. “Lots of classes form text groups,” he said, “and go to open mics together.”

On Day 1, it seemed difficult to envision that happening. Lamb had each student do an extended self-introduction, and while the group was pleasant enough – and fascinatingly diverse – they were also awkwardly quiet toward each other.

Charmagne Chi, a 40-year-old banker and actress by night, told the group she had a show a couple of weeks later at MusicalFare Theatre.

“There are still tickets for the second show,” she said, “if any of you would like to come.”

Mickey Topliffe, a jovial, bespectacled optician, nodded enthusiastically. At 51, he was finally trying comedy after mulling it for 30 years. “I think we should all go as a group!” he said.

Most of the group sat silent.

Lamb kept working around the room, asking people’s reasons for enrolling in comedy school. Many of the answers mirrored ones he hears often:

My friends think I’m funny.

I’ve done some open mics and want to get better.

Ranic, sitting in the back, offered, “Haters are my motivators.”

A few steps away from Ranic was Poppy McKinivan, a tall woman (6 feet, 4 inches, she later revealed) whose long brown hair was bundled into dreadlocks. McKinivan, 47, gave her backstory: She grew up in a small, dingy Canadian town, had a bad marriage, and after exiting that situation, went to work as a dominatrix.

That one triggered Lamb’s inner critic. He tracks the professions of his more than 200 comedy-school students. He has taught teachers, strippers, lawyers, salespeople, law-enforcement officers and, more than any other profession, electrical engineers.

But McKinivan, he said, was the “only dominatrix.”

Except she’s not one anymore. McKinivan, who moved to the states and married an American man a few years ago, does something new in her life every year. She’s been a nude model for art classes. With her husband, she has motorcycled to most of the lower 48 states. She recently became an ordained minister and performs weddings on weekends.

McKinivan told the class that her eclectic collection of life choices is rooted in the way people treated her as a tall girl growing up. “I was always going to stand out,” she said, “so it was license to do what I want.”

Taking this all in was a 60-year-old man in a baseball cap who introduced himself by his stage name, Tony Slungini. He was not new to comedy: In the mid-’70s, while stationed with the Army in Fort Dix, N.J., he used to make his friends laugh by impersonating their drill sergeant. That prompted him to hit some of the New York comedy clubs, where he got to know a couple of young comics. One was a guy named Steve Buscemi, who warned Slungini not to move back home after his Army time was up.

“If you go back to Buffalo,” he recalls Buscemi saying, “you’ll get caught in the trap.” The “trap” being a regular life. Buscemi, who went on to become a well-known character actor, was correct: Slungini got married, had a mortgage and kids, went to college and, ultimately, got a divorce.

Sometime in the late ’80s, years after he left comedy, he was watching TV and noticed a guy doing a routine. The large face and the high forehead and the New Yawk cadence were familiar. It was Andy Silverstein.

Silverstein did it. Buscemi did it. Slungini didn’t. That stuck with him, maybe even gnawed at him.

“I saw how Silverstein did,” Slungini said. “You know who he is?”

“What’s his first name?” Lamb said?


Andy. Andrew … Lamb got it.

“That’s Dice Clay.”

Back then, in his 30s and 40s, Slungini was working as a teacher, and then in government, and he couldn’t break away from career and family to take a shot at following Buscemi or Dice Clay.

But today, he’s retired, his kids are grown, and he has money. He also has a girlfriend who signed him up for this class.

“Here I am,” he told Lamb. “Forty years later, trying to do it.”

An Evening With Pink Talking Fish at Buffalo Iron Works

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Thursday March 8th – Pink Talking Fish (An Evening With)
Doors: 8:00pm, Show: 9:00pm – Tickets: $14 ADV/$18 DOS – Ages: 18+

Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world’s most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.

Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands… they are Phenomenons. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mind-blowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band.

Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd…. The funky, danceable layerings of The Talking Heads…. The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish…. to merge these three into one gives music lovers a special experience.

Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Dave Brunyak on guitar. This is a band created by musicians who love the music of these acts. It’s purpose is to heighten people’s passion for this music by creating something fresh and exciting for fans.

The band is currently crushing tour and making big moves in the summer festival scene including appearances at: Wanee Music Festival, Peach Festival, StrangeCreek Campout, Great North and more! They also are just coming off of 3 SOLD OUT #BakersDozen shows in NYC.

Discovering connections is part of the fun: Pink Floyd’s “On The Run” seamlessly fitting in the middle of the composition of Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself”. Perfectly placing Phish’s “Sand” into the groove of The Talking Head’s “Slippery People”. Segued collections from all three acts such as Run Like Hell > Making Flippy Floppy > Piper > Run Like Hell or Mike’s Song > Have A Cigar > Once In A Lifetime > Weekapaug Groove. These ideas are the spirit behind Pink Talking Fish.

The story is ever evolving. The experience is always exciting. Come join Pink Talking Fish for the ultimate fusion tribute and celebrate the love of this music in unique fashion.