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Sloan Returns to Buffalo Iron Works This Saturday For Their Sloan 12 Album Tour

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Buffalo Ironworks
Saturday June 16
9:00pm
$30 at the door

The Toronto-based rock quartet is perhaps the most truly democratic group in the annals of pop, with Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott all contributing original compositions to each record, equal partners with equal say over every aspect of their work. Where in the past creative lines have been blurred to create the multi-faceted Sloan sound, “Commonwealth” sees the four bandmates disassociating ever so slightly to create an old-school double album sequenced with each member staking out a single side as their own artistic dominion.

The Toronto-based rock quartet is perhaps the most truly democratic group in the annals of pop, with Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott all contributing original compositions to each record, equal partners with equal say over every aspect of their work. Where in the past creative lines have been blurred to create the multi-faceted Sloan sound, “Commonwealth” sees the four bandmates disassociating ever so slightly to create an old-school double album sequenced with each member staking out a single side as their own artistic dominion.

Designated by the four playing card suits, the essentially solo sides allow for all four members’ work to at last be heard through the prism of individual identity. Ferguson’s opening “Diamond” side showcases his remarkable knack for symphonic pop, Pentland’s “Shamrock” offers a substantial helping of pedal-hoppin’ psych rock, and Murphy’s “Heart” is fit to burst with wit, jangle, and eclectic energy. As if the four-sided concept weren’t challenge enough, “Commonwealth” finishes with “Forty Eight Portraits,” an ingenious 18-minute pop suite that fills the entirety of Scott’s closing “Spade” side. Ultimately, what makes “Commonwealth” so special — and so distinctly Sloan — is how the fragmented approach in fact only serves to underscore the veteran band’s extraordinary strengths, showcasing the particular ingredients without ever losing sight of the sum of their parts. , and Murphy’s “Heart” is fit to burst with wit, jangle, and eclectic energy. As if the four-sided concept weren’t challenge enough, “Commonwealth” finishes with “Forty Eight Portraits,” an ingenious 18-minute pop suite that fills the entirety of Scott’s closing “Spade” side. Ultimately, what makes “Commonwealth” so special — and so distinctly Sloan — is how the fragmented approach in fact only serves to underscore the veteran band’s extraordinary strengths, showcasing the particular ingredients without ever losing sight of the sum of their parts.

10th Annual Cobblestone BBQ and Blues Bash

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Join Gateway Longview on Friday June 15 on Illinois Street in Buffalo’s Historic Cobblestone District as they party in the street for their biggest fundraiser of the year – the BBQ & Blues Bash!

Enjoy live blues bands such as the Hayden Fogle Band and Freightrain, local barbecue from Babz BBQ, BW’s Smokin’ Barrels and Jake and the Fatman BBQ, and beer with over 1,000 of your closest friends all while supporting the children and families of Gateway Longview.

Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 day of event.  Ticket price includes a 4 hour concert, refreshments from Labatt and others and parking in the Key Bank Center ramp.  Food tickets are available for a $2 donation.

All funds raised support 18 programs of Gateway Longview, impacting over 3,600 Western New York children and their families each year.

 

Comedy on Tap: David Dyer, Lavell Crawford and JT Habersaat

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Originally Published in The Buffalo News
May 9, 2018
By Mark Ciemcioch

It’s a good week for comedy when rooms other than the area’s two main clubs bring in talent. Here’s what shows we’re eyeing up over the next week.

Veteran comedian David Dyer returns to Rob’s Comedy Playhouse at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. May 12. Dyer’s most recent album, “Uncooked,” was released last year on top digital platforms, and he’s developed two web series, “The Sidecar Sessions” and “Pillars,” both available on YouTube. Admission is $12. Info: robscomedyplayhouse.com.

Big laughs are up at Helium Comedy Club this weekend, as Lavell Crawford returns to headline six shows over four nights beginning May 10. His Comedy Central special “Can a Brother Get Some Love?” was filmed in his hometown of St. Louis, and he’s appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and several other filmed tours and shows. “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” fans also know Crawford from his recurring role as bodyguard Huell. Crawford will perform at the downtown club at 7:30 p.m. May 10, 7:30 and 10 p.m. May 11 and 12, and 7 p.m. May 13. Tickets are $30. Info: buffalo.heliumcomedy.com

JT Habersaat has found his own path to a comedy career, as he takes his Altercation Punk Comedy Tour to Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.) at 8:30 p.m. May 15. Habersaat has released several albums and specials and hosts the weekly “Road Podcast.” He’ll be joined by comedian Jay Chanoine and local funnymen Rick Matthews and Jesse Winterhalter. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 cash at the door. Info: jtcomedy.com

Too Slim and the Taildraggers Make Their Buffalo Iron Works Debut!

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Wednesday May 9
Buffalo Iron Works
8:00pm
$17 at the door

New York writer Dave Rubin stated, “If Tim “Too Slim” Langford only played slide guitar, he would slither around most other blues guitarists and take a ferocious bite out of their pride. But as the sole six-string slinger, songwriter and lead vocalist of the power trio Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Langford is a force of nature leaving musical tracks others try to follow”.

Those tracks led to Nashville, where Langford has been hanging and working with the big dogs. After teaming up with Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, ZZ Top, Joe Louis Walker, George Thorogood, Susan Tedeschi…) Langford headed into the studio to track a new album, Blue Heart, released in June 2013. Now Langford has again teamed up with Tom Hambridge to co-write and record three new songs for the upcoming June 2014 release of “Anthology”. “Anthology” features the recordings of Langford from the Underworld Records catalog spanning the last 15 years. To top it off, in May 2014 through January 2015, Tim “Too Slim” Langford was chosen to be featured at the Nashville International Airport and the Country Music Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Elton John, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Ray Stephenson, and The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Creating an eclectic style of blues and rock that has become a genre all its own, Tim “Too Slim” Langford’s ever-evolving musical direction cannot easily be classified. Too Slim and the Taildraggers effortlessly cross genres, flavoring Blues with Rock and Americana, they appeal to audiences of varying musical tastes.
Tim Langford has won multiple individual awards for Best Guitarist, Best Slide Guitarist, and Best Songwriter and the band are in the Hall of Fame in three Northwest blues societies. The band’s 2013 release “Blue Heart” Reach as high as #3 on the BillBoard Top Blues Album Chart and Shiver,the bands previous release was a 2012 Blues Music Award nominee for “Blues Rock Recording of the Year”.

Too Slim and the Taildraggers current rhythm section consists of Nashville bassist Eric “Stretch” Hanson and drummer Jeff “Shakey” Fowlkes (Kid Rock, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise).

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Helium Presents: Peter Correale

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Named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top 10 comics to watch, Pete Correale brings his keen eye for the humor found in daily life to Comedy Central with his comedy special, “The Things We Do For Love.” Correale is a veteran of the comedy club and festival circuit as well as television talk shows like “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “Carson Daily,” and co-hosted the Sirius satellite radio show “Breuer Unleashed” with “SNL” star Jim Breuer.

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.)

Sunbeam Entertainment Presents: Deer Tick w/ Liz Cooper and the Stampede

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Tuesday May 1
Buffalo Iron Works
8:00pm
$30 at the door

Sunbeam Entertainment Presents….

Deer Tick w/ Liz Cooper and the Stampede

Tuesday May 1, 2018
Buffalo Iron Works
Tickets: $25 ADV/$30

Deer Tick:

Country souland Delta blues, old-time gospel and hardcore punk, it’s all inthere.

Each successive DeerTick record reveals more colors and increased perspective, the rave-ups getwilder, the ballads more knowing and hurt.

Liz Cooper & The Stampede is a folk, psychedelic rock band based out of Nashville, TN.

2018 Lockhouse Sakura Gin Release

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Lockhouse Distillery & Bar
Saturday April 28
12pm – 2am

Our immensely popular seasonal Sakura Gin is back for year two!

Made from cherry blossoms collected throughout the Olmsted Park System – in addition to traditional gin botanicals – Sakura Gin is produced in collaboration with the Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy, which is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary of being the nation’s oldest park system.

The Sakura Gin recently won the ‘Best of Category – Signature Botanical Gin’ award at the American Distilling Institute’s 2018 Craft Spirits Judging.

Bottle sales will begin at noon at the distillery located in the Cobblestone District, 41 Columbia street. If purchased at the distillery, each bottle costs $35 including tax.

EVENT WILL FEATURE:
– Limited release bottle sales all day and evening.
– Special Sakura-themed cocktail menu by Bar Manager Casey Yeates
– Distillery production tours from 2-8pm
– Sakura Gin tastings
– Live music by DJ KAGE

For any bottle of Sakura Gin sold at either the distillery or any other retail outlet, Lockhouse will donate $1 to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Each year, a Lockhouse-donated cherry tree will be planted on site at the Japanese Gardens to memorialize the relationship between the two organizations.

Remember, this product is seasonal and can only be produced once a year. Grab a bottle before it sells out!

Carbon Leaf’s 25th Anniversary Tour Comes to Buffalo Iron Works Thursday April 26

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Buffalo Iron Works
Thursday April 26
$25 at the door

Carbon Leaf is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2018 behind a new album and extensive U.S. and European touring.

Blending rock, folk, Celtic, bluegrass and Americana traditions into a high-energy style the group calls ether-electrified porch music, the Virginia quintet’s poetic songs are brought to life with acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion and rich vocal harmony.

Carbon Leaf writes, records and produces it’s music independently from their studio in Richmond, VA, and has performed over 2,400 lives shows across 17 albums in their long career.

The group’s independent music and spirit continue to resonate with its fans.

Back On His Feet, Colin Quinn Brings Laughs To The Edge

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Originally published in The Buffalo News
April 24, 2018
By: Mark Ciemcioch

Funny man Colin Quinn has earned so much respect slinging jokes that it’s no surprise the comedy community came out to praise him in early 2018. The former “Saturday Night Live” anchor and “Tough Crowd” host suffered a heart attack in February that led to the outpouring of love, causing Quinn to note on Twitter he started a list of friends who didn’t “check in” yet.

Quinn is on the mend and back on his “One in Every Crowd” tour, which stops at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo for four shows Thursday through Saturday.

Question: How are you feeling?

Answer: I’m feeling better. I don’t know if I can say I’m recovering, but I’m definitely much better than I was.

Q: That’s good to hear. It seems like a terrible way to promote a comedy tour.

A: No, there’s worse ways. I get some sympathy.

Q: Do you get different vibes from people and crowds since this happened?

A: Yeah, they’ve been very loving. Let’s face it, it has its place but it’s a bit much.

Q: Was there anything you had to change about your routine or your doctor advised against?

A: That’s funny. My doctor told me not to do certain jokes. “Look, I don’t want to get involved in your act, but some of this stuff, I just don’t get.” “Well, what does it have to do with my heart?” “Nothing, it just bugs me. It has to do with my heart.”

When I think about it, stand-up is the only reason I don’t have five heart attacks a week, because the things that infuriate me and get my heart pressure going, I get to say on stage.

Q: Is it fulfilling to take whatever you read in the news or what’s going on in your life to wrestle and puzzle with it until you make it funny?

A: It’s so fulfilling, the gratitude I have to be able to do this for a living. It’s so fulfilling that every stand-up who left because they got so rich is back doing it. It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. Nobody quits, and they don’t need to do it.

Q: Given the current state of the world and culture, is this a fruitful time for you to be a comic?

A: (Sigh) Fruitful? I definitely feel like stand-up is the place to comment on all this stuff, but at the same time, I feel so disgusted by the left and the right in this country. The extremist personalities, ugh, it just makes me sick.

I never knew this many people who thought they were intelligent and experts on every social ill. It’s unbelievable, just watching people weigh in.

Q: You’ve talked a bit about President Trump’s personality in the past, but as a provocateur, you always seem like you come to the edge yourself, but never come off like a jerk. How do you balance that line?

A: Because I know I’m (a jerk), too. I never try to act like I’m not part of the hypocrisy of life. I want to pontificate and be an expert on all the stuff that these people do that I criticize in public; I’m the same way. Everybody is, they have that side to themselves. The people who think they’re above it, ugh, they lose their humor because they’re acting that they’re on the side of righteousness. It’s just so ridiculous.

Comedy preview

Who: Colin Quinn

Where: Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets: $22-$25

Info: buffalo.heliumcomedy.com

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