Cobblestone Live – Historic Cobblestone’s Premiere Event of the Summer!

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Buffalo Iron Works, Lockhouse Distillery & Bar, and Sunbeam Entertainment are pleased to present the Second Annual Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival, to be held on July 27th and 28th in the heart of the Historic Cobblestone district in downtown Buffalo. This year’s festival will include two outdoor main stages located on Illinois and Columbia streets, a stage inside Buffalo Iron Works, an electronic music stage/lounge inside Lockhouse Distillery & Bar, and an acoustic stage on South Park Avenue.

Over the last decade, The Historic Cobblestone district has become a breeding ground for live music and entertainment. Cobblestone Live is a single neighborhood of bars, restaurants, and venues coming together to put on a two-day festival which which will continue to grow to a national sized festival in the years to come.


– Over 30 artists/bands across 5 stages

– Festival games and activities for all ages.

– Local food trucks and vendors.

– Beer, wine, cider, & beverage tents.

– VIP tickets including exclusive VIP areas and additional perks.

– Festival drink menu from Lockhouse Distillery & Bar and Buffalo Iron Works.

– Promoting The Child Advocacy Center’s regional impact and raising funds for its programs.

Helping Kids Heal. A portion of the proceeds from the Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival will go to the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) which provides treatment and support to children in Erie County who have been sexually or physically abused. The CAC, a program of BestSelf Behavioral Health, provided approximately 1,100 forensic Interviews and more than 500 forensic medical examinations in 2017.

What is the Child Advocacy Center? The Child Advocacy Center is a one-of-a-kind service in Erie County which brings together local law enforcement agencies, mental health services, child protection, medical services, and the District Attorney’s Office under one roof to investigate, treat and support victims of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. The Child Advocacy Center ensures that these young victims and their caregivers receive immediate, effective and sensitive support. Nationally, Child Advocacy Centers, and their multidisciplinary teams, have improved conviction rates for perpetrators of child abuse by up to 94%.

Who is BestSelf Behavioral Health? BestSelf Behavioral Health is the largest community-based behavioral health organization serving children and adults of all ages in Western New York. We provide people with easy access to a full continuum of high-quality behavioral health treatment and recovery services, which they can utilize without fear of stigma or discrimination.

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Anvil w/ Shadowside, Metalfier & Jim Crean Band

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Anvil is Anvil! A self-confident statement. A band philosophy. And what’s more: a life motto. Anvil is Anvil, that’s the title of their latest album. And the name says it all: an unambiguous, uncompromising recording, typical of this band. At the same time it’s fresh, occasionally surprising and generally exciting through and through. A stalwart metal manifesto by a band who stand for authenticity and credibility like few others in this fast-lived business. “We’re sometimes criticised for never changing,” guitarist and vocalist Lips Kudlow explains. “But why should we change something we’re renowned for? Isn’t it much more important to stay faithful to yourself? To do what you do best? The idea behind our latest album is: we are what we are, and that’s how it’s going to stay!” For all Anvil fans, this is the best news of the year. And the all-important date for 2016 has already been scheduled: Anvil is Anvil will be released by Steamhammer/SPV on 26 February 2016. So be sure to mark the day in your diary!

Because Anvil is Anvil presents Lips Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner and their new bassist Chris Robertson in a thoroughly magic metal moment. Kudlow: “Time will tell whether this album is the absolute pinnacle of our career. But I would already refer to it as ´gaining the momentum`. The year 2013 was a perfect new start for Anvil. We were touring, went on to write the new material, toured again and returned to compose some more. During that time, the new line-up gelled into a real unit. The arrival of Chris was just as significant for us as the film back in 2008. He helped me enormously with my vocal lines, which is why my voice sounds better than ever on stage and also in the studio.”

The same could be said of the new material. Anvil is Anvil sounds all of one piece and presents the band’s amazing diversity, combined with their conscious loyalty to the compositional DNA of their own classics. ´Die For A Lie` for example sounds like a contemporary version of ´Jackhammer` and the stomping ´Runaway Train` features the same directives as ´Smoking Green`, only based on Kudlow’s present-day maturity. “I practically graduated from the Bob Marlette University,” the Anvil frontman praises the American producer with whom the band recorded their 2011 release, Juggernaut Of Justice (2011). “Bob showed me how to write songs which really mean something. So when I started to compose this time around, I was perfectly groomed.”

Talking of which: Anvil is Anvil was produced by Martin ´Mattes` Pfeiffer (U.D.O.) at the Redhead 4 Studios in Pulheim near Cologne, Germany. For Kudlow, whose family is Jewish, as is drummer Robb Reiner’s, it was a special moment to work with a German producer in a German studio. “There’s a song on Anvil is Anvil that’s called ´Forgive Don´t Forget`, which says everything about our attitude. Nobody is guilty of anything that happened before their time, especially since Germany has critically examined and come to terms with its own past. Anvil have always been welcome in Germany, even during difficult phases. When we think of Germany, we think of friends, not war criminals.” Kudlow calls himself an idealist who takes a clear political stance with songs such as ´Gun Control` and ´Die For A Lie` and also denounces the ambiguous role of the church. He says: “Religion is frequently used to involve people in military conflict. Hate in the name of God – that’s just wrong!”

Yet Anvil is Anvil not only touches on sensitive issues but also documents the band’s lust for life, their dynamic musical style and their absolute down-to-earthiness. When Kudlow delivers the line “Ace of Spades and the joker is wild” on ´It´s Your Move` with a surprisingly realistic Motörhead timbre, it proves his sense of humour and is an homage at the same time (“close friends with Lemmy since 1981, he is definitely part of the family”). And when Anvil invite their fans to the studio to join the choir on ´Daggers And Rum`, it only shows the closeness between the musicians and their fans. “We’ve never recorded a pirate metal shanty such as ´Daggers & Rum` before. I’m sure this number will go down well on the upcoming tour.”

Talking of which: the tour dates have already been confirmed and are enough to make your mouth water, because Anvil will play the full tour with U.D.O. – there hasn’t been a stronger power metal package in years; just like there hasn’t been a better musical foundation than Anvil is Anvil.

Shadowside, Metalfier, & Jim Crean Band will be joining the night!

Weekend Events in the Historical Cobblestone District

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Colin Quinn
Thursday April 26 – Saturday April 28
Helium Comedy Club
8:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

From the old MTV days to SNL to Comedy Central to Broadway, CQ is apparently refusing to leave the business. So if you enjoyed his other one man shows, or you just are at a place in your life where you are lost and you need intelligent laughs, come see his new show. One In Every Crowd.

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.)


Retro Rewind All Star Jam Featuring C.O. Jones, Nerds Gone Wild, Vinnie DeRosa Trio and Alyssa Gill
Friday April 27
Buffalo Iron Works
$30 at the door

Boling Entertainment Proudly Presents the First Annual Retro Rewind Allstar Jam

Staring some amazing entertainment such as C.O. Jones, The Nerds Gone Wild with special guests Vinnie Derosa Trio and introducing Toronto Own Alyssa Gill.

You don’t want to miss this night of back to back smooth and exciting jams that will get you moving to the beat of the music that touched our soul.

VIP tickets will include an open bar and appetizers from 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.



DJ Hassan
Friday April 27
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino


Helium Presents:  Comics Against Humanity
Friday April 27
Helium Comedy Club


What do questions like “What are my parents hiding from me?”, “What has been making life difficult at the nudist colony?”, and “What would grandma find disturbing, yet oddly charming?” have in common? They’re all potential jokes that can be heard on our brand-new show, Comics Against Humanity! A show that brings the beloved and horribly amazing game “Cards Against Humanity” to life!

Watch as the best local comedians improvise their sets on the spot using cards from the game as inspiration!

Hosted By: Rick Matthews Featuring: Jameel Key, Brandon Trusso, Shaun Murphy, Clayton Williams, Allie Brady, Chris Plumer, Jesse Winterhalter, Brian Netzel, Cody Colin Chase, Don Johnson, and Dan McArdle!

Date Night: Dinner & Show for 2 Packages – Now Available

Package details:

  • 2 upgraded tickets to the show (your seats will be saved)
  • Dinner in Elements (seated up to 2 hours before showtime)
  • Includes 1 appetizer, 2 entrées and 1 dessert
  • Our standard 2-item showroom minimum is waived
  • Parties seated together may not exceed 6 guests

To purchase, select the “Dinner & Show for Two” ticket type. Each package includes 2 tickets. Pairs wishing to be seated together should contact our box office. No “Dinner & Show” group seated together may exceed 6 guests.

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.)


2018 Lockhouse Sakura Gin Release
Saturday April 28
Lockhouse Distillery & Bar

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.

– 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!


Buffalo Bandits Appearances
Saturday April 28
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino


Buffalo Bandits vs Rochester Knighthawks
Saturday April 28
Key Bank Center


The Lizards – Phish Tribute
Saturday April 28
Buffalo Iron Works

The Lizards – Phish Tribute: “The Lizards are a PHISH tribute band. Playing songs written and/or performed by the Phinest gents from Vermont.”

The Lizards made their debut in November of 2013, playing sold out shows and festivals to hundreds of fans. The band’s main goal is to recreate the Phish Experience. Whether it’s their ever changing setlists, synchronized dancing (or trampoline-ing) or touring with their own lighting rig and director (TG5), the band is committed to giving people that same feeling as the one we’ve all felt many times before.

The Lizards make it possible to gain that experience in our own backyard, with many feeling it’s been a long time coming that a band can create a community in this country for such a style of music. The Lizards intend to show everyone that they, above all things, can once again bring together a congregation of like-minded people that all want the same things: good times, good music & sore legs

Queen City Roller Girls:  Subzero Sirens vs. Tri-city Roller Derby
Sunday April 29
Buffalo Riverworks

The Subzero Sirens play against the visiting Tri-City Roller Derby.

All QCRG home games are played at Buffalo Riverworks, a multi-purpose venue located at 359 Ganson St. In addition to roller derby, Buffalo Riverworks houses 3 bars, a restaurant, a brewery, concert venue, covered outdoor ice rinks, and a second-level mezzanine overlooking the roller derby track. QCRG is very excited to be partnering with Buffalo Riverworks to offer a best in class experience to our fans across Western New York.

Doors and will call open one hour before the posted event start time. All online ticket purchasers should check in at with Will Call at the Box Office when arriving at the game. Please direct order inquiries to

Online sales close 5 hours before the posted event time. If you’ve missed the online sales window, tickets will be available at the Riverworks box office starting approximately one hour before the event starts.

Front Row seats are $20 and offer the closest vantage to the action via the first row of seats outside of the 10 foot safely lane surrounding the track. All front row patrons must be 18 years of age or older. Upstairs balcony seats are likewise $20 and offer a unique vantage overlooking the track from the seats located on the second floor mezzanine. A front row or balcony pass guarantees a front row or balcony seat (respectively), although the specific seats themselves are first come, first serve.

VIP Tables come in three options: in the downstairs restuarant there are 6 seat tables ($120) along the track edge and 4 seat tables ($80) immediately behind them. Upstairs 6 seat tables ($120) are situated along the balcony overlooking the track. VIP Tables options offer exclusive viewpoints and full restaurant service and are open to all ages. VIP Tables come with a minimum bar/restaurant spend ($100/6 seat table; $60/4 seat table) through Buffalo Riverworks (Click HERE to check out The Ward Menu)

Note – only VIP Tables have table service (drinks or food). All other seats can purchase food/beverages at the bars (upstairs and downstairs) or concession stands (downstairs).

Groups of 20 or more are encouraged to contact Group Sales to coordinate seating and sales. Details available HERE

A detailed seating chart can be seen HERE

All ticket sales are final. We do not issue refunds or exchanges for any reason, with the following exceptions: if this event is cancelled entirely refunds will be issued to all customers; if this event is rescheduled refunds will be offered to all customers.

If you lose a printed ticket before a game, don’t worry – we keep records of all ticket purchasers and you will be able to check in at will call.

Industry Night
Sunday April 29
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino




Awesome April Events In the Historic Cobblestone District

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Founders CBS, KBS ’18, KBS ’17 Release
Friday April 6
716 Food and Sport

Releasing Founders Brewing Canadian Breakfast Stout along with 2018 Kentucky Breakfast Stout and 2017 Kentucky Breakfast Stout


Dan Soder
Thursday April 5 – Saturday April 6
7:30pm, 10:00pm
Helium Comedy Club

One of stand-up’s funniest up-and-coming comics, Dan Soder has been featured on “Conan,” MTV2’s “Guy Code,” and Showtime’s “Billions.” He is the co-host of SiriusXM’s “The Bonfire” with fellow comedian Big Jay Oakerson and is a regular on Robert Kelly’s “You Know What Dude” podcast. Soder’s debut hour-long Comedy Central special aired in May, 2016.

Date Night: Dinner & Show for 2 Packages – Now Available

Package details:

  • 2 upgraded tickets to the show (your seats will be saved)
  • Dinner in Elements (seated up to 2 hours before showtime)
  • Includes 1 appetizer, 2 entrées and 1 dessert
  • Our standard 2-item showroom minimum is waived
  • Parties seated together may not exceed 6 guests

To purchase, select the “Dinner & Show for Two” ticket type. Each package includes 2 tickets. Pairs wishing to be seated together should contact our box office. No “Dinner & Show” group seated together may exceed 6 guests.

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.)


Upstate Rubdown w/ the Crooked North
Friday April 6
Lockhouse Distillery & Bar



Your favorite downstate band is back at Lockhouse Distillery to perform an intimate set with their friends The Crooked North.

Bring your dancin shoes!

Tickets: 12/$15….this show will sell out!
Doors at 8:00pm
Show at 9:00pm


Rise Collaborative Presents:  Silent Disco Dance Party
Friday April 6
Buffalo Iron Works


After bringing SE2 Silent Disco in for Halloween in 2017, we knew we had to party with them again soon.

$25 includes your first drink, and gets you onto the dance floor for three channels from three DJ’s all in one headset that’s yours the whole night.


DJ One Way
Friday April 6
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino


Buffalo River Works Presents Thawfest 3
Saturday April 7
Buffalo River Works

It has been a long winter. We should be lauding the end of it! Come celebrate the Thawing of winter at Buffalo’s 3rd annual Thawfest – a springtime beer, wine and distillery festival happening Saturday April 7th at 6:30pm at Buffalo Riverworks.

We will have over 50 local breweries, distilleries and vineyards to sample from (with more being added every day).

On stage will be the critically acclaimed Strictly Hip. Also, drink in style with your limited edition Thawfest custom commemorative glass we have for every participant!

We are selling 1500 tickets for the 6:30pm session. This EVENT WILL SELL OUT. Once they are gone they are GONE!

We will also have one of the last Buffalo regular season hockey games on the Big 25’ (that’s right… 25 FOOT!!) LED TV inside Riverworks! Come enjoy this springtime beer festival Saturday April 7th at Buffalo Riverworks. We are melting the ice from the hockey rinks, pulling the Ice boom, and celebrating our springtime craft beverages!


Showtime Boxing Free TV Viewing at Stixx
Saturday April 7
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

Lara vs Hurd


UFC 223 Free TV Viewing Party at Stixx
Saturday April 7
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

Holloway vs Khabib
Namajunas vs Joanna 2


Magic Beans
Saturday April 7
Buffalo Iron Works


The Magic Beans are a band sprouted from the cultural island of Colorado that are set out to bring their unique, genre-blending music to the masses and inspire good times. In the modern age, where things are no longer quite as black and white; the Beans strive to be as inclusive as possible by skirting the lines between many genres within their unique sound. Music can encompass so many different feels and emotions and it is the band’s goal to incorporate as much of it as they can into their sound and sometimes even one composition. Listeners are left with a danceable ode to funk, rock, bluegrass, americana, livetronica, world, prog, and more. Fans have effectively dubbed the genres they hear as spacefunk, ameritronica, and groovegrass.

Today’s modern music listener no longer defines themselves within one genre, in favor of enjoying as much diversity as they can. It is upon this new musical paradigm of inclusivity that the Beans have grown one of the largest fanbases in their region, the self-named “Team Bean”. The group uses no pre-recorded tracks or samples in favor of a more traditional approach to music; original songwriting and continually pushing the envelope are what have set this group apart. Seamlessly combining traditional genres with modern dance music, The Magic Beans strive to be original and expressive of the modern music lover.

The Magic Beans have shared the stage with an eclectic group of musicians: ranging from String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Lotus, Disco Biscuits, Leftover Salmon, ALO, The Motet, to acts like Railroad Earth, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Great American Taxi, Twiddle, Dopapod, Zac Deputy, Elephant Revival, Greensky Bluegrass, Split Lip Rayfield, Juno What, Papadosio, & The Werks just to name a few. They’ve performed over 400 shows as group across the nation, selling out venues as they go. They host the annual Beanstalk Music Festival in Colorado which sells out every year and plays host to international, national, and regional acts of all kinds.

Special Guests Formula 5 will join!


PGA Masters Tournament
Sunday April 8
716 Food and Sport


Join us on the final day of The Masters Tournament as the winner takes home his Green Jacket. New Era Golf prizes and giveaways.


Sun Dried Vibes & Roots of a Rebellion
Sunday April 8
Buffalo Iron Works


Sun Dried Vibes
Sun-Dried Vibes provide a fresh twist to the reggae/rock genre with their high-energy live performances that crank out infectious sing-a-longs laced with a positive message. SDV will be heard, since their inception the group has played around 275 dates a year. The trio of road warriors quickly became a festival favorite with two full length albums under their belt and a long list of tour history that grabbed fans from all demographics. In 2014 one of the most progressive promoters in the world took notice and added SDV to the major festival ‘California Roots: Carolina Sessions’ sharing the bill with the Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Katchafire and more in Wilmington, NC.

2015 is full of momentum and new opportunities. SDV will set out on a national tour this summer highlighted by an appearance at the largest reggae music festival in the world. California Roots Music & Arts Festival will take place this May in Monterey, CA and the group is humbled to share the bill with SOJA, Steel Pulse, Dirty Heads, Chronixx, The Roots and many more. Sun Dried Vibes will also start working on their new album in San Diego this June.

The ensemble joined forces in the July of 2010 in Rock Hill, SC. On August 28th 2011 Zach Fowler (Lead Vox/ Gtr), Evan Tyler (Bass), and Alex Winchester (Drums) released ‘Give Thanks’ as their debut album and began filling up rooms along the east coast. On April 8th, 2014 their sophomore album “Back2Square1” debuted on the iTunes Reggae Charts at #6 and the hit single “Young One” ft. Jeremy Anderson (TreeHouse) was featured as the MP3 Leak of the Week by The Pier (

Sun-Dried Vibes took home back to back awards for South Carolina’s Rock Band of the Year in 2012 & 2013 voted on by the SC Music Awards and were voted Charlotte’s Best Local Band 2012 by the Readers of Creative Loafing.

It’s not a secret that the Sun-Dried Vibes family includes a very loyal fan base, the higher ups have definitely taken notice. SDV has had the pleasure of supporting major acts of all genres including The Dirty Heads, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Ballyhoo, The Movement, Passafire, The Expendables, Natural Vibrations, The Aggrolites, The Supervillains, Less Than Jake, AWOL Nation, Neon Trees, The Nappy Roots and many more.

Roots of a Rebellion
In the very house that once belonged to Hank Williams Sr, a new musical spirit has risen up with an entirely new sound. Roots of a Rebellion’s unique and diverse music has recently began to demand a shift of attention in Nashville, a town practically defined by country music. As an emerging reggae rock band, they have quickly proven themselves by capturing the hearts and ears of fans everywhere. They have been fortunate enough to share the stage with such notable acts as The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, North Mississippi Allstars, SOJA, Cas Haley, Iration, Passafire and many others. Roots of a Rebellion’s music offers elements of reggae, rock, dub and soul while putting emphasis on tight horn sections, catchy melodies, and conscious lyrics. This wholeheartedly authentic and powerful combination creates a sound that is both physically and mentally captivating. Hailing from various corners of the United States, each member brings past musical experiences and passions to this project attempting to break down musical barriers. While continuing to grow and be blessed as a band, they desire to put just as much emphasis on community and global unity as they do the music. While they see their music as a tool for change, they also can be found off the stage playing their part to better our world. ROAR will continue marching on representing this truth and love through music. Be on the lookout for future R.O.A.R shows coming through your town!!

Events in the Historical Cobblestone District this Weekend (February 16 – February 18)

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Originally published by The Buffalo News
February 15, 2018
By Ben Tsujimoto

Enter the Haggis, McCarthyizm, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 Feb. 17 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Ages 18+.

Commentary: With the Shamrock Run and St. Patrick’s Day one flip of the calendar away, Buffalo Iron Works whets the palate with two solid Celtic bands booked for Saturday. It’s tough to top a band name like Enter the Haggis, primarily because it sounds intimidating until you realize that it’s a dish of sheep innards dear to Scotland.

McCarthyizm kicked off January with a gig at Sportsmen’s Tavern, but expect a more impressive turnout for this two-pronged show. Come early for the Irish dancers from the local Rince Na Tiarna company, too

Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16, 1 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Free to attend as a spectator.

Commentary: The 2018 Labatt Pond Hockey Tournament began in earnest last Sunday, with the novice and amateur divisions rolling through a jam-packed day of action.

Organizers have saved the best for this weekend, however, as over-21, over-30, over-40 and over-50 divisions – plus the Elite Division – will play a more spaced-out string of games. For me, the annual competition for best (family-friendly) team name comes down to two: 7 Angry Men and Moves Like Jagr.

Barrels of Blues – Jony James Blues Band

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Originally published by Step Out Buffalo

DATE: Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018

TIME: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

LOCATION: Lockhouse Distillery

41 Columbia St., Buffalo, New York, 14204

Join the Blues Society of WNY at the all new “BARRELS OF BLUES” night at Lockhouse Distillery. The best in Blues music twice a month with Blues specials from across the pine in the historic Cobblestone district. Parking is free and widely available. FREE for members, $3 non-members.

“The Blues Society recognizes the importance of downtown Buffalo for the history of blues in WNY and the role that Lockhouse Distillery has played in downtown’s rebirth.” Said Chuck Laedke, board member of the Blues Society of WNY Inc. “Adding this event series to our 2018 music schedule supports our overall goal of enhancing blues culture and education in this region.”

“Small businesses such as ours are afforded the special opportunity of choosing to work with likeminded organizations and businesses that share our values and beliefs.” States Cory Muscato, Partner and Distillery Manager of Lockhouse Distillery. “Working with the Blues Society to keep the blues alive in WNY and expand on their educational goals is just the kind of alliance that our brand is all about.”

Blues acts that are set to open series:
January 17th – Willie May Band
January 31st – Mercury Blues Band
February 14th – Rod Nickson Project
February 28th – Jony James Band

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. approves contract to advance Canalside interpretive structures project

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This article was originally featured Monday, March 13, 2017 in Niagara Frontier Publications

Board also approved items to move forward on Buffalo waterfront operations, maintenance & improvements

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. Board of Directors met on Monday and approved several items, including a contract for architectural and engineering design services for the Canalside interpretive structures project; ECHDC’s operating and capital budgets; and an agreement with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for operations and maintenance of property at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

“ECHDC continues to support projects that transform the once-vacant and underutilized parcels in downtown Buffalo into a vibrant, mixed-use, year-round area that we now know as Canalside,” ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia said. “The Canalside interpretive structures project will further advance our work by promoting and incorporating architectural elements that celebrate and interpret the historical significance of the Erie Canal and surrounding area.”

The Canalside interpretive structures project consists of new facilities at several locations, with a focus on former buildings located along the commercial slip.

The ECHDC board approved a $1.3 million contract with Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects LLC (HHL), a Buffalo-based architectural firm, to provide architectural and engineering design services for the project. The facilities being considered are:

•An open-air pavilion structure allowing for a range of three-season programming, activities and possibility semipermanent exhibits and/or experiences. It could evoke an 1870s building.

•Recreation of the full-scale brick facade of the Union Steamboat building.

•Backdrop for a concert stage.

•Another open-air pavilion structure that will allow for additional three-season programming, activities and possibly semipermanent exhibits and/or experiences.

•Visitor center. With the popularity of Canalside as a regional tourist destination, the demand for visitor services has been growing.

•Public restrooms. With the popularity of Canalside as a regional tourist destination, the demand for public restrooms has been growing.

•City of Buffalo Police substation.

The HHL team will complete detailed environmental studies, structural and building surveys, and architectural and engineering design services in order to prepare a construction bid package. The HHL team includes Perkins Eastman (formerly Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn), Theatre Consultants Collaborative, Environmental Design & Research, M/E Engineering, Ravi Engineering, RJR Engineering, Illumination Arts and Baer & Associates. ECHDC said HHL is well-suited for this project, having completed the Darwin D. Martin Estate restoration and reconstruction, the Buffalo Club renovations, and the Market Arcade restoration. The company is also very familiar with Canalside’s history and current programming and events, as well as the process of working within the City of Buffalo and with other agencies in the immediate area.

At the ECHDC meeting, the board also approved ECHDC’s fiscal year 2017-18 operating and capital budgets. The operating budget, which includes personnel and nonpersonnel services, is $1,215,409. Separate from the corporation’s operating budget is the corporation’s capital expense authorization, which will be individually approved by the corporation’s board of directors under separate actions throughout the year.

The corporation’s fiscal year 2017-18 capital expense authorization is $34,263,456. This includes, but is not limited to, the remaining costs on the design and construction of Explore & More Children’s Museum; design and construction of the carousel project; activation of the South and North Aud Block; design and construction of the historic pavilion/stage/facade/restrooms; Canalside wayfinding signage; and Canalside events, programming, site operations, maintenance and utility costs. Additionally, ECHDC is funding various projects at the Outer Harbor, including, but not limited to, operations, maintenance and utility costs; and access/activation design and construction. Funding for ECHDC’s capital budget will consist of both existing and anticipated funds from the NYPA, New York state and the Federal Highway Administration.

The board also authorized a memorandum of understanding with State Parks for operations and maintenance of land associated with ECHDC-owned property on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. State Parks and ECHDC successfully completed a scope of services (trash removal, facilities maintenance, general landscaping) for years 2015 and 2016, and are in agreement to extend the partnership through 2017. The funding amount is not to exceed $126,000.

The ECHDC is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corp. (d/b/a Empire State Development) as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two nonvoting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County executive and the City of Buffalo mayor.

As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the ECHDC supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor.

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DL&W Terminal could be a destination under new NFTA plan

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Article written by James Fink 12/14/16

Turning the DL&W Terminal into a transportation destination for Canalside and the Cobblestone District may be closer than many realize.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority hopes to secure federal funding for an environmental review of the historic South Park Avenue and within the next year, it could be turned into a development-ready site.

That’s the upshot from a key NFTA executive.

Tom George, NFTA, public transit director, said during a briefing with Buffalo Place Inc. officials that the authority has made the DL&W Terminal redevelopment one of its top development priorities.

“We got a large asset, with a lot of square footage,” George said. “It’s time to leverage what’s happening in Canalside and the Cobblestone district.”

The drive to use the 99-year-old DL&W Terminal, tucked behind KeyBank Center, is not a new one. Over the years, the NFTA has attempted to find private sector interest in using portions of the building, especially its largely vacant second floor.

In recent months, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, has been pushing the NFTA to address the terminal issue.

This spring, the authority decided on a $43 million redevelopment plan that will see a Metro Rail stop be incorporated into the building’s first floor, with the stop overlooking the Buffalo River and Riverwalk. Retail kiosks would be placed on the second floor with a pair of elevated bridges over South Park Avenue connecting the terminal with KeyBank Center.

“We’d love to create a new front door,” George said.

The plan would require little interior renovation work.

Besides the Metro Rail station and retail offerings, the NFTA is considering building docks and slips on the terminal’s waterside.

“This is true opportunity for a public and private partnership,” George said.

George said some private-sector development interests have approached the NFTA about possible projects on the second floor.

The terminal’s second floor has 80,000-square-feet of enclosed space and another 60,000-square-foot patio facing east towards Michigan Avenue.

The key, George said, is to secure the $500,000 needed to underwrite the environmental impact study. Federal agencies are being approached for the funds.

George hopes to have the money secured and study underway by this spring, a move that would make any redevelopment plans ready to be enacted by late 2017.

“We are trying to get the highest and best use out of the facility,” George said.

Read the entire article here.

‘New Buffalo’ Spurs Growth In Cobblestone District

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Driving through Buffalo, you will notice the skyline rising and buildings expanding – and the Historic Cobblestone District mimics the same state.

As you enter the historic entertainment district, you’ll be pleased to witness steel structures rising above the incumbent buildings which call the Historic Cobblestone District Home. Throughout the day, the sound of rumbling industrial machinery confirm new buildings are being brought to life.

Buffalo is in an era of revitalization and new development in the thriving Cobblestone District is no different. Below are a few projects to keep an eye on, as the Cobblestone District grows.

Buffalo River Landing

Abandoned for decades, the freight house fell into a state of disrepair that made its safe rehabilitation impossible.

$18 million later, ‘contemporary living at 1 south street’ has begun to take center stage as the exterior structure overlooks the Buffalo River. Like many buildings in the Historic Cobblestone District, Buffalo River Landing will pay homage to the historical significance of the area. As part of the plans, the freight house’s brick foundation will remain and be visible from the water’s edge.

The luxury apartments boasts living arrangements from 900-square feet to 1,800-square feet and a priceless view of an area that the queen city was built upon more than 150 years ago. The mixed-use building will also offer professional space for commercial tenants. The apartments are projected to open by the end of 2016.

Learn more here.

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

Located in the Historic Cobblestone District, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino continues to experience growth on a number of fronts.

First, business is booming for the Cobblestone District neighbor as locals and visitors alike make the most of the Buffalo Renaissance. As a result of the strong financial state the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is currently in, a $40 million expansion is currently underway just three years after the casino’s opening.

The expansion to the casino welcomes two floors of additional space that will increase the casino’s facility by more than 50,000 square feet. The new space will house more than 300 additional slot machines, entertainment space, new Western Door restaurant, and an expansion of the Buffalo Savors Bar & Grill.

The final steel beam was set in the beginning of May and the expanded portion of the casino is slated to open spring 2017.

Learn more here.

It was also recently reported that Pegula Sports and Entertainment have reach an agreement to purchase the historic building located at 79 Perry Street in the Cobblestone District, which hints to further development in the coming months.

Smiles at the BBQ and Blues Bash- Buffalo News

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Buffalo News

Monday, June 20, 2016

Don Nieman/Special to The News

BBQ & Blues Bash on Illinois Street in the Cobblestone District was a benefit for Gateway-Longview and featured barbecue from Big Belly BBQ, J & L Barbecue, Babz BBQ and Fat Bob’s Smokehouse. The acclaimed Tommy Z Band was among the musical highlights.

View the photo gallery here.