East Aurora’s Left Coast Taco to Open Inside Buffalo Iron Works

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The Buffalo News
July 20, 2018
Ben Tsujimoto

A small Southtowns takeout-focused restaurant will expand its presence into downtown Buffalo.

Southern California-inspired East Aurora restaurant Left Coast Taco will begin serving at concert venue Buffalo Iron Works, at 49 Illinois St., beginning with the Workingman’s Dead show Aug. 2.

Initially, Left Coast’s food will be available at concerts and venue events only, with the possibility of starting its own service hours in the future. Pizza al Taglio, the current food tenant in Iron Works, will help with the transition before moving out at the end of July.

Southern California native Nathan and his Buffalo-born wife Chelsea Root steer Left Coast at 603 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora, where tacos, torta and popular Cali fries – sort of a SoCal poutine – grace the menu, which you can find in full here. The EA location will remain open.

The al pastor torta and crunchy rolled tacos were among the standout choices when The News visited for a Starters last November. We’ve inquired about further information regarding Left Coast’s planned menu for Iron Works.

The Roots previously led Root’s Kitchen, the culinary operation at 42 North Brewing Company.

Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival Redefines Music Festivals in Buffalo

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Originally Published in Buffalo Rising
July 17, 2018

Buffalo’s music scene has always been strong when it comes to individual shows and acts, but many have found it lacking in large scale mainstream music festivals. That all began to change last year thanks to Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival. Located in the historic cobblestone district, organizers shut down the street and turned the music up to eleven. This year they plan to do it again, even bigger and bolder, over two days and five stages.

“Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival is set to be an incredibly special event for Buffalo as we return for our second year,” noted Josh Holtzman, General Manager of Buffalo Iron Works and one of the planners of Cobblestone Live. “With more stages, larger acts and a greater festival experience, Cobblestone Live will certainly leave it’s mark not only on Buffalo but the music industry as a whole.”

The festival will 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. Headlining acts include Broken Social Scene, The Sheepdogs, Turkuaz, Aqueous, Chicano Batman, Golf Clap, Andy Frasco & the U.N., Michelangelo Carruba Super Jam, Ratboys, Dynamo, Madaila, & more. See below for the music schedule.

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 will continue to grow to a national sized festival in the years to come.

Festival gates will open at 4pm on Friday, July 27th and at 1pm on Saturday, July 28th. Full festival passes will be $45 presale/$60 walk up, single day pases are $25 presale/$30 walk up. VIP packages will be available for $100. Late night only passes will be announced as the festival approaches. Tickets are available immediately at www.cobblestonelive.com.

A portion of the proceeds of this year’s festival will go to the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), 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%.

“The Child Advocacy Center is delighted to be part of Cobblestone Live’s exciting, family-friendly music festival,” said Howard K. Hitzel, Psy.D., President/CEO of BestSelf Behavioral Health, which houses the Child Advocacy Center. “We want to spread our message about the need to heal children and stop child abuse.”

To purchase tickets please visit www.cobblestonelive.com and for festival news and updates you can follow Cobblestone Live on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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.

 

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.

HIGHLIGHTS WILL INCLUDE

– 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.

Follow Cobblestone Live on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for festival news and updates.

Interested vendors and sponsors should inquire at Cobblestonelive@gmail.com 

 

 

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).

Special Event: Nemr

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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.)

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!