Steve Rannazzisi This Weekend at Helium Comedy Club!

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Steve Rannazzisi is one of the funniest stand-up comics working today, having honed his craft as a regular at the world-famous Comedy Store in L.A. for over a decade. Known best as Shiva-blasting commissioner Kevin McArthur from the hit FXX show “The League,” Rannazzisi has two well-received hour-long Comedy Central specials to his name, “Steve Rannazzisi: Manchild” and “Breaking Dad.”

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 9, 2018
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

Events in the Historical Cobblestone District this Weekend (March 2 – March 4)

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Thursday March 1 – Saturday March 3
Helium Comedy Club

One of the most likable, animated characters you’ll ever see perform, Preacher Lawson has been bringing his brand of goofy, high-energy comedy to the stage since he was seventeen. As seen on his run to the finals on the 12th season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Preacher’s clean, energetic style will keep you on your toes and, more importantly, laughing.

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Friday March 2
Buffalo Iron Works

“Musicians from the SuperMonkey Recording Company roster getting together to play yours and their Nirvana songs. Don’t over think it, just come as you are and have some fun.”

Doors at 8pm, music at 9pm. Time to rock!


Saturday March 3
Buffalo Iron Works

The Lizards are a PHISH tribute band. Playing songs written and/or performed by the Phinest gents from Vermont.

Doors: 8:00pm, Show: 9:00pm – Tickets: $12 ADV/$15 DOS – Ages: 18+


Sunday March 4
Buffalo Riverworks

The third annual Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest hosted by Step Out Buffalo featuring Tommyrotter Distillery is here once again!.

Ten local bars and restaurants will come together under one roof Sunday March 4, 2018 for a friendly competition to see who makes “Buffalo’s Best Bloody Mary”, “Best Garnished Bloody Mary”, and “Most Creative Bloody Mary” – and *YOU* are the taste-tester who decides the winners.

New this year: Early Admission. Those GA’ers willing to pay an extra $10 and VIP ticket holders will get into the event one hour earlier than everyone else, with Early Admission being limited so all you early birders out there can enjoy the event more comfortably.

All Bloody Mary’s at the event will be made using award-winning vodka from Buffalo’s own Tommyrotter Distillery. In addition to tasting each bar’s unique Bloody Mary concoction, attendees are also invited to enjoy offerings from local vendors, a live DJ, a photobooth station, games, and other entertainment as well as food for purchase from RiverWorks and a cash bar with even more refreshments.

General Admission, Early Admission, and a limited number of VIP tickets are on sale now. General Admission tickets ($35) include admission to the event and one Bloody Mary taste from each participating bar. Early Admission tickets ($45) include one hour early entry to the event and one Bloody Mary taste from each participating bar. VIP tickets ($60) include one hour early entry to the event, one Bloody Mary taste from each participating bar, exclusive access to the VIP lounge with private bathrooms, a private cash bar, a VIP-only food buffet, and more.

Sunday March 4, 2018 / 12-4 (Early Admission & VIP), 1-4 (GA)


Sunday March 4
Buffalo Iron Works

Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risqué to soulful on his debut LP Groove!

Doors: 7:00pm, Show: 8:00pm – Tickets: $10 ADV/$12 DOS – Ages: 18+

Dynamo W/ Timothy Mitchum

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Originally published by Step Out Buffalo
February 27, 2018

DATE: Thursday Mar. 01, 2018

TIME: 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm

LOCATION: Lockhouse Distillery

41 Columbia St., Buffalo, New York, 14204

Dynamo is a Nashville-based, nationally touring band whose music fuses jazz, rock, and funk with elements of soul and R&B. The culmination is a sound that’s both spontaneous and composed—and an energy that’s undeniably infectious.

Formed in late 2012, Dynamo consists of nine core musicians. When they’re not performing or recording in Nashville, the band is on the road, spreading their unique brand of feel-good music to audiences all over the world. ”

$7 ADV // $10 DOS

Tim Mitchum and the Outfit

Up and coming funk/soul act from Rochester, NY

Special Event: Jen Kirkman I Don’t Give a F*ck Tour

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Originally published by Step Out Buffalo
February 21, 2018

DATE: Thursday Feb. 22, 2018 – Saturday Feb. 24, 2018

TIME: Times Vary

LOCATION: Helium Comedy Club

30 Mississippi Street , Buffalo, New Yok, 14203, Downtown


General Admission $17.00

Schedule of Shows:

Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 8:00 PM
Fri, Feb 23, 2018, 7:30 PM, 10:00 PM
Sat, Feb 24, 2018, 7:30 PM, 10:00 PM


Jen Kirkman is back with new material you haven’t seen on Netflix! Jen is a stand-up comedian and the author of the book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself, which became an instant New York Times Bestseller in April 2013. Her 2015 Netflix Original Comedy Special “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” was named one of the Top 10 comedy specials of 2015 by Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and The Atlantic. Her most recent Netflix Original Comedy Special, “Just Keep Livin’?” is streaming worldwide as of January 3rd, 2017.

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.)

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Munginon Brings its Eclectic Sound to Iron Works

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Originally Published by The Buffalo News
February 20, 2018
By Jeff Miers

Jam bands are the Rodney Dangerfield of rock. They get no respect. And yet, they soldier on, oblivious to that fact.

While they’re soldiering on, they keep on getting better as musicians, and their audiences continue to grow. A truly grassroots musical movement, the jam band scene is one of the few that offers a viable financial option to a would-be professional musician. If you’re willing to rough it on the road all but continuously, savvy enough to create hip merchandise, and cool with sleeping on floors and playing for gas money, you can build a mini-empire, brick by brick.

A case in point is provided by Chicago-born quartet Mungion, whose eclectic blend of roots music, groove-heavy excursions, and ensemble improvisation has connected with audiences from small mid-western clubs to the grandest summer festival stages.

“I’ve had my eye on them for a while,” said Josh Holtzman, who has booked the band to perform at Buffalo Iron Works. “They have a Chicago-based edge that is not unlike Umphrey’s McGee, but they have an energetic, original, joyous sound of their own. They’re fun, they’re goofy, and they’re great live.”

Mungion with Cold Lazarus: 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.); $10 at door

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.

Wilson Foundation announces big grant for Explore & More

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Originally published by The Buffalo News
February 14, 2018
By Mark Sommer

A steel frame rising four stories above Canalside came as the first mighty sign that a children’s museum will come downtown.

Today’s announcement of a challenge grant marks another.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation will award $6 million to the project if the museum raises $6 million on its own. One-half of the foundation’s grant will go toward construction and the other half to establish an endowment.

The sizable grant will bring about a new name: Explore & More — The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum.

“There’s almost nothing my husband could do for Valentine’s Day that would top this gift,” said Michelle Urbanczyk, who began her job Monday as Explore & More’s executive director.

“It’s a generous and amazing donation, and there are no words to express our thanks,” she said. “It’s also a testament to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s faith in what we can bring to this community.”

With the Wilson grant, the museum will have raised $16 million of the $20 million it is responsible for raising. The $29 million project received $9 million from the state’s Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. to build the shell and core of the building.

“In many respects, Mr. Wilson had a 54-year love affair with the Western New York region,” said Dave Egner, president and chief executive officer of the Wilson Foundation, noting today’s announcement falls on Valentine’s Day.

“We’re also delighted that Explore and More is putting Mr. Wilson’s name on the building,” Egner said. “It certainly speaks to his legacy as an investor in this region.”

The Wilson Foundation agreed to fund the project because the Canalside attraction is expected to spur economic development, Egner said. Also, he cited the museum’s role in benefiting early childhood education and providing after-school programs.

The matching grant requires the $3 million being used for the build-out to be matched by other donors within two years. The match for the endowment has a four-year window.

The museum will also have the opportunity to take up to $250,000 from the first $1 million raised for the endowment for up to four years.

“It’s a way to bridge early revenue gaps that may appear while waiting for the endowment to produce revenue on its own,” Egner said.

“We were concerned that the endowment fund may not produce enough revenue to cover early shortfalls,” he said. “By the time you wait for an endowment to produce revenue, many times it’s too late because you’ve already had your revenue gaps.”

Explore & More, founded in East Aurora in 1994, announced its move to Canalside in 2012. A change of sites at Canalside delayed construction and led to higher costs.

The museum is expected to open late this year or in early 2019.  The museum, with a $3.1 million operating budget, expects to attract 250,000 visitors in its first year.

The matching grant component is a particularly effective way to raise additional funds, said Ted Pietrzak, the capital campaign director. That was his experience, he said, when he led a capital campaign for the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

“A matching grant is probably better than just getting the $6 million straight out,” Pietrzak said.

The amount of the grant is beyond what anyone had imagined, said David McNamara, who chairs Explore and More’s “Play it Forward” capital campaign.

“We knew we were in a tremendously generous community,” McNamara said. “But when we embarked on this undertaking, we did not project that we would have a single, $6 million donor for our capital campaign and endowment fund.

“The Wilson Foundation’s process for determining the organizations worthy of its support is a very rigorous one, and their commitment, I think, speaks volumes about the importance of the project to this region,” he said.

Explore & More will not sit on its laurels, McNamara said.

“In campaigns of this nature, the last dollars are the most difficult dollars to raise,” he said. “We still have a significant challenge ahead of us.”

Delaware North, Paul A. Saffrin Foundation, Wegmans Food Markets and Wegman Family Charitable Foundation, and the WNY Power Proceeds Allocation Board have given $1 million to $5 million to Explore & More. About two dozen contributors have given at least $100,000.

Among larger grants in Western New York, Jeffrey Gundlach has pledged a total of $52.5 million to fund the Albright-Knox art Gallery’s expansion project. He gave the first $42.5 million in 2016 – the largest single gift to a cultural institution in Buffalo history.

Jeremy Jacobs, chairman of Delaware North, provided $30 million to the University at Buffalo in 2015 for the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The John R. Oishei Foundation gave $10 million in 2012 to help build the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

The Explore & More matching grant counts as one of the 3-year-old Wilson Foundation’s largest grants.

The foundation gave $10 million to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo for its sports and recreation fund, and provided a $6 million matching grant to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

The Wilson Foundation has until December 31, 2035 to spend $1.2 billion in Western New York or southeast Michigan. In three years, the foundation has given out $180 million in grants.

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

Special Event: Valentine’s Day with Mark Normand

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Laughter is the key to any solid relationship. Enjoy an night of laughter with that special someone at Helium!

Featuring Mark Normand

Mark Normand is one of New York City’s funniest emerging talents who’s finally getting the recognition he deserves. Normand recently released his uproarious debut hour-long Comedy Central special “Don’t Be Yourself,” and has entertained audiences on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Conan,” “Last Comic Standing,” “SXSW Comedy,” “John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show,” and “The Half Hour.” Normand is also the co-host of the popular “Tuesdays with Stories” podcast alongside fellow comedian Joe List.

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
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials
    Appetizer– French Onion Soup
    Entrée– Grilled Teriyaki Salmon
    Dessert– Molten Lava Cake served with Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

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.)

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