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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Helium Presents: Brian Posehn

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Unapologetically nerdy and downright funny, Brian Posehn has been at the forefront of off-beat comedy for more than two decades. In addition to his prodigious stand-up work (2 half-hour Comedy Central specials, 4 albums, and 2 hour-long specials), Posehn was a writer and actor on both “The Sarah Silverman Program” and Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ acclaimed “Mr. Show.” Posehn has also written 45 issues of the Marvel favorite “Deadpool” and hosts the popular “Nerd Poker” podcast.

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.)

Special Event: Steve Hofstetter

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Steve Hofstetter might be best known for his blistering takedown of a heckler that got 3 million views in just 3 days. He is also the host of “Finding Babe Ruth” on FS1 and “Major League Podcast,” one of the top 100 sports podcasts in the world. Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of “Laughs” (FOX) and he has been on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “E! True Hollywood Story,” “Comics Unleashed,” “Comedy All-Stars,” “Quite Frankly,” “White Boyz in the Hood,” “Countdown,” and more.

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.)

Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive

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Wednesday April 18
Key Bank Center
7:00pm

Record-breaking, global comedy superstar, Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters to KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018.

Dunham recently released his latest stand-up special, Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, on Netflix in September 2017. The special, filmed in Dublin Ireland, features Dunham along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented posse of characters for a gleeful skewering of family and politics. Dunham and his famous cohorts Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut also consider what a new member to their already dysfunctional family could mean, putting the ‘relative’ in Relative Disaster.

Dunham, a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour,” has built an entertainment empire over years of non-stop touring and innovation. With over a million YouTube subscribers amassing over a billion views, he has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world, leading to record-breaking viewership with his comedy specials on Comedy Central and NBC. His 2015 stand-up special, Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood, debuted on NBC Primetime and ranked as the time period’s top non-sports program on the Big 4 in every key measure.

And finally, adding to an amazing list of recent accomplishments, Dunham’s contribution to the world of show business and comedy was recognized when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, commemorating over two decades of superstardom. Said Dunham recently, “When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 with a car full of clothes and a couple of dummies, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day I would be tripping over my own star on the Walk of Fame.  It’s truly fantastic and a great honor; I just hope it’s not in front of an adult store.  Okay, actually, that would be hilarious.”

Tickets are onsale now.  Tickets are $52 (includes $3.50 facility fee) and can be purchased at the KeyBank Center Box Office, online at www.tickets.com, or by calling 888-223-6000.  All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.  No service charge applies at the KeyBank Center Box Office.  Dates and times subject to change without notice.

Catch 6 Shows at Buffalo Iron Works This Week

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John Primer
Monday April 9
Buffalo Iron Works
6:30pm
$20 at the door

 

As the title of his critically acclaimed Atlantic Records CD suggests, Grammy Award and Blues Music Award Nominee, John Primer is truly “The Real Deal.” At 8 years old, John borrowed his first guitar and started to strum. Before that he played a homemade guitar built on the wall of the house with a broom wire, 2 nails, and 2 rocks to make it tight. With the sounds of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Little Milton, Elmore James, BB & Albert King reverberating through his Grandmother Laura Nell’s tube radio, John was instantly hooked. Early inspiration came from his family steeped in spiritual, gospel, blues and R&B tradition. As a young boy John’s mother knew he would be a singer, “he came out singing” she would say. John first appeared on stage at the local Baptist church, in his hometown of Camden Mississippi.

 

Marco Benevento w/ Caroline Rose
Wednesday April 11
Buffalo Iron Works
9:00pm
$15 at the door
18 and over show

Marco Benevento:
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between MGMT and LCD Soundsystem on one side, Brian Eno and Tortoise on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.

In 2014, Benevento returned to the studio to record his latest work with producer Richard Swift whose resume includes The Shins, Foxygen and Tennis. Together, they focused their attention on a collection of news songs that add Benevento’s vocals and lyrics to his lush instrumental piano rock. The collaboration resulted a lo-fi, psychedelic, dance rock gem that shimmers with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards. The album, entitled Swift, was released to wide acclaim on Benevento’s own label, Royal Potato Family.

As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.

Caroline Rose:
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail.”

 

Richie Kotzen (of the Winery Dogs)
Thursday April 12
Buffalo Iron Works
$18 at the door
VIP tickets available

 

Richie Kotzen has never been an artist known for playing by the rules. And for this ever-adventurous triple-threat songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, that meant putting on the brakes after a nonstop flurry of band-related activity in order to refuel the creative process for the ten heartfelt and hard-hitting songs that comprise his vibrant new solo album, Salting Earth, out April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc. In other words, Kotzen tossed convention on its ear by actually taking one step back in order to move two steps forward. “It’s something I really needed to do in order to reset myself,” Kotzen explains.

Kotzen’s “charge to recharge” was officially put into play following the mega-success of the 2015–16 tour behind his band The Winery Dogs’ sophomore effort, the oh-so-appropriately named Hot Streak. And the man’s reset manifesto wound up hitting all the right buttons too. The proof is on display deep within the grooves of Salting Earth, which veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track “End of Earth” to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of “Thunder” to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of “This Is Life” to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the album’s final song, “Grammy.”

Once Kotzen caught his creative breath, the ideas for Salting Earth just kept on a-coming. “I have a theory about writer’s block,” he offers. “Basically, I don’t believe in it. In my experience, when I don’t feel inspired or I don’t have any ideas, it equates to not having any output. In order to have output, you need input. So it really comes down to the balance between your artistic side and your life side. You need balance between the two, and that’s why it’s so important for me to take long breaks from music.”

Kotzen’s reaffirming commitment to that life/work balance soon begat vibrant, new music. “It’s in that time when I’m away from it where ideas begin to take shape,” he continues. “Then, when I find myself coming back to music, I end up in a situation with a wealth of ideas and creative energy. When I’m in that zone, the music literally writes itself. Lyrics, music, production, performance — it all happens simultaneously on its own.”

The majority of Salting Earth is the result of Kotzen’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” Kotzen admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.”

Part of Kotzen’s Salting Earth reset process also meant having a commitment to challenge himself. “I’m not sure I can totally define how or why my creative process works the way it does, but I will say once again that I believe long breaks help me stay inspired musically,” he reiterates. “I do know that on this record, I wrote a lot more on the piano. The song ‘My Rock,’ for example, has absolutely no guitar in the recording — it’s just piano, bass, drums, and vocals. Not that that is an odd choice, but being that for most of my career I’ve been highlighted as a guitarist, I suppose for people who never bought one of my CDs in the past, this would be surprising. But it’s not so surprising to me.”

For the artist within, the music mined for Salting Earth ultimately came down to being about the relationship between song and vocal. “That’s really it,” Kotzen agrees. “Every other choice is made based on what I feel suits the composition and what will support the lead vocal. That is the foundation on how my music is built. I suppose it’s just how I hear things. If you think about it, when your mind hums a tune, you are humming the melody. When you sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ you don’t sing the drumbeat, do you?”

Kotzen’s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching Cannibals, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and Salting Earth cuts like the aforementioned “End of Earth,” “Thunder,” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a Kotzen solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy.”

“That song came to me in the oddest way at the most inconvenient time,” Kotzen reveals of the track that can be filed in the “first thought, best thought” category. One night when he was home alone, “I basically woke myself up with the chorus melody in my head, and in my haze, I knew that if I didn’t at least record the idea, it would be forever lost,” Kotzen explains. “I ended up programming a simple drum beat, and then recorded the acoustic guitar. The lyrics pretty much wrote themselves. By 6 in the morning, the song was finished. I was going to do more overdubs, but I kept playing it over and over, and I just felt like there was something so personal coming out of the speakers. By messing with it, I’d likely destroy the magic — so I left it as it is.” (Good call on that one, Richie!)

Bringing Salting Earth live to the people is Kotzen’s next holy mission. “My real outlet is touring — playing live as much as I can, wherever I can, whenever I can,” he says enthusiastically. “It’s one of the few things you can’t copy, steal, or download. It’s an engaging human experience that’s a give-and-take between both the performer and the audience, and there is nothing else like it on this earth.”

To that end, Kotzen will launch his Salting Earth Tour on April 21 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, and then the man and his band will tour extensively throughout the United States and continue their journey into Mexico, South America, and Europe. Further tour details will be posted on Kotzen’s official website, www.richiekotzen.com, and additional information regarding upcoming shows and releases can be followed on Twitter (@Richie_Kotzen) and Instagram (richie_kotzen).

Kotzen is clearly eager to hit the road. “I know this is going to be a long album cycle of touring, and already we are talking about going to places I’ve never been before — like Australia, for example,” Kotzen notes. “With the new record being done and knowing dates are being booked around the world, I can feel my creative energy surging once again.”

Said energy surge has been seeded quite liberally all throughout Salting Earth, an album that shows Kotzen as the pillar for how to harness newfound creativity in the best light imaginable. Come and dig his Earth.

Rhythm Future w/ Hot Club of Buffalo
Friday April 13
Buffalo Iron Works
8:00pm
$30 at the door

Rhythm Future Quartet:
“Rhythm Future Quartet breaks new ground for Gypsy jazz.” –The Boston Globe

“Jason Anick is a rising star in the world of jazz violin.” –Downbeat Magazine

Huffington Post calls Rhythm Future Quartet’s album Travels ‘One of the best Jazz albums of the year [2016].’ Read more…

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups world wide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements. Garnering critical acclaim, Travels was picked as one of the Best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post.

Special Guests Hot Club of Buffalo will join!

 

Geezer – A Tribute to Green Day and Weezer
Saturday April 14
Buffalo Iron Works
8:00pm
$10 at the door

Geezer – A Tribute to Green Day & Weezer!

– Two Classic Albums One Night Only!

– Four Buffalo Musicians Unite for a Night of 90’s Magic

– Both Albums, Every Song, Back to Back…Just like you remember!

 

Ben Miller Band
Sunday April 15
Buffalo Iron Works
8:00pm
$15 at the door

 

“I like the idea of saying something very complicated in a very simple way,” says Ben Miller, discussing the trio that bears his name. “That’s what we strive for musically, and what I strive for lyrically—to get directly to the point and save the flowery b.s. for the romantic poets. John Sargent, the painter, said ‘That which is not necessary is detrimental,’ and we try to live by that.”

Since its formation in 2004, the Ben Miller Band has staked out a singular niche that’s established the Joplin, Missouri threesome as both a potent creative force and a perennial fan favorite. Any Way, Shape or Form, the BMB’s New West debut release, showcases the seasoned threesome’s fierce creative spirit and infectious performing chemistry, as well as Miller’s melodically catchy, lyrically resonant songwriting.

On Any Way, Shape or Form, the Ben Miller Band channels a century’s worth of wide-ranging influences into 13 new songs that radiate with energy, smarts and soul. The result is music that’s wholly contemporary, while ringing with ages-old echoes of bluegrass, delta blues, Appalachian mountain music and more. A stew they lovingly call “ozark stomp.”

Miller writes roots-rocking barnburners (“The Outsider,” “Burning Building”), thoughtful ballads (“I Feel for You,” “Prettiest Girl”) and left-field departures (“23 Skidoo”) with melodic skill and lyrical insight, and the band elucidates them with urgency and eloquence. While those tunes show off Miller’s songwriting craftsmanship, a memorable workout on the traditional “The Cuckoo” underlines the band’s interpretive abilities.

The hard working threesome has already won a substantial—and still-growing—grassroots fan base through old-fashioned ingenuity and an unstinting work ethic. Their D.I.Y. success helped to win the band its current deal with New West, and led to some high profile touring with ZZ Top, thanks to the enthusiastic patronage of avowed fan Billy Gibbons. Opening for ZZ Top on a 2013 tour of Europe, the humble BMB wowed unfamiliar crowds on stages in large halls and arenas, including a triumphant set at the fabled Montreaux Jazz Festival.

The Ben Miller Band’s homespun, self-reliant approach extends to the lo-tech, and largely self-built, instruments that the members play on stage and in the studio, e.g. singer-songwriter Miller’s thrift-shop guitars and banjos, bassist Scott Leeper’s one-string washtub bass – comprised of a weedeater string attached to a wooden pole – and Doug Dicharry’s varied arsenal: trombone, trumpet, mandolin, electric washboard and electric spoons.

The band’s use of offbeat instrumentation, however, shouldn’t be misunderstood as a gimmick. Instead, the three bandmates have mastered the technical challenges of their unconventional axes to produce a uniquely evocative ensemble sound that offers a compelling frame for Miller’s compositions.

“What I really care about is songs, and the rest of it is just a vehicle to get you to that destination,” Miller asserts, adding, “Just because we use junk to make music doesn’t mean we aren’t serious about it.”

“Our sound,” Dicharry notes, “is something that we never thought much about. It’s just something that kept growing without us really trying, and at some point we realized it sounded pretty cool.”

“The instruments that we use ,” Miller explains, “were originally born out of necessity, because we didn’t have any money. People would give us their old gear that didn’t work anymore, and we’d wire things together and try things out in different permutations and see where it led us. Through a lot of trial and error, we arrived at the set up that we’ve got now. Blazing your own trail through the jungle can take a lot of extra time and effort, but it gives you a chance to end up in a place that nobody’s been to before.”

That sense of musical adventure has long driven Miller and this bandmates from the start. Growing up in rural Curlew, Washington, Miller began playing guitar at 16, turning his back on a promising career as a visual artist to pursue his passion for music. He gained experience busking and performing in open mic nights while roadtripping around America, and during an extended stint in Eastern Europe.

Miller eventually found kindred spirits in bassist Scott Leeper, who’d been playing since the age of seven and had performed with his family’s band, in a duo with his brother, as a one-man country act and in a variety of blues combos; and Doug Dicharry, a musical omnivore and multi-instrumentalist, who can play nearly any instrument and has played in a wide array of projects from noise bands to ska and rock.

The three like-minded players joined forces, and soon their diligent touring regimen allowed them to conquer an ever-widening geographical base and win a loyal live audience. In 2012, the Ben Miller Band took its first tentative steps in the recording studio, resulting in the embryonic self-released CD Heavy Load, which attracted a good deal of fan praise and critical acclaim despite its humble origins.

The same maverick spirit that motivated the BMB’s early musical adventures came into play in the recording Any Way, Shape or Form, which they cut with seasoned producer Vance Powell, who’s renowned for his studio work with the likes of Jack White, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson, Willie Nelson and Kings of Leon.

“Our original plan,” Leeper notes, “was to scale it down a bit, and have it be even less produced than the first one. It came out sounding like us, which is all we really want.”

“It was the first time we’d really had a producer/engineer,” Dicharry notes, adding “It felt like we could finally breathe, because Vance was on top of things and got some really cool textures. We had a lot of confidence in him, so we were comfortable just going in and laying it down.”

“We wanted to keep it as live as possible,” Miller asserts, “so we recorded it live and did lots of takes,
on average around thirty takes before we felt we really nailed it down. That was important to us because we’ve been a live band for our whole career and we wanted that to come across in the recordings, that feeling of guys playing in a space together. We worked long days in the studio for about a month, just playing the songs over and over and working to push our performances and maintain the energy of what we do.”

With Any Way, Shape or Form encapsulating the Ben Miller Band’s salient qualities, the three intrepid bandmates are eager to hit the road and bring their new songs to live crowds around the nation and around the world.

“Our plan,” Leeper says, “is to just get out there and play for as many people as we can. That’s pretty much been our plan all along, and it’s worked for us so far.”

“The title Any Way, Shape or Form is sort of our way of saying that by any means necessary we will make the music that makes sense to us,” Miller explains. “That’s always been our attitude, and that’s how we’ve gotten to where we are and how we will get to where we are going.”

Awesome April Events In the Historic Cobblestone District

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Founders CBS, KBS ’18, KBS ’17 Release
Friday April 6
5:00pm
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
8:00pm

 

UPSTATE RUBDOWN IS BACK!!!!

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
21+

 

Rise Collaborative Presents:  Silent Disco Dance Party
Friday April 6
Buffalo Iron Works
9:00pm

 

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.
Let’s DANCE DANCE DANCE.

 

DJ One Way
Friday April 6
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
9:30pm

 

Buffalo River Works Presents Thawfest 3
Saturday April 7
Buffalo River Works
6:30pm

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
10:00pm

Lara vs Hurd

 

UFC 223 Free TV Viewing Party at Stixx
Saturday April 7
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
10:00pm

Holloway vs Khabib
Namajunas vs Joanna 2

 

Magic Beans
Saturday April 7
Buffalo Iron Works
9:00pm

 

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
12:00pm

 

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
5:00pm

 

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 (www.thepier.org).

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!!

Buffalo Riverworks Presents Thawfest 3

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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 Stricly Hip. Also, drink in style with your limited edition Thawfest custom commemorative glass we have for every participant!

If you feel like treating yourself we have only a few hundred tickets available for the VIP area. VIP entry is an hour early (at 5:30pm) so you can come and talk to the brewers before the crowds arrive! Also you’ll be able to sample some of the rarest beers and craft beverages in our area! Plus, you will have a nice spread of delicious food in the VIP area that compliments the libations. These tickets will go FAST!

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!

Click here for tickets

Helium Presents: Dan Soder

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HELIUM PRESENTS: DAN SODER