This Week in Buffalo: Women of Country, Dining Out for Life

By October 9, 2018 News

Originally Published in The Buffalo News
October 8, 2018
By Ben Tsujimoto

From charitable dining to showing love for Buffalo-bred female country artists, Oct. 8-11 offers a nice mix of events in the Buffalo area before the arrival of another festival-filled weekend.

Steely Dan at Shea’s is the only major event that’s essentially a sellout (two tickets remain). See what else is on tap for this week before The 10, which previews the weekend events, is published on Thursday morning.

Buffalo Women of Country

Doors at 6 p.m. show at 7 on Oct. 11 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Tickets are $10 in advance here or $15 at the door. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

WYRK and Buffalo Iron Works have collaborated on a concert, conceived by local well-connected musician Jillian Eliza, to celebrate the talented female country artists that have emerged in Buffalo.

Familiar names such as Caitlin Koch, who took her music career to Nashville, grace the list, while rising stars like Kate Mallen and Amanda Nagurney will also showcase their talents. Read News contributor Michael Farrell’s brief interview with Elizaabout the mission of the event and see the full lineup, as well.


Dining Out for Life

At more than 80 restaurants on Oct. 9. Portion of proceeds donated depends on the individual restaurant, but breakfast, lunch and dinner all fit in the endeavor.

Join the fight against HIV/AIDS with Evergreen Health and a host of Buffalo restaurants. Chaired by Steve and Ellen Gedra from The Black Sheep, Dining Out for Life invites restaurant owners to donate a portion of their proceeds – at least 25 percent – to the local charity, but The News’ Andrew Galarneau listed several local eateries who’ve pledged to donate more than that.

For those who can’t participate on Tuesday, consider Roost or Fortuna’s, which will donate from their Wednesday dinners because they’re closed Tuesdays.


Final Food Truck Tuesday of the season

4:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in Larkin Square. Free to attend. See the roster of food trucks to attend here.

Inclement weather forced Larkin Square to postpone what was supposed to be the final Food Truck Tuesday of the season on Oct. 2 to this Tuesday, when Ten Cent Howl will serenade Buffalo eaters as they indulge in specialties from mobile food vendors.

Relish the food truck frenzy one final time until the popular weekly event returns for another season in April. See Smiles from Food Truck Tuesdays on July 31Aug. 27 and Sept. 18,


Drea D’Nur sings Nina Simone

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Hotel Henry (Rockwell and Cleveland Circle). Cost is $17 and may be purchased here.

Jazz-blues vocalist D’Nur’s previous tributes to civil rights activist Nina Simone’s catalog has been powerful, selling out a show in Albright-Knox Art Gallery and drawing a nice crowd to Kleinhans Music Hall. There’s momentum behind these emotional performances that showcase D’Nur’s memorable voice.

On Wednesday, the Buffalo native plays exquisite Hotel Henry – named one of the world’s 100 greatest places for – for the JazzBuffalo series.


WYRK Acoustic Show

Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 on Oct. 8 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts (103 CFA). Tickets range from $20-$45 and may be purchased here.

A solid four-pronged lineup is planned for Monday night’s WYRK 106.5 FM fall concert, with David Lee Murphy, Carly Pearce, Tyler Rich, as well as Taste of Country riser Kate Mallen – also involved in Buffalo Women of Country, above – on the list.

In April album “No Zip Code” – his first release in 14 years – Murphy worked with Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon, Chesney’s longtime producer, in developing the album. Murphy was born in Illinois but then made the common country pilgrimage to Nashville to jump-start his career.

Now 59, Murphy has carved out a niche as a co-writer for major country artists such as Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and more.


Pink Party

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Statler City’s Golden Ballroom (107 Delaware Ave.). General admission is $35 here, while VIP is sold out. Price rises at the door.

Matt Nathanson, who just opened for O.A.R. at Artpark in late August, makes a fall return to Buffalo for a Star 102.5 FM presentation in historic Statler City.

Light appetizers, a special Pink Party goody bag for the first 500 attendees and some shopping vendors give depth to the experience. Los Angeles pop band Ocean Park Standoff is the opening band for the evening.