As Live at O’Larkin turns two, a wise Irish saying rings true – “The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.”
In 2013, the inaugural Live at O’Larkin welcomed over 1,500 people to Larkin Square on the Friday before Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day parades, the free event making its case as a new holiday tradition with live music and dance befitting Irish-American tradition along with an array of food and drink.
This year, on Friday, March 14th, from 5-8pm, the second annual Live at O’Larkin adds to the tradition as some 15 food trucks Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
In a 2012 promotional video for Woodstock and Ulster County, the late Americana music patriarch Levon Helm lauded his local scene by placing it alongside a few hotbeds that came to mind, saying, “I would think Woodstock is right in there with Austin, Texas; Nashville; Memphis; Buffalo, New York – real musical towns like that.” Read more
As part of a primary focus on presenting local original music, The Good Neighborhood is adding a new branch to its Tributaries series supporting Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper by offering with each tribute concert a follow-up event featuring the same headlining bands at the same venue, only this time performing their own original music.
This new branch of the Tributaries series brings back to Nietzsche’s on Saturday, January 18th (9pm, $5 cover, 21 & up), three acts which in December performed there as part of the 3rd annual Neil Young Tribute – Buffalo bands Bearhunter and Ten Cent Howl along with Astrid Young, Neil’s younger sister hailing from Picton, Ontario. Also on the bill is inaugural Young Tribute act The Albrights, which will perform acoustic intermission sets in the front room of the Allentown music club. Read more
By Seamus Gallivan/photos from Joseph Wooten
When the four Nashville-based Wooten Brothers arrive in Buffalo today to play the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St, downtown, showtime 8pm, $34), they’ll bring more than just Grammys and a status as world-renowned aces of their respective instruments. Rooted in their unique family brand of funk and soul, brothers Victor, Roy aka Futureman, Regi and honorary Buffalonian Joseph bring a warm, nurturing vibe that transcends sound and shoots straight to the soul. To put it frankly and personally for the sake of making the point, I rarely listen to recordings of bass virtuoso Victor Wooten, but he has been for 16 years one of my favorite musicians to see live, so captivating are both his jaw-dropping playing and peaceful, easy demeanor.
These, of course, are common traits among the Wooten Brothers. Joseph, in particular, has displayed them in Buffalo at great length over the past four years while not on the road as keyboardist with the Steve Miller Band, after a one-off headlining gig at a now-defunct downtown venue led to regular visits to speak at schools and soak in the scene Read more
We’re honored to present the live music component of the third annual Canalside Holiday Celebration on Friday and Saturday, December 20th-21st, at the new East Canal. Join us Friday evening for choir and band performances from students at City Honors and Kenmore East High Schools, and Saturday afternoon for a holiday singalong with Caitlin Koch, Grace Stumberg, Jeff McLeod and Zak Ward – more info below from Canalside Buffalo!
The third annual Canalside Holiday Celebration is a free, festive, and family-friendly event centered around our majestic 30-foot evergreen tree at Downtown Buffalo and Canalside’s newest waterfront attraction – the East Canal, located near the corner of Scott and Washington Streets next to the “Erie Canal Harbor” Station on the NFTA Metro Rail! Read more
The Good Neighborhood’s third annual Neil Young Tribute, part of our bimonthly Tributaries series supporting Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, offers another twist this year – while the event at Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St., Saturday, December 28th, 9pm, $8) will again feature five local acts along with Neil’s sister Astrid performing a total of more than 40 songs with no repeats, a new “tributary” in the series will begin three weeks later when the same lineup gathers again, this time to perform their original material. Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
There’s a lot of great community work being done through the Sportsmens Tavern; rarely does such work hit headlines, for the humble Hall family that owns the venue rarely seeks such recognition.
In keeping with this salt-of-the-earth mentality that pervades the place, when Dwane and Denise Hall’s oldest son Jason learned that the nearby Black Rock/Riverside Food Pantry was struggling with shortfalls in both financial and material assets, the cause became the focus of the Christmas concert for which he’d planned to call on some of the bands most likely to be seen both onstage and in the crowd. “We wanted to host a Christmas event that directly affected our neighborhood,” said Jason. “The Black Rock/Riverside Food Pantry was a perfect choice and really needed the help.” Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
Welcome to the finale of a 12-day feature offering a daily sample of the original, nontraditional holiday music of Robot Holiday as we countdown to tonight’s second annual Holiday Live at Larkin presented by First Niagara on Friday, December 6th, in Larkin Square (745 Seneca St., 5-8pm, free). Read more