Buffalo Music and Events Calendar

Mar
21
Thu
Sean McConnell at The 9th Ward at Babeville w Caleb Elliott
Mar 21 @ 6:09 pm – 6:09 pm

DSP Shows presents

Sean McConnell w/ Caleb Elliott
at The 9th Ward at Babeville

Tickets: On Sale Fri 11/9 10am $12 advance, $15 day of show, general admission standing, at Ticketfly.com or the Babeville Box Office (M-F 10a-5p), or charge by phone 866-777-8932

7pm Doors 8pm Show

As instant gratification becomes the norm and certainty is worn as armor, Sean McConnell is choosing patience and ambiguity — especially when it comes to himself. “I think embracing the blurry lines is a sign of getting older and just having more life experience,” he says. “It can be healthy to break your own boxes.”

Sean is home in Nashville, reflecting on the path he’s taken to recording Secondhand Smoke, his 13th album. A cohesive collection of modern folk music, Secondhand Smoke asks provocative questions about how we become who we are, what and whom we love, and the growth, pain, and freedom that come with accepting that some answers might elude us forever.

“The older I get, the more I find that is what it’s all about — that there is no way to answer it all,” Sean says. “Being comfortable with mystery is a positive thing in all aspects of our lives. I definitely explore that in these songs.”

A grassroots following now hundreds of thousands deep has turned to Sean for that kind of musical exploration for almost 20 years. Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Meat Loaf, Jake Owen, Brothers Osborne, Christina Aguilera, Buddy Miller and more have all recorded his songs — a dizzying list that spans not just styles, but generations. Success shows no sign of slowing: Sean earned his first no. 1 single on country charts in early 2018 with breakout artist Brett Young’s delivery of “Mercy,” which the two co-wrote. As a performer, Sean packs listening rooms and quiets unruly bar crowds. His sound — a warm tenor painting vivid stories over acoustic guitar often cushioned by keys or other strings — has prompted a diverse range of music scenes from the storied Boston folk community to Texas’s defiantly self-sovereign camp to warmly claim Sean as one of their own.

“My payoff is just making the music,” Sean says, then smiles. “Everything else is bonus.”

At 34 years-old, Sean has the catalog of artists twice his age. He released his first album at just 15, and until his acclaimed eponymous record in 2015, he did it all independently. “Bootstrapping your own career, you get to build at an organic pace that allows you to grow with your music,” he says. “It teaches you how most musicians do it. Overnight success is not the rule — it’s the exception. Most of us are doing it the other way.”

Sean’s first lessons in bootstrapping came from watching his parents, two professional musicians in Massachusetts. “I remember being obsessed with the smallest things, like the gig bag my dad would put all his gear in — his cables, his capos, and his strings,” Sean says. “Everything about music appealed to me. From an early age, I was just taken with it.” He picked up guitar and began writing about 10 — around the same time his family moved from Massachusetts to Georgia. He still remembers the first song he wrote. “It was called ‘Paper People,'” he says, with a laugh. “I wrote it when we moved. It was about dealing with those feelings of leaving family and meeting all these people I didn’t know.” Typical 10-year-old song fodder.

Secondhand Smoke is a stunning portrait of that Argus-eyed little boy, all grown up and grappling with what that entails. Recorded and produced by Sean over two months in his home studio, the album is a bona fide musical rarity: a 12-song set given time to marinate in its artist’s often isolated care. Excluding strings and synths, Sean played the instruments on the record. He co-wrote three songs and wrote the rest alone. The result is an intimate look not just at a moment in Sean’s life, but at unhurried creativity’s potential. “It was an amazingly intoxicating experience,” Sean says of the process. “This time around, there was no clock. I could create when the inspiration hit — it could be two or three in the morning. It felt amazing. Total creative freedom. No middle man, no reason for me not to see every thought through to completion.”

Brooding track “I Could Have been an Angel” sets the album’s tone: a reimagined 40 days shared by Jesus and the devil, wherein Satan wistfully points to his own promising beginning, shattered. The two set a pattern that is played out between humans next. The song is achingly sad, punctuated by mournful strings and carried by Sean’s sublime vocals. “That image in the first verse with Jesus and the devil flows into this bigger picture of how any of us could be anybody else, and how our circumstances dictate who we are and why,” Sean says.

Sean has a way of taking familiar stories — often with biblical roots — and revealing what they say about all of us now. In Sean’s hands, tales that once felt specific, or even narrow and unapproachably religious, unfold into universal longing and exchanges that feel like they were pulled yesterday from our own backyards. Clean and snarling electric guitar kicks off “Rest My Head,” as Sean explores compromise to haunting effect. He starts with Judas then turns relentlessly inward. “These are stories that people are familiar with, and they steer the ship in a certain direction, then leave you off at this ocean of possibilities that we didn’t plan on the story taking us to,” Sean says.

With its easy intelligence, lyrical cadence, and clear vocals dotted by “woo-oohs,” “Here We Go” demands comparisons to Paul Simon. “Wrong Side of Town” occupies the same rarified air. Over moody keys, Sean describes unfulfilled hopes born in a place defined by rust. “Greetings from Niagara Falls” explores how lonely following a dream can be. Standout “Shaky Bridges” pokes holes in the illusion of perfection and black-and-white choices. Gospel-tinged harmony singers back Sean’s honeyed delivery to create a goosebumps-inducing message that comforts even as it undermines what we think we know.

Distorted and brimming with desperation, “Say Goodbye” picks up on subtle changes that could foreshadow a relationship’s end. Featuring elaborate imagery, “The Devil’s Ball” reaches for love after rejection. Sweeping “I Don’t Want to Know” pleads for more of the same, whether it’s real or not, while empathetic “Another Song about a Broken Heart” recalls an ill-fated affair.

Imbued with grace that winsome strings help convey, “Everything That’s Good” is a stunning love song, written for Sean’s daughter. He calls it out as a favorite, along with the album’s title track. Cigarettes lit during rides in a smoky sedan bring a relationship between father and son to life. The song is personal, painful, beautiful, and forgiving.

“Music is a nuanced and multilevel experience,” Sean says. “Fewer and fewer people are taking the time to sit down and really listen to a song. I hope people give this record that space, and then just go on that journey — whatever that journey is, because it’s going to be different for everybody. I think that’s what music does best.”

Caleb Elliott
https://www.calebelliott.com/

Album being released on March 8th via Single Lock Records. Spotify playlists include Fresh Folk, Chill as Folk & Fresh Finds: Six Strings. Caleb also played cello on Sean’s album and will join him on stage throughout the tour.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1151623664986713/

Tonight – Can’t Swim with Homesafe – March 20 at Mohawk Place
Mar 21 @ 6:09 pm – 6:09 pm

6:00PM Doors | $15 adv | 16+ with ID

Wednesday, March 20th
After Dark Presents
Can’t Swim
with special guests
Homesafe
save face
Youth Fountain
Kill The Clock

TICKETS & INFO | https://aftr.dk/2QAm2Mc

Tickets are available without online fees at BLACK DOTS and After Dark (630 Elmwood Ave. | 716.893.2900) | Mon-Fri 10:30a–5:30p)

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https://www.facebook.com/events/266597494029382/

Mar
22
Fri
A Tribute to Pink Floyd’s The Wall
Mar 22 @ 6:09 pm – 6:09 pm

Join us as we celebrate and recreate Pink Floyd’s epic multi-sensory Picasso.

Featuring some of the best musicians in Buffalo including: Damone Jackson, Jeff Miers, Blaise Mercedes, Erin Ward, Vin DeRosa, DJ Sike and many more TBA

With Visuals by Garbaz

https://www.facebook.com/events/811581792515708/

Crafter, Old Ghosts, Pure Heel, and Knee-Jerk
Mar 22 @ 6:09 pm – 6:09 pm

Crafter (MA melodic hardcore)
Crafterhc.bandcamp.com

Old Ghosts (Buffalo hardcore punk)
Old-ghosts.bandcamp.com

Pure Heel (Buffalo punk)
Pureheel.bandcamp.com

Knee-Jerk (Buffalo punk)
Knee-jerkmusic.bandcamp.com

Doors at 7
First band at 7:30
$5

Flier coming shortly

https://www.facebook.com/events/321687318449119/

Street Food Dinner at Coles with Thin Man Brewery
Mar 22 @ 6:09 pm – 6:09 pm

Take a tour of the world this March with a meal inspired by some of the most memorable street foods we’ve experienced on our journeys!

Each course will feature a dish from a different country paired with a Thin Man Brewery beer curated and created by head brewer Rudy Watkins.

First Course: Peru
Shrimp Ceviche – Argentinian red shrimp, burnt tomato, lime, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro and fried plantains. Paired with Sauvage Alliance: Wild Ale Aged in cab sauv barrels

Second Course: Taiwan
Pork Belly Bao Buns – Triple cooked pork belly, steamed buns, kalbi sauce, green onion, cucumber, garlic chili sauce. Paired with Burning Money: IPA

Third Course: India
Butter Chicken Curry – Tandoori Chicken, rich tomato curry sauce, basmati rice, naan bread, riata sauce. Paired with Helter Kelter: Dry hopped unfiltered lager

Fourth Course: Mexico
Barbacoa Beef Tacos – Braised beef brisket, salsa verde, pickled onion, queso fresca, fresh coriander, lime, corn tortilla. Paired with Bliss: Imperial IPA

Fifth Course: Belgium
Belgian Waffle – Spiced chocolate sauce, fresh berries, boozy whipped cream. Paired with Awesome Jenkins: Imperial Stout

Get your tickets today and stay tuned for a closer look at the dishes!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2282245728722167/

Mar
23
Sat
Ariana Grande: Sweetener World Tour
Mar 23 @ 6:10 pm – 6:10 pm

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Mon, 5 Nov 2018 at 10:00 AM

https://www.facebook.com/events/1033200290212458/

Buffalo Infringement Festival Invades the ‘Hawk!
Mar 23 @ 6:10 pm – 6:10 pm

March 22nd will see Buffalo Infringement Festival filling Mohawk Place with a diverse group of fantastic musicians!

We’ll have two stages for music, featuring performances by:

Shannon Vanderlaan
Atmospheric pop

The Scarecrow Show
High-energy rock

Grace Stumberg
Pop, rock, and soul

The Baby Machines
Dreamy, groovy rock

Disraeli
Ambient weirdo music

Passed Out
Very (Emo)tional/Indie/Punk-ish

Kelly Valuchi
Local Hip-Hop

$5, 18+ ID required, Doors at 8, music at 9

https://www.facebook.com/events/2110910358931812/

Dead Alliance Buffalo at Dinosaur BBQ Buffalo NY
Mar 23 @ 6:10 pm – 6:10 pm

The Dino welcomes Dead Alliance Buffalo back to the stage! Come catch ALL your favorite Dead tunes done the right way!
10PM
FREE SHOW
~~~ALWAYS GOOD SMOKE AT THE DINO~~~

https://www.facebook.com/events/1001538806721828/

Hope for Buffalo Luncheon
Mar 23 @ 6:10 pm – 6:10 pm

Join me to support Hope Jay for Buffalo School Board. Beer, pop, and great MT Pockets Food.
😎😀😎😀😎😀😎😀😎😀😍😍😍😎😀😎
$25 entry
$100 Believer in Hope
$250 Champion of Hope

Please RSVP
Checks can be made payable to : Hope for Buffalo

Message me if you have any questions.

https://www.facebook.com/events/331410327500812/

Maria Sebastian and The Rock Show
Mar 23 @ 6:10 pm – 6:10 pm

The Rock Show is a reunion of multi-award-winning players who dominated the cover band circuit in Buffalo during the 1990s. Former members of top rock bands in those years reunite to revisit your favorite rock hits of the ’80s and ’90s including songs by The Cranberries, Aerosmith, Pat Benetar, Tom Petty, Alanis Morissette, LED Zeppelin, Kansas, Joan Osborne, Journey, Styx, and others! The Rock Show is Maria Sebastian (Vocals/Guitar), Michael McGuire (Vocals/Keys), Tom Mangione (Vocals/Bass), Rob Burgio (Vocals/Guitar), and Jeff Cooke (Vocals/Drums).

Promo Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hpejzLopeWI&feature=youtu.be

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/imagineeventcenter/230433 or

Tickets at link above or at the door $12.
Limited to 120 tickets, first come first served.

OFF STREET PARKING AVAILABLE!

https://www.facebook.com/events/385209475579107/