Hi all, let’s do a friends Brunch this coming Sunday. I’ll be away for a few months so it will be nice to see everyone and enjoy some bottomless mimosas. Please feel free to invite friends along, the more the merrier.
UPDATE: All Sessions and ticket types are SOLD OUT! Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.
INTRODUCING BUFFALO SWEET TOOTH FESTIVAL hosted by Step Out Buffalo and The Cheesecake Guy!
The sweetest day of the year is happening Sunday, March 31, 2019 as Western New York’s best dessert makers and sweet shops come together under one roof for the ultimate dessert competition. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
ABOUT THE EVENT Picture it: Every sweet and treat you can imagine inside one of Buffalo’s most beautiful buildings, the Hotel Lafayette, for your indulging pleasure. Taste the best delectable treats from across WNY, enjoy a Bubbly-Bar and candy-inspired cocktails, eat your heart out at the taco bar (because tacos), and so much more.
Want to try them all? Only 500 Judge tickets will be available for those who want to try bite-sized samples from each dessert vendor (don’t worry, you’ll also get a take-home box for treats you don’t finish), then vote on their favorites. Judges will get a tasting wristband and tasting and voting tickets. Anyone who wants to to participate as a judge must purchase a Judge ticket.
There will also be General Admission feasting tickets available for those who want to come to the event and purchase desserts and sweets from the vendors “like normal”. That way you decide which (and how many!) sweet treats you consume! And kids 12 and younger are free.
*Buffalo Sweet Tooth Festival is hosted by Step Out Buffalo & The Cheesecake Guy – so you know it’s gonna be good.
DESSERT VENDORS: Anderson’s Blue Eyed Baker Cheesecake Guy Choco-Logo Confectionery Design DiCamillo Bakery Gifford’s Ice Cream IncrediblenEdibles by Mallory Kentucky Greg’s Meghan’s Tasty Treats Mercedes’s Deesert Bar MUSCOREILS FINE DESSERTS Pastrybycamille Peace, Love and Little Donuts Platter’s Chocolate Factory Queen City Cookie Co. Rolling Cannoli Truck (Powered by Panaro’s Restaurant) Sassi Cakes Something Sweet Cupcake Sweet Beginnings Bakery The Pink Cow The Sweet Whisk Three Pillars Catering Whimsy Confections
TICKETS & DETAILS
JUDGE TICKETS: *SOLD OUT* ($30) Includes admission to the event, bite-sized samples from each participating dessert vendor, and the chance to vote for Best Overall Dessert, Best Buffalo Dessert, and Most Creative Dessert.
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: *SOLD OUT* ($5 early bird, $8 presale) Includes admission to event + access to dessert vendors. Kids 12 & Under are free!
DATE: Sunday, March 31, 2019 TIME: Session One 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Session Two 3:00pm – 5:00pm LOCATION: Hotel Lafayette (391 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203) TICKETS: *SOLD OUT* **All ticket types are limited** Tickets are first-purchased, first-served. Meaning, having a Judge’s ticket secures your access to tastings, and you may arrive at any time. And once we sell out, we’re out!
SPONSORS: Mirror Matter Buffalo Spree UBMD Physicians Group
DSP Shows presents Pat Metheny Side Eye at Asbury Hall at Babeville
Sunday, March 31st
Tickets: On Sale Fri 11/16 10am $75.00 Golden Circle (first five rows center), $60.00 Reserved Seating at Ticketfly.com, Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), or charge by phone at 877.987.6487
7pm Doors, 8pm Show All Ages
It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Pat Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. Metheny has won 20 Grammy Awards, countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist,” three gold records and in 2015 was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame becoming only the fourth guitarist to be included and its youngest member. He continues to be one of the brightest stars of the jazz community, dedicating time to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and established veterans alike, helping them to reach their audience as well as realizing their own artistic visions.
Pat Metheny is launching a new playing environment called “Side Eye” for this upcoming season. Pat explains “I wanted to create an ongoing setting to feature a rotating cast of new and upcoming musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way. The first edition of Side Eye will feature James Francies (keyboard, piano) and drummer Nate Smith.
DSP Shows presents John Popper (of Blues Traveler) live at Asbury Hall at Babeville with Jamie Holka
Tickets: $35 advance, $40 day of show General Admission Seating at Ticketfly.com, Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), Terrapin Station Buffalo, The Rust Belt Bookstore or charge by phone at 877.987.6487
7pm Doors, 8pm Show
One of the most iconic harmonica players in history, John Popper is a virtuoso musician who has expanded the possibilities of the instrument for future generations. He is best known as the frontman and creative force of seminal jam band Blues Traveler, which he formed with high school friends in Princeton, NJ in the late ‘80s and led to mainstream success with 1994’s Four.
With skills honed both classically, at New York University’s The New School, and in the crucible of the 90s New York City jam scene, John has perfected the ability to cross all musical boundaries and genres. Over an illustrious 30-year career, he has sat in with acts as diverse as Phish, B.B. King and Metallica among many others.
John’s solo show, with piano accompaniment from fellow Blues Traveler Ben Wilson, is an opportunity to share in this wealth of experience in an intimate setting. Pull up a chair and enjoy as John tells some of the stories he’s picked up along the way, and plays beloved Blues Traveler hits as well as other original and traditional songs.
Buffalo’s own Jamie Holka opens the show. Jamie is a solo finger-style guitarist from Niagara Falls NY. His style incorporates many layers to assimilate bass, drums, chords and melody. Switching between a Gibson L-5 and a Maton Michael Fix model, he’s able to create quite a diverse sound.
Jamie studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and continued the study of jazz guitar long after his Berklee days. However, jazz is only a foundation for his multi-layered arrangements.
Jamie took 3rd place in the North American Rock Guitar Competition in 2006 and has been a support act for many classic artists such as Allan Holdsworth, Todd Rundgren, Michael McDonald, Steve Morse, Steve Miller, Little Feat, Kansas, Steve Kimoch, Adam Rafferty, and CCR. His arrangements span the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Super Tramp, Toto, the Beatles, the Cars, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, the Bee Gee’s, the Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Boz Scaggs and many one hit wonders.
Tickets: $45 Advance, $50 Day of show, Reserved Seating at Ticketfly.com or the Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), or charge by phone at 877.987.6487.
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s second album Echo in the Valley is simultaneously familiar and wildly innovative.
“Some of the most interesting things in the world come together in strange and unique ways and show our diversity,” reflects Béla, a fifteen-time Grammy award winner who is often considered the world’s premier banjo player. “The banjo is just one of those things. It’s a great example of how the world can combine things and create surprising hybrids,” a reference to the ancestral African roots of the banjo combining with Scotch-Irish music in Appalachia.
Echo in the Valley is the follow up to Béla and Abigail’s acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. This time around, the mission was to take their double banjo combination of three finger and clawhammer styles “to the next level and find things to do together that we had not done before,” says Béla. “We’re expressing different emotions through past techniques and going to deeper places.” The results are fascinating, especially considering their strict rules for recording: all sounds must be created by the two of them, the only instruments used are banjos (they have seven between them, ranging from a ukulele to an upright bass banjo), and they must be able to perform every recorded song live.
Fleck and Washburn met at a square dance and began playing music together a dozen years ago, beginning with the Sparrow Quartet. They married shortly thereafter and became parents to a cute little tot. They’ve been touring the globe as a duo for years, almost nonstop but for each other’s performances with various other musical iterations: Béla with the likes of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Chick Corea and Chris Thile, among many others, and Abigail with Wu Fei (a master of the ancient 21-string Chinese zither), The Wu-Force and Uncle Earl.
With the exception of a few restyled traditional tunes, all tracks on Echo in the Valley are originals, and are largely co-written – a different creative approach from their first album, where songs were mostly his or hers.
“This time, we really wanted to truly write together,” Béla adds. “We spent a lot of our time on the lyrics, deciding what we want the songs to communicate, both literally and under the surface.”
Echo in the Valley reflects relevant issues while simultaneously connecting us to our past through wild re-imaginings of traditional pieces. New original tunes range from “Over the Divide,” a song inspired by Hans Breuer, who worked to ferry Syrian refugees to safety, to “Blooming Rose,” inspired by Native American voices and lamenting a continual distancing from nature, and “Don’t Let It Bring You is an emphatic mantra for hard times.
With I don’t wanna cry, cry, cry, oh, “Let it Go” is ultimately about release from the pain of transition, surrendering to growth. The song acknowledges that we must let our children grow up; the concession that youthful innocence will one day give way to adult cares and worries.
Clarence Ashley’s “My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains” has been turned into a rural blues, and Béla’s well-known piece “Big Country” is framed by the traditional Appalachian tunes “Sally in the Garden” and “Molly Put the Kettle On,” a medley Béla and Abigail performed hundreds of times on stage before recording. “’Big Country’ is one of the most beauty melodies I have ever heard played on the banjo,” says Abigail, who takes the lead on this version.
“Come All You Coal Miners” is the point-of-view of coal-miner advocate Sarah Ogan Gunning, whose passages remain poignant and powerful today. “This song came from a very emotional, mother-driven, daughter-driven, wife-driven place, and there are not many songs throughout history from that perspective, so I am incredibly moved by her,” says Washburn.
As the story goes, Béla was struck by the sound of Mr. Earl Scruggs’ banjo when hearing the Beverly Hillbillies theme song. He got hold of a banjo, took his musical namesakes (Béla for Bartok, Anton for Weburn, Leos for Yanecek) to heart, and has since continuously broken new musical ground with his instrument. Fleck has the distinction of being nominated in more categories than any other instrumentalist in Grammy history, and has brought his banjo through scorching hot newgrass, traditional bluegrass, otherworldly funk, modern jazz, African originals, transatlantic Celtic, and classical realms, with two self-composed banjo concertos to his name (The Impostor and Juno Concerto), with a third one in the works.
Abigail was similarly jolted into life as a banjoist, but for her it was hearing Doc Watson.
perform “Shady Grove.” “I was proud to discover that I came from a country where you can hear that ancient sound – from Africa, from Scotland, from Ireland – all mixed up in this beautiful new sound, with those ancient tones in it,” Abigail reflects. “The ancient sounds of our culture remind us who we are, and in them, we see a constellation of who we are becoming.”
Washburn has imbued this philosophy in all aspects of her work, from the string band Uncle Earl to her acclaimed solo albums, Song of the Traveling Daughter and City of Refuge, and her semi-autobiographical theatrical work, Post-American Girl, as well as in her musical ambassadorship with China, a country with which she has a long, profound history. Abigail is deftly following in the footsteps of the founding mothers of folk, and has become a prominent voice of old-time in our time while bringing to light those ancient sounds of American and Far East cultures in new and exciting ways.
Béla and Abigail’s creative process on Echo in the Valley is sonically made manifest in the record’s major themes of harmony, empathy and surrender. As Abigail explains, the intense, intimate collaboration that Fleck and Washburn put forward on this project required “a spirit of staying strong, but also a willingness to release into the other’s ideas to create something new,” possibly something bigger and more beautiful than one could do on one’s own.Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn at Asbury Hall at Babeville