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This popular theater/concert venue is considered by many locals as Buffalo's best place to see live music. The stage hosts big-name headliners with performers that have included Billy Bob Thornton, Blue Rodeo and the Average White Band. Music fans can sign up for their e-newsletter to get the latest info about upcoming events and shows. During the show from the enjoy appetizers like nachos and fries from the Tralfamadore Cafe, and become acquainted with the diverse and eclectic lineup the Tralf has to offer.
For more than 75 years, the Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo has celebrated its love for jazz music. Over the last seven decades, this club has grown to be the culmination of ambitious jazz patrons who gathered to discuss, share and promote jazz as a genre in Buffalo as well as Western New York. Apart from a never-ending rotation of jazz greats who have walked through its doors, stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and many more, this club has been a seminal part in the heritage of Buffalo's African-American community.
Located in Buffalo's historic Allentown district, this bar is considered one of the best in the city for live music at prices we can all afford. The bar serves imported and domestic beer on tap, including Bass, Guinness and a couple of local ones like Flying Bison and Community Beer Works. On Mondays, it's open-mic night, on Tuesdays, the hilarious Stripteasers perform their comedy burlesque reminiscent of the 1950s and Saturdays bring 'Celtic Seisians' with Irish trad music. Other live bands from many genres play the rest of the week. Remember that Nietzche's does not accept credit cards, so bring your cash and check website for full calendar of events.
Designed by father-and-son architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen in the 1930s, this music hall is internationally recognized as having perfect acoustic pitch. The estate of Edward and Mary Kleinhans provided the impetus and the funds necessary to build the home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places and now also houses the Buffalo Chamber Music Society alongside the QRS Concert Series. Kleinhans also hosts a variety of events, from concerts to commencement ceremonies for local schools, check website for complete calendar.
Rockwell Hall is a specimen of Georgian-style architecture that houses the Art Conservation Department, Band Rehearsal Hall, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, School of Arts and Humanities, Metcalfe Rooms, the Music Department and the jewel in the Buffalo State College crown—The Performing Arts Center. Since it is the official performance venue of the university, art students have regular shows that include plays, concerts, recitals and dance performances.
Located just southeast of Buffalo, in the suburb of Orchard Park, this stadium serves as the home of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills. Built in 1973, the stadium was originally called Rich Stadium, but today it is named New Era Field for its sponsors. It seats nearly 75,000 for football and is used almost exclusively for the gridiron, though on occasion the stadium will hold concerts and other events when the massive capacity is needed for ticketholders.
Located in a turn-of-the-century building in Lancaster, east of Buffalo, this 350-seat arts center features a variety of performing arts: from operettas and contemporary musicals to jazz concerts, drama, and dance. The opera house runs a 10-month season from Sep to Jun. Past productions have included blockbuster hits such as Gypsy, West Side Story, and The Merry Widow. There are matinee specials for kids, and special event features such as The Haunted Opera House and Crafts In The Village.