Friday, February 25, 2011

ESI Events Presents:

David Lindley
Thursday, March 31, 2011
The Tralf Music Hall
622 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14202
7 pm Doors/ 8 pm Show
Tickets $20 advance/$23 day of show

The answer to this question can be found out on Thursday, March 31 when Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist David Lindley brings his wide array of acoustic and electric instruments to the Tralf Music Hall for a riveting evening of music on Thursday, March 31.

Recognized through his collaborations with artists such as Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder and Henry Kaiser, Lindley’s acoustic and electric guitar work is unparalleled. Ben Harper has even cited Lindley’s slide guitar playing as influential on his own playing.

While best known to Western audiences for his work in rock, Lindley’s live shows combine elements of American folk, blues, and bluegrass with African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish traditional music. Lindley incorporates an incredible variety of stringed instruments including Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad "Mr. Dave's" uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show (music geek fact: Lindley sings the falsetto line on the live version of Jackson Browne’s “The Load Out/Stay”). David Lindley consistently gives one of the most unique concert experiences available to adventuresome music listeners.

Tickets available at The Tralf Box Office 716-852-2860
All Ticketmaster locations 1-800-745-3000

Upcoming Events for the Francophile Community in Buffalo and WNY

Sunday, February 27, 4pm @ Sportsmen's Tavern
French Gypsy Guitarist Stéphane Wrembel
Stéphane grew up in Belleville in Paris, studied jazz at Berklee College in Boston, is based in NYC, scored the music for Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona, his newest cd is entitled Terre des hommes. An incredible player, he is taking gypsy jazz to a new level while being true to the spirit of Django Reinhardt. $10.

Thursday, March 10, 7pm @ The Screening Room
Northtown Plaza, 3131 Sheridan Drive
The Beau Fleuve Spring Movie Festival
4.14: AMÉLIE
6.9: LES CHORISTES (THE CHORUS). $5/$7, series $15/$21

Tuesday, March 15th, 7:30pm @ Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Internationally acclaimed, award winning French acoustic fingerstyle guitarist and singer
PIERRE BENSUSAN will come back to Buffalo as part of his current US tour in support of his new album VIVIDLY and perform a concert in the brand new auditorium at the BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER in Buffalo
Admission is: $15 for students with HS or college ID / $20 general / $22.50 day of the concert
Getting tickets ahead of time is strongly recommended. You can purchase them at the Gallery Ticket desk or on-line by clicking on the following link:
Hutch Tech's Gypsy Jazz Guitar Ensemble SIX STRING CIRCUS will open.
Also check out Pierre's website:

Thursday, March 3rd, 6:30 - 9:30pm @ Dick & Jenny's
Love Rd at Baseline, Gd. Island

Wednesday, March 9, 7 - 9pm @ 2nd Cup Café
36 Broadway at Ellicott
Downtown café jazz musette misfits trio Payazzo - Mardi Gras festivities trioPayazzo plays a mix of jazz and latin standards as well as a number of French tunes by Django, Edith Piaf, Michel Legrand et al. Free.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

American Rep Theater of WNY Presents A Mardi Gras Celebration

March 8th (Fat Tuesday) 7-11 pm
Buffalo East, 1410 Main Street


Buffalo, NY--In keeping with its mission statement of presenting works that celebrate the American story, American Rep Theater of WNY is hosting a Mardi Gras Celebration on March 8th (Fat Tuesday). Featured readings of famed Louisiana literature include segments of Longfellows' classic story of Arcadian lovers, Evangeline, and humerous passages of Mardi Gras, Cajun Werewolves, gambling and Baby Dolls featured in the Pelican State's rich folklore book, Gumbo Ya Ya.

This literary event tastefully celebrates the heritage and culture of Louisiana with the revelry associated with Carnival. "After living several years in Louisiana, you begin to appreciate the meaning of Mardi Gras." American Rep Theater of WNY Artistic Director, Matthew LaChiusa says in describing the March 8th event. "Its not about the beads and booze. Its about celebrating the centuries old heritage of Louisiana Carnival. That's what this event is aiming to do while all are eating some gumbo, tapping feet to fais do-do music and sipping on Hurricanes."

The first New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration dates back to 1857 as revelers organized a parade in the French Quarter. After Louisiana declared it a state holiday in 1875, Mardi Gras has been a relatively constant celebration in New Orleans. "The roots are based in the Catholic Shrove Tuesday brought over by the French settling the region." LaChiusa said. "It got Americanized and the rest is rich history worth celebrating."

The evening's celebration also features a gumbo taste-off with makers vying for the "Best Gumbo Crown" and a cash prize for being the best pot of gumbo. Music, Hurricanes and a Tarot card reader will keep the evening entertaining as all Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez.


Mardi Gras Celebration
March 8th
7-11 pm
Buffalo East, 1410 Main Street
$8 Online Presale

For further information on the evening or those interested in registering their gumbo, please contact 884-4858 (9 am to 4:30 pm) or visit

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Buffalo's own Willie Nile Returns

Patron info number: 716-852-2860
Venue address: 622 MAIN STREET, BUFFALO NY
Date: March 5th, 2011
Time: 7pm Doors 8pm Show

Ticket price: $24 presale $29 Day of Show
On sale date: On Sale Now

Tickets available at: All Ticketmaster Locations 1-800-745-3000 716-852-2860 The Tralf Box Office

Nile is a songwriters’ songwriter. No less a personage than Lucinda Williams has said of him, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” And he’s never been more eloquent than he is here. Lou Reed hails Streets of New York as “a great album,” while Graham Parker calls it “a real gem—stirring melodies, passionate vocals, intriguing lyrics…every track a winner.” Says Ian Hunter, “Willie’s from the big-hearted downtown alleyways of NYC (New York commitment). Well done!” Little Steven adds, “Willie Nile is so good I can’t believe he’s not from New Jersey!”

Nile grew up in Buffalo, New York, part of a bustling Irish Catholic family with what he calls “an open-door policy.” For as far back as Willie can remember, his parents welcomed house guests from around the world for extended stays, and “the cosmopolitan nature of the world kind of rubbed off,” he says. (Willie will be playing with local musicians who happen to be friends and family on March 6th.) After studying philosophy at the University of Buffalo, he headed for Greenwich Village, determined to make a name for himself as a latter-day troubadour. That he did throughout the ’70s, becoming a fixture in the Village folk and rock scenes and getting tabbed as the next big thing to come out of that long-thriving artistic community. Writing in The New York Times, the great rock critic Robert Palmer called him “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.”

He made his recording debut in 1980 with his acclaimed self-titled LP on Arista Records, following it a year later with Golden Down. He also opened the Who’s North American tour at the personal request of the band. In 1982, he signed to Geffen Records but got caught in record-biz limbo and didn’t manage to release another record until 1991, when Columbia issued Places I Have Never Been. With the EP Hard Times in America in 1992, which became a cult favorite throughout Europe, Nile finally managed to jump off the major-label hamster wheel. Gathering together his resources over time, he managed to put out his first self-released album, Beautiful Wreck of the World, just before the end of the century.

Willie, his youthful energy unflagging, and he’s never sounded more committed to the themes he’s tackled. Please welcome Willie Nile to The Tralf Music Hall, Saturday March 6th, 2010!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lewis and Klark New Video!

Lewis and Klark have a new video release of their song "Where Do We Go From Here". Where Do We Go From Here is an instrumental about looking back and moving forward.

You can check out Lewis and Klark at
or at

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

4th Annual Music is Art Big Easy in Buffalo Mardi Gras Jam

March 4th, 2011 at 7:00PM
"Cajun Man with the Blues" - Tab Benoit to headline March 4 show at The Tralf

Music is Art announced the 4th Annual Mardi Gras Jam, part of The Big Easy in Buffalo music education and concert series. Headlining the March 4, 2011 concert will be Tab Benoit, "A Cajun Man with the Blues". The concert will take place at The Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door, are available at or at 716-852-2860, and are on sale now. All proceeds benefit Music is Art, a not for profit cultural organization founded by Buffalo native and Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac.

Joining Tab Benoit will be New Orleans singer/guitarist "7th Ward Griot" Carl LeBlanc, Buffalo "booze infused blues & Americana" band The Heavenly Chillbillies, and the winner of a student battle of the bands.

"The mission of The Big Easy in Buffalo series is to bring some of the best musicians from Louisiana to Buffalo so our community and local students get a chance to experience this unique and important culture," said Music is Art Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk.

From southern Louisiana, Tab Benoit fuses electric blues guitar with a Cajun sound, and is an environmental activist through "Voice of the Wetlands". Carl LeBlanc has worked with such greats as Sun Ra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Fats Domino, and is a master guitar player with a laid back style. He performed a solo set opening for Preservation Hall Jazz Band last year, and due to popular demand has been brought back - this time with his band.

Prior to their public performance, both Benoit and LeBlanc will work with local students, including the winners of the Music is Art Big Easy in Buffalo student battle of the bands.

"It's so incredible to give local kids the chance to learn from some top quality, world touring musicians, while at the same time opening their minds to music they might not otherwise hear," Music is Art Founder and President Robby Takac added. The Mardi Gras Jam brings The Big Easy to Buffalo, and we can't wait for people to party with us on March 4.

The 4th Annual Big Easy in Buffalo Mardi Gras Jam is a presentation of Music is Art, along with "Big Chief" sponsors The Buffalo News, New Era Cap Co., and the Niagara Erie Regional Coalition.

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