MUSIC

 

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Carla Bley plays March 17 at Albright-Knox

 

This month, we’re blessed with an abundance of marquee names renowned for expanding the popular understanding of what “jazz” means. Take Carla Bley: Her landmark 1971 triple-LP collaboration with librettist Paul Haines, Escalator Over the Hill, was a wildly ambitious attempt to create an avant-jazz equivalent to the then-popular rock opera. Its eclectic cast included not just fellow travelers like John McLaughlin, Don Cherry, and Paul Motian, but hard rock drummer Jack Bruce and an up-and-coming singer named Linda Ronstadt. Her current trio with bassist Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard plays the Albright-Knox on March 17.

 

George Winston performs March 13 at Babeville

Fellow pianist George Winston tends to get categorized as a pioneer of “New Age” music, but that oft-disparaged term does little justice to the full range of his work, which has encompassed R&B (Professor Longhair was an early influence), stride piano in the style of Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson, and protest music every bit as politically pointed as some of Bley’s later recordings. —Ron Ehmke

 


 

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Pop / Rock

 

March 1

Space Junk

With a sound that mixes traditional rock structure, and complex developmental jamming, Space Junk evolves house, rock and jazz influenced improvisation.

9 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

Buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

Brook Pridemore

The New York City–based songwriter, performer, and frontman’s early work is affiliated with the antifolk movement. Described as a  punk band that wants to be a doom metal band. Often solo, never acoustic.

8 p.m. at Mohawk Place

(47 E. Mohawk Street)

buffalosmohawkplace.com, 312-9279

 

March 2

Frankie Scinta

Scinta has been performing for over forty years, including headlining his own Las Vegas show, playing every string and percussion instrument, and doing spot-on impressions of iconic entertainers.

8 p.m. at The Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino

(310 4th Street, Niagara Falls)

senecaniagaracasino.com, 299-1100

 

Flogging Molly

This seven-piece Celtic punk band from Los Angeles weaves punk rock and traditional Irish music into its sound.

7 p.m. at Town Ballroom

(681 Main Street)

townballroom.com, 852-3900

 

March 3

The Stumblebum Brass Band

Together, the three Stumblebums create a maniacal wall of musical sleaze, the perfect soundtrack for a night of dirty living and heavy drinking.

6 p.m. at The 9th Ward

(341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

March 6

Danielle Nicole

The 2014 Blues Music Award winner and singer/bassist/songwriter performs a mix of blues, torch, and jazz.

7:30 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

The High Kings

The members of this internationally acclaimed Irish folk quartet have accomplished musical pedigrees, playing thirteen instruments between them, and bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to new and old songs. Concert benefits Buffalo Irish Center.

6 p.m. at Tralf Music Hall

(622 Main Street)

tralfmusichall.com, 835-3500

 

March 8

Sarah Borges

Her sound is eclectic a little bit twangy, some kind of cowpunk, and a whole lot of heartfelt rock and roll.

9:30 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

This three-piece American country blues band from Brown County, Indiana, plays more than 250 dates per year at venues ranging from bars to festivals.

7 p.m. at Tralf Music Hall

(622 Main Street)

tralfmusichall.com, 835-3500

 

March 9

The Association

One of the most successful bands to come out of the ’60s, The Association has sold millions of records. The band’s hits include “Cherish,” “Never My Love,” “Windy,” and “Along Comes Mary.”

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

March 10

Andy Frasco

The Los Angeles native singer/songwriter incorporates elements of soul, funk, and rock as well as tones of roots, and Americana.

9 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

March 13

George Winston

Winston shares his life of musical study and inspiration with his own rural folk style as well as stride, R&B, and slow dance songs from his favorite masters and composers. Support the local food bank by bringing a donation of canned food.

7 p.m. at Asbury Hall

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

March 15

The Indigo Girls

Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, folk duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have continued with a legacy of releases and countless US and international tours

7 p.m. at Asbury Hall

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

March 16

The Town Pants

Town Pants’ own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel is backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans from Ottawa to Oslo.

9 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

Greg Farley

With his debut LP Taker Easy, Farley mines his own history for stories of class struggle, nature, love, pain, work, and family, all set against the backdrop of the northeast.

8 p.m. at Mohawk Place

(47 E. Mohawk Street)

buffalosmohawkplace.com, 312-9279

 

March 18

Melvin Seals

Seals is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band.

8:30 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

March 19

We Banjo 3

The band incluldes a seven-time all Ireland banjo champ, a four-time time banjo champ, and an all-Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran.

8 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

Mike Gordon

The Phish bassist returns to the road with his band put together for long haul.

7 p.m. at Town Ballroom

(681 Main Street)

townballroom.com, 852-3900

 

José González & The String Theory

The Berlin and Gothenburg-based artist collective, think tank, and experimental chamber orchestra explores the outskirts of contemporary classical music, electro, noise, Neue Musikm, and pop.

7:30 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre

(Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst)

ubcfa.org, 645-6915

 

March 20

Sean McConnell with Caleb Elliott

McConnell’s 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 to claim him as one of their own.

7 p.m. at The 9th  Ward

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

March 21

Ben Folds

Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending music and performs his top hits such as “Rockin’ The Suburbs,” “Landed,” “The Luckiest,” and “There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You.”

8:30 p.m. at Fallsview Casino Resort

(6380 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON)

fallsviewcasinoresort.com,  877-833-3110

 

March 22

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

With founding member, singer, songwriter, and harmonica-master Kim Wilson leading the way, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been creating bluesy rock ’n’ roll for more than three decades.

8 p.m. at The Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino

(310 4th Street, Niagara Falls)

senecaniagaracasino.com, 299-1100

 

March 23

Tokyo Police Club

The Indie/garage band from Newmarket, Ontario, has taken the States by storm. Get tickets early.

7 p.m. at Town Ballroom

(681 Main Street)

townballroom.com, 852-3900

 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The band plays a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland with energy and spirit.

8 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall

(Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue)

buffalostatepac.org, 878-3005

 

March 24

Bernie and the Wolf

The Indie rock duo out of Chicago, Illinois, performs songs from This Time Last Year, released in September.

8 p.m. at Mohawk Place

(47 E. Mohawk Street)

buffalosmohawkplace.com, 312-9279

 

Mike & The Moonpies

The band’s 2018 album, Steak Night at the Prairie Rose, quickly became a contender for one of the best country albums of the year.

6 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

March 27

Malcolm Holcomb

The acclaimed North Carolina-based singer-songwriter’s latest album, Come Hell or High Water, is chiseled out of a life abundant in both hard and sweet times, with an ache of loveliness and loneliness.

7 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

March 28

Resounding Sonny Baker Band

Guitarist Sonny Baker has performed with numerous bands, has produced nine recordings as a solo artist, and is frequently featured on projects by fellow composers/musicians.

6:30 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

(1300 Elmwood Avenue)

burchfieldpenney.org, 878-6011

 

March 29

Enter the Haggis

Since 1995, this Toronto-based band has led the charge among Celtic folk rock bands, delighting fans with memorable performances, inspired songwriting, musical proficiency, and high quality recordings.

9 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

March 30

Randy Houser

Singer and songwriter Randy Houser has sold millions of albums worldwide with chart-topping hits such as “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” and “Goodnight Kiss.”

9 p.m. at Fallsview Casino Resort

(6380 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, ON)

fallsviewcasinoresort.com, 877-833-3110

 

Pure Prairie League

This distinctly American band boasts a forty-year career and a long line of top hits like “Amie.”

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

Classical

 

March 2

Sarah Chang Plays Brahms

Child prodigy turned violin superstar Sarah Chang returns to the BPO for the first time in a decade to perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto under the baton of JoAnn Falletta.

2:30 pm and 8 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall

(3 Symphony Circle)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

March 3

Echoes of Brahms

Directed by Nicholas Delbello, featuring Natasha Farny, cello, the concert repertoire is Brahms’s Hungarian Dances; Saint-Saens’s Concerto for Cello No. 1 in A Minor, op. 33 with Natasha Farny on cello; and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68.

3 p.m. at Villa Maria College Auditorium

(240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga)

cheektowagasymphony.com

 

March 6

Clarinet Masterclass with Anthony McGill

Considered among the top solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians today, Anthony McGill is  principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, having previously been principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal of the Cincinnati Symphony.

7 p.m. at Clement Residence

(786 Delaware Avenue)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

March 8–9

Copland Clarinet Concerto

New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill lends his virtuosity to Copland’s uniquely American Clarinet Concerto, composed for jazz great Benny Goodman. Innovative conductor Leon Botstein leads this program. Come at 9:30 a.m. for complimentary coffee and doughnuts.

10:30 a.m. March 8; 8 p.m. March 9 at Kleinhans Music Hall

(3 Symphony Circle)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

Lee Beethoven String Quartet Cycle Concert III: Attacca Quartet Description

Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violin; Nathan Schram, viola; Andrew Yee, cello play Beethoven’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; “Grosse Fuge,” Op. 133; and  Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1.

7:30–9:30 p.m. at Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

(UB North Campus, Amherst)

slee.buffalo.edu, 645-2921

 

March 10

Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

This colorful work has illustrated the instruments of the orchestra to generations of concertgoers. Explore the individual sections as they build toward playing beautiful music together.

2:30 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall

(3 Symphony Circle)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

March 11

Jonathan Lombardo: Cuban Influence on Western Music

Mambo, cha-cha, danzon, and rumba are a few of the attention-grabbing rhythmic motors that have created some of the most unforgettable moments in the orchestral repertoire as part of BPOvations at the Libraries.

6:30 pm at Orchard Park Library

(S-4570 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

March 12

Horszowski Trio with Masumi Per Rostad, viola

When the members of the Horszowski Trio–Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa–played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection.

8 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall

(3 Symphony Cir.)

kleinhansbuffalo.org, 885-5000

 

March 15

Master Chorale presents: Viva Italia! Church Works and Opera Choruses from 19th Century Italian Masters

The adult ensemble of the Buffalo Niagara Choirs presents Verdi’s Ave Maria, Puccini’s Requiem  Æternam, and selections from Rossini’s Petite Mess Solennelle in a program that also highlights the contributions of Italian women who composed sacred music.

7:30 p.m.–9 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

(1080 Main Street)

Bnchoirs.org

 

March 15 & 16

The Wonderful Music of Oz

Defy gravity and travel over the rainbow with a cast of vocalists as we take a musical journey down the yellow brick road. Come at 9:30 a.m., March 15, for complimentary coffee and doughnuts.

March 15 at 10:30 a.m. & March 16 at 8 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall

(3 Symphony Circle)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

March 18

Jonathan Lombardo: Cuban Influence on Western Music

These free talks given by BPO musicians offer an intimate look inside the BPO and shine a light on the inner workings of the American symphonic orchestra.

6:30 pm at Audubon Library

(350 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

March 19

Jonathan Lombardo: Cuban Influence on Western Music

Following a recent trip to Cuba, Principal Trombone Jonathan Lombardo became fascinated by the Cuban influence on Western music. Lombardo’s third BPOvation performance is in Lancaster.

6:30 p.m. at Lancaster Public Library

(5466 Broadway, Lancaster)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia is an auditioned college-community orchestra composed of music majors and non-majors, as well as experienced community and professional musicians. This free concert features Young Artist Competition winners.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall

(Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue)

buffalostatepac.org, 878-3005

 

March 21

Buffalo Chamber Players at the AKAG: ¡Viva España!

Experience the exotic sounds of Spain in a program spanning six centuries of music. Blending European, Moorish, and Sephardic musical traditions, the music of Spain developed a musical syncretism of modes, textures, and timbres all its own.

7:30 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

(1285 Elmwood Avenue)

albrightknox.org, 882-8700)

 

Buffalo State Spring Choral Concert

The Buffalo State Chorale performs under the direction of John Fleischman and the Buffalo State Chamber Choir performs under the direction of Dr. Victoria Furby.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall

(Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue)

buffalostatepac.org, 878-3005

 

March 22

Piano Master Class with Fabio Bidini

BPO favorite Fabio Bidini presents a free piano masterclass starring local high school and college students. The public is invited to attend and learn.

7 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall

(3 Symphony Circle)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

The Buffalo State Wind Ensemble

Under the direction of Dr. Rick Fleming, the ensemble is one of the premiere performing ensembles on campus performing works in the traditional wind band repertoire as well as contemporary works of various styles.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall

(Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue)

buffalostatepac.org, 878-3005

 

March 23 & 24

Bidini & Brahms

Buffalo favorite Fabio Bidini tackles another Brahms masterpiece: his Piano Concerto No. 2, which follows two jewels of Russian repertoire. See this program here before it tours Florida!

March 23 at 8 p.m. & March 24 at 2:30 at Kleinhans Music Hall

(3 Symphony Circle)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

March 28

Faculty Chamber Recital: Degenerate Music: Weill, Eisler, and Schoenberg

Performers are Tiffany Du Mouchelle, soprano; Jonathan Golove, cello; Eric Huebner, piano; and, special guest Kathrein Allenberg, violin, with the program to include works by Kurt Weill with additional music by Hanns Eisler and Arnold Schoenberg.

7:30–9:30 p.m. at Baird Hall

(UB North Campus, Amherst)

slee.buffalo.edu, 645-2921

 

Jazz

 

Pat Metheny is a restless experimenter who has been hugely successful connecting with large audiences, thanks in part to collaborations with the likes of David Bowie, Ornette Coleman, and the Kronos Quartet. (Small World Alert: He got his start backing up pianist Paul Bley, ex-husband of You Know Who, and has recorded album-length projects with her tourmate, Swallow.) Metheny calls his latest endeavor Side Eye—a rotating cast of established and emerging musicians he’s always wanted to play with.

—Ron Ehmke

 

March 1

Mar Salá

Through collaboration with many accomplished musicians from all over the world, the Spanish native mixes Latin sounds such as Rumba Flamenca, Brazilian rhythms and Spanish pop, with Swing and Rock.

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House

(19 Wadsworth Street)

pausaarthouse.com, 697-9069

 

March 8

Buffalo Jazz Ensemble with Justin DiCioccio

Justin DiCioccio is internationally recognized as one of the foremost jazz educators of our time. His keen insight into teaching and his inventive approach have earned him the title “the musician’s teacher.”

8 p.m. at Burchfield Penney Art Center

(1300 Elmwood Avenue)

burchfieldpenney.org, 878-6011

 

March 9

The Buffalo Jazz Collective featuring James Burton III

This series features a diverse group of some of the finest jazz performers from Western New York and beyond. Hear Burton’s jazz standards and original compositions this evening.

7:30 at Kenan Center Taylor Theater

(433 Locust Street, Lockport)

kenancenter.org, 433-2617

 

​Robert Merlin Davis CD Release Concert

Davis interprets favorite jazz originals, inspired by his wide understanding of musical styles and in-the-moment improvisations, rooted on his ample knowledge of world music.

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House

(19 Wadsworth Street)

pausaarthouse.com, 697-9069

 

March 10

Jazz on Second Sundays: Featuring James Burton III

March’s concert features Mark Filsinger and James Burton III as performed by some of the finest musicians in Western New York including Bobby Militello, Dave Schiavone, John Hasselback, and John Bacon.

2:30 p.m. The Buffalo History Museum

(One Museum Court)

buffalohistory.org, 873-9644

 

March 13

A Jazz Tribute to Patsy Cline

Singer Maria Sebastian and an all-star ensemble will perform a repertoire of the best-loved songs of Patsy Cline, Roseanne Cash, and Anne Murray at the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series.

7:30–10:30 p.m. at Hotel Henry

(444 Forest Avenue)

hotelhenry.com/jazz, 882-1970

 

March 15

JazzBuffalo Presents The Philippe Lemm Trio

The trio’s electrifying chemistry and creative re-imagination of standards, progressive rock/pop, and diversely influenced music have thrilled audiences worldwide.​

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House

(19 Wadsworth Street)

pausaarthouse.com, 697-9069

 

March 17

Art of Jazz: Carla Bley “Trios”

One of the landmark artists of modern jazz performs.

3 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

(1285 Elmwood Avenue)

Albrightknox.org,  882-8700

 

March 21

Joyce Carolyn in Concert

Carolyn is a professional performance artist in the fields of music, theater, and dance who has showcased at the Apollo Theater, performed at the Blue Note, and was a member of Voices Inc. New York City.

7:30 at PAUSA Art House

(19 Wadsworth Street)

pausaarthouse.com, 697-9069

 

March 29

Derrick Gardner

Gardner, on trumpet, joins UB Faculty Jazz Quartet, along with Bobby Militello, saxophone/flute; George Caldwell, piano; Sabu Dawoud Adeyola, bass; John Bacon, drums, for this special concert.

7:30–9:30 at UB Center for the Arts

(UB North Campus, Amherst)

slee.buffalo.edu, 645-2921

 

March 30

George Caldwell Presents Derrick Gardner

Jazz trumpeter, Derrick Gardner, inspired by the finest hard-blowing funky bop bands of the 1960s, extends that great tradition as a composer, arranger, performer, leader, and educator.

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House

(19 Wadsworth Street)

pausaarthouse.com, 697-9069

 

March 31

Pat Metheny Side Eye

Metheny has won twenty Grammy Awards and 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.

7 p.m. at Asbury Hall

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

 

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