Events to keep your eye on

Hot July happenings




David Blaine Live comes to Shea's on July 8.

 

Except where noted, all events take place in Buffalo (area code 716). ​Got an event of your own to publicize? Send details to: elicata@buffalospree.com. Don’t see your event here? Add it to our reader submitted Events calendar by clicking here

 

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Keep an eye out for the   events. 

 

1

James Taylor

Taylor performs with special guest Bonnie Raitt, celebrating their decades- long friendship.

7:30 p.m. at KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza; keybankcenter.com or 888-223-6000)

 

Oldsmobile Car and Boat Regatta

This unique event features fly-by heats of vintage hydroplanes, jersey speed skiffs, classic wooden boats and offshore powerboats.

9 a.m.– 4 p.m. at Buffalo Outer Harbor (outerharborbuffalo.com or 436-7073)

 

Captain Beyond

One of music’s most influential and trend setting groups is coming to Buffalo to perform their greatest hits.

6–9 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

5

Bill Todd Group

The Buffalo native and multi-instrumentalist performs his compositions.

7:30 p.m. at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; pausaarthouse.com or 697-9069)

 

Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe

Watch the legendary frontman of Mötley Crüe perform some of the greatest rock songs of a generation including “Wild Side,” “Shout at the Devil,” and “Home Sweet Home.”

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

6

Cheektowaga Family Days

A treat for the whole family!

7 p.m. at Cheektowaga Town Park Amphitheater, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga (cheektowagasymphony.com or 895-1047)

 

Triple X–ZZ Top Tribute

Put on your “Cheap Sunglasses” and get ready for a boogie blues cruise.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

Greater Allentown First Friday

Allentown art galleries, performance artists, musicians, restaurants, retailers, and more come together to create a rich cultural attraction.

6–9 p.m. at Allentown (allentown.org/events or 881-1024)

 

 AKAG First Friday

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery provides public tours, art classes, and special events.

Beginning at 10 a.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

Tony Roberts

Roberts never fails to have fans in stitches on his must-see tours.

Through July 8 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

7

Ariel Kasler

Kasler performs as part of the JazzBuffalo series.

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; pausaarthouse.com or 697-9069)

 

Tory Lanez: Memories Don’t Die Tour

Canadian rapper and singer performs from his latest album, Memories Don’t Die.

7 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

Don Giovanni

When legendary womanizer Don Giovanni goes too far, he finds himself tangled in his own web of lies and deception.

8:15 p.m. at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Amphitheater (31 Roberts Ave., Mayville; chq.org or 357-6250)

 

The Art of Play

Jill Vialet, Steven Johnson, Peter Gray, and Laraine Newman lecture.

Through July 14 at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Amphitheater (31 Roberts Ave., Mayville; chq.org or 357-6250)

 

Mom Said No

Join the band to celebrate its new album, Welcome to the Losers Club.

9 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.; buffaloironworks.com or 200-1893)

 

America

Don’t miss a very special evening with this ‘70s rock band.

7 p.m. at Seneca Allegany Casino (777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca; senecaalleganycasino.com or 877-873-6322)

 

J. B. Aaron

The Niagara Falls native performs.

9 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

8

David Blaine Live

Have your mind blown with an unforgettable experience from this legendary magician and illusionist.

8 p.m. at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

10

Oil painting in the landscape

Each week, a different painting will be completed covering essential landscape topics: color theory, atmospheric perspective, and good composition.

Through Aug. 14 at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

Tasting Tuesdays

A café inside the Botanical Gardens hosts a casual farm-to-table experience where guests can enjoy fresh, imaginative small plates and creative herbaceous drinks from Chef Avi Altman.

4:30–8:30 p.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

11

Murder for Two

A hilarious new murder mystery musical has a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects, and they both play the piano.

Through Aug. 12 at MusicalFare Theatre (Daemen College, 4380 Main St. Amherst; musicalfare.com or 839-8540)

 

Legacy Cities

Share, inspire, and connect with conference attendees, the Legacy City of Buffalo, and the surrounding legacy cities of Niagara Falls and Lackawanna.

Through July 14. Look for more information on locations at (preservationbuffaloniagara.org or 852-3300)

 

12

The Virgin Suicides

This film is part of the Women Direct: First Films By Modern Visionary Filmmakers series.

7 p.m. at Hallwalls (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; hallwalls.org or 854-1694)

 

13

Will Chalmers – Tribute to Neil Diamond

Relive those great memories of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s with the authentic voice and look of  Neil Diamond

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

 

M&T Second Friday

From openings and happy hours to programs, concerts, screenings, and other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney.

10 a.m.–8 p.m. at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

Michael Feinstein

Feinstein performs with special guest, Storm Large.

8:15 p.m. at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Amphitheater (31 Roberts Ave., Mayville; chq.org or 357-6250), Bratton Theater (35 Pratt Ave., Chautauqua; chq.org or 357-6233)

 

SE² Silent Disco

Patrons get a set of headphones with three music options to jam to all night long.

8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston; artpark.net or 754-4375)

 

BOSTYX

David Victor of Boston performs.

7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Bear’s Den Showroom (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

Theory of a Deadman

Enjoy a night of music from this rock band.

7 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

14

Oh! What a Lovely War

Follow a band of singing, dancing Canadian soldiers into the Great War and rediscover the spirit behind “lest we forget.”

Through Oct. 3 at The Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, (shawfest.com or 905-468-2172)

 

Dred Scott Trio

This highly talented band provides a night of great music.

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; pausaarthouse.com or 697-9069)

 

Kellogg Observatory Grand Opening Celebration

A celebration to officially open the newly renovated Kellogg Observatory to the public.

Through July 15 at Buffalo Science Museum (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; sciencebuff.org or 896-5200 ext. 345)

 

Airness

This play is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already within us.

Through July 29 at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Amphitheater (31 Roberts Ave., Mayville; chq.org or 357-6250)

 

Tuscarora Nation Picnic & Field Days

Experience the culture and traditions of the Tuscarora people at the 173rd Annual Tuscarora National Picnic and Field Days.

12–4 p.m. located north of the Tuscarora Indian School, at the corner of Mt. Hope and Walmore Rd., Lewiston

 

15

Miranda Sings Live....No Offense

Colleen Ballinger is best known for portraying character Miranda Sings in her Youtube channel and Netflix show, Haters Back Off.

7:30 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

18

Spotlight on Youth

This is a coffee house Buffalo open mic series held on the third Wednesday of every other month.

5:30–8 p.m. at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 (justbuffalo.org or 832-5400)

 

19

Vanessa Williams in Concert with BPO

Television, film and Broadway star Vanessa Williams and her band join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in this special concert event.

8–10 p.m. at Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston; artpark.net or 754-4375)

 

Botanics and Brews

Enjoy a craft beer tasting from Try-It Distributing, live music from JJ SWING, delicious food, incredible raffle prizes, tours of the Botanical Gardens, and more.

6–9 p.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

20

Yanni

Experience a night of classics from this Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist, and music producer.

8 p.m. at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

M+T Third Friday

Explore Buffalo history with tours and enjoy a summer evening on the portico.

10 a.m.–8 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum (One Museum Court; buffalohistory.org or 873 9644)

 

J. P. Sears

Sears is an emotional healing coach, international teacher, speaker, world traveler, and curious student of life.

Through July 22 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

The O’Jays

See the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers perform their chart topping soul songs like “Love Train,” “Back Stabbers,” and “For the Love of Money.”

8 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

21

Silo City Reading Series

Poets and artists Hanif Abdurraqib, Tom Dreitlein, dev11n, and Carlie Todoro-Rickus are featured.

7 p.m. at Silo City Row, Buffalo, NY 14203 (justbuffalo.org or 832-5400)

 

Masters of Puppets

The premier Metallica tribute band brings its amazing live performance to Buffalo.

7 & 10:30 p.m. at Bear’s Den Showroom, Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

22

Henry V

This imaginative spin on Shakespeare is a powerful exploration of what it means and costs to fight for king and country.

Through Oct. 28 at Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; shawfest.com or 905-468-2172)

 

Buffalo Philharmonic Concert

Enjoy an evening at the Fort with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

7–9 p.m. at Old Fort Niagara (Youngstown; oldfortniagara.org or 745-7611)

 

The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore

Ticket sales provide support for Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and PLUS 1, which advances racial and social justice through the M&RL Equity Fund.

7 p.m. at Darien Lake (9993 Alleghany Rd., Corfu; darienlake.com or 585-599-4641)

 

Children’s Book Club

This month’s reading is Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit With Andy Warhol by James Warhola.

1:30–3:30 p.m. at Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; burchfieldpenney.org or 878-6011)

 

25

Jenny Lewis

The American singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the indie rock band Rilo Kiley performs with special guests, Cut Worms.

Doors open at 7 p.m. at Asbury Hall (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; babevillebuffalo.com or 852-3835)

 

26

Chase Rice

Experience a night of entertainment with one of country music’s most exciting figures.

8 p.m. at Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls; rapidstheatre.com or 205-8925)

 

From Dixie With Love

This hilarious set with a southern flavor features Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, and Corey Ryan Forrester.

Through July 28 at Helium (30 Mississippi St.; heliumcomedy.com/buffalo or 853-1211)

 

27

The Bacon Brothers

Kevin Bacon, an award-winning actor, and older brother Michael, an Emmy-winning composer, create a night of great music.

8 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

M&T Fourth Friday

Buffalo Arts Studio opens the gallery and gift shop to the public in partnership with M&T bank.

11 a.m.–8 p.m. at Buffalo Arts Studio (Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St., Ste. 500; buffaloartsstudio.org or 833-4550)

 

Candide

The naive young hero Candide is plagued by an endless series of bizarre comedic disasters on his globe-spanning search for the true meaning of life.

Through July 30 at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Amphitheater (31 Roberts Ave., Mayville; chq.org or 357-6250)

 

Jazz & Blues Weekend

Wander through the village and choose from a variety of Jazz and Blues performance areas ranging from restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and street-side venues.

Through July 29 at Village of Ellicottville (Ellicottville, NY; ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046)

 

28

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

This concert features the film in high-definition on a giant screen while a live orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score.

8:15 p.m. at Chautauqua Amphitheater, 31 Roberts Ave., Mayville, NY 14757 (716 357 6250, chq.org)

 

Tommy James and The Shondells

The band plays some of its greatest hits like “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Draggin’ the Line,” and “Crimson and Clover.”

7:30 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

War of 1812 Grand Encampment

This event is destined to be the largest War of 1812 military reenactment of 2018 with US and British land forces, naval vessels, personnel and artillery.

Through July 29 at Old Fort Niagara (Youngstown; oldfortniagara.org or 745-7611)

 

31

Billy Bob Thornton

Thornton performs with guests the Boxmasters.

8 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.; buffaloironworks.com or 200-1893)

 

WAR

The group’s global popularity is a tribute to the timelessness of its music and message.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

 

​Got an event of your own to publicize? Send details to: elicata@buffalospree.com. Don’t see your event here? Add it to our Reader Submitted Events calendar by clicking here

 

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