October 9, 2013 - 11:02 AM
Last night at the Tralf Music Hall, Family Funktion and the Sitar Jams -- the band of brothers opening for Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band -- won our heart with their closing remark.
One of them -- we think it was the sitar player, Naryan Padmanabha -- told the large and roiling crowd: "Obviously you're going to stick around."
Ha, ha! We love self-deprecating humor and that is a classic. We are now a Family Funktion Fan.
In other words: Obviously we're going to stick around!
October 8, 2013 - 8:04 AM
What do you wear to the Melvin Seals concert? It is a big question and a thing to be concerned about.
Melvin Seals is playing at the Tralf Music Hall tonight.
"It's like Halloween," says one friend. "You feel you should go in costume."
Will you be able to find your Grateful Dead hoodie?
Perhaps you should call in sick to work or cut class and get crafty.
You know how Terrapin Station is always telling you to stop in and say Hi?
This could be the day!
September 30, 2013 - 8:36 AM
We start this week with a feeling of well being because not only have the Bills carried off a massive victory, but we were visited last week by two classic heads of '80s hair.
One was Sarah Brightman, whom Buzz beheld at UB's Center For the Arts.
The other, Bernadette Peters, whom Buzz had the honor of seeing at Kleinhans Music Hall. Here is the exquisite and exclusive Buffalo News photo, taken by Harry Scull:
What marvelous manes! Having them both here within days of each other is rare, like a solar eclipse.
Clearly Buffalo's planets are lined up right!
September 26, 2013 - 2:43 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Last night, heading out to UB to catch the extravaganza show by Sarah Brightman, Buzz timed things so we would get there an hour early. UB had sent out an advisory saying that there were a number of events going on at the same time, so allow extra time.
When UB sends out an advisory, things are bad! Because normally things are bad anyway and you get no advisory.
So, we get there, we basically park in Ohio. Way down near Millersport. It was pointless to try to get into any lots closer and what the heck, we needed the walk. On our trek to the Center For the Arts, we passed this beauteous police building pictured above. We had parked so far that we were seeing buildings we had not known existed!
Now comes the real adventure.
Because of deadline pressure we left the concert before the encore, "Time To Say Goodbye," was quite finished. We flew down the long, winding road from the Center for the Arts, past Augspurger Road, past the beauteous police building, down to the distant lot. At least we found our car. It was not like at the Erie County Fair. But --
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September 26, 2013 - 9:16 AM
The Dreamchaser Water Bottle at last night's Sarah Brightman concert at UB's Center for the Arts was $25!
And people were buying it. Plus the $70 sweatshirt!
That concert lived up to its name.
Buzz must be dreaming!
September 22, 2013 - 1:33 PM
It was great fun last night, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's tribute to Queen. There is one thing Buzz keeps laughing about but it was too difficult to describe in the review.
It was something singer Brody Dolyniuk did. Can you get over that name, you know? You have to keep looking it up just to get it right. Everyone has a right to be proud of his ethnicity but in this case, a stage name is justified. Look at Freddie Mercury, that was a stage name. We are just saying.
Dolyniuk, center in the picture above, was sort of filling the shoes of Freddie Mercury -- sort of, meaning, he put his own spin on it. What he did that cracked us up, he jumped down from the stage and sat down in the seats, among BPO patrons. Then he raised his arms straight up, exultantly, fists in the air, the way rock singers do.
Ha, ha! Everyone cracked up, seeing that. Hard to put your finger on, but so, so funny.
It was a very funny show, come to think of it, as well as a very loud one.
It will echo in our memory!
September 19, 2013 - 12:04 PM
What with all the excitement surrounding the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening gala Wednesday, one piece of good news went unmentioned. And it should be mentioned.
The size of the lower-level Ladies Lounge has been doubled!
That is the entrance to the Lounge pictured above on this esteemed Buffalo architectural website. The hall was flush with rumors before the concert even started. "They knocked out a wall," someone said. Buzz, zipped precariously into a skin-tight evening gown, went tripping daintily downstairs to see what we could see. And lo, it was true.
Most mysteriously, the additional, ahem, stalls looked as if they had been there forever. As if the lounge had always been this way!
Oh well. It is like a Mozart symphony.
God knows exactly how it was constructed but we rejoice that it is there!
September 18, 2013 - 11:28 PM
If Yo-Yo Ma ever gets sick of the cello, he can be a stand-up comic. He has the charm, the low-key delivery, the whole shtick.
At the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's season-opening gala Wednesday night, Ma sauntered out on stage before his performance just radiating an egalitarian sense of fun.
"Has anybody seen a cello?" he cracked, gesturing toward the empty space next to the podium where he would shortly be performing. "This is so embarrassing," he added.
He then said his job was to speak for the Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, whose concerto he was going to be playing. To "channel" him, he joked.
"I don't look Argentinian," Ma said. "But I could be."
Exiting the stage, shortly to return, he paused to shake the hand of a nearby musician.
Stopping to gladhand! We love this guy!
In Yo-Yo Ma's honor, every soloist this season should come out before the concert to do a little stand-up.
It should be a requirement!
September 8, 2013 - 7:00 AM
Buzz's new friend "Doctor John" Bisci, voice of Club 747, passes along this picture of himself and his fellow disco DJs gathered for a charity reunion, the Hustle for a Cure Charity Event at First Niagara Center on Friday night.
Priceless! If this is not a clip-and-save picture Buzz does not know what is.
This explains Doctor John's stealth flight into Buffalo.
Thing like this do not happen by accident!
September 1, 2013 - 11:05 AM
Buzz joined the choir and this sign went up.