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9 Essential Shows To Check Out This March

City Guide, Live Music, Music, Music & Nightlife, Music Event Roundup

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on February 19, 2020
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Bear Hands concert / Photo courtesy of Bear Hands

Majority of events in WNY have been cancelled or re-scheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We encourage you to Stay In, Buffalo!

Global warming is real, you guys. 

“In like a lion, out like a lamb” used to be a lot closer to “in like a lion, out like a lion”, but lately it’s been a lot closer to “in like a lamb, out like one of those sad animals at the zoo that clearly needs a much bigger habitat.”

All this is to say: It’s March. These are good shows happening in March.

(Some of these shows may be sold out, but obviously you can still find tickets on StubHub, Craigslist, Facebook, pull tabs at the VFW post, the floor of a South Buffalo bar on St. Patrick’s Day, etc. C’mon guys don’t @ us.) 

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1) Reel Big Fish

DATE: March 3rd

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $25

FACEBOOK EVENT

Ska is a type of music with a long, proud tradition that stretches back to 1950s Jamaica and 70s London. Whether or not Reel Big Fish are a “real ska band” that is a part of that proud tradition is up for debate, but they’re a fun band either way. 

2) Bear Hands

DATE: March 7th

LOCATION: Mohawk Place

COST: $18 (adv)

FACEBOOK EVENT

Bear Hands are one of those bands with songs on the radio, but somehow still remain a bit anonymous. The upside of that is that you can get to see a really good band, in a small club for pretty cheap. Do it!

3) Sloan

DATE: March 8th

LOCATION: Buffalo Iron Works

COST: $25 (adv), $30 (day of)

FACEBOOK EVENT

Sloan may not have become as popular as Barenaked Ladies or The Tragically Hip, but they’re a Canadian icon nonetheless. Echoing the classic sounds of The Who, Sloan have been playing packed shows in Buffalo for the better part of two decades. 

4) The Get Up Kids

DATE: March 8th

LOCATION: Rec Room

COST: $20 (adv)

FACEBOOK EVENT

Before emo was a punchline, The Get Up Kids were the coolest band in the world. That said, everything goes in cycles and emo bands like TGUK are on the rise again. 

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5) Vinny Barbarino Experience

DATE: March 13th

LOCATION: Nietzsche’s

COST: $5

FACEBOOK EVENT

Punk covers of popular songs is basically its own genre at this point and locally, the Vinny Barbarino Experience have been scuzzing up pop hits since the 90s. This is a really fun and cheap show that was probably not on your radar, until now. 

6) Village People

DATE: March 13th & 14th

LOCATION: Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort

COST: $65 – 75

FACEBOOK EVENT

This Bucket List Show of the Month is perfect for anyone who loves disco, the 70s, gay kitsch and/or wedding playlists.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk-BPRXYk9g

7) Super Tugger St. Paddy’s Day Party

DATE: March 14th

LOCATION: Tudor Lounge

COST: $5

FACEBOOK EVENT

The Old Neighborhood (Olde Neighbourhood?) Parade always has great after parties and Super Tugger is playing more of a party band that play some Irish rock kind of sound. Between Super Tugger and Jackdaw, the Irish jams will be blasting. Pick your poison.

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8) Styx

DATE: March 19th

LOCATION: Fallsview Casino

COST: $50.85 – $73.45

FACEBOOK EVENT

This Dad Rock Show of the Month features a lot of hits. Also, it’s at a casino, so you can always puff a few butts at the bar and put the rent money on black. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAJNYmRc2p0

9) Donna the Buffalo

DATE: March 27th

LOCATION: The Tralf

COST: $23

FACEBOOK EVENT

Donna the Buffalo are not from Buffalo. Yes that’s false advertising, but please don’t hold that against them. The band’s mix of zydeco, folk and blues always kickstarts a party.

 

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/brett-smith/" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for the Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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