by Mark Panfil

The spring of 2019 is almost over and there has been some great bluegrass locally and on tour in Buffalo during the season.

Sideline from Raleigh, N.C., and Remmington Ryde from Pennsylvania played packed houses at the Clarence Akron Mennonite Church.

The Probables from the Southern Tier brought their great Blue Heron dance music to the Sportsmen’s Tavern.

John McCuen and the String Wizards and Monroe Crossing from Minnesota made appearances at the Fredonia Opera House and the Sportsman’s Americana Music Foundation helped bring Creek Bend to the Buffalo Distillery as part of Boom Day Buffalo 2019.

This coming summer you can set your calendars for great local and regional opportunities to see and hear great bluegrass.

Creek Bend performs at the Distillery during Boom Days. (Photo by Sherry Burns)

Creek Bend has published its summer of 2019 calendar on with stops all over Western New York.

The award-winning bluegrass group from Fredrickstown Mo., the Punches Family, is playing a concert at the Royalton Bible Church in Gasport on June 14 at 7 p.m.

We have local bluegrass festivals announcing their lineups: The Springville Bluegrass Festival on Saturday July 28, the Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival June 13-15 in Lowville, N.Y., and the Mayville Bluegrass Festival is back on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The details of all of these events and more are accessible at

Have a great June and, as always, please continue to support live music in the greater Buffalo area.

Sideline at the Clarence Akron Mennonite Church.


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