Buffalo’s Last Waltz 2023

On Friday, Nov. 17, the sixth edition of the SAM Foundation production of The Last Waltz will be back in Asbury Hall at Babeville.

I’ll write more about the upcoming show in the future editions of The JAM, but here’s what you need to know right now.  The show, which started in 2017, has sold out every year (we missed 2020 due to Covid).  We’re keeping ticket prices at $40 for SAMF members and $45 for non-members … another reason to join or renew your membership.

Tickets go on sale to SAMF members on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the SAMF store at the Sportsmen’s Tavern.  You can also go to the Babeville box office Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 16-18, and Monday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and show your membership card to buy tickets.  Members can purchase up to two tickets at the $40 price with each membership card.

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, tickets will remain on sale for members and also go on sale to the general public.  Outside of the SAM Foundation store and the Babeville box office, tickets can also be purchased at babevillebuffalo.com for an additional fee.  SAMF member discounts are not available online.

Free tickets courtesy of Sportsmen’s Tavern and Babeville!

If you’re an active member of the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation, and why wouldn’t you be, you have a golden opportunity again this month to win free tickets for some terrific shows over the next few weeks.


On Thursday, Aug. 10, there will be a rare weekday show in Sportsmen’s Park, the amazing JD McPherson.  He’s just coming off touring as the guitarist with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.  I’ve seen him before with his band; he’ll be bringing rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and R&B to Black Rock!  Gates open at 4:30; show starts at 5:30.






On Saturday, Aug. 12, we’ll see another big outside show in The Park.  Sheila Divine, Tugboat Annie, Thee Isolators (featuring Mark Norris ,who otherwise appears in The Last Waltz as Van Morrison) and Grosh (Grace Lougen, Megan Brown, Josh English and Dylan Hund).  Show starts at 4 p.m.





Monday night, Aug. 21,  in the Sportsmen’s Tavern at 7 is Curtis Salgado, a Portland, Oregon-based blues, blues rock and blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter. He plays harmonica and fronts his own band as lead vocalist.  At the 2023 Blues Music Awards, Salgado was named as Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year.




The legendary Steve Earle will appear in Asbury Hall at Babeville on Monday, Aug 28, with Caleb Caudle opening the show.  Steve will be presented as “Alone Again Solo and Acoustic.”  The show starts at 8 p.m.







A couple of these shows are coming up really soon, so we have a quick deadline this month to enter your name in the drawings.  Email rjmcl14@gmail.com by Sunday night, Aug. 6, and tell me which shows you’d like to win tickets to attend.  Winners will be notified by email within a day of the deadline, probably on that Sunday night.

Bob McLennan
SAM Foundation

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