What?! This is unheard of, the Sportsmen’s Tavern closing for a day if it’s not Christmas?

There’s a very good reason. Just so everybody associated with the Tavern and all their fans are able to attend, the Sportsmen’s is closing to co-host “Circle the Wagons” at the Town Ballroom, to benefit the BFLO Hall of Fame Experience.

I wouldn’t wait for the day of the show to get tickets. The next night, June 4, is Foundation Night with the Twang Gang. Be one of those talking about the great show the previous night, not regretting you couldn’t get a ticket.

From the Circle the Wagons Facebook page: “A night filled with Music by the Twang Gang featuring a special guest appearance by Chris Berman and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members. YOU HAVE SEEN CHRIS ON ESPN, BUT HAVE YOU SEEN HIM SING WITH A BAND

“Join us in support of the BFLO Hall of Fame Experience with Chris Berman and the Twang Gang for a night of music, laughs and fun as we raise funds and awareness for the BFLO Hall of Fame Experience initiative. ESPN and sportscasting legend Chris Berman will join local Hall of Fame notables from the worlds of sports, music and broadcasting to sing on stage with the Twang Gang throughout the evening. The Twang Gang is a group of Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members, who get together every Tuesday evening from 6:00-9:00 at The Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY. Their sole purpose is to jam and have fun, getting people from the audience up to sing or play with them…kind of like karaoke on steroids and they are bringing this to the Town Ballroom for one night with Chris Berman leading the way.

“Chris has been known to sing with many bands including his very good friend Huey Lewis and is a longtime friend of Bob Seger and Glenn Frey and has sung many of their songs. Berman will also lead the presentation of the next member of the BFLO Fan Wall of Fame inductee. With the support of Dwane Hall and the Sportsmen Tavern, the event will prove to be an unforgettable evening of surprises and never to be repeated musical performances.

“Although we have a lot to be proud of here in Western New York, our region has affected the progress of music, broadcasting and sports globally. And, that’s the story we’ll tell in the BFLO Hall of Fame Experience. The BFLO Hall of Fame Experience celebrates the collaboration of music, broadcasting and sports – an experience, where the visitor comes to create and share their memories and stories inspired by cutting-edge multimedia interactive exhibits and presentations with a touch of Western New York memories. Utilizing a base of family-friendly displays and the story-telling, the BFLO Hall of Fame Experience will bring history to life while providing an opportunity for all to experience their dreams of the past or the future whether on a local, national or global scale.”

So that’s the story. General Admission $30, VIP $75 – includes 2 drink tickets and a preferred viewing area (Limited tickets available).

Cash bar and appetizers will be provided by Frankie Primo’s +39, Soho Buffalo, Bacchus and Ilio DiPaolo’s.

For further info: https://www.bfloexperience.org Proceeds will  benefit BFLO Hall of Fame Experience


What do Leroy Townes, Ten Cent Howl, Marty Peters, Bob James, Porcelain Train, Brendan Shea, Amria, Rod Nickson, Sara Elizabeth, Sue Kincaid, Ron Davis, Freightrain Parker, Black Rock Beatles, Skiffle Minstrels, Brothers Blue, Workingman’s Dead, Hot Club of Buffalo, Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross, Critt’s Juke Joint, Uncle Ben’s Remedy and Flatbed all have in common? They’re all alumni of the Sportsmen’s Tavern and they’re all playing the East Aurora Music Fest on June 8.   There will be 20 venues, 70 bands, 100 hours of music, 250 musicians. Throughout the village, there will be shuttle buses available all day to take you to the different venues.

The Buffalo Music Coalition is once again hosting the EA Music Fest festivities at Fireman’s Field, with plenty of free parking, Flying Bison beer, food from Gourmet Grub, vendors, Buffalo Aerial Dance and starting at 2 p.m.: The lineup includes the Black Rock Beatles, Ten Cent Howl, Hot Club of Buffalo and, from 8 to 11 p.m., the Workingman’s Dead.

Wristbands for the entire Festival are available all over East Aurora, at Flying Bison Brewing Company on Seneca Street in Larkinville, the Sportsmen’s Tavern and The Irishman on Main Street in Williamsville.


 There will be a lot more time to write about this, and more information will be coming soon. However, this is another show you don’t want to get shut out of, just warning you.

Bob McLennan


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