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Buffalo History Museum’s Party on the Portico details released

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

The Buffalo History Museum’s annual summer Party on the Portico series is a monthly gathering that makes you wish our summer endured indefinitely.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Party on the Portico setup, the event is a gathering that’s held on the stairs of the Buffalo History Museum overlooking Mirror Lake, the nearby Japanese rose garden and Delaware Park to the east. It’s on Fridays, so everyone is particularly cheerful. Free party snacks offer a slight alternative to (or detour from) posting up exclusively at the cash bar, and the live music caps off the North Buffalo event.

Free 15-minute tours of the Buffalo History Museum are an added perk, as well as a 50/50 drawing. The event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30, is exclusively 21+ and takes place rain or shine. Admission costs $10 for the general public and $5 for Buffalo History Museum members. Wine and beer each run for $4, while soft drinks cost $1.

We now have the details for this year’s trio of events—the season begins on June 21, and here’s the live-music lineup:

June 21: After Hours with the David Kane Quartet:

After Hours is not your average cover band. Creating Nouveau Lounge renditions of songs from musical visionaries such as Tom Waits, Velvet UnderGround, David Bowie, Wanda Jackson, and Blondie. Featuring the angelic voice of Kristin Gilmet and supported by an all-star band from Buffalo’s original music scene, including Sakura, Lou Mang, Dave McCreery and Dave Gilmet. From Cabaret to Classic Country reviving seldom heard hits from the 30’s to the 90’s for the discerning music lover.

Kane uses DKQ to create a new aural realm that is eclectic, electric, ambient, and artful. Tim Switala, the late music reviewer, band promoter, and radio producer, described DKQ this way: “The music is still entirely instrumental, but this time around synthesizers and Farfisa organs cozy up with heavy dosages of electric guitar and even some sampling. DKQ’s new sound proves to be aerodynamic and sleek, a seamless fuse of two of Kane’s biggest influences: progressive and R&B. Air meets Ramsey Lewis. Foreign film music meets American garage rock.

July 19: Doug Yeomans and the Lo Blu Flame, and the Informers:

Referred to as a “Buffalo treasure” by The Buffalo News’ Jeff Miers, Yeomans was born in Buffalo but has traveled extensively—showcasing his guitar prowess to a national audience. Here’s a section from his bio at his own website.

Hailing from Buffalo, N.Y., he has traveled across North America playing in concert halls and clubs and at festivals and private events. Yeomans navigates easily through rock and roll, rhythm and blues, blues, country, and bluegrass. His guitar playing, songwriting, and vocals have earned him accolades and national gigs.

Aug. 16: Ron Hawkins from Lowest of the Low:

Hawkins goes solo in the season finale, as the Lowest of the Low star seems to have a magnetic attachment to the Nickel City. His current project is Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins—a little paradoxical—and Hawkins is a painter on the side as well. He’s fantastically talented.

(Interior photo courtesy of Buffalo.com’s Chuck Alaimo from the 2011 Lowest of the Low show).

TAGGED: buffalo history museum, delaware park, doug yeomans, mirror lake, party on the portico, ron hawkins, the informers

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