Thursday, March 04, 2010

Sportsmens at the Pearl Concert Series Celebrates New Partnership

Local musicians invite favorite non-profits to share the spotlight

A new partnership between two Buffalo institutions is paying early dividends for the local music community, while opening doors for their friends in the non-profit sector.

Kicking off this Sunday, March 7th, the free Sunday concert series “Sportsmens at the Pearl” celebrates the joining of forces between venerable Black Rock music venue the Sportsmens Tavern and downtown destination Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, which includes a major expansion at the Sportsmens and an increased focus on live music at Pearl Street. Each Sunday - barring occasions and holidays such as the NCAA Tournament and Easter - favorite artists from the Sportsmens will play at the Pearl from 4-7pm, while sharing the spotlight with a local non-profit organization of their choice.

Each week, the chosen non-profit will have staff on-hand promoting their programs and running raffles to raise funds. This Sunday’s opener features one of the “you call the classic, we play it” house bands at the Sportsmens, the aptly named Sport Men, who will support their Black Rock neighbors at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Sport Men singer and “Human Jukebox” John Culliton Mahoney returns solo the following week to revel in the spirit of “Post-St. Patty’s Parades at the Pearl,” benefiting the Belfast Summer Relief Program. After breaking during the madness of the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, the series resumes March 28th with the stirring Gretchen Schulz & the Morvells in support of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Following two special Sundays in April, the heart-on-rolled-up-sleeve rock of the Alison Pipitone Band and Grammy-nominated polka of Jerry Darlak & the Touch will complete the inaugural run.

“This partnership creates more gigs for the Buffalo music community,” said Sportsmens Tavern owner and Sport Men bassist Dwane Hall. “We have first-class musicians in Buffalo that deserve more opportunities like this, and allowing them to support a local non-profit of their choice makes this gig mean even more to them.”

The complete lineup for the inaugural run of Sportsmens at the Pearl is as follows –

March 7th – the Sport Men, supporting Habitat for Humanity ReStore

March 14th – John Culliton Mahoney, supporting Belfast Summer Relief Program (part of Post-St. Patty’s Parades at the Pearl)

March 21st – no concert: NCAA Tourney

March 28th – Gretchen Schulz & the Morvells, supporting Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

April 4th – no concert: Easter

April 11th – Special Event - “The Gift at the Pearl” – 14 bands across all five floors benefiting the children of fallen Buffalo firefighter Jonathan Croom; tickets and more at

April 18th – Alison Pipitone Band, supporting SPCA

April 25th – Jerry Darlak & the Touch, supporting TBA

The Good Neighborhood is a Buffalo-based company that pairs performers with common causes to create Gatherings for the Common Good.

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