Black Rock Sundays @ Sportsmens

Black Rock Sundays @ Sportsmens

The first of three special history-minded performances celebrating the history of Buffalo and Black Rock NY (home of the world famous Sportsmens Tavern).

I’ll be hosting and emceeing each of these events, which I personally curated with an eye towards sharing compelling stories about our past and present in an atmosphere that everyone enjoys.


Ian Bell in concert, performing “It’s Me For the Inland Lakes”

Live music presentation with multimedia component by noted Canadian historian, museum curator, and musician Ian Bell. Bell’s program will present deeply-researched traditional and original material highlighting the importance of Black Rock’s position on the Great Lakes and bringing into focus the 19th century maritime activities of the Western NY region.

A moderated discussion/Q&A will be held following the performance – what has our location on the Great Lakes meant for the development of the area, and what does it mean going forward?

The Black Rock Sundays @ Sportsmens series is hosted by the Black Rock Historical Society, Black Rock Riverside Alliance, Sportsmens Tavern, and Dave Ruch, with generous funding from Humanities New York, our statewide humanities organization.

Free and open to the public, the events kick off at 2pm and feature an hour-long performance followed by up to 30-minutes of guided discussion and Q&A.

Full schedule:

Sunday Feb 24, 2pm   Ian Bell – Music of the Great Lakes
Sunday Mar 24, 2pm  Reggie Harris – Songs and Stories of the Underground Railroad
Sunday Apr 14, 2pm  Gretchen Sepik performing her one-woman experiential theater show “Erie Canal Sal”



Date: February 24, 2019
Time: 2pm

Cost: Free


Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo NY

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