The Shades of Blue build upon their 46-year history at each stop of their nationwide tour. The group reassembled in the early 2000s after surviving a series of lineup changes and the format shift from vinyl to earworm, reacquainting ears to their 1966 hit "Oh, How Happy" and performing R & B staples such as "My Girl" and "Stand By Me." The Legendary Teenagers, the former backing group for Frankie Lymon, also weave their harmonious voice threads on stage with their signature hit, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love." Two of the original Teenagers have teamed up with a pair of established R & B crooners to recapture the sounds that vaulted the group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
It's fitting that Alleyway Theatre makes its home in a renovated bus depot—the venue is a destination for local talent. The company focuses on Buffalo artists, frequently staging world premieres and fostering the work of homegrown playwrights. Freshly penned plays and acclaimed shorts entertain audiences in the historic venue, which sports the curved walls, stainless steel trimmings, and distinctive mustache of the Art Moderne architectural style.
Bridging moments of melodramatic bombast with sweet, gliding melodies, the compositions of Pyotr Tchaikovsky naturally lend themselves to classical ballet. That being so, the talented performers of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Neglia Ballet converge on stage in celebration of the prolific composer's career-defining masterpieces. Legendary choreographer George Balanchine's Serenade, which was written to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C, famously laid the groundwork for American ballet, which typically eschews concrete storylines for abstract generalizations, emphasizes form and geometry, and requires all dancers to don star-spangled top hats. As a former student of Balanchine himself, artistic director Sergio Neglia carries on the legacy of his mentor with the dance troupe's performance of the timeless ballet.
Greg Frewin boggles minds with an act chock full of mundanity-mocking illusions that helped him win the title of 2009 Magician of the Year from the World Magic Awards. Delivering the dazzle of a Las Vegas performance, the extravagant showman thrills audiences with feats of levitation and games of Twister with a menagerie of savage tigers and vividly coloured exotic birds. A troupe of beautiful dancing girls adds a glitzy flash to the mystical proceedings, participating in tricks and backing up illusions with choreographed numbers. A delectable buffet dinner ($24, not included in this Groupon) is available at 6:30 p.m. for evening performances, allowing patrons to fuel vigorous eye rubbing and epic jaw drops with hearty platters such as baked Atlantic salmon and roast beef accompanied by vegetables, roast potatoes, and a toasty spread of fresh baked pies.
The Chautauqua Belle brings the Industrial Revolution's innovation and muscle back to life with cruises held aboard the historic open-air steamboat. The eponymous vessel glides across the calm surface of Chautauqua Lake as guides educate guests of all ages on the lake's colorful history. Guests can enjoy snacks and libations from the full-service bar as they glimpse picturesque beaches and lush forests during dinner, fireworks, and private charters or narrated history tours.
Phil Vassar, two-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, delights listeners with an R & B–infused, piano-based style of country music. In addition to penning six No. 1 hits for other country stars, the songwriter boasts three self-crooned chart-toppers, including "Last Day of My Life," "In a Real Love," and "Just Another Day in Paradise," which documents a weekend he spent at Sea World. Recorded with his road band, Vassar's sixth album Traveling Circus combines funky grooves with poignant nostalgia, featuring songs such as "Save Tonight for Me" and "Where Have All the Pianos Gone?". On May 20, Vassar shares the stage with special guest Cody McCarver, a former member of Confederate Railroad.