2012-03-08 / Entertainment

Concerts

thurs. 8

Wadada Leo Smith — Hallwalls presents this trumpeter with both the Golden Quartet and Double Quartet, 8 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Babeville’s Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 854-1694, www.hallwalls.org

fri. 9

Van Halen — Rock and roll hall of famers, will be joined by opening band, Kool and the Gang, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the First Niagara Center, One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo; $. 855-4444, www.firstniagara.buffalocenter.com

Jim Messina — Best known for being half of the legendary Loggins and Messina, 8 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel’s Bear’s Den, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls; $. 278-4944, www.senecaniagaracasino.com mewithoutYou — Philadelphia-based rock band featuring vocals, guitar, drums and bass, will be joined by Sainthood Reps and Cold Fronts, 8 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the Tralf, 622 Main St., Buffalo; $. 852-2860, www.tralfmusichall.com

sat. 10

Formed in 1969 in the band’s home town of Flint, Mich., Grand Funk Railroad is still rocking after all these years and will take the stage 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca; $. 945-9300, www.senecaalleganycasino.com

sun. 11

Black Crowes co-founder, Rich Robinson, will make a stop in Buffalo, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at Babeville’s Ninth Ward, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 852 -3013, www.tickets.com

Steve Forbert — Dylan-esque singer-songwriter best known for Romeo’s Tune, dedicated to the memory of Frances Ballard of The Supremes, 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Sportsman’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St., Buffalo; $. 874-7734, www.sportsmanstavern.com

wed. 14

Heavy-metal rockers, Iced Earth with Warbringer and others, will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., Buffalo; $. 852-3900, www.townballroom.com

wed. 14-sun. 1

Popular rock/party band, Return to Grace, will make a stop in the Buffalo area at various times (matinee and evening) at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort’s Avalon Theatre, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls; $. (888) 836-8118, www.fallsviewcasinoresort.com

thurs. 15

Canadian-born blues and rock guitarist, Anthony Gomes , will take the stage 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Rhino’s Union Pub, 2339 Union Road, West Seneca; $. 608-0000, www.rhino-sunionpub.com

San Francisco singer, songwriter and electric blues guitarist, Joe Louis Walker — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Sportsman’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St., Buffalo; $. 874-7734, www.sportsmanstavern.com

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