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5 clubs to hear live blues

If you’ve never felt more like hearin’ the blues, you’re in luck: from Hamburg to Niagara Falls, you should be able to find just the place. Read more

The Topper / 492 19th St. / Niagara Falls / 524-2677

The Topper books blues all but exclusively, and is one of several area clubs that moved in to fill the void left by the closing of the Lafayette Tap Room several years back.

The Iris, Maple Entertainment Complex / 4224 Maple Road / Amherst / 831-3271

The Saturday afternoon blues jams are already the stuff of legend. Books both local and national blues artists too.

Armor Inn Saloon / 5381 Abbott Road / Hamburg / 202-1315

Hosts blues-based open mics, and books the finest local and national blues bands and artists.

Sportsmen's Tavern / 326 Amherst St. / Buffalo / 874-7734

The hub of the Western New York roots music movement. The best musicians in town invariably end up on the Sportsmen’s stage.

Central Park Grill / 2519 Main St. / Buffalo / 836-9466

Weekly Thursday night all-blues shows, hosted by WBFO/97 Rock DJ and blues enthusiast Anita West. Great room, great vibe, great bands.

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