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5 things to do this March

Winter may be wrapping up in Western New York, but there’s plenty of cool stuff on tap for March. From spirituals to the sounds of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, news of these events is sure to be music to your ears.

March 2: Rise Up!

First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St., Buffalo
Admission: $15; $5 for students under 18

Join Harmonia Chamber Singers for an inspirational evening of spirituals and Gospel music, featuring the world premiere of a choral piece by renowned guest composer Stacey V. Gibbs. Student choirs from the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Frederick Law Olmsted High School and Charter School for Applied Technologies will also participate in the uplifting program that begins at 7:30 p.m. (405-7206;

March 2: Kiss 98.5 Cupcake Challenge

Buffalo Marriott Niagara, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst
Admission: $20

Two hours of taste-testing cupcakes for only $20 is a pretty sweet deal: so popular they had to break it down into two sessions (noon-2 p.m. or 3-5 p.m.). Sample confection creations from local bakeries, vote for your fave and help determine the best cupcake in WNY. (843-0111;

March 9: Sound & Soul Gala

Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly Adam’s Mark), 120 Church St., Buffalo
Admission: $175 general admission; $225 VIP

Break out the paisley, bell bottoms or oversized blazers—this costume-encouraged fundraiser to benefit Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center spans the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. They’ll also be throwing it back with a vintage video arcade and classic yard games. General admission includes basket raffle, auctions, dinner, dancing to the sounds of Big City Horns, and a bourbon ice luge. Very important peeps get a party lounge with martini bar, wine and spirits tastings, hors d’oeuvres and live music on top of the rest. All should come in costume or black-tie attire. VIP party starts at 5 p.m.; General admission at 6 p.m. (885-8318,

March 21: BBQ & Bourbon

Events at the Wurlitzer, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda
Admission: $30

Enjoy tastings from some of the best BBQ joints in town as you swish handcrafted small-batch whiskey samples from Three Chord Bourbon—created by musician and producer of Grammy-winning hits, Neil Giraldo. Live music from the Growlers Blues Band caps off the event, which runs 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets on sale Feb. 4 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Soccer for Success. (783-9119;

March 29 & 30: Red Blazer Men’s Chorus Variety Show

Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Road, Amherst
Admission: $20 general; $18 seniors and group rates; $10 students

Not your typical choral concert, the 45-mem-ber, four-part harmony men’s chorus mixes several themed sets of music, multiple costume changes, comedy skits, small group per-formances and dancing to bring you a rousing night of fun with a repertoire that includes everything from barbershop and old standards to Broadway to pop music. Friday show is 7:30 p.m. with open seating, while Saturday show is reserved seating and begins at 2 p.m. (406-7262;

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