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The Black Lillies wsg/David Michael Miller 7pm $15

The Black Lillies wsg/David Michael Miller 7pm $15

  • Location:326 Amherst Street
  • Venue:Sportsmens Tavern
  • Length:7pm – 10pm

Sportsmen’s Tavern
326 Amherst St.
Buffalo NY 14207
Wed. Oct. 17, @ 7pm
The Black Lillies

David  Michael Miller

The Black Lillies
The Black Lillies are a band for the ages: rich, rootsy tunes performed with as much heart as technical virtuosity. If you ask them, they’ll tell you they play “Tennessee music” – combining strains of swampy Memphis soul and blues with Nashville’s classic country and East Tennessee’s traditional Appalachian style – while Rolling Stone describes it as “country music with a soul-rock infusion, suppo…rted by bandleader Cruz Contreras’ smart songwriting and tight musicianship.” Either way, it’s music that stirs your soul, touches your heart and makes you want to dance.

The band’s latest album, Hard to Please, was an immediate critical and radio success, hitting #1 on the Roots Music Report and #4 on the Americana radio charts as well as debuting at #12 on Billboard Heatseekers and #30 on Billboard’s Top 200 Country Albums. American Songwriter summed it up as “a soulful mix of upbeat Americana and tender ballads,” while Vanity Fair noted that “their sound continues to cross generations and musical genres – country, folk, blues and add in a touch of the Dead, for good measure.” And the bar had already been set high by their previous releases: 2013’s Runaway Freeway Blues conquered the Billboard Top 200 country charts and was selected for dozens of “Best of“ lists, catching the attention of NPR, CMT, Wall Street Journal, Guitar World, Garden & Gun and more for what Entertainment Weekly calls “strong roots-folk songwriting, sweet harmonies, and charismatic indie spirit,” while 2011’s 100 Miles of Wreckage won the Independent Music Award for Americana Album of the Year.

Their raucous live show has earned them festival slots and enthralled audiences at venues ranging from Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Fest and Stagecoach to the legendary Grand Ole Opry. The music is breakneck, brazen and beautiful; sultry soul, honky-tonk heartache, winding jams and flat-out rock’n’roll, tied together with soaring harmonies that “bring back echoes of practically every great male/female duo of the past several decades … [the sound is] one for the ages, and, one suspects, ages yet to come,” according to Glide Magazine.

Make no mistake: when you see The Black Lillies live, you definitely won’t be hard to please.

Born in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in Tennessee’s smoky nighttime haunts, The Black Lillies have quickly risen to the forefront of the Americana scene while being embraced by other genres as well.
Their 2009 debut, Whiskey Angel, received rave reviews as it shot to the top of multiple “Best of 2009″ lists across the country and also won the Independent Music Award that year for Best Americana Album. In 2011 the follow-up, 100 Miles of Wreckage, spent more than five months on the Americana radio chart in the top 20, once again proving that they can break through traditional industry boundaries and achieve success without the constraints of a major label.
Recent highlight performances include Bonnaroo, Pickathon, CMA Music Fest, Americana Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Folk Alliance, Mountain Stage and multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.
“100 Years of Wreckage is a stunningly crafted and often inspired tour through country, bluegrass, folk,
blues, and soft rock that largely ignores genre distinction in favor of top-notch performances and understated professionalism.”
– Metro Pulse
“The instruments that carry The Black Lillies along ‘100 Miles of Wreckage’ are driven with top-notch playing. Fingers are flying on strings, every note clear and clean. Cruz Contreras’ voice
comes through like a high gloss polish, offering so much attention to detail that you can see yourself inside the words. Aiding his delivery is that ‘guy next door’ warmth that glows in the vocals”
– The Alternate Root
“The band, being neither mainstream nor truly traditional, might at first glance seem an unorthodox choice for
the Grand Ole Opry, but the many strains of vintage country that collide in this rising band’s sound make the Lillies a crossbreed to watch.”
-Country Weekly

Coming to see the show from out of town? Please visit our friends at the Adams Mark Hotel.


Please call 716-845-5100 to get a special Sportsmen’s Tavern Rate for Concert Series Ticket Holders.
Or try the Best Western on Delaware Avenue
Please Note that the artists have a 3 hour window to complete the show. This does not meant the performance will be 3 hours in length.