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LEFFLER: 'Monday is Dead' is actually quite lively

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I feel guilty -- or somewhat silly -- admitting this but until a week ago, I had never stepped foot in the Buffalo's famous Tralf Music Hall.

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I'd walked (or ridden) by it probably hundreds of times, but I'd never taken the opportunity to walk into the iconic Main Street venue. Last Monday, though, I went in to partake in "Monday is Dead," a relatively new weekly event taking place at the Tralf.

See, every Monday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. the Tralf celebrates all things Grateful Dead beginning with an airing of a Grateful Dead performance or Dead-related film. Then at 7 p.m. some of Buffalo's best musicians get on stage and jam. Typically led by one or two musicians, the on-stage product changes from week to week. Last week was "The Grateful Dans" -- along with an eclectic mix of musicians joining in to play about 90 minutes worth of jams.

IMG_20161010_175906.jpg by All WNY Photos on 500px.comPersonally, I'm not a huge fan of the Grateful Dead. I consider it to be great background music. But I've never been into "the scene." So I went mostly to get out of the house and enjoy a libation or two.

The Tralf is spectacular. The nicely stocked bar carries a wide selection of domestic and craft beers in addition to whatever spirits one might want. It has a very decent bar menu, although the kitchen is closed on Monday nights -- kind of a shame when you consider some of the crowd probably has the munchies all the time.

The music was perfect. And the musicians were spot-on -- especially considering they aren't used to playing with one another. Want proof? Check out this YouTube video of "The Grateful Dans" and company jamming to "The Weight" (a.k.a. "Take a Load Off (F)Annie.")

In short (too late?), if you have even a remote fondness for the Dead, get to the Tralf one of these Mondays (why not tonight?) and take in a show. There's no cover and many of the drinks are buy-one-get-one before 7 p.m.

I know I'll be back.


+Scott Leffler founded All WNY Radio in 2006 to offer more exposure for the talented musicians in Western New York. Occasionally, he may pen a column discussing one of them. Follow him on Twitter @scottleffler.

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