The Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall is delighted to welcome back in-person audiences this fall with award-winning musicians, comedians, and authors to highlight the upcoming season.
Re-opening officially begins Saturday, September 11, at 8:00 p.m. with a belated birthday celebration for cool jazz giant Dave Brubeck, who would have turned 100 years old in 2020! To celebrate, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet is playing more than 50 national tour dates for the “100 Years: The Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration Tour.”
For the Buffalo date, which is presented by Soul of Buffalo, the Brubecks will be joined by special guest and hometown favorite saxophonist Bobby Militello, who toured with Brubeck for three decades (1982–2012) and joined him on 20 studio recordings.
Dave Brubeck’s sons, Chris and Dan Brubeck, who performed and recorded with their father since the 1970s, have curated this multimedia show. Joined by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, and through stories told by Chris and Dan and music performed by the quartet, the show invites audiences to travel the timeline of Dave Brubeck’s extraordinary life and career.
On Saturday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m., the Performing Arts Center welcomes the Mersey Beatles, the world’s most authentic Beatles tribute band, direct from Liverpool, England. The Mersey Beatles were the resident band for over a decade at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles got their start. The band will perform all 20 of the Beatles’ No. 1 hits.
On Wednesday, October 6, at 8:00 p.m., Funtime presents an Evening with David Sedaris, one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Known for his personal essays and short stories, including Calypso, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, Sedaris has been nominated for five Grammy Awards (Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album). His pieces regularly appear in the New Yorker, and the first volume of his diaries, Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977–2002), was a New York Times best seller. More than 16 million copies of his books are in print and have been translated into 32 languages.
On Saturday, October 9, Live Nation presents social media comedy sensation “Trey Kennedy: The Are You for Real? Tour,” for two shows, at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. Kennedy first found fame while attending college at Oklahoma State University, amassing more than 2.5 million followers on the mobile app Vine. Since then, his unique comedy videos have expanded his platform to over 10 million combined followers on Instagram and Facebook. He is currently creating entertaining content and podcasts across his social media while traveling the road performing to sold-out crowds everywhere.
And, on Saturday, October 23, at 8:00 p.m., the Performing Arts Center welcomes acclaimed violinist Damien Escobar, presented by M&T Bank. The NAACP Image Award nominee and Billboard chart-topping artist first received national recognition performing with his brother in the group “Nuttin but Stringz” on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. He released his first solo album, Sensual Melodies, in 2013 and made appearances on the Today Show and Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” tour. After the release of his second album, Boundless, Escobar went on to inspire change and spread positivity through his music by sharing uplifting messages and telling unfiltered personal stories to sold-out crowds across the county.
Tickets to all shows are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center Box Office in Rockwell Hall, by phone at (716) 878-3005 during Box Office hours (Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.), or online anytime.
In accordance with Buffalo State College COVID-19 protocols, until further notice, all event attendees at the Performing Arts Center will be required to wear a face mask while inside the building at all times regardless of vaccination status. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building. Buffalo State follows guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding mechanical ventilation and air filtration. The campus has installed and maintains high-performance MERV-13 filters in the Performing Arts Center. Ventilation systems will continue to operate for longer hours, with increased outdoor air being supplied to indoor spaces where possible.
Buffalo State College Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall
Andrew D. Binder, Director of Operations | (716) 878-3032 | firstname.lastname@example.org