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Sep
4
Wed
Defiant Monkey Improv
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MONTHLY: Defiant Monkey Improv
Improv Jams & Masters of Improv Shows

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group featuring Karen Eichler and Andrew Spragge that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The team hosts a monthly “jam” where participants take part and a show where they take suggestions from the audience and then create one-of-a-kind theatre experience. Both events take place in the Taylor Theater. There is a $5 cost to participate in jams; $10 admission for shows. Visit their website to purchase advance tickets: https://www.defiantmonkey.com/

 

2019 Jam Dates:

January 8th
February 7th
March 5th
April 2nd
May 7th
June 4th
July 2nd
August 6th
September 3rd
October 1st
November 5th
​December 3rd

2019 Show Dates:

January 9th
February 6th
March 6th
April 3rd
May 8th
June 5th
July 3rd
August 7th
September 4th
October 2nd
November 6th
​December 4th

 

Sep
21
Sat
Niagara BBQ Brew Fest @ Kenan Center Arena
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Inaugural Niagara Barbecue Brew Fest set for Sept. 21! The event will feature local BBQ restaurants, as well as locally made craft beer vendors.


The Kenan Center in Lockport, NY is home to some of Niagara County’s largest events including the Niagara Wine and Beer Fest, 100 American Craftsmen – and now a new event, the Niagara BBQ & Brews Fest! The event will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 3-7pm. Tickets go on sale May 31!

The event will feature local BBQ restaurants, as well as locally made craft beer vendors including Flying Bison Brewing Company and 12 Gates Brewing. The outdoor event will be held on the Kenan Center campus, alongside the Kenan Arena.

“We are excited to meet the interest and wants of our community members who attend our Niagara Wine and Beer Festival annually in the winter, and are eager to attend an outdoor summer festival geared towards adults,” says Kenan Center Public Relations and Marketing Manager Parrish Gibbons Herzog.

The 21 and over event will include complimentary samples from local breweries and restaurants, as well as the ability to purchase full pints and meals. Music will be provided by Freightrain, an original classic blues band representing the talents of WNY with musicians Robert “Freightrain” Parker, Grace Lougen, Greg Leech and Diana Nowak-Riffel.

For tickets and more information interested parties can visit www.kenancenter.org or call 716-433-2617. Individual tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door of the event. All proceeds from the event support the Kenan Center Campus, including the Kenan Center Montessori Preschool, the Taylor Theater, the Kenan House Gallery and the Kenan Arena.

Buy Tickets Here!

Oct
2
Wed
Defiant Monkey Improv
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MONTHLY: Defiant Monkey Improv
Improv Jams & Masters of Improv Shows

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group featuring Karen Eichler and Andrew Spragge that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The team hosts a monthly “jam” where participants take part and a show where they take suggestions from the audience and then create one-of-a-kind theatre experience. Both events take place in the Taylor Theater. There is a $5 cost to participate in jams; $10 admission for shows. Visit their website to purchase advance tickets: https://www.defiantmonkey.com/

 

2019 Jam Dates:

January 8th
February 7th
March 5th
April 2nd
May 7th
June 4th
July 2nd
August 6th
September 3rd
October 1st
November 5th
​December 3rd

2019 Show Dates:

January 9th
February 6th
March 6th
April 3rd
May 8th
June 5th
July 3rd
August 7th
September 4th
October 2nd
November 6th
​December 4th

 

Oct
5
Sat
Jazz at the Taylor: Star People Plays the Music of Miles Davis “Ascenseur pour l’echafaud” @ Taylor Theater at Kenan Center
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jazz at the Taylor

October 5, Star People returns to perform the Music of Miles Davis’ “Ascenseur pour l’echafaud”, the 1957 soundtrack to the Louis Malle film of the same name.

Members of Star People include Bobby Militello on saxes and flute; Andy Weinzler, saxophone; Tim Clarke, trumpet; George Caldwell, piano; Joe Goehle, bass; and John Bacon on drums. Their performances at the Taylor and elsewhere have earned them sold-out houses and standing ovations.

Individual tickets |$15 member |$20 for the general public

Students and/or 18 and under | $10 with valid student I.D.

All concerts feature two full sets of music with refreshments available. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketleap below, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by phone at 716-433-2617. Ample free parking is available onsite. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center at 433 Locust Street in Lockport, NY. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.

Oct
26
Sat
Handsome Jack at the Taylor Theater @ Taylor Theater on Kenan Campus
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Handsome Jack will perform at the Taylor Theater on October 26 for a Halloween themed party. With tickets expected to sell out, interested attendees are encouraged to scoop up tickets when they go on sale Friday, July 12.

 “Some people call it a vibe and some people call it a groove. We call it boogie soul. It’s the sound of Handsome Jack ..” is how the band describes their sound. The group hails from Lockport, and began as a blues garage rock band. More recently, they’ve developed their sound into a natural soulful boogie that remains rooted in raw blues. They’ve toured nationally, and internationally, recently returning from their first European tour in promotion of their latest album, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”.

 

The band is comprised of Jamison Passuite, lead vocals and guitar, Joe Verdonselli on bass and backup vocals and Benjamin Hayes on drums.

 

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12 online at www.kenancenter.org or at the Kenan Center business office at 433 Locust St., or by calling 716-433-2617. Tickets are $20 member, $25 non-member. The event is 21 and older. Doors open at 7PM, with show time at 8PM. Costumes encouraged.

Nov
6
Wed
Defiant Monkey Improv
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MONTHLY: Defiant Monkey Improv
Improv Jams & Masters of Improv Shows

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group featuring Karen Eichler and Andrew Spragge that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The team hosts a monthly “jam” where participants take part and a show where they take suggestions from the audience and then create one-of-a-kind theatre experience. Both events take place in the Taylor Theater. There is a $5 cost to participate in jams; $10 admission for shows. Visit their website to purchase advance tickets: https://www.defiantmonkey.com/

 

2019 Jam Dates:

January 8th
February 7th
March 5th
April 2nd
May 7th
June 4th
July 2nd
August 6th
September 3rd
October 1st
November 5th
​December 3rd

2019 Show Dates:

January 9th
February 6th
March 6th
April 3rd
May 8th
June 5th
July 3rd
August 7th
September 4th
October 2nd
November 6th
​December 4th

 

Nov
9
Sat
Jazz at the Taylor: The Buffalo Improv Collective, Inflections & Innuendoes @ Taylor Theater at Kenan Center
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jazz at the Taylor

The Buffalo Improv Collective brings an entirely new program that melds jazz and classical music on November 9, 2019. “Inflections & Innuendoes” brings together celebrated musicians and composers Jonathan Golove on cello, Leanne Darling on viola, Alec Dube on vibraphone and Kelly Bucheger on saxophones. Both Dube and Bucheger have led groups at the Taylor in the past, and this new collaboration with Golove and Darling takes improvisation to a new level. Cellist/composer Golove is a member of the critically acclaimed Baird Trio and serves as Associate Professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Music. He has been a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, and as a guest artist with the Cassatt Quartet and the Cleveland Octet. Leanne Darling holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She draws from her classical technique, her skills in many musical genres and her passion for improvisation to break the boundaries for an often-underused instrument. Her unique solo viola compositions use the entire scope of her instrument, mixing more traditional sounds with electric sound effects. This group promises an evening of chamber jazz, beauty and surprises.

Individual tickets |$15 member |$20 for the general public

Students and/or 18 and under | $10 with valid student I.D.

All concerts feature two full sets of music with refreshments available. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketleap below, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by phone at 716-433-2617. Ample free parking is available onsite. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center at 433 Locust Street in Lockport, NY. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.

Dec
4
Wed
Defiant Monkey Improv
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MONTHLY: Defiant Monkey Improv
Improv Jams & Masters of Improv Shows

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group featuring Karen Eichler and Andrew Spragge that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The team hosts a monthly “jam” where participants take part and a show where they take suggestions from the audience and then create one-of-a-kind theatre experience. Both events take place in the Taylor Theater. There is a $5 cost to participate in jams; $10 admission for shows. Visit their website to purchase advance tickets: https://www.defiantmonkey.com/

 

2019 Jam Dates:

January 8th
February 7th
March 5th
April 2nd
May 7th
June 4th
July 2nd
August 6th
September 3rd
October 1st
November 5th
​December 3rd

2019 Show Dates:

January 9th
February 6th
March 6th
April 3rd
May 8th
June 5th
July 3rd
August 7th
September 4th
October 2nd
November 6th
​December 4th

 

Dec
7
Sat
Jazz at the Taylor: Buffalo Jazz Composers, Workshop Ruins Christmas @ Taylor Theater on Kenan Campus
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jazz at the Taylor

Rounding out the 2019 Jazz @ the Taylor series, the Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop “Ruins Christmas” on December 7th with new and reimagined traditional music for the holidays. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the group will offer its own spin on holiday music, with many of the Taylor’s favorite musicians being featured.

They are Tim Clarke (trumpet), Kelly Bucheger (alto and tenor saxophones), Nelson Rivera (soprano and tenor saxophones), Jared Tinkham (guitar), Alec Dube (vibraphone), Joe Goehle (bass) and John Bacon (drums). The Taylor’s annual holiday jazz show is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and the perfect way to ring in the spirit of the season.

Individual tickets |$15 member |$20 for the general public

Students and/or 18 and under | $10 with valid student I.D.

All concerts feature two full sets of music with refreshments available. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketleap below, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by phone at 716-433-2617. Ample free parking is available onsite. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center at 433 Locust Street in Lockport, NY. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.

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Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.