The Archer restaurant is doing its part to keep Main Street lively and funky. Owners Josh and Gladys Archer have been experimenting with the sounds of live music on their patio, which also happens to be the perfect spot to host guest musicians. The Open Jam Sessions started when a musician who frequents The Archer suggested that the patio would be a cool place to play.
“The group of musicians that hosts the Open Jams has no official name as of yet,” says Gladys. “One of its members is a regular at the restaurant and has become a friend; he said his group needed a place to rehearse and suggested an “open jam” style where fellow musicians can bring their instruments and join in. They don’t come on a set night each week as of yet, and they decide when to play week by week based on the group members availability.”
Seeing that Main Street has been a dead spot for so long, and it’s just starting to reawaken, I’m happy to see that a place such as The Archer is doing its part to amplify the street’s successes. I’ve become so accustomed to hearing soft jazz sounds piping out of the Bijou Grille for so long, that the background music has almost become synonymous with Main Street (like it or not). Now The Archer is looking to spice things up a bit, and they would like the downtown business community to stop by and enjoy some fresh tunes.
“Their style is best described as Old School Funk,” Gladys adds. “The first night they played, it filled the entire quiet corridor of our Main Street block, and people couldn’t help but follow the sound to discover them on the patio, they grabbed seats on the patio or bar, and enjoyed some food and bevs. Some folks couldn’t help but dance on the patio.”
The next time the band performs is this Thursday 7/16/15, starting after 6:30pm. If you work in Downtown Buffalo, and you’re looking for a chill indoor/outdoor patio scene with live music and great food, be sure to put The Archer on your agenda. If you’re lucky, you will get to try one of The Archer’s weekly Swedish tradition of Thursday night dinners. “Josh is using some of his great grandmother’s recipes for Swedish meatballs, and his Nightly Features on Thursdays include Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberry and Pea Soup,” tempts Gladys. “The meal starts with Aquavit and the traditional skål toast. Swedish cuisine is heavily based on hunter-gatherer, so it fits naturally into what we do. We think it will be great along with the fun and friendly atmosphere Open Jam provides. If you’re in the area on Thursday night, I hope you can stop by! Just follow the echoes of funk!”