Every Friday, Dan Harper and Magic Show play at The Market Bar on the city’s East Side. The reason that I know this is that this past Friday I was cycling down Michigan Avenue, on the way to the waterfront, when I spotted a Broadway street sign. Spotting the sign prompted me to think back to my initial visit to the blues club last year. The Market Bar is a super laid back place, where the beers are cheep, the company is good, and the music is always top notch. That’s why I swung a left, instead of heading straight down to the water.
Upon arriving to the pub/club, I discovered that one of my favorite bands (from the Mixology days) was setting up to play. So I called John McNeill, former owner of Mixology, who joined me for a couple of beers. Per usual, Jimmy Camarada, owner of The Market Bar was a gracious host. He told me that the joint had been gaining some traction, slowly but surely, since opening last September. While The Market Bar is a bit of a destination, due to the obscure location (alongside the Broadway Market), to me that’s part of the appeal. The establishment attracts a broad mix of people – from folks who live in the neighborhood who come to listen to the sounds of stellar blues acts, to fellow musicians who like to support Jimmy and his bar.
On any given evening, you might find live music, or a bunch of musicians sitting at the bar listening to blues greats. Dan Harper has managed to secure a Friday slot, which I am very excited about. A bunch of us are heading to The Market Bar this coming Friday to support Jimmy and Dan (Starting at 7pm). If you’re into the blues, love these types of chill pubs, or simply want to check out someplace new, come join us for some incredible live music. The Market Bar is a super cool place that is making a name for itself in a neighborhood that will one day be brought back to life thanks to the communal efforts of entrepreneurs like Jimmy Camarada.
Learn more about The Market Bar – Jimmy is working on opening a kitchen, serving (among other things) his famous one ball chili.
Market Bar | 232 Gibson Street | Buffalo, New York | (716) 262-6263 | Facebook | Patio grill is open, serving burgers