The New Sportsmens Park opens on August 4th 2019 with Ameripolitan Day!

Doors open at 1:00

The Skiffle Minstrels 2:00

The Steam Donkeys 3:00

The Lustre Kings 4:00

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun 5:15

Dale Watson 6:45 - 8:30

$20 presale. $30 at the door


In 2018 the National Ameripolitan Music Awards named Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, NY the best venue on the planet for Honky Tonk, Outlaw Country and Western Swing. Now Dwane Hall and the Sportsmens family celebrate the opening of a new outdoor venue on August 4, 2019 with Ameripolitan Day. Buffalo's The Skiffle Minstrels and the Steam Donkeys open the show for The Lustre Kings, Bill Kirchen and Dale Watson!


The popular Western Swing band The Skiffle Minstrels have launched a trio version of the group. Dave Mussen on Guitar and Clarinet, Chris Jones on Fiddle and Guitar and Paul Todaro on Upright Bass and vocals offer Western Swing classics and jazz standards in a light, loose and compact style. The trio is scheduled to appear at Buffalo's Duende at Silo City this spring.


Paul Todaro (Bass Fiddle) and Skiffle Minstrels emeritus Gary Meixner (Lap Steel) will back the Texas duo at a Cowboy Christmas event for charity in Eden, NY on 12/7/18. Kristyn and Hailey have won multiple awards and traveled the globe playing Western Swing.


The Skiffle Minstrels were voted Best Band of 2018 by the Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation tying with The Kensingtons.

Thank you SAMF!


The Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation has nominated The Skiffle Minstrels as the "best band" of 2018. The winner will be announced at the annual ceremony on October 15th at Sportsmens Tavern. Good Luck!


Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation's show Live From Black will air on WWBZ local TV in Buffalo, NY on Tuesday June 21st at 6:30 PM and Thursday 6/23 at 10:30 PM. This Pilot episode features performances by The Skiffle Minstrels and Leroy Townes.


on January first, 2016 The Skiffle Minstrels' big band sound got a little bigger. Please welcome Dave Mussen on the Clarinet and Jim Whitford on Steel Guitar. The great Gary Meixner and his Steel Guitar will also make several appearances with the band. Western Swing on!


The Skiffle Minstrels and The Leroy Townes Band will be the featured artists in the pilot episode of Live From Black Rock. The show is an Austin City Limits style live music show brought to you by Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation. The Pilot will be taped with a live audience at Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, NY on Monday, 11/16/15 at 7pm.


The Skiffle Minstrels latest record "Happy Hour" and its lead off, original track "Louisiana, Texas" have both been nominated for album and song of the year by The Academy of Western Artist in Forth Worth Texas in the Western Swing category. Other nominees include Asleep at the Wheel, Light Crust Doughboys and Western Swing Authority. Thanks!


The new CD from The Skiffle Minstrels "Happy Hour" will be released on Friday, June 5th at the band's regular first firday happy hour show at Sportsmen's Tavern. 14 tracks of original, traditional, classic and eclectic Western Swing music make for 1 happy hour of listening and dancing pleasure!


The Skiffle Minstrels will begin work on a new CD slated to be released in the spring of 2015. Planned is an exciting mix of originals and Western Swing standards. Working title: Happy Hour! Contact us to order an advanced copy.


it's Fiddle Time again as the Skiffle Minstrels welcome Chicago fiddler Chris Jones. Chris' fiddle promises to put the Western back in the group's Western Swing. The newest member of The Skiffle Minstrels, Chris' debut with the band will be February 7th at the group's monthly Happy Hour Show at The Sportsmen's Tavern.


The Skiffle Minstrels will host a new Swing Dance Series in Buffalo, NY. The 1st installment will be November 22nd 2013 7 to 11pm at the Protocol Restaurant 6766 Transit Road in Williamsville. Couples, Singles, Dancers, Drinkers, all are welcome. Only $5 at the door. Live music from the award winning band for Swing, Two Step, Waltz and Line Dancing.


The Skiffle Minstrels started hootin' n' hollerin, honky tonkin' and western swingin' in the summer of '03 with "the summer of skiffle." this summer marks the 10 year anniversary of that summer as the band launches into big week with five consecutive shows at the height of the summer of '13. the group is swinging all around the area this week and next with shows in wilson, batavia, medina, kenmore, belmont and at Canalside in Buffalo for the Music at the Ruins Concert Series and Buffalo Place's Food Truck Contest - monday 8/12/13 6:30-9pm


Beginning in June of 2013 get a little more Skiffle! To meet the high demand for The Skiffle Minstrels, Paul and Gary will be performing as The Skiffle Duo. Paul Todaro will stay on Bass Fiddle and Gary Meixner will pick up a Standard Guitar. Both fellows will share vocal duties and like the ongoing, indestructible, Mother-group, The Skiffle Minstrels, The Skiffle Duo will feature an eclectic mix of songs from the American South. Use the same contact info to book The Skiffle Duo.


By Popular Demand The Skiffle Minstrels will add some evening shows to their regular First Friday Happy Hour at Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, NY. The Band will continue to appear every first friday of the month at 5:30... But! in April, May, October & December of 2013 The band will provide an evening show 9:30 to LATE. Legendary Buffalo Country Music Heros "Stone Country" will take the Happy Hour slot on said fridays. In other 2013 news, please welcome the newest skiffle minstrel: Bill "Hutch" Hutchison on drums!


The Skiffle Minstrels will be the featured artists on February 24th, 2013 for WVBR's "Bound for Glory" broadcast from Anabel Taylor Hall on the campus of Cornell University 8 to 11pm. Host Phil Shapiro has seen over 1200 sunday shows and logged more than 6000 hours of airtime.

from an article by Dan Aloi:

In the beginning, the show featured local and regional performers almost exclusively. Over the years Shapiro has welcomed The Highwoods String Band, Mark Rust, The Horse Flies, Traonach, The Chicken Chokers (now The Hix) and banjo player Mac Benford's band UpSouth, as well as such nontraditional bands as Rochester's Colorblind James Experience and Watkins and the Rapiers.

Now the lineup is mostly touring acts of some renown, and the show has a worldwide listening audience online.

"The show nowadays feels very similar to what it did back then, except the caliber of the performers is now much higher," Shapiro says. "It's become a stop on a national tour."

come and be part of the live audience or listen in worldwide!


Do you want EVERYONE at your wedding to dance? Tired of YMCA, Mustang Sally and Billy Joel? Consider something different - the Western Swing Dance Band The Skiffle Minstrels. We've played weddings all over western & central NY for years and have almost as much fun as you will! contact us at and visit congrats!


The Western Swing dance band The Skiffle Minstrels appear the first Friday of every month for a special Happy Hour show at The Sportsmen's Tavern in Buffalo, NY. November 2nd, 2012 is no exception. But this time the band opens for the country swingers The Sweetback Sisiters. see The Skiffle Minstrels play at 7pm the Sisters at 9pm. tickets are $12.


Lend an Ear! Listen closely for the Skiffle-Original Jingle for Buffalo's new (and only) local brewery. Special thanks to Skiffle friends Austin (demo recording) & Ben Clarke (band recording) Ben also produced the Minstrels' first CD "Homespun." BEER BEER BEER!


The Skiffle MInstrels join Del McCoury, David Bromberg, The Punch Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters and many more. July 19th in the Dance Tent!


The Skiffle Minstrels join The Revelers, The Pine Leaf Boys, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys for this great summer music/dance series! see


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