The Tralf is back in business – Buffalo Rising


In May, an announcement was made that The Tralf, a beloved live music institution in the Theater District, would be moving from its long-standing home at 622 Main Street (Theater Place). Needless to say, it has been a long summer, thinking about the future of the homeless institution.

Thankfully, The Tralf and Character: A Property Company have now made a deal to expand their relationship, which means the music hall will reopen next September. This is great news for the city center, which has trusted The Tralf since moving into the building in 1982.

By Eamon Riley Director of Development at Legacy Development, it was The Tralf who initially chose to end their lease earlier, due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and the restrictions in place.

This decision led to a plan to convert the building into 14 apartments. But as the pandemic began to ease, with more people vaccinated, the Tralf (operated by cconcert promoter Tom Barone) decided it would be better to renew her lease.

Now the Tralf is considered the primary tenant of the building, and in lieu of apartment conversions, an allocation of 5,000 square feet of additional office space is underway.

“We are pleased to announce that Tralf Music Hall owner Tom Barone has entered into an agreement with the Theater Place ownership that ensures the long-term survival of the legendary downtown Buffalo venue. Previous plans to develop the Tralf space as residential units have been abandoned. Major expansion and renovation work at Tralf is planned for spring 2022. Tom Barone has been operating Tralf successfully for fifteen years. Her continued commitment to this important Buffalo cultural institution continues with announcements of upcoming shows. “- The Tralf team

The new Tralf lease (still in progress) is designed to keep the concert hall in place for years to come, with possibilities for expansion and renovation. These steps would meet the need for additional bookings per month, as well as better accommodations all around.

Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder of the Powder Keg Festival which built the largest ice maze in the world (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurious! winter party. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator of the Saturday Craft Market (SAM) in Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of retro and vintage market The Peddler on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Kick off Witches’ Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and the Flutterby Festival.

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