Queen of beers

Saturday at Kleinhans Music Hall, the lines for the bar were longer than usual. They can thank Brody Dolyniuk, who stood in for Freddie Mercury in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s tribute to the music of Queen. Dolyniuk put the BPO musicians through their paces. “Can you do the theme from ‘Sanford and Son’ or ‘The Pink Panther’?” he asked saxophonist Sal Andolina. He also joshed Mark Hodges, who struck the gong at the end of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He made Hodges gong the gong three more times, each time louder than before. If he teased the musicians too much, though, he made up for it at intermission. “We’re going to stop the first show now,” he told the crowd. “So you can go out and get three beers each. Two for you, one for an orchestra member.”

Enthusiasm on tap

BPO Rocks!, the Philharmonic’s rock series, has a new sponsor this season, Kegworks. And Kegworks could not ask for a better brand ambassador than Carl Russo of 97 Rock. (Don’t you love that term “brand ambassador”? We heard it during the Emmys.) Saturday night, Russo came out and said “Good evening!” in a German accent, evoking thoughts of Beethoven and Brahms, not to mention fragrant lagers and pilsners. “Did anyone here ever enjoy an alcoholic beverage?” he asked, as the crowd roared. He then launched into his Kegworks brand ambassadorship. “They’ll tell you how to take a watermelon and make a Slaughter Melon,” he promised. “They’re here to help you get a little more out of your booze.”

Fall forward

Did autumn arrive on schedule or what? It was like it came in on an Amtrak, at midnight following the last day of summer. Early signs point to a mysterious, invigorating season ahead. A teacher we know went in to work with a treat, a Bosc pear. Tawny brown and skinny-stemmed, the Bosc is different from the round, green Bartletts you see more often. One boy asked: “Man, did you pick that off a tree or something?”

Rock out!

Look in the mirror and ask yourself, honestly: When was the last time you went to a traditional keg tapping? RiverRocktoberfest kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday with a keg tapping at the Polish Cadets, 927 Grant St., followed by a procession down Grant Street with the keg on a horse-drawn wagon. Festivities continue until 11, with free shuttle buses ferrying you from joint to beer garden throughout Black Rock and Riverside. (For more info, tap into “Airborne” Eddie Dobosiewicz, the kaiser of the event, promises German bands, food and libations, as well as lots of Fräuleins and Lederhosen-clad lads. Wunderbar! All he needs now is a brand ambassador.

The buzz

Saturday at the Statler, you had to marvel at the Theodore Roosevelt Association, convening in the mezzanine. We heard Kathy Hochul was there, and Brian Higgins, and preservationist Cynthia Van Ness, and the mayor was expected. Buzz, in the lobby, liked how they were over our heads. In the bully pulpit! ... Comic relief: Brightside Counseling on River Road in North Tonawanda features a big picture of Lucy from Peanuts in her psychologist’s office. The sign reads: “The Social Worker is In.”


“Chicken BBQ, Meth Church.”

– Tempting sign Saturday on Transit Road