Saturday, January 25, 2020
7-10 PM; VIP Reception at 6PM
Twentieth Century Club

595 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

You are invited to join Explore Buffalo on Saturday, January 25th at the historic Twentieth Century Club on Delaware Avenue to support the continued growth of our tours and programs. 2019 saw a record number of K-12 students on Explore Buffalo tours and the successful first year of Doors Open Buffalo. To continue serving our community in 2020 and promoting our history, architecture, and neighborhoods, we need your continued support!

The Winter Gala is an elegant winter cocktail party that includes live music throughout the evening and features an extensive silent auction of many unique Buffalo-themed experiences and items, from original local artwork to special behind-the-scenes tours. This is also your annual opportunity to vote on possible new tours for Explore Buffalo’s 2020 tour season. 

Buffalo’s Twentieth Century Club is considered to be one of the oldest and most historic private women’s clubs in the United States. Its elegant clubhouse, designed by prominent local architect EB Green, is an important reminder of our city’s architectural heritage and a fitting location to celebrate that heritage at Explore Buffalo’s Winter Gala.

Ticket Information: 

VIP Gala Tickets: $125
Includes early access to the Winter Gala at 6:00 PM with a VIP reception on the third floor of the Twentieth Century Club, preferred parking in the Twentieth Century Club parking lot, a complimentary sheet of raffle tickets, and an additional drink ticket to use at the bar.  The VIP Reception will include:

  • Taste of France wine sampling with City Wine Merchant: sample some of France’s most sought after producers from Champagne to Bordeaux, and learn what makes these regions the most iconic wine making regions in the world.
  • Live jazz guitar music by the Lance Tanner duo. 

Gala Tickets: $80
Includes two drink tickets to use at the bar (with a cash bar also available), food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening.

Explorer Pass Presale: Explorer Pass Holders have the special opportunity to purchase Winter Gala Tickets before they are available to the public – and save $10 – during the Explorer Pass Presale, November 4-10. 

Sponsorship Information:

For more information about become a Winter Gala sponsor, please contact Brad Hahn.

About the Winter Gala Live Music: 

Ladies First Jazz Combo (Gala Stage): 
Ladies First Jazz Combo is comprised of WNY’s finest female musicians, and was formed in 1991 by Award Winning Bassist Jennifer May.  The Combo has performed at venues such as Canalside; M&T Plaza; Lewiston Jazz Festival; Queen City Jazz Festival; Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts; Montante Center;  Taste of Buffalo; and more. They have been the recipients of the Buffalo Music Award for “Best Jazz Combo” three times. The 6 Piece Combo is a subset of performers from the larger 15 piece all-female big band formed in 2002. 
  • Jennie Jones – Saxes, Clarinet, Flute, and Vocals
  • Christina Custode – Keyboards; Numerous award winning pianist/Composer and Songwriter
  • Julie Winden – Trumpet and Flugelhorn
  • Maggie Roston – Saxophone, Flute
  • Jennifer May – Bass; Numerous Buffalo Music Award Winner 
  • Jamie Sunshine – Drums

The Lance Tanner Duo (VIP Reception): 
The Lance Tanner Duo is a jazz guitar duo steeped in the tradition of guitar greats and classic tunes.  Jim Ferrantini and Marcus Deveso, with nearly three-quarters of a century of combined playing experience, are proud to claim Jazz guitar legend Martin Taylor as their mentor and greatest influence. Jim and Marcus have been playing together as LTD Jazz for nearly a decade, and have shared the stage with Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo. They have also produced shows for Martin Taylor, Brian Gore, Celso Machado, Mike Dawes, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo, Solorazaf, Quique Sinesi, Pinot Forestiere, Andrew York, Diego Figuieredo, and Maneli Jamal. Jim and Marcus are committed to innovative duo guitar arrangements of a variety of Jazz standards and popular tunes. The Lance Tanner duo is proud to share these arrangements and to add the Explore Buffalo Winter Gala to its long list of show experience. Guitar great Tommy Emmanuel once said that music is the “happiness business.” LTD Jazz sincerely hopes that you go home happy tonight.