Tralf Celebrates 30 Years

October 12, 2012 Updated Oct 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

October 12, 2012 Updated Oct 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
Spyro Gyra took the stage at the Tralf Music Hall with their funky jazz fusion sound. Back when the Tralf was on Main and Filmore Spyro Gyra was the first act ever booked at the club. Now, 30 years later even though the location has changed they performed at the Tralf again for the anniversary.

Who knows where the band would have gotten their start had it not been for Edward Lawson and his brother who opened the Tralf back in the 1970's.

"Opened the original Tralf in 1975 at the corner of Main and Filmore in a basement," said Lawson.

Since then, there have been several owners who were all invited by the current owner, Tom Barone to Friday night's anniversary celebration.

"The people that kept the music alive are here with us and that's very exciting for us because without them we wouldn't be here," said Barone.

Being back sparked many memories for Bobby Militello who ran the club from 1995 to 2002.

"This room reflected art, not any particular style, not any genre but art in general," remembered Militello.

The music continues to create memories for newcomers as regulars who fondly remember the many shows they've attended over the years.