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    BEST OF BUFFALO RAFFLE ! ! !  UPDATE July 6, 2020


    We are done selling tickets and we will be drawing the winners THIS WEEK!

    Stay tuned for winning tickets ! 


    Update May 7, 2020 - This raffle is still "on" and since there are fewer tickets sold (due to lack of concerts) this  means the odds are better for those buying tickets.  We are currently looking in earnest at our summer possibilities, and will have updated news once anything is official.  But yes, we will hold this raffle this summer.


    No national chains, just what we love best in Western New York !

    Tickets available from any CKSO parent member.  $5 each or 5 for $20.

    Winner to be drawn at Lancaster Independance Day celebrations on or about July 4, 2020

    Winners do NOT have to be present to WIN ! 

    First Prize (value  $1105)

    $130 Ticket package for the Buffalo Philharmonic at Kleinhans Music Hall

    $100 value passes to Victorianbourgh Winery

    (SIX) $100 Dining Gift Cards - $100 each at Chef's, Russells Steaks, Chops and More, the Roycroft Inn (East Aurora), 716, Mangia (Orchard Park), Al-e-Oops  BBQ

    (FOUR) $50 Gift Cards - $50 each at 99 Brick Oven, Anchor Bar, Deep South Taco, Wegmans

    (THREE) $25 Gift Cards - $25 each at Mighty Taco, Parkside Candy, Peace Love and Little Donuts

    Second Prize (value $590)

    $140 Ticket package for the Buffalo Bisons Baseball

    $100 Gift Certificate at Salvatores Italian Gardens

    $75 Gift Certificate for RiverWorks

    (FOUR) $50 Gift Cards - $50 each at Glen Park Tavern, 12 Gates Brewery, Deep South Taco, Otto's 

    (THREE) $25 Gift Cards - $25 each at Lake Effect Diner (or Sign of the Steer), Paula's Donuts, Costanzo's Bakery

    Third Prize (value $350)

    $40 Admission for Four to the Pierce Arrow Museum (a true hidden gem!)

     (TWO) $50 Gift Cards - $50 each at Grill at the Dome and Deep South Taco 

    (EIGHT) $25 Gift Cards - $25 each at Bravo, 12 Gates Brewery, Pasquale's, Tops, LaNova Pizza, RiverWorks, Costanzo's Bakery, Ted's Charcoal Hot Dogs

    $10 Timmy Ho's !  






    May 7. 2020 - Update


    Planned 2020 summer events across Western New York are being cancelled.  The common thought is that assembling in groups of 50 or more will not be seen until a vaccine is available, and although hopefully on the horizon, few believe anything will change so greatly that it would allow us to perform this summer.  We have not canceled (or cancelled, each spelling is accectable) our schedule yet, however, cancellations are coming in.  For now, I will update changes, one by one.  Should the decision come that we our entire summer program is gone, it will be announced here, and in an email.


    ( * Bring a chair for these concerts)





    July 8 Wednesday - Greenfields, 5959 Broadway in Lancaster, 6:30 - 8 pm - CANCELED

    July 9 Thursday (morning) - Private performance for Intandem - CANCELED

    *July 9 Thursday Evening - Village of Depew Summer Music Series - CANCELED

    July 10 Friday - M&T Bank Summer Music Series - CANCELED 

    July 11 Saturday - Lockport, NY  Private Event - 2 pm - CANCELED

    July 12 Sunday - John Paul II Church Picnic, 2052 Lake View Rd, Lakeview - 2:15 - 4:30 pm - CANCELED

    *July 14 Tuesday – Burchfield Penney Summer Concert Series – W. Seneca – CANCELED

    *July 15 Wednesday - Amherst Center for Seniors, 370 John J Audobon Pkwy - CANCELED

    *July 16 Thursday - Bennington Pine Tree Park - CANCELED

    July 20 Monday (#1 of 2) - 9:50 - 10:50 am Private Event - CANCELED

    July 20 Monday (#2 of 2) - Veteran's Hospital 3495 Bailey Avenue, Noon - 1:15 pm

    *July 21 Tuesday - Cheektowaga Senior Center, Union and Broadway, CANCELED

    July 22 Wendesday - Private Event - Evening - CANCELED

    July 26 Sunday - Private - Leisurewood Campground - Akron, NY, Times TBA - CANCELED

     *July 27 Monday CKSO Senior Send Off Concert  – Lancaster Band Shell - 7:00 - 8:45 pm 

    *July 29 Wednesday - Angola Gazebo Summer Lawn Chair Series - Center & High Streets, Angola - CANCELED

    *July 30 Thursday - North Tonawanda Youth Recreation and Parks, 700 River Road, North Tonawanda, Time TBA



    August 1 Saturday - Private Event - CANCELED

    August 14 Friday - Sacred Heart Church Picnic CANCELED


    Scheduled Summer 2020 Concerts, listed even if CANCELED due to Covid - 19



     *June 4 Thursday - St. Phillips Church Food Truck Night -  CANCELED

    June 28 Sunday - The Tabernacle - CANCELED

     *June 30 Tuesday - Quaker Arts Pavillion - CANCELED



     *July 1 Wednesday - Town of Alden Concert (Fireman's) Park, Highway, 7 - 9 pm CANCELED

    *Town of Lancaster Indepence Days Celebration Concert - CANCELED

    *July 5 Sunday - Olcott Gazebo  – Main Street, Olcott Beach - CANCELED




    Another Year of Wonderful Memories !
    Teamwork. . . Hellsgate Steel Orchestra and CKSO  Easter 2019
    CKSO with Hellsgate Steel Orchestra - Easter 2019
    CKSO with Rising Stars Easter 2019
    CKSO with Rising Stars in their Panyard - Easter 2019
    Easter 2019
    It's a SHIP, not a Boat !   CKSO and the Celebrity Summit ! 
                                     From 2017 - 18
    2017 CKSO at Kleinhans  
    CKSO Showing off the new formal attire !  Photo at Kleinhans.   
     Southern Most Point
    EASTER 2017 - CKSO in Key West, southernmost point of the USA !  
    CKSO BPO  
    A RARE opportunity indeed.   CKSO performs with the Buffalo Philharmonic
    February 12, 2017
    Katelyn, Alyssa - front.  Gracie, Kalyn and Sofia back.
    (and a little bit of Jen far left!)  
    How cute is this?
    July 2017 - How precious!  One of our most special memories.
    Photo by Glenn E. Murray  (Thank you so much Glenn!)  
    It's not THAT bad Maeve!
     CKSO feature story on Channel 7 WKBW-TV CLICK HERE
     The Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra is proud to announce our latest CD "Steel Your Heart" featuring the newest and most popular songs heard in our live performances.  Released at Island Night in April of 2018, the CD is available at all performances, and through this website.  
Last Modified on July 6, 2020