About Buffalo's Mohawk Place

Western New York's Premier Live Music Venue.

Our Mission What We Believe In

At Buffalo's Mohawk Place, our quest is simply to connect our community with enjoyable live music performances, by providing a stage and audience to local and nation forward-thinking artists. In fact, we work hard to ensure the success of all our events, by building long-lasting relationships with our performers and patrons.  In many ways, our passion for live music bleeds into Buffalo's music scene. For almost thirty years, we have proudly provided the city with authentic, high-quality live musical experiences. For these reasons and more, Mohawk Place is a leading Western New York live music venue that attracts a diverse audience.

Our History

In brief, Buffalo’s Mohawk Place has been a staple of the city’s music scene since 1990. Pete Perrone founded the bar, acting as a godfather to scores of hungry young bands. Occupying the bottom floor of a building built in 1896, the location housed and fed vaudeville performers for several decades before becoming a nightclub that boasted performances by Jack White, Link Wray and The Black Keys among other legends. After briefly closing its doors in January 2013, and breaking the hearts of local concert goers, Buffalo’s Mohawk Place came back to life without losing a bit of its trend-setting charm.

New owner Richard Platt reopened the historic music venue one year, seven months, and 30 days later, with some important modifications. For starters, he repaired the bar, the floors, the roof and plumbing, replacing fixtures, sound and light systems, and doing most of the work himself with a small crew. In fact, he’s taken care of technical issues while retaining the same "shot and a beer" dive bar warmth. Along with keeping the hip, old-school vibes, Platt wisely brought back Mohawk Place’s former booking agent, Marty Boratin.

Bortain Knows Talent

To elaborate, Boratin built the bar's reputation beginning in the '90s with his eye for booking talent. Over time, he turned a gritty dive bar into a place where playing meant something across circles in rockabilly, blues and Americana. The bar expanded and built a larger stage, also improving fire suppression at this time, too. Today, the club stands as a right of passage for many veteran and new artists. Putting his heart and soul into each show for over 20 years, he has brought some of the most well known, up-and-coming national acts from around the world to Buffalo. One can judge a concert venue by its longevity. Marty is one of the main reasons that the floors have been packed with loyal supporters since the early 90’s.

With Platt, Boratin, some of the best sound guys in the business, and a loyal and devoted staff, Buffalo’s Mohawk Place is back as Western New York’s number one concert venue and trend defying club for years to come.

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Lastly, please Contact Us if you would like to book a show of have any other questions about Downtown Buffalo's premiere live music venue.
Years In Business
Proudly Serving Buffalo's Music Scene
Shows Hosted A Year
From Indie Rock to Metal
“There’s nothing better than live music. It’s raw energy, and raw energy feeds the soul.” Dhani Jones (Professional Football Player)

Meet Our Team

At Mohawk Place, we strive to provide enjoyable live music events for local music fans. Our highly-trained and dedicated staff makes that happen. 


The Owner


Rick Owner

The GM


Rick Owner

The Booking


Rick Owner

The Bartenders


Tim - Bartender


Alex - Bartender


Chris - Bartender

The Sound Technicians


Stef - Sound technician


John - Sound technician


Todd - Sound technician


Lauf - Sound technician

Buffalo's Mohawk Place