2018 Line-up

NERDS GONE WILD in WNY will be on our main ballroom stage from 9:08 p.m. to 12:08 a.m. Western New York’s wildest 80’s show brings all your favorite NEW WAVE and CLASSIC 80’S HITS. Don’t miss the hottest, sexiest, smartest bunch of GEEKAZOIDS in Western New York.

Kicking off the Main Ballroom will be XOXO Pop Band, fast becoming one of the most well-known acts in Buffalo, N.Y, bringing a unique blend of today’s hottest dance, hip-hop, Top 40 and pop music to audiences not only in Western New York, but across the country. Most recently Denver, Colorado.


Eat ‘Em and Smile, is beaming into give us the music stylings of artists like, David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Gregg Bissonette, and Buffalo’s own, Billy Sheehan.


Plus, introducing Buffalo’s newest Rick James tribute band featuring Preach Freedom as Rick James, along with fellow WNY musicians, Calvin Parmer, and Rod Bonner.

Full Line-up.


Nerds Gone Wild in WNY | XOXO Pop Band | Eat Em and Smile | Lazy Ass Destroyer | Skinbound | Rabbit Jaw | Surfing Cadavers | Rick James Tribute Band | Coffin Hook | Navigation Guild

DJs & VJs

Jonathan Allday Lay | Nate Howell | Sunglasses Mike | Ted Hawkins | Charlie Abbott | Superstar DJ Slobbanozzle | VJ Dave Sif | Nate Howell | Creespo | MK Ultra, San Diego CA | Chad Lock

Silent Disco featuring DJ BANDO


Foxy Entertainment | Random Ninjaz CrewBuffalo Aerial Dance


MaddGrafix Art Gallery | magician, Joe Maxwell (8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.) | Dragged Out by Jayme Coxx | Balloon Brothers, Joe Mock (9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) | Professional Cos Players by Maritzalyn Mercado | super freak, Arlowe Price  | Zombies and other roaming artists

Haunt Experiences

Mason Winfield | WNY Paranormal Society | Terror Technologies | The Seven One Six Sideshow by Maddtat2 | Virtual Reality  | LIVE Podcast by Living Dead Girls | Rock n Roll Green Screen

Food Trucks


Black Carpet | Virtual Costume Contest

Photography by Living in the Buff


A treasured annual feature of The Witches Ball is our Psychic Lounge where guests can sneak away from the festive mayhem to catch a moment of counsel from the other world, and at a prime season of the year. That, after all, was the original meaning of Halloween. It was the Day of the Dead, and the night of the returning spirits. As with earlier years, The Witches Ball Psychic Faire is arranged by author Mason Winfield as a spin of his company Haunted History Ghost Walks (HHGW), Inc., Western New York’s original outfit of supernatural tourism. “I’m a researcher and, frankly, a storyteller,” says Winfield. “Talking to the spirits isn’t one of my skills. But I have some very valued Spiritualist friends who believe that that is exactly what they do. Who am I to argue with their faith? Besides, there are a lot of people who want to hear from them. I am happy to involve their perspectives at The Witches Ball.” A handful of readers and psychic mediums will be waiting in the atmospheric lounge/bar area of the Hotel Statler to offer their insights. It will be a perfect night for a visit with the other side. “Halloween is more than just a party,” says Winfield. “It’s also a prime night to go within and try to reach back to the ancestors. The two avenues really do belong together. The Witches Ball is one of the few events you will ever attend at which you can experience them both.” Join Mason in the Psychic Lounge and learn what awaits you in 2019 and beyond!


Event Host: Buffalo Rising

VIP Sponsor: Bootleg Bucha

Designated Driver: Bootleg Bucha

Event Sponsors: MaddGrafix | MaddTat2 | Maritzalyn Mercado | SE² Silent Disco

Beverage Sponsors: Jägermeister | Lockhouse Distillery | Bootleg Bucha

Official event photography and videography by: Living in the Buff | Photography By Nico | Buffalo Branded