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Sunday in the country with Karen Hudson

This Sunday, you could watch football all day (although it’s a Bills bye week), catch The Lion King at Shea’s, or see jazz saxophonist Gerard Albright at UB’s Center for the Arts. Or, you could listen to some killer Americana in an intimate setting from a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter with Buffalo roots.

Hudson might be at home onstage at Mohawk Place or the Sportsmens Tavern, but don’t head to a club for this show—drive out to Eden to hear her play in the home of WNY music mavens Marty Boratin and Susan Tanner. Over the last several years, the well-connected couple has made their house a regular concert venue for a steady stream of marquee-worthy performers, including Grant Hart (Husker Du), Freedy Johnston, Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), and Peter Case.

And Karen Hudson seems a perfect house-concert act. The NYC-based Buffalo State grad is an endearing performer, deriving her sound from seventies pop, rock, and country music. She’ll perform songs from her upcoming album, Sonic Bloom, which was recorded with her touring outfit, the Karen Hudson River Band.

Buffalo’s own Buck Quigley, longtime frontman for the Steam Donkeys, opens the show playing his homemade “electric stomp box.” (Other former Steam Donkeys are in Hudson’s band, and her husband John Hudson was a fixture on WBNY and as a dj at the Pink Flamingo back in the day, so expect a mini-reunion of Buffalo music movers and shakers.)

What better way to get the full experience than to take part in a potluck cookout? This takes place at 3 p.m., with the concert following at 5 p.m. There will even be a bonfire after the show, weather permitting—and don’t be afraid to pitch a tent for the night.

New music, good food, and great times at an interesting venue make for a perfect way to wind down the weekend, so gas up the car and head to Eden.


Karen Hudson with Buck Quigley

Sunday, October 23

5 p.m. show time; 3 p.m. for pot-luck cook-out

Suggested donation: $5-10

at Marty Boratin and Susan Tanner’s house, 7341 Nelson Drive

(It’s a Hamburg mailing address but physically in the town of Eden.)

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