Outer Harbor hosts quad of alt-bands Friday
107.7FM Alternative Buffalo presents City and Colour with Young The Giant, Tokyo Police Club, and Clear Plastic Masks on Friday, July 11 at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor Concert Site.
St. Catharines singer-songwriter Dallas Green, performing as City and Colour (get it?), brings his folksy sound to Outer Harbor as the headliner of this show. The multi-Juno-winning folk-rocker has been touring in support of his fourth solo album, 2013's The Hurry And The Harm. Known to many as an integral part of the hardcore band Alexisonfire (with a sound they themselves described as “two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight”), Dallas Green’s current work features lilting melodies and catchy, melancholy songs. This turn has landed him on the alt-rock side of things, with an entirely new audience. The mix of people who attend this show will be interesting, to say the least.
California Indie-rockers, Young The Giant, will also perform. The band released its second album Mind over Matter late last year featuring the single, "It's About Time” This album features a more electronic, aggressive sound than previous releases as they make the leap to mainstream. Sameer Gadhia’s vocals remain as sultry as ever as they return to Buffalo for their second outdoor gig in as many years.
Ontario’s own Tokyo Police Club will open the show, along with New York City's Clear Plastic Masks. It’s going to be hot (cause it’s July in Buffalo, duh), so be prepared for throngs of dancers trying to get closer as TPC takes the stage. They’re sure to play songs from their aptly named latest record, Forcefield, but they also usually dip deep into their discography to play fan favorites, too. Clear Plastic Masks will hold their own with their bluesy power-garage sound and lead singer, Andrew Katz towering over the crowd with his 6' 6" frame and howling Jack White-esque vocals.
All ages welcome. Rain or shine. For more information on Outer Harbor Concerts, visit the Facebook page. If you haven't been to an Outer Harbor show before, here's a map. Be sure to arrive early and expect a bit of traffic.
Wendy Guild Swearingen is a frequent contributor to Buffalo Spree.