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Oct 29, 2012
09:58 AMTalk about Arts
Spree Music with E. Loviria: Joe Pug
During this time of year, I often feel as though touring musicians bypass coming to Buffalo for destinations less likely to be bombarded by snow. However, this year feels a little different as a variety of talented acts have scheduled shows in our beautiful city. One such buzzing artist is Joe Pug, who will perform at Babeville’s the Ninth Ward on Tuesday, November 6 in support of his sophomore LP release The Great Despiser. A relative newbie to the musical landscape, Joe Pug has already drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan and Josh Ritter, so if you are a fan of either of them, make time to check this gentleman out.
Called the working man’s singer/songwriter, Joe Pug pulls from his background as a tradesman and applies that work ethic to his music. He delicately blends the genres of country and folk while pushing the boundaries of the traditional music industry model, establishing himself outside of the top-40 fray. Enlisting his fans as his promotional agents, he sent many of them CDs at no cost to pass out to their friends in order reach a larger audience. His unorthodox promotional choices have paid off in dividends. His tour is selling out in towns he’s never played before, filled with audiences who know each and every lyric to his songs.
Like Dylan and Ritter, Joe Pug offers an intimate musical setting without the frills, but his songs are beautifully crafted and tell complex, heart-wrenching stories.
Tickets are currently on sale online at tickets.com or at the Babeville box office for $12.
Elizabeth Lovria is a graduate of Lake Shore Central Schools and Syracuse University. She resides in Hamburg with her husband and their daughter.