Best concert bets for October
Sounds of the City
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PICK OF THE MONTH
Friday, October 19—Saturday, October 20
Time for another pair of homecoming shows; this tour includes the hit album Dizzy Up the Girl “in its entirety,” as the saying goes, plus a second set of fan faves.
Tuesday, October 2
The country-leaning punk rockers were so much a part of the 90s alternative scene that Sub Pop called its 1999 best-of compilation from their time on the label How the Supersuckers Became the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. Find out for yourself whether or not they have held on to the title in the intervening decades.
Wednesday, October 3
Find out which startup is going to score a cool five mil this year.
Saturday, October 6
The current host of The Daily Show hits the casino.
The tongue-in-cheek alt-rock hitmakers (their primary hit being "Low") are on the comeback/nostalgia trail, complete with a new album paying tribute to the music of fellow Californians.
Tuesday, October 9
Co-founder Walter Becker is gone, but the show must go on.
The Buffalo-born drummer and vibraphonist pays a visit to the Center's sterling "Jazz at the Taylor" series for a look at the enduring legacy of the MJQ.
Saturday, October 13
Catch the local premier of a 2015 piece (the middle of a trilogy of commissions) from the Niagara Falls-born, UB-educated drummer and composer, one of the leading lights of his generation.
Friday, October 12
Lordy, how can the cherished West Side artist-run organization be a decade old already? They grow up so fast! Celebrate with lo-fi legend, singer, songwriter, and K Records label founder Johnson—himself a kind of living epitome of the DIY spirit behind spaces like this one—plus Curtis Lovell, Too Real, and the Party's Over band.
Wednesday, October 17
Musicians including Twin Flames, Bruce McCulloch, Tom Wilson, Danny Michel, Trent Severn, Matthew Barber, and Damhnait Doyle revisit the songs of the late lamented Tragical Hipster, with speakers paying particular attention to his work with First Nations peoples near the end of his life. The event is a fundraiser for the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund and the establishment of a "Legacy Space" at the arts center itself.
Friday-Saturday, October 12-13
Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline Davis, co-authors of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold, the landmark history of Buffalo's working-class lesbian community first published twenty-five years ago, are joined by a new generation of queer historians, academics, and activists for a weekend of events (including a walking tour of sites where lesbian bars once stood and another tour of the LGBT Archive in the Butler Library at Buff State) examining how much things have changed around here—and how much they have stayed the same.
Sunday, October 14
If you love sing-along Messiahs and Sounds of Music, check out this audience-driven performance of the 1964 minimalist classic (with close ties to Buffalo). If you can read music and want to join in, bring your instrument (your voice counts) and attend a brief pre-performance workshop and you're good to go.
Wednesday, October 17
The British psychedelic/art rock/jazzbo weirdoes are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary with a rare opportunity to see them play live.
Paul Giallorenzo (synthesizer and electric piano), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), and Chad Taylor (drums) create wild, skronky soundscapes that evoke swing, funk, and free jazz as they ricochet from traditional melody to sheer chaos and back again.
Indulge your craving of all things Old Buffalo in this reading and conversation bringing together a beloved playwright, one of the city's most recognizable newscasters, and the author of a new history of the Larkin District, respectively.
Thursday, October 18
The indie rock world may know her as the vocalist for the post-Natalie incarnation of 10,000 Maniacs, but the violist, violinist, and songwriter has had a long and distinguished career aside from that group playing jazz, classical, and folk music, so here's an evening devoted to the nooks and crannies of her vast talent.
The sixth WNY edition of the phenomenally popular lecture series features a half-dozen brief talks on subjects including smart-home technology, activism, the opiod epidemic, and human trafficking, all with a local perspective.
Saturday, October 20
The man who single-handedly made twanging guitars hip again in the early 80s has kept busy since the Smiths broke up, playing with Modest Mouse and Electronic, among other bands, and generally being worshipped by anglophile music geeks. He's touring in support of a new solo album.
Tuesday, October 23
The hit Americana trio plays an acoustic set, joined by Columbus, Georgia-based guitarist and busker Naia Izumi.
Wednesday, October 24
Surely one of the best known jazz players in the world, and a representative of the music's first family of players, Marsalis brings his touring band back to Buffalo.
Friday, October 26
Robert Pollard and company, now thirty-five years into their career as low-fi luminaries, cruise into town to woo their adoring admirers.
Thursday, October 25
Catch the acclaimed 2017 Canadian documentary about the influence of Native American and First Nations musicians on rock and other popular genres, including Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Robbie Robertson. If that whets your appetite for some live performances, head to the Seneca Niagara Events Center on Friday, November 9 for "the Rumble Tour" featuring Stevie Salas, Bernard Fowler, Doug Wimbish, and Brian Tichy. (The November 9 concert will be preceded by another screening of the doc at the casino.)
Sunday, October 28
OK, OK, so that whole "Man of the Woods" business didn't go over so well. The guy still knows a thing or two about arena-sized pop spectacle, to say nothing of catchy tunes.
Friday, October 26
In addition to his Grammy-winning collaboration with Dave Grusin and his hit collaborations with the contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay, the smooth-jazz guitarist has played on revered albums by everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra to Caetano Veloso and Ivan Lins to Pink Floyd and Steely Dan. He'll be performing work from throughout his fifty-year career during this tour.
Tuesday, October 30
A month of 80s icons comes to a close with yet another gang of reunited college radio superheroes.
Ron Ehmke is a writer, performer, and media artist you can learn more about at everythingrondoes.com.