September 2015: Sounds of the City
Here’s another curated list of shows coming up this month, from the mega-mainstream to the ultra-obscure, with stops along the way for indie rock, blues, alt-folk and family-friendly C&W. Enjoy, and remember to support your local rockstar-in-training.
Sept. 3 & 4: Luke Bryan @ Darien Lake—The country singer/songwriter/superstar plays two dates in the land of thrill rides.
Sept. 6: Greg Brown @ 189 Public House—Beautifully crafted songs emerge from an impossibly deep voice in an intimate setting in East Aurora.
Sept. 8: Swervedriver @ the Waiting Room—Nineties shoegaze nostalgia, anyone?
Sept. 11: Peter Case @ Sportsmen’s Tavern—Buffalo’s native son returns for one of his periodic, sure-to-be-rollicking visits, where he’ll surely be joined by a crack team of WNY guest stars.
Sept. 12: Music is Art @ Delaware Park—After years of showcasing musicians and artists from throughout the region, Robbie Takac’s pet project was already a big deal before his own band (an up-and-coming trio you may have heard of called the Goo Goo Dolls) announced they’d setting up camp in the park, too.
Sept. 14: Of Montreal @ Asbury Hall—Kevin Barnes’s motley collection of freaks and geeks returns to Buffalo for another performance his fans are breathlessly awaiting after they rocked the Town (if not the town) a few years back.
Sept. 19: The Avett Brothers @ Artpark—These rootsy rockers from North Carolina are known for great live shows.
Sept. 21: Ace Frehley @ UB’s CFA—Looks like this founding member of KISS is back in the New York groove once again.
Sept. 21: Built to Spill @ Town Ballroom—These esteemed indie-rockers looked like lumberjacks in the nineties; twenty-plus years later they’re back—and so is the lumberjack look. Coincidence? I think not.
Sept. 22: Alabama Shakes @ Artpark—If you know their name or, better yet, you have heard their two terrific (and very different) albums, you know you need to catch this bluesy/R&B-ish/rockin’ band live, where they truly shine.
Sept. 24: Hot Tuna @ Asbury Hall—What started as a Jefferson Airplane side project in 1969 is often cited as an inspiration for the jam bands of today, so expect a curious collection of hippies both very old and kinda new whirling around Babeville.
Sept. 24: Soundwave @ Kleinhans—In a concept reminiscent of the BPO’s rock-friendly days of old (as in the late sixties, not their more recent presentations based around big-name touring acts), the orchestra joins forces with two of Buffalo’s most respected homegrown bands, the Albrights and the recently resurrected Babik, for what sounds like a great evening.
Sept. 11–12: Night Lights @ The Heron—Bring your camping gear and take a two hour drive to Sherman, NY, for a one-of-kind all-night festival of jammy acts both local and far-flung set amidst a forest of trippy light installations even more ambitious than those the Botanical Gardens has staged in recent years. For info, visit nightlightsfest.com.
Sept. 8–13: Niagara Falls Blues Festival @ Niagara Falls, US—After an initial concert by J. Geils Band at Artpark in nearby Lewiston requiring paid tickets, the rest of this ever-growing event is free. This year’s performers include the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmy Thackery, and Buffalo’s own Jony James and Mr. Conrad, along with a gospel brunch on Sunday. See niagarafallsbluesfest.org for details.
Ron Ehmke writes about music and popular culture in print and online (Facebook: Ron Ehmke, Twitter: @ronehmke, everythingrondoes.com).