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MUSIC 

(also check out July Summer Concerts section)

 

July 25–August 4

Infringement Festival

Photo courtesy of infringement

 

It’s baaaaack: Despite fears that last year’s incarnation of this eleven-day celebration of all things weird and wonderful would be the final one, the tireless (or more likely very, very tired) volunteer organizers behind Infringement have risen to the occasion once again. While the acts and venues in this sixteenth go-round were far from finalized as we went to press—because it’s not exactly a cakewalk to find happy homes for an anticipated 700-plus bands, indie theater productions, performance pieces, art installations, readings, and zero-budget films, y’know—one can safely assume everything will magically come together in the end. The uncurated, anything-goes spirit of the festival first took shape in Montreal as an explicit rejection of the increasing corporatization of the arts at the dawn of the twenty-first century, and soon found in WNY the ideal conditions to flower into the largest event of its kind in the known universe. No surprise there, because the very idea of a grassroots, DIY, all-are-welcome bash encapsulates everything that makes Buffalo’s homegrown cultural scene so special.  —Ron Ehmke

 

Thursday, July 25—Sunday, August 4 (at venues throughout Buffalo)

infringebuffalo.org

 


 

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Pop / Rock

 

July 2

Silver Arrow Band

This showcase is the band rehearsal evening, featuring new and old material—and some pretty unusual stuff, too.

7 p.m. at The 9th Ward

(341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

Potty Mouth w/Colleen Green

Potty Mouth started as a Western Massachusetts pop-punk band that formed at Smith College in 2011.

8 p.m. at Mohawk Place

(47 E. Mohawk Street)

buffalosmohawkplace.com, 312-9279

 

July 6

Handsome Jack

Hailing from Lockport, NY, this group plays a powerful and emotional fusion of boogie soul rock ’n’ roll that has earned the admiration of fellow rock travelers.

8 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

July 7

The Beths w/Girl Friday

These New Zealanders channel their friendships into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite.

7 p.m. at The 9th Ward

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

July 8

Orquesta Akokán

Straight out of Havana, Cuba, comes this blazing ensemble of deeply soulful mambo reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda gigante of the 1940s and ’50s.

7 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

July 10

The High Divers

With anthemic choruses, lush three-part harmonies, and rhythms rooted deeply in Motown and rock ’n’ roll, the band creates songs that nod to the classics, while carving out a sonic space all their own.

8 p.m. at The 9th Ward

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

Losers Club, Lexxi Raine, Obsoleete, Hyperview, Jelligoat

Three oddly named bands perform.

8 p.m. at Mohawk Place

(47 E. Mohawk Street)

buffalosmohawkplace.com, 312-9279

 

Patrick Sweany Band

His music has a loose, aggressive edge but, in his quieter moments, Sweany recalls the supple beauty of Ry Cooder’s ’70s readings of Depression-era pop blues.

7 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

July 12

I Prevail

The band—Brian Burkheiser (clean vocals), Eric Vanlerberghe (harsh vocals), Steve Menoian (guitar), Dylan Bowman (rhythm guitar)—performs favorites plus songs from their full-length debut, Lifelines.

8 p.m. at Rapids Theatre

(1711 Main Street, Niagara Falls)

rapidstheatre.com, 205-8925

 

21 GUN SALUTE

The band pays true homage to AC/DC’s high voltage rock ’n’ roll.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre

(67 Webster Street, N. Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

Rita Coolidge

The two-time Grammy winner is returning to songwriting with a new solo album Safe in the Arms of Time.

8 p.m. at The Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino

(310 4th Street, Niagara Falls)

senecaniagaracasino.com, 299-1100

 

Get The Led Out

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, the band has captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the big concert stage.

5 p.m. at Town Ballroom

(681 Main Street)

townballroom.com, 852-3900

 

July 14

Eric Gales with The Dave Viterna Group

Gales is an African American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist.

6 p.m. at Tralf Music Hall

(622 Main Street)

tralfmusichall.com, 835-3500

 

July 16

Baroness: Gold & Grey Tour

Baroness’s triumphant new album contains some of the biggest, brightest, and most glorious riffs and choruses the adventurous rock group has ever recorded.

7 p.m. at Town Ballroom

(681 Main Street)

townballroom.com, 852-3900

 

Fortunate Youth

The collective of six outstanding musicians/producers has taken the worldwide music scene by storm, creating a global family of positivity and progressive ideals.

7 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

July 18

Combo Chimbita with Casperous Vine

Through her folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia, and a dash of enigmatic punk, Chimbita catapults the sacred knowledge of our forebears into the future.

7 p.m. at The 9th Ward

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

The Vaughns, Clever Girls, Velvet Bethany

The Vaughns are an indie rock band from New Jersey.

8 p.m. at Mohawk Place

(47 E. Mohawk Street)

buffalosmohawkplace.com, 312-9279

 

Mark Wills

Wills makes meaningful country music that creates lasting memories.

8 p.m. Seneca Niagara Casino

(310 4th Street, Niagara Falls)

senecaniagaracasino.com, 299-1100

 

July 18 & 19

Michael Grimm

With his soulful voice and earthy, Southern manner, Grimm charmed millions of viewers as a contestant on Season Five of NBC’s popular America’s Got Talent.

7/18 at 7 p.m. and 7/19 at 8:30 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

July 20

Video Games Live

The award-winning immersive concert features music from the most popular video games of all time performed along with exclusive synchronized video footage, lighting, well known internet soloist, electronic percussion, live action, and interactive segments.

7:30 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall

(3 Symphony Circle)

bpo.org, 885-5000

 

Lanco w/Chase Bryant

With huge hits like “Long Live Tonight,” “Born to Love You,” and “Rival,” there’s no doubt this band is at the top of its game.

8 p.m. Seneca Allegany Casino

(777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard, Salamanca)

senecaalleganycasino.com, 877-873-6322

 

July 23

The Quebe Sisters

Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe front an innovative progressive western swing band of archtop guitar, upright bass, fiddles, and sibling harmony.

7 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

July 25

The Growlers w/Diane Coffee

It’s the party band that grew into a traveling circus that spawned its own hit event, Beach Goth, with an expanded palette including West African, dance, and electronic influences.

7 p.m. at Asbury Hall

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

tralfmusichall.com, 852-3835

 

Dana Fuchs w/Grace Lougen & Josh English

Fuchs possesses a dazzling energy serving one of the greatest voices of blues and soul.

6 p.m. at Tralf Music Hall

(622 Main Street)

tralfmusichall.com, 835-3500

 

July 26

The Aristocrats w/The Travis Larson Band

The rock/fusion instrumental trio features Guthrie Govan on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums.

7 p.m. at Tralf Music Hall

(622 Main Street)

tralfmusichall.com, 835-3500

 

Linda Ronstadt Revue

Each member of the band is a seasoned, talented musician fully dedicated to recreating the sounds and vibe of a Linda Ronstadt live performance.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

July 26–August 5

Buffalo Infringement Festival

Infringement Festival is a non-profit-driven, non-hierarchical grassroots endeavor bringing together a broad range of eclectic, independent, experimental, and controversial art of all forms. Expect visual, performing, musical, and media arts; check the website for a complete schedule.

infringebuffalo.org

 

July 31

Joe Marcinek All Star Super Jam

Each show features a different lineup of musicians creating a different set of music every night with music equal parts Chicago Blues, New Orleans Funk, Grateful Dead Psychedelia, and Jazz Fusion.

8 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

JAZZ

 

July 13

Elliot Scozzaro Quintet

Scozzaro is a saxophonist and educator from Buffalo, NY.

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House

(19 Wadsworth Street)

pausaarthouse.com, 697-9069

 

July 17

Jazz Goes Pop!

Featuring Mark Marianaccio and Friends

7:30 p.m. at Hotel Henry

(444 Forest Avenue)

hotelhenry.com/jazz, 882-1970

 

July 20

Mar Salá

Based in Brooklyn, Marta Hernández is an international singer-songwriter from Seville, Spain. With the collaboration of many accomplished musicians from all over the world, she mixes Latin sounds such as Rumba Flamenca, Brazilian rhythms, and Spanish pop, with swing and rock.

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House

(19 Wadsworth Street)

pausaarthouse.com, 697-9069

 

July 27

Carina and The Six String Preacher

A spicy blend of crime jazz, surf, Latin, and pop with a touch of blood and a dash of cinnamon, the signature sound is a modern-day jazz noir with a twist.

8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House

(19 Wadsworth Street)

pausaarthouse.com, 697-9069

 

Classical

 

July 6

Chautauqua Chamber Music: Resident Artist Series: Brian Zeger & Friends

Zeger appears regularly on the guest faculty of Chautauqua’s voice program, and is widely recognized as one of today’s leading collaborative pianists.

4 p.m. in Lenna Hall, Chautauqua Institution

chq.org

 

July 8

School of Music: Music School Festival Orchestra with 2018 SAI Voice Winners

The Music School Festival Orchestra comprises 81 of the world’s most promising young musicians who are admitted through a competitive audition process.

8:15 p.m. at Chautauqua Amphitheater

(31 Roberts Avenue, Mayville)

chq.org, 357-6250

 

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