Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen

September 2

Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen

Saturn's most famous ambassador may have left our planet in 1993, but the one-of-a-kind big band that composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Sun Ra led for almost half a century goes on. The “Arkestra” is now under the direction of alto sax player Marshall Allen, who first crossed paths with Ra around 1956, leading the group’s reed section for four decades as well as designing instruments of his own and teaming up with Babatunde Olatunji’s pioneering band on the side. Now three years shy of 100 himself, Allen sees his mission as not merely preserving the work of a bygone era but also bringing that legacy to life for new generations—an effort that has brought him and his colleagues into the orbits of such diverse outfits as Sonic Youth, Phish,

Diggable Planets, and Kamasi Washington’s ensemble.Indeed, Lady Gaga has even covered a Sun Ra classic—following in the footsteps of the MC5 on their debut album more than fifty years ago. Meanwhile, every passing year seems to bring another batch of reissues (including the cult classic 1974 film and foundational text of AfroFuturism, Space is the Place), boxed sets, lost albums, and new arrangements of vintage songs, frequently released by the hippest microlabels of the moment. In addition to boasting one of the largest and wildest discographies of any musician of the last century, Ra’s output also includes four books of poetry and prose, while his life has inspired at least three documentaries. Though these treasures have their charms, the best way to experience the method and the merry madness of the Sun Ra phenomenon will always be on the concert stage, as ornately costumed musicians and dancers present a set list that can vary in a heartbeat from free jazz to doo wop to gospel to blues. The Arkestra’s last Hallwalls-sponsored visit was in 1991 at the Tralf; this one is part of the arts center’s Point9Mile collaboration with the Historic Colored Musicians Club, and it’s not to be missed.

8 p.m. at Asbury Hall (Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 


 

August 26

Live on the lawn series

6-8 p.m. at Carnegie Art Center (240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda)

CARNEGIEARTCENTER.ORG, 716-694-4400

The Albright-Knox’s annual jazz series on its rear steps may be on hold this summer during the museum’s expansion project, but lovers of outdoor music beyond rock and pop have a promising Plan B in the form of the Carnegie’s newish “Live on the Lawn” program in North Tonawanda. The lineup for these every-other-Thursday concerts has featured first-rate WNY-based players serving up dixieland, standards, improvisation, and vocalese among other musical styles. This month is no exception: August 12, the Tim Clarke Soul-tet offers up its brand of “soul jazz,” incorporating instrumental blues, gospel, and R&B, while August 26 brings the vocal trio GirlCrush+, combining its own compositions with covers of classic songs written and/or originally performed by acclaimed women artists. (The series wraps up September 9 with the Buffalo Jazz Collective’s salute to Jazz at the Movies.) Catering will be provided by Webster’s Bistro; you’ll need to purchase both your tickets and any food or drink online in advance, and admission is limited to 125. BYO chairs and blankets.—Ron Ehmke

Wilco + Sleater-Kinney with special guest NNAMDÏ

Grammy award-winning powerhouse sextet Wilco and rock ’n’ roll duo Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker team up for the It’s Time tour. Masks required for unvaccinated patrons when social distance cannot be maintained.

5 p.m. (gates) at Artpark

(450 South Fourth Street)

artpark.net, 754-4375

 

Shakey Graves with Tre Burt

This Americana musician’s style combines blues, folk, country, and rock ’n’ roll. Tre Burt is a Sacramento-based folk singer and songwriter. This event will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements and considerations and will likely require proof of vaccination.

7 p.m. (doors) at Asbury Hall 

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

August 27

Twenty6 Productions Presents: Big Something with Special Guests

A fusion of rock, funk, and improvisation, Big Something’s music takes listeners on a journey using huge rhythms, soaring guitars, electronic wind instruments, synths, horns, and captivating vocals.

8 p.m. (doors) at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

King Crimson with the Zappa Band

The progressive, London-based rock band stops in Lewiston on its rescheduled Music is Our Friend tour with special guest the Zappa Band. Masks required for unvaccinated patrons when social distance cannot be maintained.

5 p.m. (gates) at Artpark

(450 South Fourth Street)

artpark.net, 754-4375

 

August 29

Blues Traveler 

Over a celebrated career, Blues Traveler has played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than thirty million people and earned a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Masks required for unvaccinated patrons when social distance cannot be maintained.

7 p.m. at Artpark

(450 South Fourth Street)

artpark.net, 754-4375

 

Riff Raff with DJ Whookid

Rec Room’s Sunday Funday features rapper Riff Raff and the hip hop-savvy DJ Whookid with special guest Busy B. Ages twenty-one and up with valid ID.

6 p.m. (doors) at Rec Room

(79 West Chippewa Street)

recroombuffalo.com, 939-1279

 

September 1

Halestorm (special guests: The Hu & Cory Marks)

The American rock band is back with “louder, more intimate rock shows.” Masks required for unvaccinated patrons when social distance cannot be maintained.

5 p.m. (gates) at Artpark

(450 South Fourth Street)

artpark.net, 754-4375

 

Maroon 5

The popular pop rock band performs.  

7 p.m. (gates) at the Darien Lake Amphitheater 

(9993 Allegheny Road, Darien)

sixflags.com/darienlake 

 

September 1, 8

FREE

Music is Art Wednesdays

Each evening features members of the WNY Music Industry Alliance. 

6 p.m. at RiverWorks

(359 Ganson Street)

buffaloriverworks.com, 342-2292

 

September 2

Hanna PK at Jazz at Chandlerville

Chandlerville welcomes the 2019 International Blues Challenge semifinalist.

6 p.m. at Chandlerville 

(155 Chandler Street)

jazzbuffalo.org/event/jazz-at-chandlerville

 

September 3

FREE

Jazz on the Plaz! at Seneca One Tower

The final evening of this year’s series; JazzBuffalo partners with Seneca One Tower and Douglas Development Corporation.

5 p.m. at the West Plaza of Seneca One Tower between Pearl and Main Streets

jazzbuffalo.org 

 

Torres with Sarah Jaffe

Indie rock singer/songwriter and recording artist Torres performs with Texas singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe. Ages eighteen plus with ID.

7 p.m. (doors) at Mohawk Place 

(47 E. Mohawk Street)

facebook.com/mohawk place 

 

Memories: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand

Acclaimed tribute artist Sharon Owens performs a night of Barbra’s hits.

8 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

The North Carolina-based country roots band is led by founder Amanda Platt, a singer/songwriter known for her raw honesty and from-the-heart relatability.

9:30 p.m. at Sportsmens Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

September 4 

Zac Brown Band: The Comeback Tour

The Grammy award-winning Southern rock group performs.

7 p.m. (gates) at the Darien Lake Amphitheater

(9993 Allegheny Road, Darien)

sixflags.com/darienlake 

 

September 5

New Music in the Park: Puppets of Palm

Nusantara Arts performance troupe spins a tale of rainforest deforestation using enchanting music and shadow puppets in an enjoyable and educational adventure for the whole family. Masks required for unvaccinated patrons when social distance cannot be maintained.

4 p.m. at Artpark

(450 South Fourth Street)

artpark.net, 754-4375

 

September 5, 12, 19 

FREE

JazzBrunch Sundays at the Terrace at Delaware Park (hosted by JazzBuffalo)

Come to the Terrace for high-quality jazz, brunch, and cocktail specials.

11:30 a.m. at the Terrace at Delaware Park

(199 Lincoln Parkway)

terracebuffalo.com/contact/#reservations, 886-0089

 

September 6

JazzMondays with My Cousin Toné at Tappo Rooftop Patio

Enjoy dinner, wine, and My Cousin Toné playing its repertoire of jazz classics. Presented in partnership with JazzBuffalo. Weather permitting, tables socially distanced, masks required while not seated. Visit the website for more information.

6:30 p.m. at Tappo Restaurant

(338 Ellicott Street)

tappoitalian.com, 259-8130

jazzbuffalo.org

 

September 7 

FREE

JazzTuesdays at the Mansion on Delaware Avenue

The final evening of this year’s series; join JazzBuffalo and the Mansion on Delaware for music on the patio. Donations accepted.

5:30 p.m. at the Mansion on Delaware Avenue

(414 Delaware Avenue)

jazzbuffalo.org 

 

Ghost Stories Tour 2021: Lee DeWyze with Special Guest D’Arcy

The American Idol season nine winner performs. Ages sixteen plus with ID.

7 p.m. (doors) at Mohawk Place

(47 E. Mohawk Street)

facebook.com/mohawkplace

 

September 8

Bayside with Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, the Bombpops

Bayside presents their 21 Years of Really Bad Luck tour.

6 p.m. (doors) at RiverWorks

(359 Ganson Street)

buffaloriverworks.com, 342-2292

 

Lindsey Buckingham

The legendary singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, and musical visionary of Fleetwood Mac has released seven studio and three live albums as a solo artist.

8 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre 

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

September 9

Live on the Lawn: The Buffalo Jazz Collective presents Jazz Impressions “Jazz at the Movies”

In celebration of the long relationship between jazz and movies, the ensemble has arranged music from The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, The King and I, Black Orpheus, and others. 

6 p.m. at the Carnegie Art Center 

(240 Goundry Street)

carnegieartcenter.org/live-on-the-lawn-music-series, 694-4400

 

Caveman 

Since its beginning in 2010, Caveman has played popular festivals and become a mainstay of the NYC music world. This event will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements.

7 p.m. (doors) at the 9th Ward 

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

September 10

The Land of Ozz—The Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Experience

This faithful reproduction of Ozzy’s solo material, brought to the stage by six seasoned musicians, focuses on the classic Randy Rhoads era as well as the prime Jake and Zakk years.

8 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre 

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

September 11

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

The Brubecks are joined by hometown favorite, saxophonist Bobby Militello, who toured with jazz giant Dave Brubeck for three decades and joined him on twenty studio recordings.

8 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall 

(Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue)

buffalostatepac.org, 878-3005 

 

September 13

Fozzy with Through Fire, Royal Bliss, and Black Satellite 

Fozzy is back on the road after its successful Judas Rising tour. Ages eighteen plus.

6 p.m. (doors) at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

  

FREE

Bobby Militello Quartet at Flying Bison

The Bobby Militello Quartet returns for its monthly appearance.

6 p.m. at Flying Bison Brewing Company

(840 Seneca Street)

flyingbisonbrewing.com, 873-1557

 

September 15

August Burns Red- Level 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Featuring Fit for a King, Erra, and Like Moths to Flames. Ages sixteen plus, minors under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult; government issued ID required.

6 p.m. (doors) at Town Ballroom

(681 Main Street)

townballroom.com, 852-3900

 

Faye Webster

The twenty-three-year-old singer/songwriter’s latest album stays true to her plainspoken yet emotional style. This event is presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements.

7 p.m. (doors) at the 9th Ward

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

Carbon Leaf: The Hunting Ground Tour

Carbon Leaf is on tour to promote its new release, Gathering 2: The Hunting Ground. Ages eighteen plus.

7 p.m. (doors) at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

Tiffany with Special Guest: Cami Clune

Legendary pop star Tiffany is the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. Buffalo native Cami Clune recently appeared on NBC’s The Voice.

8 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

September 16

Colter Wall 

Western Canadian songwriter Colter Wall’s latest album is an ode to the themes and labors of western life. This event is presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements.

7 p.m. (doors) at Asbury Hall 

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

Jerrod Niemann & Special Guest: Jason Michael Carroll

After nearly a decade as a major label artist, Jerrod Niemann has racked up a host of accolades and toured with some of country’s hottest acts. Jason Michael Carroll rose to fame after a local talent competition in 2004 and was signed to Arista Nashville in 2006.

8 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

September 17

BPO Pops Series: Glenn Miller Orchestra

The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, paired with your swinging BPO, presents a high-energy concert of big-band jazz.

10:30 a.m. at Kleinhan’s Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18

(3 Symphony Circle)

kleinhansbuffalo.org, 885-5000

 

Brett Young: The Weekends Tour

Brett Young is known for honest lyrics and a West Coast-meets-Southern sound. Masks required for unvaccinated patrons when social distance cannot be maintained.

5:30 p.m. (gates) at Artpark

(450 South Fourth Street)

artpark.net, 754-4375

 

Butcher Babies with Infected Rain and Stitched Up Heart

Butcher Babies brings an explosive energy and hypnotic stage presence.

6 p.m. (doors) at Buffalo Iron Works

(49 Illinois Street)

buffaloironworks.com, 200-1893

 

Matt Cage: A Tribute to Elvis

Elvis performer Matt Cage has played Las Vegas in All Shook Up: A Tribute to the King at Planet Hollywood and was recently seen on Broadway in the Tony-award winning Million Dollar Quartet.

8 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre

(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)

rivieratheatre.org, 692-2413

 

September 18

Trial by Jury and Mr. Jericho

Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comedy of a breach of promise lawsuit will share the bill with Ernest Ford’s tale of an entrepreneur, a nobleman, a bus driver, a charming heroine, and her dragon of a mother. Performances are outdoors. 

3 p.m. at the Community Music School, 3 p.m. on Sept. 19, 25, and 26

(217 E. Delevan Avenue)

operalytes.com, 391-0033 

 

 

FREE

Labatt Blue Light Concert Series: Strictly Hip

Enjoy live music and cold cans of Labatt Blue and Blue Light. (Check out Chalkfest Buffalo during the music.)

6 p.m. at RiverWorks

(359 Ganson Street)

buffaloriverworks.com, 342-2292

 

Dead Letter Office: A Tribute to R.E.M.

This five-member tribute band tackles the complete R.E.M. catalog.

8 p.m. at Sportsmens Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

September 19

Robert Cray with Hayden Fogle and Damone Jackson

Robert Cray and his band have recorded over twenty studio releases, fifteen of which have been on the Billboard charts. Blues guitarist Hayden Fogle and drumming virtuoso Damone Jackson open. This event will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements. 

6:30 p.m. at Asbury Hall

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

The Psychedelic Furs 

The British post-punk band is on their Made of Rain tour. Ages twelve plus, minors under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult; government issued ID required for entry. 

7 p.m. (doors) at Town Ballroom

(681 Main Street)

townballroom.com, 852-3900

 

September 24

BPO Classics Series: Beethoven’s Fifth

The powerful phenomena of classical music’s eight most famous notes in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony contrast with the lighthearted Ravel Piano Concerto in G, featuring the influences of George Gershwin, conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and performed by BPO favorite Fabio Bidini. 

10:30 a.m. at Kleinhan’s Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25

(3 Symphony Circle)

kleinhansbuffalo.org, 885-5000

 

September 25

Jonas Brothers: The Remember This Tour

The tour is named for the Jonas Brothers’ latest single. 

6 p.m. (gates) at Darien Lake Amphitheater

(9993 Allegheny Road, Darien)

sixflags.com/darienlake 

 

Appice Brothers: Drum Wars Live

This show features hits from Dio, Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart, Ozzy, Blue Murder, and more.

6 p.m. at the Rapids Theatre

(1711 Main Street, Niagara Falls)

rapidstheatre.com, 205-8925

 

Dr. Dog: The Last Tour 

The indie rock band appears on its farewell tour (the group is not breaking up but is done touring). Ages twelve plus; minors under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult; government issued ID required for entry. 

7 p.m. (doors) at Town Ballroom

(681 Main Street)

townballroom.com, 852-3900

 

The Glorious Sons

The Canadian rock band stops in Lewiston on its Unfinished Business tour. Masks required for unvaccinated patrons when social distance cannot be maintained.

7 p.m. (doors) at Artpark

(450 South Fourth Street)

artpark.net, 754-4375

 

Eric Church: The Gather Again Tour

A portion of sales benefits Chief Cares of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

7 p.m. (doors) at Mohawk Place

(47 E. Mohawk Street)

facebook.com/mohawkplace

 

September 26

The Chris Duarte Group

The guitarist/songwriter is known for his gritty, intense Southern blues sound.

3 p.m. at Sportsmens Tavern

(326 Amherst Street)

sportsmensbuffalo.com, 874-7734

 

September 27

Big Thief 

Big Thief’s latest album is a raw and powerful homage to the earth. This event will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements and considerations at time of event.

7 p.m. (doors) at Asbury Hall

(Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue)

babevillebuffalo.com, 852-3835

 

September 29

Tropidelic & Bumpin’ Uglies with Joey Harkum

Tropidelic is a six-piece band from Ohio sharing a mix of reggae, hip-hop, and funk. Bumpin’ Uglies’ music is a blend of ska, reggae, and punk. Joey Harkum has been traveling and sharing heartfelt songs for over a decade. Ages twelve plus; minors under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult; government issued ID required for entry. 

7 p.m. (doors) at Town Ballroom

(681 Main Street)

townballroom.com, 852-3900

 

 

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