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Tonight at Nietzsche’s: A Tragically Hip tribute to support Riverkeeper

Not The Hip, but the next best thing. Five of the next best things!

blog by Ben Kirst  • 

There are a few bands that almost all (rock) music fans in Western New York can agree upon, regardless of age, creed or personal taste: The Allman Brothers (there’s a reason they come here every single year). AC/DC (there’s a reason why WEDG plays a 40-year-old band on heavy repeat). Those Idiots (who doesn’t like a good polka?).

And, of course, The Tragically Hip. Even if you’re not out buying the albums or sporting the t-shirts or insisting that Gord is God, you probably feel slightly funkier when “New Orleans is Sinking” comes blaring out of the barroom speakers at about 11:30 p.m. on a Friday night. We live in a city where Jeremy Hoyle can make a legitimate living covering healthy portions of the band’s catalog.

This universal love is the impetus for The Good Neighborhood’s two-stage, five-act tribute to The Tragically Hip as part of a benefit to support Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at 10 p.m. tonight at Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St., Buffalo) in the heart of Allentown. The cover charge is $5.

Let Buffalo promoter / man-about-town Seamus Gallivan, via the magic of email, describe the musical scene for you this evening:

“...one (band will be) led by veteran rocker Geno McManus and backed by former members of Mitch’s Infidels, Sonic Garden and the Tails; the other by young wildman Sonny Baker, backed by Aye Karou, a band that legend says first formed as the Tragically Sith, playing Hip tunes with Star Wars lyrics. The front stage will be anchored by the communal Americana of Shaky Stage and guests, with opening sets from Hip disciples Coterie of Stern and the ever-versatile Son of the Sun frontman Zak Ward.”


Seamus also has the lowdown on the cause de jour:

“In addition to receiving a percentage of door proceeds, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will continue their ongoing raffle of a kayak donated by BFLO Harbor Kayak, to be awarded at the June Tributaries show at Nietzsche’s, which will be announced in May,” he noted. “The proceeds will further their mission of protecting and restoring the quality and quantity of our water while connecting people to area waterways, a cause that the Hip has supported nationwide in Canada.”

See you there.

Photo from Flickr / Shayne Kaye.


TAGGED: buffalo niagara riverkeeper, concerts, good causes, lets go drinkin, nietzsche's, seamus gallivan, the tragically hip

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