The Buffalo News: top summer concert picks
blog by Ben Kirst • June 01, 2012 @ 4:30pm
Friday night’s Taste of Country show and Saturday’s Kiss The Summer Hello extravaganza officially kick off the summer concert season in Western New York (with no help from the rainy conditions to start the weekend—thanks for nothing, nature). Our Gusto Magazine pals downstairs at The Buffalo News have performed the helpful service of aggregating the season’s big shows into a single, easy-to-reference document that you can bookmark on your computer or mobile device. Those of you who are more into the analog thing can find printed versions of the concert calendar in Friday’s edition of The Buffalo News, which hopefully you picked up by now.
Jeff Miers, the rock music critic of record for The Buffalo News, has also pulled together a top-10 list of some of the summer’s can’t-miss shows. He’s got something old (Iron Maiden / Alice Cooper), something new (Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer), something borrowed (Roger Waters’ take on his old band’s legendary epic, Pink Floyd’s The Wall) and something blues-y (The Allman Brothers and Santana). Here are some of my favorite highlights from his list (comments in quotes belong to Miers):
Jane’s Addiction with Mute Math
Aug. 20, Artpark Mainstage, Lewiston.
Tickets: $47.50 reserved seating, $32.50 general admission lawn.
“With an uber-strong new album, “The Great Escape Artist,” in tow, the mightiest of the original wave of West Coast alternative bands makes its Artpark debut. I caught this show in Rochester a few months back, and it was unbelievable. Not to be missed.”
June 20, Artpark.
“The heir apparent of the Marley family legacy, Ziggy Marley turned in a sublime performance at the Town Ballroom last year. Taking this show outside to the Lewiston gorge will only heighten the impact of this most glorious reggae. Adding our own Aqueous to the bill makes this one of the summer’s finest.”
June 20, Rivera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.
Tickets: $35.50-$42.50 reserved seating.
“Puscifer is the “side project” of Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan, but it’s so much more than that, too—the band’s daring blend of light and shade, rock instrumentation and electronica, and hyper-intelligent, irreverent lyrics makes it a modern rock anomaly. There are very few dates on the band’s summer tour, and we are very lucky to have one of them in Western New York.”
Photo from Flickr / stusev.