Up to your ears: a wild Saturday night in local music
blog by Ben Kirst • March 08, 2013 @ 10:31am
Rihanna is coming to First Niagara Center on Friday night with A$AP Rocky—those are two pretty impressive out-of-town guests to our fair city. Just up Main Street, West London dubstep DJ extraordinaire Caspa will spin breakbeats into the early hours of Saturday morning—another feather in the cap for Buffalo from a nonnative bird. Such plumage!
Saturday night, however, will be dominated by Western New Yorkers. For those who would disparage Buffalo’s music scene, Saturday night is going to be like a young hooligan pushing Bruce Banner just a little too far until he suddenly turns green and ripples with grapefruit-sized Hulk muscles. Western New York’s clubs are offering a veritable cornucopia of outstanding musical offerings—and it’s all local, baby. Well, most of it.
The hardest part? Deciding where to go. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite picks for Saturday night:
Big Leg Emma and Workingman’s Dead - 9 p.m., Club Infinity (8166 Main St., Williamsville), free. Big Leg Emma—Jamestown’s premier jam band—sounds a little like you took a bluegrass band and forced them to play 10,000 Maniacs covers. It’s a delicious pea soup of Americana-tinged roots rock, and you’re going to want a nice, green bowl. Workingman’s Dead are, as one may imagine, a Grateful Dead cover band, and one of the best around. Get ready to ride the chill wave, gang.
Son of the Sun and Kingsley Flood - 9 p.m., Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St., Buffalo). Who wears the crown as top indie outfit in Buffalo? Son of the Sun have a fair claim to the title. The hardworking young gentlemen of SotS warm up for their push to the SXSW Music Festival in Austin with an Allentown show featuring Boston roots rockers Kingsley Flood.
Artvoice BOOM Competition: CrashFuse, Sic Sin, Savannah King, and Den of Lions - 10 p.m., Nietzche’s (248 Allen St., Buffalo). Here’s the deal—every year, Artvoice gives away $5,000 to a local performer or band that winds it way through a bracket of other aspiring WNY musicians. Kind of like the NCAA tournament, only with more ice in the urinals. Another solid bill of four diverse performers take the supposedly haunted stage at Nietzsche’s on Saturday to keep their dream of being Artvoice-famous alive.
The Corrections with John and Mary - 8 p.m., Ninth Ward (341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo), $10. The Corrections play the kind of smart, elegant indie rock that makes you wish the world would take notice, until you consider that people capable of making smart, elegant pop probably have enough going on that they don’t really need the world to pat them on the back. Opening the show will be John and Mary, not of the sub shop fame (although that would be really interesting), but the founding duo from 10,000 Maniacs and longtime scene stalwarts. Mary Ramsey’s dad was my English professor at SUNY Fredonia, by the way.
The Albrights - 9:30 p.m., Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St., Buffalo), $5. Another of Buffalo’s indie icons, The Albrights play bright, folk-infused rock that is reminiscent of The Avett Brothers, which is high praise, indeed. These guys always put on a good show and usually have the crowd dancing by the the second or third song of their set. The Saturday show will be an acoustic / electric mix, as the boys themselves explain.
Flow Jam II: Funktional Flow, Steel Keys and Brass and The B-Side Dubs - 8 p.m., The Tralf (620 Main St., Buffalo), $14. If you’re into funk, reggae, ska, jam and jazz-influenced indie, there is a high likelihood you will find something you like at Flow Jam II. Funktional Flow seems to be playing every weekend lately, Steel Keys and Brass are becoming ubiquitous on the scene and The B-Side Dubs are one of the better local ska outfits—this show is like a cram session on one of the latest and more interesting refractions of the Buffalo music spectrum.