Tempest has been playing its brand of folk and rock music for nearly a decade. The band, featuring singer Lief Sorbye, is based in Oakland, Calif., but offers an international flavor. Sorbye comes from Norway, and the group features a drummer from Cuba and a bass player from the States. Put it all together and you have a band that likes to play all styles of music, including traditional Celtic numbers, Scottish ballads, rock and even a little heavy metal. Tempest performs Tuesday at 10 p.m. in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.
SCENE'S BIG FIVE
1. Johny Vegas: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. One of the most popular regional acts, Vegas returns with its jangling guitars and pop sound. The band has a connection to Western New York with Orchard Park's Keith Calveric on vocals.
2. The Burns Sisters Band: Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road. Annie, Marie and Jeannie Burns come from Ithaca and sing folk songs, with touches of gospel, rock, R & B and country. They offer a deep, rich and honest sound and will play in an event sponsored by the Buffalo Friends of Folk Music.
3. Luxx: Saturday at 11 p.m. at Classic Roxx, 1182 Walden Ave. Luxx is a New York City rock band with a hard edge. Also on the 18-and-over bill: JunKulture and Law.
4. The Pilfers: Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Showplace Theater, 1063 Grant St. The Pilfers play a jumping brand of modern rock. Mexican Session opens. Also at the Showplace on Wednesday at 6 p.m.: modern rockers Pop Unknown, along with Now She's Gone and the Dollar Cannon.
5. Willie and the Reinhardts: Tonight at 6 in Mohawk Place. Willie and the Reinhardts will be recording a live CD at Mohawk Place tonight and also next Friday. The music will last until the wee hours. That should provide a night packed with hot blues from Willie and the band.
BIG BEAT STORY OF THE WEEK
More Woodstock '99 backlash: Spin magazine's new issue details the failure of private security at the ill-fated July concert. According to Spin, one security supervisor responded to fires and rioting by telling private guards to "get out of there" and "let it burn." Spin also reports there were far more sexual assaults and rapes than publicly reported at the three-day concert in Rome, N.Y. Regardless of the problems, Woodstock '99 was the biggest-grossing concert of the year, taking in nearly $29 million, according to Billboard magazine.
AROUND AND ABOUT
Looks like The Edge is going hard rock. The alternative radio station, 103.3 FM, has nearly an all-male playlist and hard rock dominates. Metallica is featured every night at 10 and such acts as Rob Zombie and Megadeth are often heard. . . . Bad-boy rockers Limp Bizkit will head the new Family Values Tour, along with Filter, DMX, Method Man and Redman. The tour starts next week in Pittsburgh. . . . Sonic Garden plays its Grateful Dead tribute tonight at 9 in the Showplace. . . . Top 10, Sept. 17, 1995: "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal.
Inflation is hitting the rock concert business. The average cost of a concert ticket rose 50 percent in the past three years, according to a survey of the Top 50 North American concert venues. The Rolling Stones have the top price, with an average of $110 per ticket. . . . Pink Floyd will release a DVD version of "The Wall" next month to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film based on the landmark album. It will include a documentary and retrospective interviews with band members. . . . Strangefolk and Percy Hill play original music Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Tralf. . . . Canine rocks hard tonight at midnight in the Continental, 212 Franklin St. . . . Top 10, Sept. 17, 1982: "Even The Nights Are Better" by Air Supply.
Tony DeFranco and the DeFranco Family recently performed in Santa Monica at a Rhino Records '70s show. The DeFrancos, from nearby Ontario, were teenybopper idols during the 1970s and lead singer Tony was the fave. Their biggest hit was "Heartbeat -- It's a Lovebeat." Tony said recently the band has offers to do a nostalgia tour and "if the circumstances were right we might do it." DeFranco now runs a production company outside Los Angeles and hopes to reissue a couple of the group's old albums. . . . Shania Twain's album "Come On Over" recently passed the 13 million sales mark to become the second-highest-selling CD by a female artist in history. Alanis Morissette is No. 1. . . . Four Shillings Short play Celtic folk music Sunday at 8 p.m. in Nietzsche's. Gabriel's Cage, featuring Aerin Tedesco, performs tonight at 11 in Nietzsche's. . . . Top 10, Sept. 17, 1962: "Green Onions" by Booker T and the MGs. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy of Guided by Voices: "Someone tell me why/I do the things/I don't wanna do."