Stop the presses!
This may come as a shock to some of you, so I'll take it slow.
There is a strain of young men given to bonding together under some random, arbitrary moniker, in order to be known, from that point forward, as "guys in a band." The reason for this is predominantly a true love for music, of course. But this is where it gets a little bit sticky, folks. Some of these "guys in bands" have chosen such a path in life because doing so has all but assured them the opportunity to meet members of the opposite sex! Tough to believe, but accurate, regardless. "Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" is a horrible cliche, but it's no less true for that fact.
I tell you all of this by way of preparing you for a big ol' gig this evening inside the Buffalo Icon, 391 Ellicott St. Called "The Girls Gone Wild Tour," the show features three up-and-coming rock bands fitting the general description offered above.
You may be aware of the "Girls Gone Wild" phenomenon, which seems to involve hand-held cameras and girls in wet T-shirts holding shot glasses and acting sassy for the cameras. The guys and yes, they are all guys -- in Hinder, Revelation Theory and Faktion will host the party, which, in addition to full sets from each band, will also include as much of the behavior familiar to "Girls Gone Wild" patrons as the folks with the cameras can possibly encourage.
I have no idea what this might actually include, so if you have questions, direct them to www.girlsgonewildrocksamerica.com, or www.myspace.com/ girlsgonewildrocksamerica.
Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 in advance, at Tops Markets, or for $13 at the door.
All day, all night
A busy day at the Buffalo Icon on Saturday. A 3 p.m. matinee show featuring Paramore, Halifax, My American Heart, So They Say and Colors in the Air will be followed by an 8 p.m. bill featuring Last Conservative, the Juliet Dagger and Agent Me.
Tickets for the matinee are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Last Conservative's evening show will cost you $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets for both are available now at all Tops Markets, or charge by phone at (888) 223-6000.
Goin' to a Gogo
Conventional wisdom might suggest that Canada isn't exactly legendary for spawning blues artists. But in guitarist/songwriter David Gogo -- yes, that's his real name -- our neighbor to the north has produced a player of genuine blues pedigree and fairly consistent genius.
Gogo worshipped at the altar of Stevie Ray Vaughan, but his love for the blues comes from a high school infatuation with Howlin' Wolf and Son House, respectively the electric and acoustic fathers of "the blues as we now know it." The guitarist's most recent effort, the Cordova Bay release "Skeleton Key," finds him blending traditional Chicago-based blues with surprising, inventive takes on Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."
Gogo appears at 8 p.m. next Friday inside the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. Call 854-2466 for more information.
The Great Train Robbery returns for a gig inside Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, blending ska, punk, reggae and power-pop.
On Tuesday, Nietzsche's honors New Orleans with the annual Artvoice Mardi Gras Celebration. This year, sets from the All Hank Trio, 1 2/8 Path Band, the Heather Connor Quartet with Jim Whitford and Gabriel Gutierrez, Michael Hermanson's Nucleo Polyglot, the Chevon Davis Review, Anatara and Mumbo Gumbo kick off at 6 p.m.