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Eating the Lotus

EOTO has been bringing its heady blend of live dub-step, improvisation, trance and trip-hop to Buffalo over the past several years. But when the band visits the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Thursday, even fans who have packed previous Buffalo shows will be in for a surprise.

The band will be unveiling "The Lotus Experience," a blend of sound, lighting and staging that will allow the musicians to perform in the middle of a 3-D lotus flower.

Tickets for EOTO, with guests Kraddy, are $15 (box office,


Celebrating 4/2 0

Festival 420 -- its name culled from the date, 4/2 0, which defines as "a universal, unofficial symbol for the use and appreciation of marijuana In fact, 4/2 0 (April 20) has come to be known in certain circles as 'Marijuana Appreciation Day' " -- takes place at 8 tonight in the Forvm (4224 Maple Road). Don't get the wrong idea -- this is all about the music, with roots-soul-funk collective Crit's Juke Joint presiding over a bill that also includes the Maniacs and What the Folk.

Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.) has its own 4/2 0 party with Funktional Flow and What It Is Live at 10 tonight.

A 4/2 0 party is at Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.), as well. This one kicks off at 11 tonight with Buffalo's Free Henry! and Rochester's Occupanther.


Gig picks

The annual Bob Dylan Imitator's Contest -- started by the late, lamented founder of the Buffalo Song Project, Michael Meldrum -- is at 8 p.m. Thursday in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. and prizes will be awarded.