If you have not yet had the opportunity to see Consider the Source during one of its many Buffalo tour stops over the past few years, please do consider attending the show at 8 tonight in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). This band must be experienced in the concert setting to be truly understood. Yes, it's ambitious, complex, challenging instrumental music -- not exactly your garden variety "rock with big chorus hooks" type of thing, but is, dare I suggest it, much more rewarding than most of the stuff that fits such a description.
This is the band's first area appearance with new drummer Louis Miller, who is replacing founding member Justin Ahiyon -- a tough gig, as anyone who has seen the band will surely attest. Miller joins CTS mainstays Gabriel Marin (fretless double-neck guitar) and John Ferrara (bass). Be there. Tickets are $15 (box office, Walmart). Get there on time -- ArmCanon and Funktional Flow will be handling the opening duties!
Kimock takes Tralf!
Here's one that lovers of top-of-the-line electric guitar players have been waiting for. Steve Kimock -- perhaps the most incisive "underground" guitarist in the country -- and his new band perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Tralf. The guitarist -- who has played with his own trio, the Other Ones, Ratdog, the Rhythm Devils and dozens of others -- is bringing along some killer players in the form of the legendary Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell, Timbuk 3 drummer Wally Ingram and Gov't Mule/Black Crowes bassist Andy Hess. This is likely to be, as they say, completely epic. Tickets are $25 advance, $28 day of show (box office, Walmart). Visit www.TralfMusicHall.com.
Fresh from the announcement that the band has been picked to play this year's moe.down festival, beloved jam-prog quartet Aqueous takes over Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.) at 11 p.m. Saturday. The guys will be welcoming their friends in the Capital District-area, prog ensemble Timbre Coup -- also a recently announced addition to the moe.down bill. I caught the two bands together a few weeks back in Saranac Lake and did it make for a mind-melting night of music! Bring a measly $3 to the door, and see you there!
Area guitar virtuoso Jamie Holka will open for his friend, the highly acclaimed Adam Rafferty, a finger-style genius, at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Evening Star (8810 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls). Both guitarists are must-see performers. Learn more about Rafferty through AdamRafferty.com. Tickets will be available at the door.
At 9 p.m. Sunday, the Blue Monk (727 Elmwood Ave.), welcomes the Mystery Train, a new band comprised of guitarist Mike Hogan, organist Ronnie Davis, bassist Mike Wagner, drummer Deshawn Jackson and saxophonist Eric Crittenden. The group specializes in the music of Jerry Garcia Band, Legion of Mary and more.