Clubland is heating up, folks.
Not that it's ever really been too quiet out there. But we are entering the season when conflicts arise, concerning which shows to catch, and which to, regrettably, blow off. As I write this, I'm facing such a quandary -- Santigold is playing the Town Ballroom, and Steve Kimock & Bernie Worrell are playing the Tralf Music Hall simultaneously, while Shea's is hosting Joe Bonamassa. What's a poor boy to do? (I'm going to Kimock at the Tralf.)
Recently, I've attended a number of very cool, well-attended gigs, that, for reasons of deadline and so forth, we were not able to review. One of them was M83's sold-out show May 5 in the Town Ballroom. This was pretty killer, a dazzling display of lights and sound before a completely enthused, mostly young crowd. I had suspected the synth-pop/alt-rock/retro outfit of being a bit of a pretentious bore, but was more than happy to swallow that supposition. What a cool show this turned out to be.
Last week, after reviewing a sublime performance from Consider the Source at the Tralf, I boogied over to Mister Goodbar on Elmwood Avenue to catch Aqueous and Timbre Coup. The place was packed! Aqueous was bringing it, big time, and Goodbar was jammin'. What a thrill to see such an incredible turnout for such a great Buffalo band.
At 8 tonight, the Tralf Music Hall is hosting Niagara Falls hard rock outfit Into Your Own. Fans of Stemm might want to check out this relatively new band (www.tralfmusichall.com).
Over at the Town Ballroom on Saturday, Collective Soul will be performing its classic "Dosage" album in its entirety, but if you didn't grab a ticket early, you're bummin' -- that show is sold out. (An early heads up -- electronic music giant Roni Size plays the Ballroom next Friday, so act now to avoid getting shut out again. See www.townballroom.com.)
At Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar, Workingman's Dead will be playing the happy hour slot at 6 tonight, to be followed by a set from Carina & the Six String Preacher. The same club hosts jazz drummer supreme Carmen Intorre & Friends at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Nietzsche's is offering up a triple bill with Aircraft, Johnny Nobody and the Sleepy Ha-Ha's at 9 p.m. Saturday. At 9 p.m. Thursday, Bob Dylan's birthday will be celebrated at the same club by the Complete Unknowns.
A very cool gig takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Rhino's Union Pub (2339 Union Road, West Seneca). It's a matinee fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, dubbed "Rockin' for Relay." Blues-rock fans, you'll want to know that the Willie Haddath Band, Only Humen and the Michael Bly Band will be offering their services for the cause. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Learn more through rhinosunionpub.com.
Finally, the beautifully refurbished Sportsmen's Tavern has a sweet program of music planned for this very evening, beginning with a happy hour set from the duo Kate & Corey, followed by another celebration of the music of Bob Dylan, this one provided by the Robert Zimmerman Philharmonic, which features members of Sweatin' Like Nixon, among others. That band hits the stage at 9 p.m.
Until next week ...