Yes, the summer concert season is about the great outdoors, for the most part. We want to be out there, in the sun, or even the rain. In fact, we're cool with any weather at all that doesn't involve snow.
But in our haste to soak up the summer atmosphere, let's not overlook the considerable action taking place in our area's many concert clubs over the coming months. In fact, many of the summer's finest concerts aren't taking place outdoors at all, but rather, in the same dimly lit rooms where we pass our non-summer evenings.
Here are a few that I would urge you not to miss, but be advised, these are only a representative sampling of what's on tap. Check the Gusto listings every Friday during the summer, because club shows are added all the time.
Fishbone, June 29 in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.).
Having the opportunity to see this progenitor of the late-1980s Los Angeles alternative music scene in a club the size of Nietzsche's feels like a big ol' bag of money falling from the sky and landing on your doorstep. Fishbone can show a big arena or festival stage who's boss, but this band cut its teeth in clubs, and that's really where the group's brand of fiery funk-punk belongs. You don't want to miss this.
Trampled By Turtles, June 30, Town Ballroom (671 Main St.).
Trampled by Turtles is my favorite indie-folk-alternative band of the moment, and I'm guessing many of you feel the same way. Help welcome the band to Buffalo on June 30, when the group arrives for a gig at the Town Ballroom. Yes, it's the same night as moe. and Conspirator down at the Harbor, but I know you have it in you to do both!
Wayne Hancock, July 5, Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.).
The Sportsmen's has invested much time, money and passion in its own transformation from funky gin joint into funky gin of the world-class variety. Need a night away from the biggest of big crowds, but still wanna hear something gritty, greasey and live? Hit the Sportsmen's for Wayne "the Train" Hancock's gig.
Matisyahu and the Dirty Heads, July 26, Town Ballroom.
Aside from Ziggy Marley and Sublime With Rome, there really aren't too many reggae-based shows this summer. Here's a club date with your name on it if you need a little bit more Jamaican-style medicine.
Mickey Hart Band, July 27, Tralf Music Hall (681 Main St.)
Not a whole lot of Grateful Dead-related happenings in town this summer either. You'll have to travel to Canandaigua to catch Furthur, it appears. Don't overlook this Mickey Hart Band's date at the Tralf if you need to get your jam on.
Hollerado, June 15 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.)
Buzz-worthy Canadian indie-rock band Hollerado will make an appearance in Buffalo clubland with guests Topanga and Johnny Nobody.
Pat Martino, June 18, Iris (Maple Entertainment Complex, 4224 Maple Road)
One of the greatest Be Bop guitarists of all time, Pat Martino, will be in Buffalo for a show at Iris. The great drummer Carmen Intorre, a Buffalo expat now living and working in New York, is a member of Martino's band, and will be here for the gig. This is absolutely not to be missed!
This, you realize, is only the tip of the iceberg. Our clubs will be packed with top-flight local, national and international talent all summer long. See you out there, somewhere!