Happy Fourth of July, Buffalo.
For some, today’s an opportunity for maximum Americana, to remember our nation’s freedom with cookouts, fireworks and canned beer. For others, it’s a chance to find a beach and realize summer is officially in full-swing. And for the rest of us, it’s a great excuse to find a spot in the shade and cue up the father-son complications of Springsteen’s “Independence Day.”
But no matter what you decide to do, good news: this is a Fourth of July weekend, with three days and nights full of options past the explosions and extra mustard. After the smoke clears, our nation’s independence has granted you the freedom to find a plethora of live entertainment across the Nickel City, so here’s your weekly quartet of options. This is the Farrell Fourth (er, Farrell Four):
Something Scarlet, 10 p.m. July 4 in Dinosaur BBQ (301 Franklin St.)
After the colorful explosions over Lake Erie and elsewhere across Western New York, find Franklin Street to bask in the offerings of another color with Something Scarlet. The Ed and Jean Burger-led four-piece blends elements of rock, R&B and country to not only make for a captivating Friday night out, but also arm them with chops necessary to deal out unpredictable offerings that go perfect with the late-night ribs and Community Beer Works pints at Dino.
Bar and show information at www.dinosaurbarbque.com.
Survivor, 7 p.m. July 5 at Seneca Allegany Casino (777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca)
Clubber Lang in “Rocky III” was a bad dude. The guy was Chicago-trained, tough as nails, and could knock diminutive Italian fighters into tomorrow. It’s no wonder that, to whip him in the ring, one would need to seek inspiration from the Windy City wail of Survivor, who’ll bring their “Eye Of The Tiger” and Cold War travel anthem “Burning Heart” to Allegany on Saturday. Cruise down to rediscover the 1980s, or to simply enjoy a show whose hits invite shadowboxing over fist pumps.
Venue and ticket information at www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
Bobo with Wolf Tickets, 10 p.m. July 5 in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.)
Looking to delve into Buffalo’s past-is-present music scene with one walk down Allen Street? Search no further than Nietzsche’s, where modern Clash disciples Wolf Tickets and the unvarnished grime of Bobo will perform. Wolf Tickets’ all-star punk lineup of Josh Heatley, Mike Leahy, Chris Malachowski and Scott Mercer will have material from the new EP “Street Soul” at the ready. As for 20-year vets Bobo and always unpredictable frontman Jimmer Phillips, there are no guarantees – except healthy helpings of kick-to-the-teeth guitar rock.
Show information at www.nietzsche’s.com.
Buffalo Master Chorale, 7 p.m. July 6 at Clarence Town Park (10405 Main St.)
For those looking to spread a blanket, share some cheese plates and relax amid one last orchestral-led American celebration, there’s the Clarence Concert Association’s “From Sea to Shining Sea” spectacular. The night of patriotic offerings like Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes,” Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” and a piece of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” will be served up by the Clarence Summer Orchestra and Buffalo Master Chorale, providing a star-spangled conclusion to a flag-waving weekend.
Show information at www.clarenceconcert.org.