Traditionally, most Buffalonians spend Memorial Day remembering our U.S. military’s sacrifices, inhaling a couple of grilled Sahlen’s or simply falling asleep in a lawn chair with a half-empty can of Budweiser.
But casual cyclists involved with Slow Roll Buffalo are not like most residents. Instead of spending the end of their extended holiday weekend tending to Weber’s mustard stains under the shade of a tree, they’ll instead strap on bike helmets, mount Raleigh hybrids and meet at Swan Street’s Handlebar at 6 p.m. May 25 for the open group’s weekly ride through the Queen City. The eight-mile trek will take participants from the bicycle-themed craft beer haven east toward Central Terminal, through the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, then back to Handlebar for after-ride tunes from DBGB’s regular, DJ LoPro. It’s an active evening among neighbors to explore the city and honor the holiday, so if interested, get a stretch, strap on your cycling shoes and join the Roll.
But while you consider joining the city’s ever-growing cruise contingent up and down its avenues, you’ll have plenty of Western New York performance options to pick from. Two sets of in-band brothers, with one pair evoking Irish traditions and the other emitting aggressive amplification. A reworked sextet of emo rockers and duo of Detroit Charmers. They all have spots on Buffalo’s weekend show schedule, and they all land on this week’s list of recommended gigs.
The Dady Brothers, 8:30 p.m. May 22 at Shannon Pub (2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda)
Rochester’s Joe and John Dady have been honing their multi-instrumental amalgamation of American roots and traditional Irish across states, countries and islands for more than 40 years. They’ve shared the stage with artistic influences like Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy; released a dozen albums of live and studio material; and have used their music and lineage to lead guided tours through Ireland. On Friday, they’ll guide Shannon’s Guinness-hoisting patrons through the songs off their newest album, last year’s “Grand Band,” full of the types of rustic, acoustic-led tunes that have come to define the duo’s sound for so long.
Before you go, listen to: “The Man With The Banjo”
Venue and show info: shannonpub.com
The Naturalists, 8 p.m. May 23 at Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.)
Aside from the aforementioned, semi-recent history of brothers in bands is not a harmonious one. The Black Crowes’ Robinsons. Oasis’s Gallaghers. The Bacon Brothers’ Bacons. (Just kidding; Michael and Kevin get along fine.) As for the Naturalists’ Buffalo-bred twin brothers Craig (vocals/guitar) and Travis Perno (drums), their musical story is just beginning. They joined with bassist Zach Russell last year, and will release their debut EP, “Home Honey, I’m Hi” in July. The first single from that collection, “Slip,” reveals a band high on Nirvana riffs and the kind of vocal cadence found on early Our Lady Peace albums—and that’s not a bad thing. Snarling, gnarly and paced by the Perno brothers, it’s promising and, hopefully, an indication of what’s due on their upcoming release and at Mohawk on Saturday night.
Before you go, listen to: “The Slip”
Venue and show information at buffalosmohawkplace.com
You, Me and Everyone We Know, 6 p.m. May 24 at Studio @ Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.)
When five members of Washington, D.C.’s You, Me and Everyone We Know announced their musical partnership with heavy-drinking frontman Ben Liebsch as “irreparable” on its Facebook page in 2011, it seemed to close the curtain on a rising emo act. Four years later, a now-sober and repentant Liebsch has surrounded himself with new bandmates, ones he’ll bring to Delaware Avenue for Sunday’s all-ages show. Now reunited and touring off the EP “Dogged,” the sextet is hoping to pick up where Liebsch left off with the band’s previous incarnation, when its brand of angrily annunciated power pop garnered stylistic comparisons to Fall Out Boy and Say Anything. Those who take in YMEWK’s weekend appearance—with supporting acts Daisyhead, Future Crooks, Trespassers and Good Luck—can judge whether its new edition can recapture the original’s buzz.
Before you go, listen to: “Does It Amaze Thee”
Venue and show info: waitingroombuffalo.com
The Whiskey Charmers, 8:30 p.m. May 24 at 189 Public House (189 Main St., E. Aurora).
The Detroit duo of Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa can certainly be accused of playing mood music, but what that mood is entirely unpredictable. Is it in the vein of what their website refers to as “Gothic Americana,” with Shepard’s acoustic and Daversa’s electric echoing guitar chords aside tales of struggle, sinners and strained relationships? Does it veer into barroom country, with bandmates—drums and bass by Brian Ferriby and David Roof—joining for boubon-fueled rattlers? Or is the slow burn of Shepard’s voice simply beautiful enough to enjoy on its own, regardless of genre classification? Stroll into EA for the Charmers’ Sunday set off their recently released self-titled debut and make your own determinations.
Before you go, listen to: “Neon Motel Room”
Venue and show info: oneeightynine.com