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3 can't-miss shows: Dan Bern, Roger Bryan, Strictly Hip

Dan Bern, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $15-$20.

Ithaca-based promoter Dan Smalls has presented a wide range of acts - from big-name musicians to under-the-radar bands - in the Buffalo area since breaking into the market a few years back. His latest local presentation is Iowa-born singer-songwriter Dan Bern.

Dubbed one of the many "next Dylans" upon the release of his self-titled debut album in 1997, the folkie has since released a long catalog of more than 20 albums with insightful lyrics and beautiful melodies. His most recent record "Adderal Holiday" was shared last year.

Fans of John Prine, Woody Guthrie and Loudon Wainwright III would be best served to get cozy in the intimate basement venue for Bern's set.

On hand for local support is Americana musician Tyler Wescott of Folkfaces and the Observers.

Roger Bryan & the Orphans, 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5.

Long-time local singer-songwriter Roger Bryan, along with his backing band the Orphans, is returning to his old stomping grounds of Mohawk Place to play some new tunes.

The crunchy roots rockers recently shared their new 3-track EP "9er," the first collection of new music from the group since 2012's "Stop to Start" EP.

The Orphans have seen yet another reshuffling of members since last taking this stage. Returning to a four-piece, the band now includes the rather busy Dave Calos (Applenium, Bearhunter, Sonny Baker Band, Lazlo Hollyfeld) on guitar.

Joining Bryan and crew will be the moody pop outfit Church Key Social and whiskey-soaked garage act Handsome Jack.

Strictly Hip, 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St. ), $10-$12.

Strictly Hip, the area's premiere Tragically Hip tribute band, has had a pretty busy year at the Tralf.

Back in January, the veteran band set up a monthlong residency at the Theatre District venue, tackling a classic album of the beloved Canadian rockers on a weekly basis, including "Up To Here," "Road Apples" and "Fully Completely."

Next up will be a song-by-song take of the Hip's 1999 performance at Woodstock. The 12-song set included hits like "Bobcaygeon," "Courage" and "Ahead by a Century."

Following the Woodstock set, Strictly Hip will keep the evening going with a second batch of fan favorites and hits.

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