Boxcar Willie has made a career of riding the rails and singing hobo songs. The Boxcar man remains among the most popular touring attractions on the traditional country circuit with his band, the Texas Trainmen. Boxcar Willie brings his yodel and guitar to 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday performances in the Aurora Theater in East Aurora. Ramblin' Lou's Family Band will open.
LOCAL RECORD PICK
"Live Down Deep" by Moon Boot Lover. Former Buffalo band that moved to New York has not lost its distinct soulful, jazzy style. Peter Prince is the vocal leader and guitar man who makes everything work. He is joined by Alan Evans on drums, Neal Evans, keyboards, and Jon Hawes on bass. The band flashes its R & B influence on such numbers as "Natural Kind of Lover" and "Play On Brother." A live recording, with more than an hour's worth of Moon Boot Lover, captures the band in all its stage glory. Moon Boot Lover will hold a release party for its new CD tonight at 11 in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. The Amazing All My Children band is also performing.
SCENE'S WEEKLY TOP THREE
1. Saxman Big Bill Clinton: Gained six pounds in the past year. One way or another the president is determined to be bigger than Newt Gringrich.
2. The Beatles: Recent MTV poll showed a majority of 16-to-29-year-olds couldn't name all the Beatles. But they know Kato Kaelin.
3. Alice Cooper: Aging rocker uses the alias "Frank Drebin" when he checks into hotels. "Naked Gun" cop Leslie Nielsen is not worthy.
Dr. Z and the Blues Remedy hit the stage at 10:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. . . . Full Throttle Aristotle and Girlpope play original rock at 11 p.m. in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. . . . Eclipse plays Top 40 sounds at 10 p.m. in Macaroon's, 518 Dick Road. . . . Cleveland brings its theatrical rock show to a 10 o'clock gig at Jacobi's, 1404 Abbott Road. . . . The Electric Bushmen rock out at 10 p.m. in the Showplace Theater, 1063 Grant St. . . . The Be-Bops play the oldies at 11 tonight and Saturday in Den-Nels, 1648 Abbott Road. . . . More oldies will be played by the Money Band tonight and Saturday at 11 in T-Birds, in the Appletree Mall on Union Road, Cheektowaga.
The fourth annual Benefit for the South Buffalo Community Table, a soup kitchen that serves 100 meals a day, will be held from 7 until midnight at the Ironworkers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Performers include McCarthyizm, Next in Line, Joe Head, Billy McEwen and Charlie O'Neill. . . . Moe returns to its hometown for an 11 p.m. rock show at Nietzsche's. The Authority is also on the bill. . . . The Steam Donkeys kick off the party at 11 p.m. in Mohawk Place. . . . Cheshire Cat brings original alternative sounds to a 10 p.m. show in Blind Mellons, 207 Youngs Road, Cheektowaga.
AROUND AND ABOUT
The Goo Goo Dolls will return home after a cross-country tour on May 6 for a date at Blind Mellons. The band's single and video for "Only One" continues to get plenty of national airplay. . . . Jackyl brings its outrageous stage act Sunday to a 7:30 p.m. performance at the ECC City Campus, 121 Ellicott St. . . . Hawkwind dates back to the late '60s as a hippie band from London's underground scene. Like Spinal Tap, Hawkwind has endured many changes but is still, as a fan might say, groovy. Hawkwind performs Thursday at 9:30 p.m. in Nietzsche's. . . . Scene caught Madonna's pajama party on MTV and is now convinced that the cable network is dumbing down. Instead of going for a 14-year-old viewer, MTV is now after 12-year-olds. . . . Billboard No. 1, March 31, 1988: "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson.
Tugboat Annie, Milf, Treble Charger and Versus bring original music to an all-ages show Sunday at 8 p.m. in Nietzsche's. . . . Folk singer Dan Duggan performs Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Cafe in the Square, 4476 Main St. The show is sponsored by the Buffalo Friends of Folk Music. . . . Scene quiz: Who said, "People call me a sex symbol, so if I bore you, it's your fault, not mine"? Was it Woody Allen, Mick Jagger or Henry Kissinger? Answer: Ex-diplomat Hank Kissinger. . . . Opium Den plays original rock on Thursday at 10 p.m. in the Continental, 212 Franklin St. . . . Billboard No. 1, March 31, 1978: "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees.
Steve Stanley, from Lowest of the Low, brings his new band to a Tuesday performance at 7:30 p.m. in Nietzsche's. The band From Good Homes and the Pine Dogs are also on the bill. . . . The Arts Academy Jazz Festival will be held Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, 333 Clinton St. High school musicians throughout Erie County will participate, in what may be the last festival because of budget cuts. . . . Billboard No. 1, March 31, 1961: "Blue Moon" by the Marcels. . . . Eight Ball Combo plays jazz on Sunday at 9 p.m. in Broadway Joe's, 3051 Main St. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy the First Edition: "I just dropped in/To see what condition my condition is in."