Down the pub
After a 2 1/2 -year exile, the Shannon Pub is back, relocated from its Amherst location to new digs at 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. According to proprietor Kevin Townsell, the new Shannon ups the ante on the old one, carrying over the same Irish food, succulent stout and Celtic music but adding atmospheric touches such as an impressive hearth and fireplace in the bar area. Tonight and Saturday evening, catch folk trio Seanache; next Friday, Celtic quintet Blackthorn performs. And every Wednesday, tireless journeyman Kevin McCarthy, above, appears. All live music kicks off at 8:30 p.m., and there's no admission charge.
The Fibs -- Tom Fenton, Jim Iarocci and Jim Palys -- have released a timely single, the hilarious "Vote Those Rascals Out," just in time for Election Day. See the band perform the tune at 6:30 tonight in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. And download the song at www.buffaloheardmusic.com.
A movable Feast
Heads up. At 10 p.m. Saturday, the Feast debuts songs from its new disc, "Strength," during a gig inside Broadway Joe's, 3051 Main St. Tight, melodic and punchy acoustic guitar-based rock is the Feast's fare, and of the eight tracks included on "Strength," more than half would sound pretty great blasting out of your car's speakers. Subtle world beat flavors meet Van Morrison-ish soul throughout the record, which is highlighted by the performances of singer Todd Kessner, guitarist Roger Cormier and drummer (and Buffalo legend) Mark Freeland. Check www.thefeast.biz for more info on the band and the new disc.