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Labor of love

For the past year, Buffalo impresario and historian Mark Goldman has been committed to celebrating American roots music within the charming ambience of Allen Street Hardware, in the heart of the Allentown arts district. This week, the venue marks its first year as a prime music venue by rounding up a host of the hottest musicians who've helped put Hardware on the map over the past 12 months and throwing a Buffalo-style hootenanny.

"Down to the Roots: 1st Anniversary" will feature performances from a core band featuring some of our city's finest roots musicians, including Doug Yeomans, Jim Whitford, Rob Lynch, John Martz and Dave Ruch.

Guests will include a veritable Buffalo musician's directory of names.

The free show starts at 9 p.m. Thursday at 245 Allen St. Call 882-8843 for more information.


A breed apart

Since releasing the album that defined the metal-core movement of the '90s, in the form of the 1996 release "Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire" (Victory Records), Hatebreed has been deepening its harsh and aggressive art and preaching its testament to an increasingly loyal following. Earlier this year, the band released its Roadrunner Records debut, "Supremacy," and launched the Stillborn Fest, an evening's worth of hard-core, heavy punk and metal entertainment, headlined by the band itself.

This touring mini-fest comes to the Showplace Theatre, 1063 Grant St., at 6:30 p.m. next Friday. In addition to Hatebreed, expect sets from Sick of It All, Full Blown Chaos, Subzero, Converge, Poison the Well and Shadows Fall.

Tickets for Stillborn Fest are priced $16.50 in advance.


Gig picks

McCarthyizm hosts its annual holiday show to benefit Buffalo Friends of the Night People inside Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Guests Nancy's Candy, the Ifs, Mini Motor Punch and 50 Amp Fuse will also perform. Nonperishable food items will be taken at the door.

Donna the Buffalo and the Sim Redmond Band share a bill inside the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $18.

The Whiskey Daredevils hit Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., this evening at 10. Admission at the door will be $7.


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