The fifth annual Joe Strummer Tribute takes place this evening in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., beginning at 10. Scheduled to appear are the Rebel Waltz, (Eric Van Rysdam, Mike Leahy, Pat Shaugnessey, Chris Malachowski and Jimy Chambers) the Prisoners, (Tim McMahon, Chris Knab, John Honan, Steve Barrick and Chambers) John Lombardo and friends, and LSX.
Strummer, the late Clash and Mescaleros leader, left an indelible footprint on the rock landscape. The Clash, of course, was much more than a punk rock band -- the group broke new ground in the fileds of hip-hop, dub, world music, and a fusion of rock and reggae. No one playing music in a post-Clash world can avoid the group's massive influence.
When the Clash folded, Strummer went on to from the Mescaleros with, among others, his old friend and fellow "busker" Tymon Dogg. The three albums Strummer and the Mescaleros released all lived up to the always intimidating Clash legacy.
Strummer is one of the most influential and musically significant figures in post-'60s rock, and these yearly Mohawk Place tribute shows are a fitting testament to his continuing influence.
Call Mohawk Place at 855-3931 for additional information on the fifth annual Joe Strummer Tribute concert.
Back to 'Bleu'
In 1994, when Bleuhouse played its debut gig inside the Lafayette Tap Room, the band members were all still in high school, a fact which surprised those in attendance, many of whom couldn't help but note the seasoned sound of this four-piece band.
Back then, most kids who'd formed their first bands were aping Kurt Cobain, or maybe So-Cal punk a la Social Distortion. But Bleuhouse was digging deep for a progressive blues sound belying the band members' tender ages. It was a sound that owed a debt to legendary Buffalo band Raven, the '70s outfit the Bleuhouse boys held in the highest of esteem.
As is often the case, Bleuhouse fell apart when the band members -- bassist Jonathan Attea, drummer Ryan Cavan, guitarist/vocalist Colin Lazarski, and keyboardist/vocalist JJ Moscato -- hit college age, and scattered across the country. All stayed deeply involved with music over the years, fronting various projects, learning the record-making process, and generally seeking to deepen their respective crafts.
On Saturday evening, the original Bleuhouse will reform on the very stage that hosted their debut in 1994. The Lafayette Tap Room will present the group's reunion at 9:30 p.m. Moscato's new project, JJ Moscato and Blue Avenue, will open.
Tom Hambridge returns to his native Buffalo from Nashville, where he is a renowned record producer, songwriter and session drummer, for a show inside the Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St., beginning at 8 p.m. Call the Sportsmen's at 874-7734 for information.
Nietzsche's hosts a serious week of multi-bills and reunions over the coming days. Tonight at 10 p.m., the Crumbs of Insanity take the stage. On Saturday, its a roots-rock double bill done Buffalo-style, with sets from the Outlyers and the Steam Donkeys, beginning at 9:30 p.m. The Stumblers kick things off on the club's front stage at 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, Sun Of Memphis celebrates the glory days of Elvis, beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday finds the Thirds bringing their annual Christmas reunion show to Nietzsche's, beginning at 8 p.m. And capping off a killer week at the venerable Allentown club, the Great Train Robbery returns for a 9 p.m. show on Friday.
Information on all of these shows is avvailable att www.nietzsches.com.
Every Time I Die, Buffalo's hardcore ambassadors to the world, comes home for an 8 p.m. gig inside the Buffalo Icon, 391 Ellicott St., tonight. Inferis, Come the Dawn and Sailing To Rome will open. Presale tickets are available at (888) 223-6000. Admission at the door -- which is likely to be limited, so arriving early is recommended -- will be $18.
Information on Buffalo Icon shows is available at www.thebuffaloicon.com.