As we wrap up 2006, we club dwellers can look forward to an exciting beginning to the 2007 club-concert season. There's not really much of a lull in the action this year. You can pause briefly, catch your breath, visit your extended family for some holiday downtime, but be back and prepared to work within a week. The shows just keep coming!
Here's a few to highlight on your calendar in the coming weeks:
*Ron Sexsmith with guest Kim Taylor, the Buffalo Icon, Jan. 8: Sexsmith is one of the finest and most heart-wrenching singer-songwriters to emerge from the '90s, and he hasn't played a headlining show in Buffalo in more than a decade.
*Blue Oyster Cult, Club Paradise, Hamburg, Jan. 12: A mighty band in an intimate venue. You know you can't resist!
*Cowboy Junkies, the Tralf, Jan. 18: The Tralf has always been a venue of choice for this timeless Canadian band's noir-country leanings.
*Sloan, the Town Ballroom, Jan. 19: The boys return to Buffalo after a triumphant gig at last summer's Thursday at the Square, to celebrate the American release of the brilliant new album, "Never Hear the End of It," out in January on Yep Roc Records.
*Marcia Griffiths, the Buffalo Icon, Jan. 21: The reggae Queen in the Icon? Too cool.
*BX3, featuring Billy Sheehan, Stu Hamm and Jeff Berlin, Club Infinity, Williamsville, Jan. 23: That's a whole lotta bass! This should be crushing.
*Chimaira, Dragonforce, He Is Legend and Killswitch Engage, the Dome Theater, Niagara Falls, Feb. 25: A hardcore onslaught.
The Great Train Robbery brings its signature blend of rock, ska and pop back to Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., this evening, beginning at 9:30 p.m.
The group has spent the last few months working on new material for an album it plans to release early in 2007, and this evening's show is sure to feature much of that new music. But the band is also eager to celebrate its history and offer its long-time fans an evening of GTR songs they've grown up with. Toward that end, the Great Train Robbery will play two sets inside the Allentwon club tonight.
For more information, call Nietzsche's at 886-8539, or visit www.nietzsches.com.
Tonight, inside the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Elmwood and North streets -- not exactly a club, but it will be transformed into one for this gig -- Roger Bryan of the Old Sweethearts, Hussalonia featuring Jesse Menk from the Disappointments and Hickory Windbreakers, and Ellen West of the Missing Planes get together for an evening of acoustic sets. The show is free and kicks off at 7 p.m.
New Year's Eve in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., finds a full bill beginning at 6 p.m. and dragging on into the wee small hours of New Year's Day. Scheduled to appear are Ann Philipone, Rose Bond, Dalis Ghost and Mini Motor Punch. Get the whole deal for $5 at the door.