Tralf seasonal offerings
Amazing as this might be to contemplate, the Trans Siberian Orchestra has a tribute band. The Wizards of Winter -- that's "WOW" to you, Bilbo -- is a 14-piece ensemble dedicated to performing the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra the way that Rain or Beatlemania might approach the catalog of the Beatles. Led by musical director Scott Kelly, WOW also counts among its ranks tenured prog-rock musicians bassist Steve Ratchen, guitarist Mike Hollis, guitarist Tommy Hart, drummer Mark Mari, and a rotating cast of singers and string players.
The band performs at 7 p.m. Monday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $15.
Joseph Wooten is one of the five Wooten brothers, and a member of what is clearly one of the most deeply talented musical families in America, this side of the Marsalis clan. All five Wootens have made major musical marks -- bassist Victor and drummer Roy, aka Future Man, both as members of world-renowned Bela Fleck & the Flecktones -- and all bring a disciplined diversity and sense of playfulness to their instruments, in equal measure.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, keyboardist Joseph -- ivory-tinkler with the Steve Miller Band -- is bringing some holiday spirit to the Tralf with a show that will find him teaming with Buffalo's own the Union, a gospel music trio. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Western New York. Tickets are $35 advance; $40 the day of the show (Ticketmaster).
Get off the couch!
Tonight, there's a cover-free Christmas Eve gig in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.) featuring John Lombardo and Joe Rozler. The same club stays open on Christmas day to welcome Buffalo bluegrass/blues/progressive ensemble Erie Lackawanna Railroad in from the cold.
Join musician Gregg Sansone for a "Holiday Hunger Benefit" show at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Nite-Cappe (1769 Abbott Road, Lackawanna). Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Western New York.
On Thursday, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) hosts the return of Jimmer Phillips and BoBo, with guests the inimitable Scottilicious.