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Syd's birthday bash

Dave Gutierrez, guitarist with Irving Klaws and devout Syd Barrett fan, has assembled a full roster for his annual Birthday Tribute Show honoring the late co-founder of Pink Floyd. The show takes place at 9 p.m. Thursday in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.).

One of the most delightfully unusual songwriters in the history of British rock, Barrett is revered by a sizable worldwide subculture for whom Pink Floyd's "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" -- the only full album the band made with Barrett as leader and principal songwriter -- is akin to a sacred religious text. Even now, more than 40 years after its release, "Piper" still stands as the authoritative statement on Barrett's considerable talents, even if he did go on to record a pair of solo albums before retiring from music forever at the beginning of the '70s. Considering this, it's not difficult to understand the enthusiasm with which Gutierrez's annual birthday celebration concerts have been received.

At Thursday's gig, expect to see a wide variety of musicians and bands interpreting Barrett's works, both with Pink Floyd and without. Since he started the annual shows, Gutierrez has been adamant that no two performers cover the same song during the evening, a problem he's avoided by urging all participants to "sign up" for their Barrett song of choice.


Gig picks

There's music everywhere tonight as clubs, bars and restaurants welcome the new year.

At 10 tonight, R&B label Star Records presents "Night Of The Stars Featuring Carl Thomas," at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls. Scheduled to perform are Thomas, S.M.K. & O-Matic, Casiem, Shamee and others. Tickets and additional information are available through (716) 804-5745.

Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.) is offering its New Year's Eve party beginning at 9 tonight. The club has attained an all-night license and a smoking permit for the evening, so this qualifies as some old-school partyin'! Complimentary buffet and a killer lineup of DJs, including Basha, Pets Heads, QCC, JFN Radio, Whorehey and others, will round out the rave-up.

Here's a brief roundup of other New Year's Eve entertainment.

In the mood for some smooth jazz stylings? Join Colleen Williams and the Bobby Jones Trio at 8 tonight in Della Terra (200 Delaware Ave.).

Toward the Southtowns, Buffalo's Finest (2163 Seneca St.) has a bash starting at 10 p.m. with GatorChuck Duo. Faso's Grateful Bear and Grill (1506 Abbott Road, Lackawanna) has music by Ocean at 10 p.m. The Strangers play a New Year's Eve Bash at 9:30 tonight in Strikers (50 Michael Road, West Seneca).

At TGI Friday's Boulevard Mall (1209 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst), Mo Porter Duo plays at 9 p.m. A party in the Getzville Grille (3175 Millersport Highway, Getzville) has the Black & Blues Band at 9 p.m. The Shannon Pub (2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda) gets an early start at 5 p.m. with Penny Whiskey.

Stealin' plays at 10:30 tonight in Macaroon's (Dick Urban Plaza, Cheektowaga).


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