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Art-deco decadence

OK, so maybe it's not technically a "club," but the Central Terminal building is certainly one of the more storied, architecturally interesting structures in the region, and in the opinion of this writer, would make a perfect home for a permanent live music venue. (Not that anyone asked me.)

Tonight, the Central Terminal will turn into an art-deco swing party, as the first Deco-Fest brings together dance, art installations and the music of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, along with sets from openers Krypton 88 from Rochester, the Royal Crowns from Toronto and Buffalo rockabilly outfit the Blue Ribbon Bastards.

The doors at the Central Terminal (495 Paderewski Drive), will open at 5 p.m. today.

Tickets are $20, with proceeds earmarked for the restoration of the terminal building. You can learn more via


After parties

A pair of cool post-Harbor shows take place tonight, following the appearance of Soulive and the Dark Star Orchestra as part of Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor.

First, the official Soulive after-party takes place in Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.), as Soulive's Alan Evans and Eric Krasno will appear with various guests, including Sonic Garden, in a bill presented by Critt's Juke Joint. The festivities commence at 10 p.m.

At the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery (76 Pearl St.), 9:30 p.m. will signal the downbeat for Logo City, the simply awesome outfit featuring members of Lazlo Hollyfeld and Peanut Brittle Satellite and friends.

It's gonna be a long night, folks!


Gig picks

New Orleans outfit Galactic struts its extremely funky stuff at the Town Ballroom beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday.

New York City punk perennials the Casualties play Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), at 8 tonight.

Israeli Dubstep producer and DJ Asaf Borger -- who operates under the name Borgore -- will headline a show that will receive supporting sets from Big Basha, Bone Loc and others in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Aqueous, Pia Matter and Funktional Flow bring the jams to Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.) at 10 tonight. Son of The Sun and Kingsley Flood team at the same club at 10 p.m. Saturday.


Heads up

Next Friday finds a killer bill in Mohawk Place. The gig is headlined by a pair of artists from the apparently culturally fertile ground of Denton, Texas -- population 119,454, according to the 2008 U.S. Census, and home to the University of North Texas School of Music, which counts among its musical alumni Roy Orbison.

Add to the list the wonderfully obtuse alt-country outfit Centro-Matic and esoteric art-folk songwriter Sarah Jaffe, who will top next Friday's bill, which also includes performances from our own Roger Bryan & the Orphans and Cleveland outfit Dolfish. It's $10 advance, $12 at the door.


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