> I smell a supergroup
Tonight marks the debut of a new band comprised of four musicians familiar to the Buffalo music scene. A Divine Creation is made up of vocalist/keyboardist Alison Rabbit, guitarist Mick Hayes, drummer Leo Gastle and bassist Dave Malia.
Rabbit is a solo artist who has also fronted the Pat Benatar tribute band Dreamland; Hayes is a renowned blues-rock guitarist who fronts his own band and recently worked with the reformed Raven; Gastle is the award-winning drummer with hard-rock cover band Black Widow; and Malia has worked extensively with the legendary Lance Diamond. The band plays at 10 tonight in Macaroon's (576 Dick Road, Depew). Check out the A Divine Creation Debut Show page on Facebook.
> Gig picks
What's the jam band show of the week? My money's on Buffalo's own Aqueous. The band shares a bill with Rochester's Funktional Flow beginning at 10:30 tonight in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.) on the rear stage. (Come early for happy hour and check out the Outlyers on the front-of-club stage. The band's cover-free set begins at 6 p.m.) If you haven't heard the debut full-length from Aqueous, "Giant Something," visit aqueousband.com.
Another interesting lineup at Nietzsche's, this one starting at 10 p.m Saturday, is headlined by Canadian alternative band the Ruby Spirit -- buzzed about in these parts since a reportedly killer show at Mohawk Place a few months back -- along with guests the Pillagers, Dick Whiskey and Dark Eyes 55.
> Also noteworthy
Iconic California ska-punk band Reel Big Fish will be joined by New Jersey ska-punkers Street Light Manifesto, along with guests New Riot and Rodeo Ruby Love, at 7 tonight in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Doors for the all-ages show will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 (Ticketmaster).
Blues guitarist, songwriter and bandleader Jimmy Thackery plays an intimate show with his band, the Drivers, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Tickets are limited and cost $20.
The "Scream Like You Mean It Tour" comes to Xtreme Wheels Indoor Skate Park (356 Hertel Ave.), at 5 p.m. Thursday. The show is headlined by Breathe Carolina and Chiodos, and will also feature I See Stars, the Color Morale, Tek-One and the Air I Breathe. Tickets are $16 advance, $18 day of show (Ticketweb.com).