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More music; New series brings alternative sounds to Allentown

You can never have too many alternative music spaces in Buffalo.

Or so it seems to some of us.

All who may be like-minded should know that beginning Sept. 8, Buffalo will sprout another one -- the Back Room at Hardware in Allen Street Hardware (245 Allen St.).

A new alternative music series is intended to extend for a full year in his back room space, says owner Mark Goldman, and will "draw on the city's rich history of musical innovation" by presenting "our area's most interesting and eclectic musicians to a small, but passionate public."

Which is all very lovely and idealistic and promotional, but this series is a little alternative music series with a very big pedigree.

It is, for one thing, in a club operated by Goldman, whose Calumet Cafe is fondly remembered for being one of the last truly great jazz rooms in Buffalo, presenting the highest level of jazz acts for a while including James Carter, Ray Brown, Andy Bey, Cyrus Chestnut and Mose Allison.

The co-curators of the series in the Back Room at Hardware are Douglas Dreishspoon of the Albright-Knox Gallery, a drummer whose influence helped establish Bruce Eaton's invaluable Art of Jazz series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and Jon Nelson, trumpet professor of the University at Buffalo music school, the director of the school's concert band and Genkin Philharmonic, as well as its undergraduate studies.

Dreishspoon emphasizes that though the bookings for the first three months are local alternative and world-music musicians, "we want the room to function across disciplines" and include film, poetry readings, even comedy on occasion.

He said the three creators of the series want it "to feel a little like a living room" to present "folks that haven't had much of a chance to be played or listened to. What we're after is a crucible of new music."

Among those booked so far in the series for September:

8 p.m. Sept. 8 -- Mexican guitarist Omar Tamez with Jonathan Golove, cello, and John Bacon, percussion.

4 p.m. Sept. 11 -- Ravi Padmanabha's My Nada Brahma with Padmanabha on tabla and assorted percussion, Michael McNeill, harmonium and Ron Locurto, guitar. (Also 4 p.m. Sept. 25.)

8 p.m. Sept. 15 -- Drummer Dreishspoon with McNeill on piano, Kelly Bucheger on saxophone, and Dave Arenius, bass.

4 p.m. Sept. 18 -- Will Folk for Food, Your Favorite Folk Tunes That You've Never Heard Of featuring violinists David Adamczyk and Evan Courtin. Also with Ryan Campbell's One-Man-Band Extravaganza.

8 p.m. Sept. 22 -- Yayo -- son and boleros from the Caribbean, with Yayo Rodriguez vocalist, Guiche Pirela and Eddie Candelario percussion and coro, Kevin Doyle on piano and Benjamin Levitt on bass.

8 p.m. Sept. 29 -- Crossfire with percussionists Bobby Fullex and Jason Bauers.

Future bookings include a "tango klezmer band" on Nov. 20 and New York fret player (guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin) Tim Allen on Nov. 25.


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