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A funky Push

Alan Evans, renowned drummer with Soulive and Buffalo native, comes home tonight for a very cool gig inside Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.).

Dubbed "Pushin' the Envelope," the evening will find Evans performing freestyle funk drums with the always wonderful DJ Cutler spinnin' sides and cutting tracks in tandem. Later in the evening, jam-funk-rock collective Free Henry! will throw its hat into the ring with a set of its own, before bringing Evans and Cutler into the mix.

If you happened to make it to Duke's after Soulive's show at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf this summer, then you know that Evans leaves it all on the stage during these improv-based sets.

A portion of the evening's proceeds will go to PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) Buffalo, which works to create "strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing" on Buffalo's West Side. More information is available through

Admission will be $10 at the door.


Fully 'Fleshed'

Legendary Queens garage-rockers the Fleshtones will headline a show starting at 8 p.m. Sunday in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). If you're unfamiliar with the band, you should know that the group provides a direct link to New York City's late-1970s punk/new wave/garage rock scene.

Since 1976, the group has been recording and touring consistently, achieving cult-level fame along the way, though the brass ring of mainstream success has always dangled just out of reach. That's to our benefit, though, since we can still see such world-class garage-rock up close and personal.

Our own Mark Norris & the Backpeddlers will open the show. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.


Gig picks

*Continuing their "House Concert" series, Marty Boratin and Susan Tanner will bring A Hawk and A Handsaw to their living room, beginning at 7 tonight. The group -- a duo comprised of former Neutral Milk Hotel member Jeremy Barnes and violinist Heather Trost -- melds a studied approach to European and Middle-Eastern traditional music with an indie-folk ethic. The result is a gloriously otherworldly sound, as latest effort "Cervantine" makes clear. The Mourdant Sisters -- Kelly and Mallory Mourdant, now joined by members of Chylde and the Stay Lows -- will open. The concert takes place at 7341 Nelson Drive in Hamburg. A potluck cookout will preface the concert, beginning at 5 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 will be accepted at the door.

*A tribute to the late, world-renowned heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio takes place at 7 p.m. Monday in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), under the banner Dio Disciples. Several of Dio's collaborators -- among them bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Simon Wright, guitarist Craig Goldy and keyboardist Scott Warren -- will join vocalists Tim "Ripper" Owens and Toby Jepson in a celebration of Dio's work with the likes of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door (

*Conspirator, the duo formed by erstwhile Disco Biscuits members Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, will bring their mind-bending "livetronica" sound to the Town Ballroom at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $20 advance, $24 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster).

*Finally, a killer jazz-fusion "supergroup" comprised of guitarist Scott Henderson, bassist Jeff Berlin, and drummer Mike Clark perform at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Tralf Music Hall. Tickets are $22.


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