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In the clubs and under the radar

It’s as much of a tradition as the art fest itself. For the 31st time, Nietzsche’s will host its annual Allentown Art Festival Music Fest. The all-day, all-night affair spanning Saturday and Sunday features a full-stocked roster of Buffalo artists performing on two stages inside the venerable Allentown club.

On Saturday, the music runs from 2 p.m. until closing, and $2 gets you a pass for the whole day. Between full band setups on the main stage in the rear of the club, a selection of solo artists will perform more intimate, acoustic sets on the smaller stage in the front.

Sunday’s festivities also kick off at 2 p.m., though the last band is scheduled to take the stage at 9 p.m. A similar main stage/satellite stage setup will mirror Saturday, as will the $2 all-day admission cost.

Here’s the full lineup.


Main stage: John & Bill, 2 p.m.; TBA, 3 p.m.; Black Rock Zydeco, 4 p.m.; Universe Shark, 5 p.m.; Andrew J Reimers CPX, 6 p.m.; Slip Madigan, 7 p.m.; the Steam Donkeys, 8 p.m.; Family Funktion and the Sitar Jams, 9 p.m.; Handsome Jack, 10 p.m.; Randle and the Late Night Scandals, 11 p.m.; Lazlo Hollyfeld, midnight; Peanut Brittle Satellite, 1 a.m.

Satellite stage: Scott Celani, 2:45, 3:45 and 4:45 p.m.; Rick Smith, 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.; the Observers, 8:45, 9:45 and 10:45 p.m.; and Alasanne Sarr, 11:45 p.m., 12:45 and 1:45 a.m.


Main stage: Diane Meldrum, 2 p.m.; the Fibs, 3 p.m.; the Corrections, 4 p.m.; McCarthyizm, 5 p.m.; Shaky Stage, 6 p.m.; Groove Force, 7 p.m.; Erie Lackawanna Railroad Band, 8 p.m.; Dr. Jazz and the Jazz Bugs, 9 p.m.

Satellite stage: Katherine Koch, 2:45, 3:45 and 4:45 p.m. and Ann Philippone, 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.

Bearhunter party

Prior to the commencement of this weekend’s Music Fest on Saturday, Nietzsche’s spends its Friday evening hosting a party to commemorate the release of local indie-rock trio Bearhunter’s new album, “Call It A Red,” which is being released on the Harvest Sum Recordings independent label.

The three men comprising Bearhunter – Robert Pusateri and brothers David and Mike Calos – recorded “Call It A Red” under the auspices of engineer/producer/guitarist Matt Smith, at Smith’s Hi/Lo Studios in Eden. The band members have described the material as joining “riff heavy post-Zeppelin rock with the slant rock style of Pavement and Dinosaur, Jr.” That’s apt. “Red” ably navigates the tightrope between muscular heaviness and the angular nuances of indie rock, and Smith’s recording captures the band with all of the energy and intensity of a live performance.

You can learn more about the band and “Call It A Red,” through, or The release party kicks off at 10:30 p.m. Friday in Nietzsche’s. Bearhunter will be joined by Johnny Nobody and Aircraft. Admission will be $5 at the door.

Gig picks

At 8 p.m. Friday, the Bear’s Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino, welcomes revered jazz/funk/R&B bassist – and one-time Miles Davis collaborator and confidante – Marcus Miller and his band. Miller, currently touring behind his acclaimed jazz-fun-fusion disc “Rennaisance,” will be joined guitarist Adam Agati, keyboardist Brett Williams, trumpeter Lee Hogans, saxophonist Alex Han and drummer Jay Williams. Tickets start at $40 (box office, and

The action at the Bear’s Den continues at 8 p.m. Saturday as slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth brings his band to the intimate showroom. Tickets start at $25.

Speaking of legends, the godfathers of So-Cal punk rock – Mike Ness and his Social Distortion – take over the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Tuesday. As befitting such a revered and iconic band, the show is already sold out.

At 8 p.m. Sunday, groundbreaking indie/roots music ensemble Calexico arrives for a much buzzed-about show in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.).

Tickets are $24.50 advance, $27 the day of the show (box office,