Some major concert announcements in area clubs and concert halls have dropped over the past few days, and the result is a musical menu that rivals our summer scene.
The biggest of these is Oct. 1 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), when Wilco frontman and leader Jeff Tweedy arrives for a show which will feature both a solo set and a set with Tweedy, the songwriter’s new band, which features his son Spencer Tweedy on drums. The band’s debut effort, “Sukierae,” will be released on Sept. 16. [Read this Grantland feature on Tweedy's troubles during this album's creation.]
Tickets are $37.50 and go on sale at noon on Aug. 22 (box office, Ticketfly.com).
Another biggie: The University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts announced the return of acclaimed jazz bassist and R&B/funk/pop/jazz composer Esperanza Spalding.
“An Evening With Esperanza Spalding” will find the Grammy winner performing an intimate trio show that will cover all aspects of her already formidable career. Spalding will be joined by longtime cohorts Leo Genovese and Lyndon Rochelle. Tickets are $47, $37 and $27 students (any school), and go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 (box office, Tickets.com).
The Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) also has thrown its hat into the ring, with a few major announcements, including revered “one-man jam band” Keller Williams, who will perform twin sets on Sept. 19. Tickets are $20 advance, $23 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster).
The Tralf continues its reputation as a favored regional room for big names in jazz, with the announcement that the Stanley Clarke Band will perform two shows (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.) on Oct. 17. There are various seating packages available for this show. More information is available through www.tralfmusichall.com.