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A night of music from Buffalo balladeers

Buffalo has always had stories to tell, whether via its most introspective poets or expressive playwrights. But other times, it’s been the characters and scenes evoked through the city’s musicians that paint the most vivid picture.

At 8 p.m. Friday, Babeville’s 9th Ward (344 Delaware Ave.) will host a pair of the Nickel City’s most evocative balladeers – Americana artist Davey O and indie singer/songwriter Sara Elizabeth. The stripped-down, gritty dealings of Davey O have reverberated on past releases like “Testing for Rust” and have now flourished on 2014’s critically acclaimed “No Passengers,” an emotive seven-song walk that starts with the raw admissions of “The Song I Wrote” and ends with the musician’s heartfelt take on the folk classic “Long Black Veil.”

His appearance against the 9th Ward’s basement brick would be a welcome acoustic occasion all by itself. But when joined by the gleeful tenderness of University at Buffalo Department of Music-trained multi-instrumentalist Elizabeth – she of Edie Brickell echoes and gliding tracks off last year’s “Be Well” – it makes it a night to celebrate two more neighborhood storytellers, performing their locally crafted cuts on one of downtown’s most intimate stages.

Tickets are $5 (box office, or charge by phone at (866) 777-8932).

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