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Gruvology readies for European tour

Dragging backpacked belongings abroad isn’t cheap for even the most minimalistic vagabond, so how much do you think a weeklong European tour costs for a quartet of jazz musicians? Answer: A lot.

That’s why Buffalo’s Gruvology has invited the likes of Bobby Militello, George Caldwell and others to join its fundraising show at 8 p.m. Saturday in Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth Ave.). The Queen City quartet – pianist Walter Kemp, drummer David Teaspoon Hulett, bassist James Benders and guitarist Bernard Kunz – formed to push the boundaries of local contemporary jazz. After the success of last year’s full-length release, “Freeway,” the band is trying to take its next steps forward by financing an ambitious schedule of April dates in Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland.

But before the Buffalo Music Award winners can board a plane, they’re looking to Western New York’s music community and supporters of their art to come out to Allentown, enjoy their brand of instrumental improvisation, and support their last show as they try to reach their fundraising goal.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Those looking to simply donate to the band’s cause can visit its fundraising page.

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