Once upon a year numbered 1972, Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” gave aspiring garage guitarists their first (and easiest) intro chords to memorize. More than two decades later, Everclear’s “Santa Monica” offered a similar paint-by-numbers progression that not only gave greasy teens a 1995 tune to easily mimic, but also introduced fans to the Portland, Ore.-based alt-rock trio.
Twenty years later, Everclear – now existing with an entirely different lineup under founder Art Alexakis – is still producing, as the band will prove when it fills the Week Three slot of Canalside’s summer concert series, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Support is from fellow rockers Fuel and American Hi-Fi.
Touring as a five-piece off this year’s “Black Is The New Black,” the newest iteration of the band will have the chance to shop new diesel-soaked chargers like “Sugar Noise” while Gen X vets wait for the original Alexakis hits off “So Much For The Afterglow” and “Sparkle and Fade” – as well as the G and E chord intro to the aforementioned California-inspired cut.
This show is free, but based on the first two weeks’ attendance, get there early if you would like to be anywhere near the stage. For those interested in VIP accommodations – with seats, space and your first three drinks included – scoop up $40 tickets through Ticketfly via canalsidebuffalo.com.
– Michael Farrell