Western New York’s summer concert schedule is often full of little gifts, whether in the form of free shows at Canalside or under-the-radar club gigs that steal the season’s spotlight.
But rest assured: for local fans of wailing guitars, soul-altering jams and hirsute frontmen in capes, they’ll be no better present under July’s fading sunlight than a night with My Morning Jacket, scheduled to commandeer Artpark’s Coors Light Wednesday Night stage on Wednesday.
Since establishing its current lineup in 2004, the soothingly cacophonous quintet of Jim James, Carl Broemel, Pat Hallahan, Tom Blankenship and Bo Koster has earned one of rock ’n’ roll’s best live reputations, apt to explode on any given night with the face-melting bravado of Led Zeppelin and instrumental diversity of Wilco. And led by James – who can fluctuate from ethereal vocalist to electric warrior as well as anyone in the business – the Kentucky-bred band’s an amplified spectacle. Now touring off its incendiary May release, “The Waterfall,” MMJ brings its panacean echoes to the edge of Niagara Gorge for this summer’s most mind-boggling bargain.
Tickets are $12 advance, $17 starting Sunday (box office, artpark.net, tickets.com).
– Michael Farrell