The list of Buffalo bands from the past few decades that belong beneath the “I can’t believe these guys never made it big” banner is a vast one. 53 Days numbers among the many on that list.
A mainstay of the bustling mid- to late-’90s alternative rock/power-pop/nascent indie scene, the group took the songs of leader John Moore and lent them melodic depth and rhythmic muscle, and became a live favorite in region on stages ranging from the small (Nietzsche’s) to the grand (the Friendship Festival in Fort Erie, Ont.).
On Jan. 15, 53 Days – original members Moore, Tom Robinson and Steve Ryder, with erstwhile Klear veterans Bruce Wojick and Denny Pelczynski, and keyboardist Joe “Mojo” Mergler – will take the stage at the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) for a rare area gig. The Farewells will kick off the evening with a 9 p.m. set.
Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door (Sportsmen’s Tavern, Showclix.com).