Buffalo’s commercial terminus of the Erie Canal was once a laborer’s domain, with its 19th century days full long hours and backbreaking labor amid the hum of waterfront industry.
But its nights? Drinking. Dancing. Brothel visits for the lovelorn, and tavern donnybrooks that would make the cast of “The Quiet Man” recoil in anguish. And if enduring zydeco-accented Americana act Donna the Buffalo was around back then, its hard-working style may have both excited and soothed the hub’s hairiest boozers and brawlers.
This compatibility should come in handy when the Finger Lakes act finds the Cobblestone District for a gig at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 in Buffalo Iron Works (30 Illinois St.).
Since 1989, and Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins-led outfit has churned through 10 albums and various lineups, but all focused on replicating the danceable festival vibe popularized in the south — and annually prevalent in the band’s hometown GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg.
On Jan. 30, this style comes to cobblestone, free to intermingle with the freewheeling spirits of canal days past, still floating just off the Buffalo River.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Opening act is Manhattan’s City of the Sun. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of (ticketfly.com).