If a musical tandem terms itself “milk carton kids,” it would be fair to assume it's considered missing.
But folk singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are Milk Carton Kids who seem to be everywhere. From "A Prairie Home Companion" to Conan to performing as part of T. Bone Burnett’s concert celebration of the Coen Brothers’ film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the Southern California pair has been plenty visible since starting in 2011.
Now in support of last year’s “Monterey,” the duo will bring its well-traveled material to Buffalo for a show at 8 p.m. May 20 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Margaret Glaspy opens.
Carved from the raw materials of the minimalistic folk tradition, Pattengale and Ryan’s success — with two Grammy nominations and an Americana Music Association award for Best Group in 2014 — has been earned with heartfelt and harmonious originals, ones that cling to listeners days after rotation.
For others, it’s their adeptness at remaking Guns n’ Roses (“Patience”) and Pink Floyd (“Wish You Were Here”) classics into their own singular compositions. Take in their show and you’ll find something to love, all while lost in the acoustic duo’s melodies.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of (box office, ticketweb.com).