Fact: Buffalo's winter weather can shuffle some plans. And just because you're a Catskills-raised band of roots-reared multi-instrumentalists doesn't mean you can seamlessly plow through a blizzard to deliver your boot-stomping bombast to Queen City club denizens.
This was last winter's dilemma for the Felice Brothers, who will make up for their snow-related February show cancellation with a visit to the Tralf Music Hall on Sept. 18. Started by the sibling trio of Ian, James and Simone after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the band gained acclaim for both its gorgeous songwriting on albums like “The Felice Brothers” (2008) and follow-up “Yonder is the Clock,” as well as its freewheeling festival presence on accordion-accented tunes like “Frankie’s Gun” or plank-rattling parade of “Penn Station.”
Now down to a Felice duo with Simone’s late-aughts departure — but backed by bandmates Greg Farley, Josh Rawson and David Estabrook filling Simone’s place on drums — the band is back with rousing June release “Life in the Dark” (which includes a Buffalo name drop on “Jack at the Asylum”). And though the act’s reworked, its latest album proves its no less adherent to the rustic tones and Midnight Ramble ambiance that has kept crowds pleased and intrigued since its inception. Whether conducting an alt-folk hoedown or referencing Fred Astaire on freewheeling new single “Plunder,” this vibe is alive and well.
Doors open at 7 p.m. The Rear View Ramblers also perform. Tickets are $20 (box office, ticketmaster).