The ending of the year, the lengthening of shadows, and the moodiness of late December cry out for bluegrass. Luckily, Nietzsche's has a free bluegrass show and jam beginning at 9 p.m. Dec. 29and lasting well into the cold and lonesome night.
The event amounts to a mini-festival of local musicians. The Catskill Mountain Boys are so named because two of them, Joshua Gage and William Blanda, are from the Catskills. They came to Buffalo to go to SUNY Fredonia College, and the rest is music history. Gage, who presides frequently over Nietzsche's popular open mic, plays guitar and ukulele. Blanda is on lead guitar. Rounding out the group is Patrick Jackson on upright bass. All through musicians also sing.
The Middlemen are Tom Maynor and Dan Nolan. They bill themselves as acoustic rock 'n' roll, which can mean anything from Johnny Cash to the Grateful Dead. Together, all these musicians make for a great evening of entertainment. If you're a musician, bring your ax. If you're a fan, bring yourself, park it at the hospitable Nietzsche's bar (the music will be in the front room), order a pint, and watch the world go by.
Nietzsche's is at 248 Allen St. Admission to the show is free. Call 886-8539.