Ready, set – festival.
Buffalo’s season of all-day outdoor music extravaganzas has arrived. And though not technically summer yet (which starts this year on June 21) , the live performance party starts at 1:30 p.m. June 17 with 107.7 Alternative Buffalo’s Kerfuffle within the cobblestone-laden confines of Canalside.
Now in its fourth year, the sweaty, synth-accented celebration will bring its usual brand of established and emerging alt-rock artists to the edge of the Buffalo River, with emo legends (Dashboard Confessional) sharing the same space with Canadian electro-pop (Bob Moses) and guys who have famously synchronized their dance moves on treadmills (OK Go).
If you’re thinking about attending, here’s a rundown of what to expect.
Responsible for soothing breakups and encouraging sensitive guys’ tattoo accumulations throughout the early aughts, the Christopher Carrabba-led outfit has influenced scores of nascent musicians to plug in and wail their way through raw heartbreak since bursting through with 2003’s “The Swiss Army Romance.”
Song to request: “Hands Down”
As the most prominent band to name itself after an assassinated archduke, Ferdinand from Glasgow, Scotland, has consistently produced impressionable rock since its searing guitar stomp of “Take Me Out” introduced its sound to international audiences more than a decade ago.
Song to request: “No You Girls”
Some bands have a sound that’s not necessarily geared for the solitary listener. Indicative of its name, Los Angeles electro gypsies Grouplove serves music for the masses. Oddball at times but elative throughout, the material generates release requisite with any communal concert experience.
Song to request: “Tongue Tied”
A tremendous live act known as much for its catchy pop (“Here it Goes Again”) as for its viral music videos, the Chicago-born quartet is now pushing through its 15th year. It released the single “Interesting Drug” back in January.
Song to request: “This Too Shall Pass”
A contrast to the colorful guitar pop of OK Go is the Austin, Texas, electronic duo, Missio. Architects of dark dance tracks or Mac compositions that pitch eviscerating an infamous “Star Wars” villain with a pump of percussion, the pairing of Matthew Brue and Dave Butler will deliver for the bottled-water set.
Song to request: “KDV”
Not to be outdone by Ferdinand’s historical name-dropping, Vancouver natives Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance apparently named its electronic act after New York’s infamous expressway implementer Robert Moses. Thankfully, their Grammy Award-winning creations aren’t nearly as intrusive as the work of Moses.
Song to request: “Too Much is Never Enough”
The Los Angeles-based Kerfuffle veterans – festival performers in 2015 – should serve as the day’s eight-piece complement to Grouplove, with bouncy sing-alongs and party grooves ideally suited to flourish under the sunshine. And with tracks off last year’s “Where’d Your Weekend Go?” the band has new songs to share.
Song to request: “4AM”
Rounding out the California contingent is L.A.’s Sir Sly. Comprised of vocalist Landon Jacobs and instrumentalists Jason Suwito and Hayden Coplen, the purveyors of inventive mutations of indie pop will weave its spacey cuts – such as new single “Altar” – amid the day’s lineup.
Song to request: “You Haunt Me”
Interested in more? Find the complete Kerfuffle 2017 playlist on Spotify:
Gates open at 12:30 p.m., music starts at 1:30 p.m. July 17 at Canalside. Tickets are $35 general admission, $50 premium viewing. Visit alternativebuffalo.com.