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The Tea Party: No politics, just grandiloquent rock 'n roll

It's about the grandeur. It's as simple as that.

The Tea Party makes an exotic and intoxicating sound that balances the primal and the sophisticated. It's a larger-than-life marriage of sonic thrust and broad dynamic range. And it's also, as guitarist and vocalist Jeff Martin told me when the band was last in Buffalo to perform two sold-out shows at the Town Ballroom, "progressive, but also sexy, unlike most progressive rock".

That "progressive but sexy" sound will be echoing across our waterfront on July 6, when the much-lived Canadian band returns for its first show at Canalside.

The show will represent a homecoming for members of the opening band, the eclectic up-and-coming Los Angeles indie outfit Ghost Lit Kingdom. Guitarist Michael Sevilla is a graduate of St. Mary's High School, class of 2017, as is the band's manager, Dave Pfeiffer. “Seeing where we were seven years ago -  with just a dream -  and to have the opportunity to come back home to the place where it all started is just so surreal and unbelievably exciting,” Sevilla said in a press release. Ghost Lit Kingdom will perform a post-Canalside gig at Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.) beginning at 10.

Ghost Lit Kingdom, a band with a Buffalo connection, will open for the Tea Party at Canalside on July 6.

The Tea Party with Ghost Lit Kingdom: 6 p.m. July 6 at Canalside Live! at Canalside. Tickets are $5 (, Canalside, Consumer's Beverages).

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