With its July presentation of 311, New Politics and The Skints, Buffalo’s 103.3 WEDG unveiled a bombastic serving of its newly apportioned Edgefest, its long-running annual alt-rock revue now broken into three separate summer shows at the picturesque Artpark.
And while its show likely brought people back to the '90s (with 311), its next and final installment should bring Canadians over the American border for the pristine pop stylings of Hamilton, Ont. headliner, Arkells.
If simply performing material from past favorites “High Noon,” “Michigan Left” or its jubilant debut, “Jackson Square,” the Max Kerman-fronted quintet would elicit frenzy from countrymen fevered by its Juno-winning material and Buffalonians who have adopted the band as local favorites.
But armed with ambitious tracks off last year’s “Morning Report,” the band has a career step to boast. Multi-textured tunes show an act that’s still evolving into an even better version of itself—all while stocked with the emotional energy that’s endeared the outfit to fans on both sides of the Peace Bridge.
Edgefest, The Series with Arkells and Atlas Genius: 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at Artpark (450 S. Fourth, Lewiston). Doors are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 (box office, Tickets.com).