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Foster the People leads Alternative Buffalo birthday concert

Radio station Alternative Buffalo is celebrating its fourth anniversary in the best way it knows: with a concert.

The "Alternative Buffalo Birthday Show" takes place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Buffalo RiverWorks with a triple bill of music featuring national acts Foster the People and Misterwives and local up-and-comers Wild Things.

Reflecting on the station’s first four years, Program Director Nik Rivers attributed much of its success to the way Alternative Buffalo values its listeners, and the positive response they’ve received from the community in return. On air and on social media, Alternative Buffalo typically addresses their listeners and followers as "#AltFamily."

“Each and every one of these shows, the audience grows bigger and bigger,” Rivers said. “There are a lot of folks that have become part of our family. The listeners are very loyal, and they appreciate what we’re doing."

The birthday show not only celebrates the relationship between Alt Buffalo and listeners, but also the rejuvenated live alternative music scene.

“Four years ago when we launched, as far as getting alternative acts to come and perform in Buffalo, they really didn’t do that,” Rivers said. “They kind of skipped over the city. They would play Toronto or Rochester; there would be shows here and there, but now it’s become a regular stop.”

Here's a look at the three bands playing the show.

Foster the People. It was the viral 2010 hit “Pumped up Kicks” that put Foster the People on the map and subsequently led to the band's swift arrival as a favorite at mega-fests like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Touring in support of its third album, "Sacred Hearts Club" – a beat-driven, ultra-modern take on psychedelic rock that ventures deep into the growing intersection of electronic dance music and indie pop – Foster the People makes music best experienced live. The Los Angeles quartet makes music not only heard, but felt. Infectious grooves and catchy beats easily convince the unready and unwilling to move their feet.

Misterwives. The New York City-based pop band promises the headliners a well-warmed up crowd. Alternative Buffalo Morning Host Emily Gorzynski described the quirky band as colorful and theatrical. “They’re very catchy; you can kind of get lost in their sound,” Gorzynski said. Led by singer Mandy Lee, the band has shared a stage with such acts as Panic! at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots and Bleachers.

Wild Things. For local acts with great sound but limited reach, Alternative Buffalo is a friend with a megaphone. The Buffalo quartet Wild Things was originally discovered via the station's Sunday evening show called "Localized" which serves up songs by lesser-known bands from Western New York and Canada. Program Director Nik Rivers was so impressed by the band, he added it to this show.

“We want to put them on that stage with a couple of these national acts to get them out in front of folks,” Rivers said, “because we think we have something special right here in our own backyard.”


Alternative Buffalo Birthday Show

With Foster the People, Misterwives and Wild Things at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, $45 day of show. For tickets and info, visit


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