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3 can't-miss shows: Petty tribute, Be Locust or Alone, Snapcase

Born a Rebel - Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $8-$10.

The music community lost another heavyweight late last year when long-time rocker Tom Petty died due to cardiac arrest. What followed was a flood of celebrations and remembrances of years of songs and musical memories that contributed to the soundtrack of many lives.

To honor the late Florida-born artist, Buffalo musicians will band together for a night of music called Born a Rebel, a tribute to Petty's 40-plus year career.

The house band will include Joe Rozler, Erin Ward, Ryan John Nogle, Dave Hill and The News' Jeff Miers. Terry Sullivan, David Michael Miller, Eric Crittenden, Roger Bryan (a personal favorite), Geno McManus, Lucy Bell and Nelson Starr will all step up to the mic to perform a number of memorable hits from Petty's deep catalog.

If a nice dose of Petty music wasn't enough of an excuse to head down to Iron Works, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Puerto Rico Relief Fund. Rockin' out for a good cause is always a plus.


Be Locust or Alone, 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Mohawk Place (47 E Mohawk St.), $5.

One of the more under-the-radar shows of the weekend is the release party for "Silly," the new cassette from lo-fi act Be Locust or Alone.

The relatively new band first emerged in early 2017, sharing three two-track releases over the course of the year. The five-piece features prolific songwriter Bill Nehill of TMMC and pieces on vocals, Nick Gordon (JOHNS) and Carson Cain (Aaron & the Burrs). Fans of David Bazaan and his work with Pedro the Lion may want to head down to Mohawk to catch the act debut new material.

Joining the band for support will be experimental solo artist Laura Buckley, Sugar City comedian Pat Kewley and '90s grunge rock duo Velvet Bethany.


Hardcore punk band Snapcase packed Town Ballroom on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, for its 25th anniversary show. See the fans and the band in action.

Snapcase, 7 p.m. Jan. 20, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $26-$30.

Along with bands like Every Time I Die and Envy, Snapcase remains one of Buffalo's premiere heavy acts. Forming in West Seneca back in 1989, Snapcase was signed to hardcore label Victory Records in 1992, releasing a string of records while playing a number of still-talked about local gigs until ultimately disbanding in 2004.

Since then, the quintet has been playing some one-off shows and making festival appearances after reuniting in 2007, including a two-night stand at its home base venue of Mohawk Place (in 2013), an opening gig Dropkick Murphys at the Outer Harbor (2014) and a performance at Town Ballroom to celebrate its 25th anniversary (2016).

Snapcase will be back on stage for another go-around at the Town Ballroom this weekend to reignite some nostalgia along with fierce Hamilton act Counterparts, Philadelphia indie outfit Kite Fight and fellow hometown group, the emotive punks of Pentimento.

The ageless rage of Snapcase

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