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3 can't-miss shows: Booze & Brews, Accidental Fest, Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Buffalo Booze & Brews Music Festival, noon Aug. 4, Buffalo Distilling Company & Flying Bison Brewing Company (860 and 840 Seneca St.), $10.

Between the weekly Live at Larkin series, an upcoming Beatles Rooftop Tribute and countless lunch-time accompaniment sets for the business district's many employees, Larkinville continues to make a push to be the go-to local music destination of the summer. The latest entry in its ongoing case will be the inaugural run of the Buffalo Booze & Brews Music Festival this weekend.

Taking place at both Flying Bison's outdoor stage and the lively tasting room within neighboring Buffalo Distilling Company, the music portion of the day-long festival will feature sets from local acts including the long-running experimental rock outfit Lazlo Hollyfeld, busy singer-songwriter Zak Ward, roots/Americana group the Steam Donkeys. The full musical lineup and schedule can be found here.

The reasonable $10 entry fee will not only grant you access to all of the musical entertainment throughout the day, but also a number of food and drink specials from both watering holes.


Accidental Fest featuring Big Ups, BB Eye, Maneka, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Ave.), $10.

Even with a secondary market like Buffalo growing as a go-to routing destination for touring bands stringing batches of dates together, it's still rare for so many acts to hit town on the same night, but that's exactly what we have on deck for Aug. 8.

Rather than spreading the scene thin by asking local music fans to pick one act over the other, the out-of-town groups have banded together for an extremely impromptu festival dubbed Accidental Fest.

Hosted at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle, better known as the Polish Library, the East Side space will feature buzzing Brooklyn post-hardcore outfit Big Ups, St. Louis new wave/punk pair BB Eye, Maneka, the new project from former Speedy Ortiz member Devin McKnight and more.

Local support will be provided by punk acts Facility Men, Radiation Risks and Tines, plus a special performance by Buffalo-born songwriter and Bethlehem Steel front woman Becca Ryskalczyk.

That's 11 bands on two stages. Not bad for a Wednesday evening.


Godspeed You! Black Emperor, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.), $26.

Making its first area appearance since performing at Town Ballroom in 2012, Montreal's post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor is set to play Babeville's converted church space Asbury Hall.

The orchestral genre heavyweights are returning to Buffalo to support their most recent release, 2017's darkly optimistic "Luciferian Towers." The big-picture album was introduced by the band with a press release calling for grand demands that included "an end to foreign invasions, an end to borders, the total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex and healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right."

Fellow Montreal musician Jessica Moss is on tap to open the show. A member of experimental rock act Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (aka A Silver Mt. Zion) along with Godspeed guitarist and husband Efrim Menuck, the violinist shared her debut record, the heavily atmospheric "Pools of Light," last year.

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