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3 can't-miss shows: The Observers, Rock Autism, Talking Heads tribute

Rock Autism Music Festival

Noon Sept. 1, Ellicottville Village Park (11 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville), $15-$30.

Charitable organization Rock for Autism will be taking over Ellicottville this weekend as it presents the first Rock Autism Music Festival in the ski town's Village Park.

Founded by local musician Max Muscato in honor of his brother Sonny, the non-profit group aims to raise awareness and funds to create and support a musical community and arts program for autistic youths.

The biggest event in the young organization's history, the first-year festival's inaugural lineup will include performances from Muscato, Tragically Hip tribute band Strictly Hip, heady psych-rock outfit Deadwolf and indie garage-pop trio the Tins.

[Related: Rock Autism announces inaugural lineup | Smiles at a Rock Autism benefit show]

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The Observers

4 p.m. Sept. 2, Cantina at Duende in Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $5-$7 suggested donation.

Seemingly overnight, local music fans gained another great space to catch live music within the city of Buffalo in the laid-back and unassuming Duende's Cantina, casually located on the Silo City properties.

Opening its doors during the World Cup earlier this summer, the outpost is quietly becoming a home for some of Buffalo and beyond's more intimate acts, many being alumni of the great Silo City video series Silo Sessions like Andy Pothier and Viking Moses. This weekend, the Cantina will welcome Americana outfit the Observers.

World Cup fans flock to Silo City's Cantina for fresh-air spot to watch

Recently caught busking the street during the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, the local genre heavyweights have been delivering their spirited blend of folk and bluegrass for years, best captured live.

If you want some prep, head over to the Observers' bandcamp page to stream the act's only album to date, 2014's self-titled release.

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Start Making Sense

5 p.m. Sept. 5, Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.), free.

Larkinville's weekly Live at Larkin musical series calls it a season by welcoming back the Talking Heads tribute act Start Marking Sense.

In the midst of a batch of live events that will run through the end of the year, the Bethlehem, Pa., band, a frequent visitor to Buffalo, will conjure up the music of the influential post-punk/art-pop group, in particular, its visionary frontman David Byrne.

So if you missed Byrne's transcendent performance at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts earlier this year (tickets sold at a record breaking pace) or if November's annual Lazlo Hollyfeld tribute night is still a bit too far off, then this may be your best chance to re-live the music of the Talking Heads this summer.

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