Here are some of the biggest events in the Buffalo area for Monday through Thursday. Stay tuned for The 10, which publishes Thursday morning, for the weekend's top events.
Doors at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in Asbury Hall in Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $32.50 in advance here, $35 day of show.
Country-folk singer-songwriter Neko Case is touring off her spring album, "Hell-On," which earned a 7.7 rating on Pitchfork and aimed at a shared human mission: finding connection in a world of chaos and cruelty, which is probably a gross oversimplification of her intentions.
It was the Virginia native's first solo release in five years, as much of her time is spent performing with Canadian indie rockers the New Pornographers. This June feature in Slate reveals more about Case's themes, recent dark periods of her life and wise choices in collaborators, particularly on the latest disc.
[Photos: Smiles at Neko Case's Buffalo show in February 2016]
7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $38 to $141, available here.
In his preview of the fall's best shows, News pop music critic Jeff Miers calls J. Cole one of the "smartest and most innovative artists in the genre," pointing to 2018's "KOD" as an example. The release, dubbed the second-best release of any artist this year by Complex back in June, touches specifically on addiction and how it's touched Cole's family.
Complex's panel of judges picked J. Cole's work over Cardi B., Post Malone, Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae, four of the buzziest names in pop music. Young Thug will handle opening duties for Cole's arena show in Buffalo.
Doors at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $22 and may be purchased in advance here.
Welsh pop-punk risers Neck Deep comes to the Ballroom Tuesday with memorable recent efforts, News contributor Dan Almasi noted in his show preview. An unexpected cover of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" - one of the catchiest pop hits of the late-'90s - is worth a listen, below.
The band will ease in a new bassist after the departure of Fil Thorpe-Evans earlier this month. A full-time replacement has yet to be announced.
5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at 490 Rhode Island St. Free to attend.
Nye Park Tavern owner Joseph Panaro has breathed new life into the West Side bar-restaurant, freshening the inside dining area and helping create a menu with a touch of his North Buffalo restaurant and some familiar American pub classics at the bar.
If Yelp reviews are any indication - and they aren't always - the kitchen appears to be still finding its feet, but Tuesday's re-opening party promises food-and-drink specials and live music. Regardless of the tangles of opening a new restaurant, Providence Social's patio remains elite.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-29 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). Tickets are $32 to $72 and may be purchased here.
How will dramatically will Violet Beauregarde inflate in this version of Roald Dahl's musical? We won't spoil that, and please take advantage of the chance to say "Oompa Loompa" a few times aloud. In her preview of the Shea's play, News contributor Melinda Miller explained how Dahl arrived at the chocolate factory theme and the character of Willy Wonka.
Stay tuned for Miller's review of the play, which will have a few twists away from the original fiction story, on BuffaloNews.com later this week. 2 p.m. Sept. 29 is the final Buffalo performance of the play.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Amherst Dipson Theatres (3500 Main St.). Tickets are $7 and may be purchased here.
There's no better night to be afraid than Thursday. The next day is synonymous with relaxation and excitement for the weekend, so - even for the horror-hesitant among us - any lingering fear will vanish quickly. (Or, if horror flicks give you adrenaline and don't haunt your dreams, then even better).
"Popcorn," which came out in 1991, spotlights a mass murderer who wears other people's faces. The setting - an abandoned movie theater - accentuates the plot.
5 events to look forward to this weekend
*Central Terminal Oktoberfest
*Larkinville Block Party
*Buffalo Whiskey Riot at Adam's Mark Hotel
*Kid Rock and Brantley Gilbert at Darien Lake
*Totally Southtowns Festival at EA Ice Rink
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