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3 can't-miss shows: Mohawk Place series, A Girl Named Genny, Vundabar

Brassband, Dixieland, Americana & Burlesque 6, 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $15.

The sixth installment of Brassband, Dixieland, Americana & Burlesque series is returning to Mohawk Place this weekend for a rollicking good time.

Musician Tyler Westcott, frontman of the event's house band, if you will, Folkfaces, is responsible for the curation of the annual showcase and continues to tinker with the bill year-to-year.

"The lineup is a little different each year," Westcott says. "Since the first show, Folkfaces, Stripteasers and Fredtown Stompers have always performed. Other years, we've mixed in acts like 12/8 Path Band, Pine Fever, Buffalo Brass Machine and Ten Cent Howl.

"We usually include vendors to set up and sell art as well, while the Stripteasers always have a few tricks up their sleeves, or lack there of."

Six years in and counting, the series has not lost its ability to deliver a night of unexpected moments and memorable performances.

"I always look forward to the Stripteasers and friends performances each year," he mentions. "Often it's full of humorous, satirical and political commentary. There have been some hilarious and shocking performances at this event over the years."

Folkfaces and crew are asking attendees to bring non-perishable food items and new or lightly used winter coats to the show. "Doing some good while we party," Westcott puts it.

Anything collected at the door will be donated to Friends of Night People which in turn will save you $5 on the cover.

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A Girl Named Genny, 10 p.m. Jan. 26, Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.), free.

Upbeat roots act A Girl Named Genny will be returning to Buffalo to deliver a two-set performance at Thin Man Brewery.

Previously seen opening for Upstate (formally known as Upstate Rubdown) at Buffalo Iron Works during 2017's final days, the Rochester-based group will be making its debut appearance in the Elmwood Village beer bar's front room to perform tracks from its most recent release and first proper LP "Coming Home," which was shared last spring.

The band has been making its rounds across the Northeast since debuting back in 2016 and its foot-stomping blend of folk, bluegrass and Americana should make for nice compliment to brewery's flowing lineup of beers long into the night.

Admission, as with all Thin Man front room gigs, is free.

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Vundabar, 7 p.m. Jan. 30, 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $12.

Boston indie rockers Vundabar will be making a stop in Babeville's basement venue.

The jovial act will be passing through town as it continues to tour in support of its most recent release, 2018's cathartic and grief-stricken "Smell Smoke." The album finds the hook-heavy group offering a catchy look at death and its affect on those left behind.

Vundabar's Buffalo date finds the band at the beginning of a two-month itinerary that will come to a close in its hometown on March 29.

Local support will be provided by punk four-pack Velvet Bethany and grungy garage-rock trio Nylon Otters. The latter began the new year with sharing its latest EP "Goldilocks" on Jan. 4.

 

 

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