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This Week in Buffalo: Return of moe.

Buffalo has a soft spot for jam bands, especially when they were reared in Western New York.

moe., now 30 years after its formation at the University at Buffalo, doesn't schedule a homecoming too frequently, but this one is especially meaningful as Rob Derhak (vocals/bass) is now cancer-free. The jam band has a lot of laudable traits honed over those decades – happy music and a powerful sense of community, among them.

The band's visit highlights a decent week, which delves into holiday shopping and fundraisers, a fashion show and someone named Svetlana.

moe., 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $37.50 in advance. Continues Friday and Saturday at the same place.

University at Buffalo-born jam band moe. loves long stays in its hometown, and a three-night stay in Town Ballroom is on the docket for its devoted local fans.

For the band's 30th anniversary, News pop music critic Jeff Miers spoke with a few longtime fans – Aqueous' Mike Gantzer and Borderland Festival's Jennifer Brazill – to savor fond memories of the inimitable moe. experience.


HRVST featuring Highly Suspect, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 11 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). General admission is $25 in advance, with VIP for $50 – see the full details.

Credit to the Edge for pulling together an unexpected, intriguing slate of bands for its HRVST gig on Monday in RiverWorks. Highly Suspect makes its "highly" anticipated Buffalo debut as the headliner, but trendy newcomers Winnetka Bowling League – a hipster Los Angeles band – is worthy support.

The fall-themed concert kicked off in 2017 with Phoenix and Manchester Orchestra, then took a hiatus in 2018 before its revival Monday. Look back at Smiles from the 2017 show.


Festival of Trees' Glitter & Glamour, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens (6461 Transit Road, Depew). Individual tickets cost $100.

Festival of Trees, which hits full steam Dec. 7, gets underway with a fashion show to benefit Oishei Children's Hospital Thursday at Salvatore's.

Chaired by Ashley Draper (Jada Blitz) and Dehlia Youngman (Business Council of NYS), the show will feature the collection of Lucian Matis, a Canadian designer. Browse the busy and diverse event schedule of the Festival of Trees.


Bubbles and Bags, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Orchard Park Country Club (4777 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park). Tickets are $35 in advance.

A fancy night of fundraising at the Orchard Park Country Club welcomes an array of shopping vendors (winter clothing, Christmas gifts, etc.), complemented by quality local hors d'oeuvres and one beverage with the cost of admission.

The evening benefits Hospice Buffalo's Essential Care for Children, which provides home-based support for kids diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Look back at Smiles from last year's event for an idea of what to expect.


JazzBuffalo Concert Series: Svetlana and New York Swing Collective 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Hotel Henry (corner of Rockwell and Cleveland Circle). Tickets are $15 in advance.

Like Cher and Pele, you've officially made it if you're commonly identified by just one name. That's true with Svetlana, the star of this month's JazzBuffalo show in Hotel Henry.

Svetlana's sweet vocals fit snugly with her "Night at the Movies" tour, where she and her New York City band tackle film soundtrack favorites such as "When You Wish Upon a Star" ("Pinocchio"), "Over the Rainbow" ("The Wizard of Oz") and "Remember Me" ("Coco"). Enjoy the final iteration of JazzBuffalo's series before its almost-certain sell-out for "A Jazzy Christmas."


November Alliance Showcase, 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.). No cost listed.

The Music Is Art Foundation announced its Music Industry Alliance endeavor earlier this year with the noble goal of bringing unity and exposure to the local music community.

After its member meeting on Wednesday (which is interesting enough in its own right), the alliance will showcase three local singer-songwriters on the first-floor stage at Thin Man: Philip Stephen, Samantha Taylor and Chris Squier. It's a prime chance to support musicians eager to make a name for themselves (or at least receive more gigs in the future).


Tucker Beathard, doors at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Admission is $10 in advance, $12 day-of-show.

Beathard, brother of NFL quarterback C.J., is a country musician with an eventful recent past, splitting with his previous label on the eve of his debut release in 2017, then using social media to drop singles and samples before eventually self-releasing "Nobody's Everything" last year.

A positive reception attracted the attention of Warner Music Nashville, which inked Beathard and will oversee the drop of part two of that debut, for which two singles – "Better Than Me" and "Find Me Here" – have already been released.


RLTP's "The Interrogation Room," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Road Less Traveled Productions (456 Main St.). Tickets are $39 in advance.

This powerful, emotive production has an unnerving setting: a harsh, bleak room of interrogation in which detectives attempt to determine who committed a rape-murder of an adolescent girl in an affluent neighborhood.

Issues of race and justice are at play, reviewer Melinda Miller explains, with startling twists and exceptional dialogue along the way. Playwright Jon Elston and RLTP director Scott Behrend and pieced together a small but sturdy cast for this play, which runs through Nov. 24.


Sold out: Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour featuring the music of the Doors; WNY Refugee Film Festival on Thursday and Friday.


7 more quick-hitters for this week

Jillian Eliza at Mr. Goodbar
Davey O. & Friends fundraiser at 9th Ward
Dalton & the Sheriffs at Iron Works
Buckets & Bulls at the Dome
Gilbert Gottfried at Helium Comedy Club
Ignite Pink Party at Providence Social
Evening for Educators at the Burchfield Penney


5 events to look forward to this weekend

Sip & Shop in Lancaster
moe. continued at Town Ballroom
The Draft Room's first birthday in Labatt House
Liquor & Letterpress at WNY Book Arts Center
Art of Fashion at Niagara Arts and Cultural Center


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