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Monday Night: Buffalo Shuffle Featuring Count Rabbit

The Buffalo Shuffle is: (A) An advanced juggling maneuver (B) An R&B style pioneered by Stan & the Ravens in the 1960s (C) A weekly Monday night showcase featuring some of Buffalo’s hottest musicians (D) All of the above. If you answered (D), you are correct! Although the weekly showcase got off to a rough start a few weeks back when the first show had to be cancelled due to a flare up of our fair city’s trademark winter weather, it’s been building up steam ever since. Hosted by jaw-dropping local guitar slingers Doug Yeomans and Mick Hayes, Pete Holquin on the trap kit, ace-bassman Steve Sadoff, keyboard king Jim Ehinger, and Al Monti, the sultan of the sax—this week’s installment features a guest appearance by local blues music royalty in the personage of Robert Robinson, better known as Count Rabbit. Rabbit—an Alabama native whose family followed the steel industry from Birmingham, to Pittsburgh, to Buffalo—became a fixture of the local blues scene as far back as 1950, heating up joints with names like the Moonglow, the Lucky Clover, the Little Harlem, and the Club 440. There is no more authentic practitioner of the genre alive anywhere today, and this show promises to be a celebration of our own local contribution to it.

—buck quigley

Pictured above: Caitlin Koch with the House Band on January 4, singing Etta James

8pm / Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. / 852-2860 / tralfmusichall.com / $5