Saturday, Aug 20
As die-hard Phish phans in Western New York know, a few years before the colossal jam band advanced onto the arena circuit, the “phab phour” played venerable Allentown music venue Nietzsche’s in 1991 – their signatures on the ceiling prove it. It’s taken 20 years, but on Saturday (Aug 20), Nietzsche’s will host its first Phish tribute concert, featuring four acts performing all Phish originals in the kickoff of a running concert series titled Tributaries, supporting Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and presented by The Good Neighborhood. The event will feature an into-the-wee-hours set by the budding jam engine Aqueous, preceded by sets from jam-rockers Free Henry and the lone act that matches Phish’s guitar-keyboards-bass-drums lineup in Universe Shark, which will kick off the evening at 10pm. Special guests and Phish-like antics are in the works for all sets, between which the front room of Nietzsche’s will be held down by the Lazlo Hollyfeld duo of keyboardist Scott Molloy and guitarist-vocalist Sonny Baker. A percentage of the $5 cover as well as all proceeds from a Phish-themed raffle will benefit Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, whose goal of fishable, swimmable, and drinkable waterways throughout the Buffalo Niagara region is pursued in many ways, combining firsthand knowledge of our waterways with an unwavering commitment to the rights of our communities to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources. Further, this mission is in line with that of Phish’s own Waterwheel Foundation, for which clean water is its first focus. “Phrankly, I’ve been a Phish phan since long bephore these bands phirst perphormed live – my phirst show was at HSBC Arena in 1996,” said Seamus Gallivan, founder of The Good Neighborhood. “But I’ve seen each act work Phish originals into their own shows, and it’s high time that we ‘share in the groove’ that shook those Allentown walls that night in ’91. Further, we know the band would appreciate that we’re gathering for the greater good by supporting Riverkeeper, a common cause we share.” With more dates and artists planned into the fall, the Tributaries series will continues at various venues across Buffalo. For more information and for daily news connecting communities with people, organizations, and events dedicated to the greater good, visit www.thegoodneighborhood.com. —g.n.
10pm. Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St. (886-8539/nietzsches.com). $5.