“Road to Nowhere” -Talking Heads
5. They Kill Things @ Silo City (Aug 13)
Torn Space Theater will be presenting They Kill Things at Silo City this Friday and it is looking to be a very unique and exciting event. Not only is this the first opportunity to see the guts of the Perot and Malt House grain elevators, but also you will be able to enjoy and support some tremendous local theater. For the un-initiated, Torn Space Theater is a collaborative collective of local artists working together to create “original, aesthetically innovative performances” and to “introduce internationally-renowned, contemporary drama to Western New York.” According to the Facebook page, they will “transform Silo City into an epic landscape, focusing on a secluded society celebrating the summer harvest as they prepare for the arrival of a visitor.” Sounds like some sort of uniquely Buffalo Children of the Corn scenario to me. Gen Admission tickets are 20 bucks and VIP tickets are 50 and can be purchased here.
4. Keb’ Mo’ @ Asbury Hall (Aug 13)
Keb’ Mo’ (AKA Kevin Roosevelt Moore) will be bringing his modern take on the “Delta Blues” to Asbury Hall and if you are the kind of person who enjoys Robert Johnson (he actually played him in a documentary) or Muddy Waters you ought to enjoy this show. Hailing from Compton, CA but residing in Nashville, TN, Keb’ Mo’ expertly combines modern blues with its old-fashioned country cousin. Give the above video a listen and if you close your eyes you’ll swear it was recorded long ago. Not only is Keb’ Mo’ an accomplished musician (he has 3 Grammys to prove it), but he also is very involved in political activism. He is an active member of the No Nukes Group and has performed and recorded several songs for charity. Asbury Hall is one of the best sounding venues in Buffalo so I expect this is an event you won’t want to miss.
3. Mac Demarco @ The Tralf (Aug 16)
The sometimes distantly bizarre and sometimes deeply emotional (yet always interesting) Mac Demarco will be playing The Tralf this Sunday. He just dropped his fourth album Another One last week and it is a fascinating listen that ought to be making some waves on end of the year top album lists in a few months. If you’ve never heard of the guy and think he just popped up out of nowhere you’d be right. The Edmonton native picked up and moved to Vancouver after High School and pretty much consistently has gained more notoriety since then. His first album Heat Wave had a small release under the weird monicker Makeout Videotape and sold out faster than they could make them. In 2012 he made the change from Makeout Videotape to his own name but continued to make infectiously relaxed and often strange music. Give his new album a listen as I’m sure of course that he’s going to be playing a lot of it at the show.
2. Authority Zero @ Town Ballroom (Aug 11)
Although formed in 1994, Authority Zero didn’t record its first full length album until 2002’s A Passage in Time. That makes them technically a 90’s California punk band and if you know anything about that style of music, then you know what to expect. Best listened to while skateboarding or a dank basement with empty Jolt Cola cans all over, Authority Zero’s sound embodies a specific time and place in the history of punk music when bands like Rancid, Blink 182, NOFX, Offspring and Green Day reigned supreme. I know, older folks may cringe at the notion that 90’s melodic pop punk bands have joined the likes of Black Flag and the New York Dolls in the annals of punk legend. But let’s face it, Authority Zero began in 1994- over 20 years ago- and Green Day was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Get in touch with your 90’s angsty teenage self and check this show out, I’m sure it’ll be a blast.
1. Screen Play: Life in an Animated World @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery (All Week)
It’s the dog days of hot summer so what better time to check in at the air conditioned Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Although there is no bad time to visit this jewel of Buffalo, they are currently (until Sept 13th) displaying an exciting exhibit about animation and digital art. Since they are professionals and can explain it much more eloquently than an amateur like me, an excerpt from their website says: “Animation permeates twenty-first century culture; from movies and television to videogames and advertising, it fills virtually all of the screens ubiquitous in contemporary life. Screen Play: Life in an Animated World is the first exhibition devoted exclusively to examining the work of contemporary artists who use the techniques, technologies, and tropes of animation as tools in their practices.” Everyone should put this place (along with the Darwin Martin House and Canalside) on their must do list when giving out-of-towners a tour of the city. I’d be willing to be they have no idea Buffalo has a treasure like this.
Other notable Events: You, Me and Everyone We Know @ Waiting Room (Aug 13), G-Nome Project & Sonder @ Buffalo Ironworks (Aug 11)
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!