I don’t know if it ever comes back again
Breathe it in so I never forget where we came from
Don’t put out the fire
It’s been the summer like I wanted but it’s never enough
And although my bones are tired
I won’t change a thing”
“Wipe Yourself Off Man, You Dead” – Four Year Strong
5. Sugar City Soul Night @ Milkie’s (Oct 10)
So the Bills just lost and you’re feeling the blues. Well, you can get yourself a little jolt of soulful energy this Saturday at Milkie’s when some great local DJs will be spinning some of the best Soul records from their extensive collection. Milkie’s is a Buffalo staple of course, and if you aren’t familiar with Sugar City check them out here. They have done some phenomenal things for the Buffalo arts community and run one of the most unique music venues in the city. They’ll be taking $5 “donations” at the bar this Saturday, so I highly recommend you throw them a couple extra bucks for what they do.
4. Four Year Strong @ Waiting Room (Oct 10)
Pop punk can sort of get a bad rap due to the extensive list of corny bands that have showcased the genre on the big stage over the years, but this is not one of those bands. They’re closer to the Bouncing Souls then they are to Sum 41 in terms of the “pop” punk sound, so don’t be afraid that you’ll have to check your punk cred at the door. The Waiting Room is a pretty cool venue too so this ought to be a pretty awesome show. Make sure you get nice and close to the pit and get a little sweaty, that’s all part of the fun.
3. The Dodos @ Mohawk Place (Oct 8)
Riding high on their well received 2015 album Individ, The Dodos will be bringing their kinetic brand of indie rock to Buffalo’s Mohawk Place this Thursday. Although beset by tragedy in 2012 with the death of guitarist Christopher Reimer, the band formerly known as “Dodo Bird” has kept moving forward and have built up quite a following over the years. They have an incredibly fresh and energetic sound that ditches some of the snarkyness of modern indie rock in a great way. Mohawk Place might be my favorite venue in Buffalo so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out A) why do you choose to live under a rock and B) this is as great an opportunity as any to give it a try.
2. Carrie: The Musical @ The American Repertory Theater of WNY (Oct 3)
Take advantage of one of your last opportunities to see The American Repertory Theater of WNY‘s production of Carrie: The Musical. If you haven’t been, the venue location is located at 18 Agassiz Circle (otherwise known as Medaille College). The reviews have been pretty solid, with the Buffalo News giving it 3.5 out of 4 stars along with plenty of other positive buzz. The talent is mostly home-grown, with theater veterans Christopher Standart and Michael Hake running the production, directing and musical duties. The last 2 shows will be this Friday and Saturday so get on over there and check it out while you still can!
1. Sabres Opening Night Festivities @ First Niagara Center/Harborcenter (Oct 8)
It’s here! It’s finally here! We can root for the Sabres again! If the Giants beating up on the Bills has got you down, you should hopefully be able to get your sports fix with the other Buffalo sports team the Buffalo Sabres. The great news is that they are looking to finally be pretty good, although anything is better than the hell that has been the last 2 years of Sabres Hockey. They might not be good enough for the playoffs but they’ll at least be exciting. They’ve looked pretty good in preseason, with the new savior of Buffalo Jack Eichel scoring a couple beauties. Even vets like Tyler Ennis have been looking pretty damn good, and that doesn’t even include all the shiny new tools in the form of Ryan O’reilly and Evander Kane. They’re a little green on defense and the goaltending is very suspect, but like I said we’ve got nowhere to go but up for this team. Let’s Go Buffalo!
Hot Takes: Joywave @ The Waiting Room (Oct 9).
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!