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Delbert McClinton

8pm. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (

$40-$50 advance/$45-$60 day of show

Singer/songwriter and Multi-Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton just turned 75 in November and for 60 of those 75 years he’s been rocking the house on stages from Paris Texas to Paris France. Few singers have a voice as soulful as Delbert’s and even fewer white singers do. He had that soulful voice as a teenage performer and he still has it today. Among the dozens of artists who have sung that great song “Standing on Shaky Ground” his performance of it on Austin City Limits is still my favorite. Besides his own chart topping recordings Delbert has played with a who’s who of blues and country artists including legends like Howlin’ Wolf, Lightin’ Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Bonnie Raitt, Tanya Tucker and more. He also has the distinction of being at the top of the charts in Blues, Country, Rock and Indie, with four of his albums hitting #1 on the Blues charts. And for a bit of trivia, Delbert taught John Lennon how to play harmonica in the early 1960s when The Beatles were the opening band for a European tour of a blues band Delbert was in. Catch this legend of the blues at the Tralf while you still can. NYC singer-songwriter Brian Dunne opens the show.

>By Jamie Moses



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Judy Collins

8pm. Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. ( $35 advance/$40 day of show

After releasing 50 albums over a career spanning half a century, Judy Collins has built one of the most enviable reputations a singer-songwriter could wish for. She burst onto the scene with her album Wildflowers in 1967, which included the hit single “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell. In 1975, she won a Grammy for her iconic rendition of the Stephen Sondheim ballad “Send in the Clowns.” Blessed with an angelic voice that is at once powerful and intimate, Collins is touring in support of Strangers Again, her first studio album in four years. Social and environmental activism has always been a part of her life, and at the spry age of 76, she continues to tour worldwide. Bonus: Having released several Christmas songs over her storied career, it’s also quite possible she’ll fold a little holiday cheer into her set list at Asbury Hall at Babeville.

> By Buck Quigley

The David Bromberg Quintet

8pm. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. ( $27 advance/$32 day of show

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and violin repairman David Bromberg is on the road in support of his latest release Only Slightly Mad with a full band featuring two versatile string players—Mark Cosgrove on guitar and mandolin, and Nate Grower on fiddle, guitar and mandolin—supplementing Bromberg’s own unique approach to those instruments. Holding down the rhythm section are Robert “Butch” Amoit on bass and Josh Kanusky on drums. Everybody sings. Bromberg, whose career stretches back to the mid-60s Greenwich Village folk scene, has played with artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Willie Nelson to the Beastie Boys. His original songs are often characterized by their quirky wit, accompanied by his unique playing style. An aficionado of stringed instruments, he also runs David Bromberg Fine Violins based in Wilmington, Delaware. For fans of folk and blues-based Americana, this will be a rare chance to hear a legendary picker fronting a top-notch band at the Tralf Music Hall. Singer-songwriter Lisa Bouchelle opens the show.

> BY buck quigley


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10,000 Maniacs
Winter Tales Holiday Show

8pm. Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St. ( $40 advance/$45 door

The pride of Jamestown, NY—10,000 Maniacs—will be performing an intimate holiday show this Friday at the Sportsmen’s Tavern. The band rose to fame in the late 1980s and went on to become darlings of MTV during the network’s heyday. Longtime fans will enjoy hearing tunes from the group’s impressive catalog, as well as material from their most recent release Twice Told Tales—which features traditional folk songs from the British Isles with original member and Buffalo nightlife fixture John Lombardo on guitar. The band that conquered college radio with Natalie Merchant as an engaging front woman with a whirling-dervish, Earth Mama stage persona, has evolved into a more mature and polished unit showcasing pitch-perfect Mary Ramsey on lead vocals and viola. If you’ve loved the band a long time or are only now getting hip to their sound, this is the perfect chance to experience what promises to be a mesmerizing performance in a great local venue.

> By Buck Quigley

The Kerfuffle Before Christmas

6pm. First Niagara Center ( $35/$45

If you’ve turned your radio to 107.7 Alternative Buffalo in the past couple months you’ve no doubt heard them buzzing about The Kerfuffle Before Christmas.  The popular radio station’s second annual Christmas-themed concert event has been highly anticipated since the killer-line-up was announced in October, consisting of some of the biggest names in modern rock as well as a handful of alternative music’s fastest-rising stars. Acts playing include Sublime w/Rome, the musical collaboration made up of original Sublime bassist Eric Weiss and singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez, admirably carrying on the legacy of Long Beach’s most influential ska-punk band. They will be joined by Brooklyn’s finest DIY alternative dance duo Matt and Kim, Michigan’s newest Indie Rock sensation BORNS, and acclaimed Cleveland-based rock band SomeKindaWonderful. Rounding out the line-up is the iconic 90s alt-rockers Third Eye Blind and North London’s Grammy nominated four-piece Wolf Alice. In the spirit of giving, 107.7 will be selling light up Santa hats to benefit the Women’s and Children Hospital of Buffalo, giving rock music lovers of every stripe even more reason to pack the First Niagara Center this Friday for what’s sure to be a Christmas party Buffalo won’t soon forget.

> By Jordan Canahai

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The Black Dahlia Murder

6:30pm. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. ( $17.50/$20

Since their formation in 2001, the melodic death metal act the Black Dahlia Murder have cemented themselves as being among the definitive bands in their particular subgenre of Heavy Metal in the United States. Over the course of 14 years and seven celebrated albums the metalcore-influenced five-piece from Waterford, Michigan have effectively folded the aesthetics of Sweden’s distinct death metal with the hardcore sensibilities of America’s extreme punk, creating a unique sound characterized by crushing guitar riffs, blast beats drumming, and growled vocals. Most recently, the band has been touring in support of their latest album Abysmal, which contains more dynamic and developed songs than their previous work and is marked by a more raw and natural sound as well. “We’ve always tried to create something that’s rooted in classic death metal but at the same time offers something fresh and new,” says vocalist Trevor Strnad. “The challenge is always in wanting to make something better than what has come before, and something that will really excited the fans.” Hardcore fans won’t want to miss The Black Dahlia Murder when they play the Waiting Room with Goatwhore and a host of other death metal bands this Friday.

> By Jordan Canahai

Duke’s 6th Annual Christmas Party

7pm. Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St. (

Looking for a fun holiday party to attend this coming Monday night? Stop in to Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, located in the heart of Allentown, and join the festive late night crew for their 6th annual Christmas Party. Enjoy a complimentary Grand Holiday Buffet and catch Mike DiSanto as he kicks off the evening with an amazing solo acoustic performance. Santa will be on hand, as well. Get your groove on with the legendary SNM crew: DJs Charles Masters, Milk, and Cochise. Come dance, drink, and be merry.

> By AV staff