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Peter Case @ the Sportsmens Tavern Wednesday

Singer/songwriter and native of Buffalo, Peter Case, is an immortal. After two decades of songwriting the 57 year old from Hamburg has kicked it into overdrive, releasing two albums since the begining of the 2010 as well as starring in a documentary about his own life called Troubador Blues. “Is there a place in our fast-moving, hyper-informational mess of a culture for the traveling singer-songwriter?” This is one of the questions asked in Troubador Blues, which will debut this Friday (Oct 14) at the Buffalo International Film Festival with Case and Director Tom Weber in attendance. “It’s nothing like making an album,” Case said as the subject of the film, which was shot over the course of eight years. “You change as a person over that much time,” he said. Case is a workhorse. After taking some time off to recover from major heart releated surgery that almost killed him, he bounced back to release two albums within a year; 2010’s Wig, a rowdy and celebratory 11 track album, followed by this year’s Case Files. “These are songs that fell through the cracks,” Case said of Case Files, which he went on to describe as an “archival album,” full of Bob Dylan-like politico-folk tracks that range from near rap to full on rock, including a western-blues cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Good Times, Bad Times.” Case breathes new life into these tracks, that he once considered lost, from throughout his 25 year career. This Wednesday (Oct 12, TOMORROW) the three time Grammy Nominee returns to the Sportsmen’s Tavern, as part of a 100 date, coast to coast tour. “It’s different coming back to Buffalo now, but I still feel that strong emotinal connection with this place” Case said. He’ll get together with a couple of old pals—Jim Whitford, Mark Winsick, and Rob Lynch—to play as a full band and hopefully top last summer’s wild, sold out set. Dee Adams, Mark Norris, and Dave Ruch will open the show with a tribute set of Case songs as part of The Good Neighborhood’s Tributaries series benefiting Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. —cory perla

7pm. Sportsmens Tavern, 326 Amherst St. (www.sportsmenstavern.com). $15.

Check out some live footage of Case in the video below


This Modern World: 2010 – The Year in Crazy, Part the First

Attention “This Modern World” Fans – If you’d like to read Tom’s “Part the Second” follow-up to this piece, it will be posted here on AV Daily on December 29th. There’s no print edition of Artvoice next week so right here is the only place to find it!


Best of Buffalo – One Day Left!

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That’s right – after a month of polling, we have a little over 24 hours remaining before the ballots close. The time to procrastinate is over – head over to the Best of Buffalo page and take care of business.

It only takes a few minutes to get through the ballot, and while you don’t have to necessarily do it all in one sitting, there’s not much time left. For those of you who have started ballots, you can change your mind about your responses or add to more of the categories by returning to your ballot. You’ve got your access code and all the information needed to pick up where you left off in the automated e-mail sent out when you signed up.

Some reminders: A ballot is only considered eligible to be counted if you’ve given opinions on at least 20 categories – and with over 150 categories that shouldn’t be too hard. (Our bonus “If I Had a Billion Dollars” question does not count towards your total.) As you work through the ballot, your work is saved. Once you reach that magic number of 20, your ballot becomes eligible and will be counted – there is no step to “submit” the ballot – though by all means feel free to respond to more than 20 categories if you wish. If you’ve lost your sign-up e-mail or need other assistance, you may e-mail our webmaster for help – if trying to retrieve a lost ballot code, you’ll need to send your message from the e-mail you used to sign up and give your name as you wrote it when you signed up so we can confirm you are who you say you are.

The more votes we receive the more accurate a picture we can paint of the Best of Buffalo. So a big thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to vote, and good luck to everyone in the running!