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The Buffalist: Aug 10-16



“We know where we’re going / But we don’t know where we’ve been / And we know what we’re knowing / But we can’t say what we’ve seen / And we’re not little children / And we know what we want / And the future is certain / Give us time to work it out.”

  “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)


Tabor Robak (American, born 1986). A*, 2014. Fourteen-channel HD video with real-time 3D, edition AP 1/edition of 3 and 2 APs. Running time: 9 minutes, 46 seconds. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange, 2015. Photograph courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.).

Tabor Robak (American, born 1986). A*, 2014. Fourteen-channel HD video with real-time 3D, edition AP 1/edition of 3 and 2 APs. Running time: 9 minutes, 46 seconds. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange, 2015. Photograph courtesy the artist and team (gallery, inc.).

  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!

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Enrico Rava at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

This Sunday (February 26) the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will be hosting a performance of Trumpeter Enrico Rava and his band Enrico Rava Tribe in a rare North American appearance.  Mr. Rava is an international jazz icon as well as one of the most acclaimed Italian jazz musicians in history.  The Guardian refers to the 72-year-old as “one of Miles Davis’s most imaginative inheritors while Jazzwise has called his most recent ECM recordings as “among the best jazz albums of the last decade.”  Enrico Rava Tribe also features the remarkable young trombonist Gianluca Petrella as well as pianist Giovanni Guidi, bassist Gabriele Evangelista, and drummer Fabrizio Sferra.  Rava will only be touring four cities in the United States; besides Buffalo, these places include New York, Portland, and San Francisco.  The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Gallery’s Auditorium with a pre-concert discussion called “Fresh Sounds of Europe” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton beginning at 2 p.m.  The concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Christi and Bruce Reinoso. 

Tickets cost $25 for Albright-Knox Art Gallery Members/$29 for non-members and can be purchased at the Gallery’s Admission Desk or online at

For more information visit

-daniel whitney

Mostly Other People Do the Killing

As the late, great trumpeter Don Cherry once quipped, “When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them.” Cherry—ever an explorer and experimenter—experienced first hand that in the jazz world, there can be a lot of boundaries. There are the purists, the traditionalists, the scholars, the players who think there’s only way that things should be done, and on and on. Luckily—several generations after him—it appears that the NYC-based quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing have taken Cherry’s words to heart and put them into practice. The acclaimed and award-winning ensemble led by bassist Moppa Elliot and featuring trumpeter Peter Evans, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, and drummer Kevin Shea are delivering what many of fans of the rich, kaleidoscopic spectrum of jazz and improvised music have wanted for too long: they are embracing all eras and many styles and disciplines and spinning it into their own unique and invigorating sound. As Troy Collins said of MOPDtK in a recent All About Jazz review, they are ”historically aware and virtuosic.” Their just released album Forty Fort (Hot Cup) is a potent document of that pushing of all the aforementioned boundaries for a mélange that proves a classically modern jazz masterstroke. The quartet’s live appearance this Sunday (Jan. 31) is another high water mark of the Hunt Real Estate and David Kennedy Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox

—donny kutzbach

3pm. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. (882-8700/ $30

Tonight: Death Row @ AKAG


Tonight at 7:30pm at the Albright-Knox, UB professors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian present Death Row, their 1979 film about men in Texas prisons waiting to be executed. It’s an important film, and rarely shown on a big screen. Plus, on the way to the auditorium, you’ll walk through Cummins Wide, an exhibition of photos Jackson took in Arkansas prisons in the early 1970s. There will be a discussion of the film afterward.

Here’s an interview with Jackson about his prison work.

Kara Walker: Put This on Your Calendar Now


Starting Sunday, Feruary 15, the Castellani Museum on the campus of Niagara University hosts an exhibition of prints by Kara Walker, done in the style of the artist’s famous cut-out silhouettes treating sexual relationships, violence, and racial iconography in the antebellum South. Beautiful and scathing, Walker’s work first gained attention in the mid 1990s. She was the subject of a major exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 2007. The image above comes from that.

The work is on loan to the Castellani from the collection of the Albright-Knox. The show runs through May 31, and there’s an opening reception on Sunday, February 22.

Music Is Art

Jamie Moses and Matt Quinn took their video cameras to Saturday’s Music Is Art festival on the steps of the Albright-Knox:

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