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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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This Weekend: Ani DiFranco at Asbury Hall

Ani DiFranco with Pearl & the Beard

Sunday 22, 7pm. Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave). $37/$32.50., 888-223-6000

 As you most likely know, Ani DiFranco is a hometown self-described “Little Folksinger” who was born in Buffalo, spent part of her twenties in New York City, then returned to her hometown where she established Righteous Babe Records and then performance venue Babeville. Since the beginning of her career she has influenced fellow musicians, activists, and indie-minded people. Her experiences living in New York City, Buffalo, and New Orleans, activist concerns, sharp wit, and inspiring messages of personal and political change shine through her uniquely poetic songwriting. DiFranco has carried her recognizable sound and style throughout her eclectic and successful career. Performing with DiFranco is Pearl and the Beard, a folk pop band from Brooklyn, which is self-described as “three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, ninety-six teeth, and one soul.” Given that description, their sound is delightfully cohesive and indeed bound by “one soul.” Pearl and the Beard perform each note with nuanced emotion that pairs well with DiFranco’s own folk earnestness. Ani DiFranco and Pearl and the Beard will perform for a sold-out crowd Sunday (April 22), both performances are sure to entertain and invigorate.

-jill greenberg


Thursday, February 17: Play bingo, win art at Hallwalls

Celebrity bingo caller Ron Ehmke and the Real Dream Cabaret will direct the proceedings Thursday (Feb. 17) at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Babeville at Asbury Hall. That’s right, it’s church bingo—only it’s a benefit for Hallwalls, so the winners take home genuine works of art and booze is available at the bar. Bingo boards are $5 apiece. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the games begin at 8pm.

Win Tickets to See Ani Difranco at Asbury Hall, November 2

Only a few days left to enter for your chance to win tickets to see Ani Difranco, with special guest Ane Brun this November 2nd at Asbury Hall.

to enter: Draw, paint, sketch, decoupage or create Ani’s likeness and bring to Artvoice by October 28th. Our panel of judges will select 5 winners to receive a pair of tickets to the November 2nd show, along with prize packs. Good luck!

The Artvoice office is located at 810 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14202. Please drop off your submissions during business hours: Monday through Friday, between 9AM and 5PM.

Ani Difranco with Gaby Moreno

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Righteous Babe Records recording artist Ani DiFranco—who needs no introduction here—is returning to her home at Babeville for a performance on Monday (Feb 8), and she’s bringing with her singer Gaby Moreno. Moreno, who sings in both Spanish and English, plays the guitar as well. “My mom bought me this really cheap nylon string guitar when I was 14, and somehow I started figuring out Jimi Hendrix songs with it,” she says. Moreno, who hails from Guatemala, wrote the theme song to Parks and Recreation, which airs on NBC. Her song “Greenhorne Man” was featured on MTV’s The Hills and ABC’s Lincoln Heights and Ghost Whisperer. Moreno also won the 2006 Maxwell Song of the Year as part of the John Lennon songwriting contest for the song “Escondidos.” She originally toured with DiFranco in November and was so well received that DiFranco invited her back to tour again during the months of January and February.

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7pm (doors). Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware (852-3835 / $33.50 in advance/$38 at the door at Babeville box office,, and Tops Markets

Tuesday: Embrace Diversity, A Plea For Peace @ Asbury Hall

In light of the appalling hate crimes recently reported in the city, which appear to have been targeted at members of the LGBT community or those perceived to be associated with that community, United We Stand: Buffalo is presenting an event called “Embrace Diversity,” to unite people of all backgrounds in an effort to make our entire city safer.

Event organizer Yvonne White, owner of Adonia’s on Allen Street, says the event will be “a peaceful, organized protest, and an opportunity to present our case to our leaders, and see how they are going to help us.”

The two incidents both occurred within a one-day period. The Cheektowaga police captain who investigated an attack at the Walden Galleria told the Buffalo News that “this is pretty much a coincidence. This is something we rarely see”—but there are many who would differ. Artvoice theater editor Anthony Chase says, “I have personal experience of being gay-bashed in Buffalo, and at the time, I didn’t even bother to call the police. I find it comical when people say it’s a rare event—that’s just ignorance and smug complacency.”

In an effort to create a community liaison program between the Buffalo Police Department and the LGBT community, a petition has been posted online and will be available to sign at Wednesday’s (Jan. 20) event at Asbury Hall. The petition requests “equitable police surveillance and the addition of a police camera system on the corner of Main Street and Allen Street (pictured) to further discourage acts of this heinous nature and to protect each and every individual in a healthy and safe manner.” It also requests “an LGBT/Police Liaison program with which to certify our concerns and develop strong and sensible solutions to avoid such issues in the future.”

Ani DiFranco and Scott Fisher donated the space at Babeville for this event. Police Chief Donna Berry will speak, along with government and LGBT community leaders, and there will be a performance by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus. Visit to sign the petition online, or sign it at the event on Wednesday night.

7-9pm. Asbury Hall @ Babeville at the Church, 341 Delaware Ave.

Cecil Taylor at Babeville

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Influential jazz composer Cecil Taylor plays a rare solo show on the Steinway concert grand in Asbury Hall at Babeville this Saturday, April 18, at 8pm. Click here for more info.