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Dave Matthews Band at Darien

“Celebrate we will because life is short, but sweet, for certain.”

It’s summer in Buffalo, and everyone knows that a summer in Buffalo is not complete without Dave Matthews paying a visit. This Tuesday (July 3), the Dave Matthews Band will make a stop at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. And while Dave’s jam-infused style of rock may not be for everyone, he’s certainly garnered a following as a summertime music staple in Western New York.

Dave Matthews band formed 21 years ago in Charlottesville, Va. Matthews wanted to record songs he had written, but he didn’t want to just record himself playing a guitar. So he enlisted the help of a few local, talented jazz musicians – Stefan Lessard on bass, Carter Beauford on drums, and saxophonist LeRoi Moore – to give the music a greater sense of depth. Band members have come and gone over the years, but Dave Matthews Band’s sound and mission has only been fine-tuned. Lyrics range from sex and love to ending racism and other political, anti-war statements – something for every fan to enjoy. The band has recorded seven full-length albums, with plans to release an eighth – Away From the World – on September 11.

Dave Matthews and company will bring their jazzy, stadium rock to Darien Lake on Tuesday. Fans can expect the iconic light show and minutes-long music solos that DMB is known for with this chill evening of music. Alternative singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will open the night’s festivities. -rebecca bratek
7pm. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Allegheny Rd. (585-599-4641 / $40.50-$89.50.

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

Tonight: Mat Kearney at Town Ballroom

Tonight (Nov 11) at 7pm taking the stage in support of his new album is singer songwriter Mat Kearney. The full length album Young Love, (Aware Records/ Universal Republic) features the well known single “Hey Mama,” and came out over the summer. His music is a mix of rock, folk, and soul.

Kearney, born in Oregon, first received attention for his debut album Nothing Left to Lose, in 2005. Three years later he released his second album, City of Black and White. He takes his songwriting to higher levels on “Young Love.” Kearney spent this past July opening for Owl City and has now embarked on a month long tour, with a stop at the Town Ballroom tonight and then heading off to North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio. Fans can find a list of tour dates and other information at -ariel peters

7pm. Town Ballroom, 681 Main. $20.

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. ( $15.

Check out some live footage of Case in the video below