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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


Unwelcome Guests UK Tour Kickoff Party

Unwelcome Guests UK Tour Kickoff Party

w/ Ida Sessions, Shane Meyer

Wednesday, July 20

No one could ever accuse Unwelcome Guests of not being road ready. It seems that Buffalo’s answer to the Replacements, Jawbreaker, and Sugar can rarely be seen around for more than a few weeks at a time before hitting the pavement on a constant and effective journey to spread their tunes far and wide across the country. This time is a little different as the band finally makes its way across the pond to the UK for a nine stop tour with Manchester-bred indie-punkers, the 255s in support of their recent split 7-inch out now on Kiss of Death Records. Come out to the Vault this Wednesday (July 20) to give the guys a proper send off. Math-rock screamers Ida Sessions open the show along with Shane Meyer. Doors are 6pm and $5 will help buy a few full English breakfasts.

—eric kendall

6pm. The Vault, 702 Main St. $5