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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez + The Mars Volta Live

Omar Rodriguez-López performs with the Mars Volta

UPDATE: Mars Volta vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala will accompany the band, who will perform select Mars Volta tracks. This is a special appearance by the Mars Volta on Omar’s tour.)

Thursday, March 31

It might be his groundbreaking, harshly dissonant guitar work on the Mars Volta’s 2003 record De-Loused in the Comatorium that caused Rolling Stone to deem Omar Rodríguez-López one of the “Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” or it could be the prolific, dark, and frantic guitar wailing spread across any of his 25 solo albums. Either way, it all becomes irrelevant when the Grammy Award winning guitarist takes the stage and turns his six string into a mind control device. Check out one of his numerous live Youtube videos and you’ll see comments from fans like “oh, how they make you feel so alive,” or “it’s better than sex!” These sentiments might seem hyperbolic, but there is no doubt that López and his band can cause a room full of otherwise normal people to close their eyes, grab their skulls, and sway from side to side with little more than a swipe of his hand across a guitar, as he launches into an epic track like “Rapid Fire Tollbooth.” For 16 years, López has been firing out albums like his 2004 solo debut A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume One, with its haunting Latin rhythms or 2007’s psychedelic and melting Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo. It’s a daunting task to sift through the hundreds of guitar heavy solo tracks that the avant-garde artist has released since the break up of his original, influential group At The Drive-In, but fortunately for fans, López has done all the hard work for us. This spring he will release a quadruple LP/double CD collection of tracks gathered from his multiple solo and collaborative albums titled Telesterion. This will be the perfect place to start for new fans of the legendary guitarist. In celebration, López has hit the road with his band, consisting of every member of the Mars Volta, minus vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala. They will appear live at the Town Ballroom on Thursday (March 31). To the guitarists, musicians, and music lovers of Buffalo this is a must experience event. —cory perla


7pm. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / $18 advance, $22 day of show.

  • Eric Sembrat

    Just as a clarification, almost every member is not represented by the ORLG performances. While Cedric (vocals), Juan (bass), and Omar (guitar/backing vocals) are all part of The Mars Volta, Ikey Owens (keys) is currently not on tour with the rest of the crew, due to his own tour with Free Moral Agents.

    Thankfully though, Free Moral Agent’s tour is currently mirroring states/cities that ORLG is performing in.