Armed with a soulful brand of acoustic rock, I picture folk band Ark Life driving through every state in the union in a big van, strumming their guitars, singing-along, and passing doobies. As the story goes, Ark Life leader Jesse Elliot, frontman of rock band These United States stopped over in Denver on his own journey across these United States, to New York City. There he met the rest of what would become Ark Life and started over in Denver instead of New York. Now, nearly two years later, the band has made their own cross-country journey opening for bands like Of Montreal. Equal parts The Band and The Kinks, Ark Life have not yet released a debut album, but a few of their live performances as heard on YouTube, with perfect vocal harmonies and tight rhythms, might fool you into thinking they’d spent hours in the studio recording them. Catch Ark Life this Wednesday (Sept 24) at the newly re-opened Mohawk Place with support from Buffalo folkies Tiny Rhymes.
– cory perla
8pm Mohawk Place, 47 E Mohawk Street (buffalosmohawkplace.com) $5