Friday, May 25, 2012

Local Music: Complete Thursday at the Harbor and Artpark Buffalo Concert Series

The lineups for both major concert series in Western New York are out, which means its the unofficial start of summer! I'll list them all below in chronological order, with some of what i consider are the highlights and definite recommendations.
TATH = Thursday at the Harbor (Canalside) Free Shows.
BPRTH = Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor. (Canalside) Paid Shows
Artpark F= Free Artpark shows
Artpark P= Paid Artpark Shows

June 7th - The Cult, Against Me! and The Icarus Line :TATH
                   Come on now, the Cult to kick off the summer fun? What could be better!

June 14th -Fitz and the Tantrums,Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and ZZ Ward:  THAT
 June 19th – Kansas.  Artpark P
                    Carry on our wayward son, right into western new york!
June 20th- Ziggy Marley. Artpark F
                     Ziggy puts on a great show. Tons of energy. Check em' out for free!
June 21st - Built to Spill, Matthew Sweet and Hey Rosetta! TATH
June 26th- Foreigner. Artpark P
                    Be Honest with youself.  Isn't it a little unamerican to NOT want to see foreigner?
Come on down, belt out some of your secret favorites, and have a great time.
 June 27th- Tokyo Police Club. Artpark F
                   I am more excited for this show than any other on the lineup besides Andrew Bird. Saw them  at Soundlab a few years back and they are one of the most high energy shows you'll ever see. Great uptempo music and great vocals.
June 28th - Fountains of Wayne.TATH
June 29th: Sam Roberts Band and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals . BPRTH
               I saw Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the Bonaroo Music Festival, and they put on a hell of a show. Sam Roberts Band comes to Buffalo fairly often and they also know how to put on a really good performance. Many people i know are most excited for this show.
June 30th: moe and Conspirator . BPRTH
               Hometown boys M.O.E. make thier yearly return to the thousands of fans down on the harbor front. Mainstays and big time players on the jam band scene, its always exciting when they come back to town. Expect this to be a sell out.
July 3rd: Huey Lewis and the NewsArtpark P.
              I am trying with all my might not to make a "hip to be square" pun right here.... whew, succeeded.
July 5th - Arrested Development. TATH.
                  Kick it oldschool!

July 10th: Sublime with Rome. Artpark P
                  Sublime, without Bradley of course, comes to Buffalo for the first time since a warped tour about 10 years ago.  Enjoy some neo raggae and heavy bass.
July 11th: Lowest of the low. Artpark F

July 12th – Seether. TATH
July 15th: Feist .BPRTH
                   Feist has been one of the most popular, and talented, artists of the past 5 years. With a great voice, harmonies and super catchy tunes, you can head on down and have them stuck in your head for a week.

July 16th: Andrew Bird. Artpart P
                  Far and away the show i personally am most excited for. This man plays every instrument himself, and beautifully so. Deep, layered song, with wonderful movement and melody. An absolute must.
July 19th: Young the Giant, Bahamas and The Ruby Spirit. TATH
July 24th: Heart. Artpark P
                 You know you want to go.....
July 25th: Citizen Cope. Artpak F
July 26th - Arkells, Gomez and Elliott Brood. TATH
                   The arkells are another band i've been fortunate enough to see live. Definitely recommnend.
July 31st: Steve Miller Band. Paid. Artpark P
                   Are you a smoker, a joker, a midnight toker? Then you best come down!
August 1st: O.A.R. with Rebelution. Artpark F
August 2nd - The Jesus and Mary Chain and Wildlife. TATH
August 7th: Peter Frampton . Artpark F
                    The guitar mistro returns to Buffalo. Children to adults all love frampton and his talking guitar!
August 9th - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins  TATH
                       If you want the highest energy show you'll ever see, come see the Bosstones and their preposterously awesome horn section.
August 14: Sheryl Crow. Artpark P
August 16th - Salt-N-Pepa
                       Push it on down to Salt-N-Pepa, how could you not have fun at this show?
August 21st: Roger Hodgson of Supertramp. Artpark P
August 23rd - Matthew Nathanson and Lights Free. TATH
August 28th: The Machine performs Pink Floyd  . Artpark P
                      By all accounts, this is the best Pink Floyd tribute band there is.
August 31: The J. Geils Band .THAT
September 1st: LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip. THAT
                         Ladies love the cool james, do you?
September 4th:
The Charlie Daniels Band.  Artpark P

-Bob Z

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