Dub-step pioneer Caspa – Gary McCann to his mum back home in London – brings what promoters are calling “a night of pure, unadulterated dub-step and bass music” to the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Friday.
A DJ and remix mastermind of considerable repute, Caspa is considered by connoisseurs of the form to be one of dub-step’s most legitimate artists. The current backlash against the everywhere-at-once form of electro-dance music is likely to skip over him, then. Caspa’s fascination with (and attention to) bass roots his work in the unmistakable solidity of the deep groove, lending an air of succinct musicality to the proceedings, and simultaneously setting him apart from the majority of his dub-step peers.
As the man himself told DummyMag.com, “In music, especially in dub-step, there’s so much hype people forget about the music. But the music is the most important thing. It’s a universal language that has no barriers.” That “universal language” will kick off on Friday with an opening set from Hulk. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 (box office, MNMpresents.com). Sample some of Caspa’s work via www.thedopestghostintown.com.
Marco Benevento’s pair of shows at Nietzsche’s over the past two years have become the stuff of legend already. The composer and erstwhile keyboard-playing half of the Benevento Russo Duo, has brought a radical iconoclasm to modern jam-based sounds, tearing down walls between ambient, funk, rock, post-rock, jazz, soul and alternative music, and earning himself kudos as one of the more forward-looking musicians of his generation in the process.
Benevento returns for a show at 9 p.m. Friday in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.). His special guests will be our very own Family Funktion & the Sitar Jams. Tickets for the 21-and-over show are $12 (ECEpresents.com and MNMpresents.com).
Dylan & Dawes
The University at Buffalo Student Association announced last week that Bob Dylan and his band, with special guest Dawes, will arrive for a show at 7:30 p.m. April 5 in UB’s Alumni Arena, North Campus in Amherst. Before you get too excited, all of you non-UB attending Bob-heads, know that UB students get free admission to the event, and only a limited number of general admission tickets will be available to the public, at $49.50 a pop. Those tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster.com at 10 a.m. Monday. They will not be there long, I suspect, so if you’d like to go, get on it.
Revered pop-soul-R&B-rock mainstay Boz Scaggs and his band will perform at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on April 9. Of course, we all know Scaggs from his 1976 platinum effort “Silk Degrees,” and its biggest hits, “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle.”
But Scaggs, now 66, has hardly been touring the oldies circuit in the time since. He’s got a new album, “Memphis,” out now, and it’s stuffed with the silky rock-soul that made Scaggs a commercial force to be reckoned with in the first place. His voice seems to have lost nothing to the passage of time. Which suggests that the UBCFA show – which will feature Scaggs backed by a six-piece band – is worth getting excited about. Tickets, which range from $37 to $67, are available now through the UBCFA box office. See www.ubcfa.org.
“Flow Jam II” takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Headlined by Funktional Flow, the show will also feature sets from Steel Keys & Brass and the B-Side Dubs. Tickets are $12 advance, $14 on the day of the show (box office, Ticketmaster.com).
Alt-pop outfit the Corrections, with special guests John & Mary, take over the Ninth Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission will be $10 at the door.
The newly launched “Saturday Nights at Brunner’s” series continues this week with a 9 p.m. set from the Big Sauce Trio, at Brunner’s Tavern (3989 Main St.).
The weekly Open Mic Blues Jams held at 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Forvm at the Maple Entertainment Complex (4224 Maple Road, Amherst) have been generating substantial buzz. Players of various ages gather weekly to “sit in” with each other and pay homage to the blues. Each week, a featured performer offers a set, in addition to the open jam session. This week, Gary Sterlace, Jack Civiletto, Andy Romaneck and Bobby Price will oversee the blues jam, while Big Tobacco fills the guest performer slot.