The first Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside double-shot of the summer kicks off Friday evening with a double bill featuring two of the longest enduring alt-pop acts of the ’90s, the Jakob Dylan-led Wallflowers and the Adam Duritz-fronted Counting Crows. Buffalo’s revered troubadour Willie Nile and his band will open the show. The series continues Saturday evening with a headlining set from super-soulful R&B singer Kem.
The Wallflowers, still riding high after ending a several-year hiatus with the 2012 release of “Glad All Over,” has added former Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons to its roster, in the process bringing some additional muscle and heft to the rhythm section, something that will surely serve Dylan well. The Counting Crows are touring behind last year’s release, “Underwater Sunshine,” and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the group’s debut album, 1993’s mega-platinum “August and Everything After.”
Tickets for the Wallflowers/Counting Crows show are $16 advance, $20 day of show.
Contemporary urban soul artist Kem is renowned for his ability to marry the traditions of classic ’60s soul and Motown with contemporary R&B. Adding to the strength of Saturday’s bill will be the soul-jazz strains of Buffalo’s Will Holton and Friends. Tickets for the Kem/Holton bill are $15 advance, $20 day of show.
The concerts start at 6 p.m., and tickets for both shows can be bought at the Buffalo Place box office and through Tickets.com.
– Jeff Miers