A busy week

It's an extremely busy time of the year in the clubs. Here's a quick look starting with Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.) which has a diversified slate of shows.

The "BuffaBlog Holiday Party" starts at 10 tonight in Nietzsche's with performances by Roger Bryan & the Orphans, Wooden Waves, the Wakos, Bryan Johnson and the Family and DJ Mario Bee. The annual McCarthyizm Xmas Show, to benefit the Friends of the Night People, takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday in Nietzsche's. Joining the band will be friends A Potter's Field, Nelson Starr & The Benjamins, Poor Ould Goat, Megan Callahan, Flatbed, Andrew J. Reimers and the Nocturnal Project. Nonperishable food items and winter clothing will be accepted at the door.

Here's something different -- Nickel City Opera founder and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member Valerian Ruminski presents an "Opera Jazz Slam" begining at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Nietzsche's.

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (241 Delaware Ave.) presents improvisational percussionist Tasuya Nakatani in two sets beginning at 8 tonight -- one solo, the other in duo form, with friend Bill Sack.

The Free Music Friday Series at the Hard Rock Cafe (333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls), presents the Dave Constantino Band at 8 tonight.

Pink Floyd Tribute ensemble the Machine plays the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Advance tickets are $25; the price increases to $30 on the day of the show. Check to purchase.

Son of the Sun, Kingsley Flood and the Evil Things share a bill at 8 tonight in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Good Old War, with guests Val Emmich and the Dreaming Tree, play Mohawk Place at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 in advance, $13 day of show. has 'em, or you can visit the 'Hawk to pick them up. The same club hosts its annual "Xmas Bonanza" starting at 6 p.m. Thursday. London vs. New York, Patrons of Sweet, Wooden Waves and Failures Union will help you party.

Buffalo's alt-country outfit Flatbed hosts "A Flatbed Holiday Extravaganza" beginning at 9:30 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern (336 Amherst St.). On Saturday, it's a matinee show! The Gretch 'n' Doug Band -- that's Gretchen Schulz and Doug Morgano -- will be joined by Willie Schoellkopf starting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sportsmen's. Cover is $3.

Funktional Flow will offer twin sets of delicious jams at Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.) tonight. First set kicks off at 10 p.m.

Merge (439 Delaware Ave.) hosts a tribute to the Beatles beginning at 10 tonight. The Albrights, Brad Gower & Evan Kaderbeck, DJ Cutler and Adjoa Skinner will offer up interpretations of the Fab Four catalog. It's $5 to get in the door.