Here's a good way to spend your sleepy Sunday. Head to Crazy Jake's, a cool joint tucked away at 26 Webster St., not too far away from the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.
The Western New York Summertime Blues Review will assemble a bushel of the best bluesmen (and blueswomen) in the region and scatter sets from them throughout Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. and carrying on well into the evening. All of this will benefit the Food Bank of Western New York, so "clean out the pantry and donate some food," as event organizer Sam Marabella suggests.
Scheduled to perform are Harvey and the Hurricanes, the Lefty Wilson Band, the Sharks, the Electras, the Bravuras, Danny Lynn Wilson, Danny Gambino and Co., Jon Rose & Jack Mcardle and Alfie Alessandra. Admission is $10, and advance tickets are available through www.wnybluesreview.com.
American musician, songwriter, journalist, Grateful Dead historian and producer David Gans recently broadcast his Sirius Satellite Radio show from our area, just after his performance at the annual Papa Bear Festival in Clarence.
Now, Gans is coming back for more, this time within the cozy confines of Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.), where he'll broadcast his Sirius show "Tales from the Golden Road" live between 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Gans will then perform a solo electric set, followed by twin sets from the Gracia Preservation Society. This "Day of the Dead" will also include Grateful Dead DJing up until midnight, when the weekly "Grateful Dead Hour" will be broadcast over Duke's house stereo system. You can get on the bus for a mere $10, payable at the door on Sunday.
If you've not yet had the opportunity to take in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood's new album, "Big Moon Ritual," I'd suggest you get your hands on the thing prior to Tuesday. Why? I feel strongly that, should you do so, you'll feel mighty inclined to head to the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Tuesday to catch the band in the flesh.
Led by the eminently soulful and delightfully gritty vocalisms of Black Crowes co-founder Chris Robinson, and bolstered by the far-reaching guitar skills of Neal Casal, the Brotherhood crafts a heady, mellow-but-inspired vibe. "Big Moon Ritual" boasts a '70s "AM Gold" aura -- sort of Laurel Canyon by way of the Bayou. Tickets are $21 advance, $24 day of show (box office, Tickets.com). Be advised -- this is an "Evening With" show, so there will be no opening act.
>Of (many) note(s)
Free-jazz pianist Thollem McDonas will walk the real-time improv highwire with two of Buffalo's finest exploratory musicians -- saxophonist Steve Baczkowski and percussionist Ravi Padmanabha -- at 8 p.m. Sunday in the back room at Allen Street Hardware (245 Allen St.). Bring $8 and an open mind. These guys will definitely take you somewhere. How, when and if you manage to come back is up to you.
>Hair (metal) of the dog
It was a crying shame about the poodle hair, spandex slacks, absurdly ruffled shirts open to the waist and guy-liner.
But there was always something about Cinderella's "Night Songs" album that set it apart from the (Ratt) pack of late '80s sartorially challenged, Aqua Net-indulgent hair-metal acts. Singer Tommy Keifer seemed to be faking the whole Bon Jovi clone thing -- he was always way too AC/DC and "Rocks"-era Aerosmith to pull it off. Which might be why the members of Cinderella no longer look like dudes in drag.
The band plays its rootsy hard rock at 6 p.m. Sunday in Braun's Concert Cove (11891 Main St., Akron). The Jim Crean Band will open. Tickets are $25 advance (Tickets.com).