Cool band name alert! Johnny Van Plant – yes, you read that correctly! – will be performing the music of Led Zeppelin in all of its light/shade complexity on Saturday evening at Club Infinity (8166 Main St., Clarence).
I caught the band in an abbreviated set at Nietzsche's, as part of Jeff Garbaz annual "Blouses of the Holy" tribute gig, and man, these guys have that blend of muscle and sophistication that makes us all so weak in the knees for the mighty Led Zep.
Saturday's concert is a benefit for the family of Jimmy Turner, who is the brother of Johnny Van Plant singer John Turner, a father of three, husband and 1991 Iraq War veteran.
The band would like it to be known that they reached out to Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page and managed to get a personal invite into his hands. Johnny Van Plant, with guests Hunting For Teeth, take the stage beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Club Infinity.
Tickets for the all-ages show are $15 advance, $20 at the door (box office, Ticketweb.com and at Record Baron, 3048 Delaware Ave., Kenmore).
>Blind Baby in Barker
Yup, summer motored right on by us, didn't it? Like, here today, gone later today. Ahh, but don't let it get you down. There's still some life in the season yet. A good, old weekend-long festival might be just what you need to set you straight.
How about this one? Blind Baby's Holiday XIX – I'm guessing the name is a nod to the infamous Cheech & Chong skit "Blind Melon Chitlin," but yes, it's only a guess – takes place today, Saturday and Sunday, at 2431 Quaker Road in Barker, which is roughly an hour from downtown Buffalo, a bit north of Lockport.
The camping-friendly event is comprised solely of local bands and artists, and will feature an art gallery tent, live drumming tent, live art installations, a dance tent and free morning yoga classes with live musical accompaniment.
Some of Buffalo's finest bands will partake, among them Rhubarb, Universe Shark, Little Mountain Band, Roots Collider, Handsome Jack, Whiskey Reverb, the Evil Things and Headie LeMar.
Find a full schedule at Blindbabysholiday.com. Tickets are $60 for adult weekend passes. Kids under 12 are free, and kids 13 to 17 years old will be admitted for $20. (There are kid-friendly events scheduled throughout the weekend.) Camping is free. Gates open today at 1 p.m.
Psychedelic-pop-indie rock trio Secret Cities, with guests Space Cubs, play at 8 tonight in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). If you've heard the band's "Pink Graffiti" album, then you probably already have your tickets. If you haven't, go to WesternVinyl.com, search Secret Cities, and then bring $7 to the door.
Chicago's own Iggy & the Stooges saunter into town for a gig at 9 p.m. Saturday in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). The punk/garage-rock bill will also feature performances from Rusted Bullet, Ball Cheez Psychotics, Mob from Atlantis and Cosmic Shakedown.Woody's Beach Club & Taqueria (3580 Lakeshore Road), has been on my summer-long "bucket list," mostly because the idea of sitting on the beach, listening to a band and grabbing a cold one is, with a few specific conditions – primarily, that the band be more than good! – is an accurate desciption of my version of the heavenly afterlife. Looks like Sunday will offer me the chance to cross Woody's off the list. Free Henry will be perfoming between 2 and 5 p.m., just prior to commencement of Woody's first annual Kayaking Regatta. Sounds like a blast.?On Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., the New Era Flagship Store, located at 160 Delaware Ave., will host a day of dance, live music and DJs. There will be breakdancing competitions, freestyle DJs, performance art and sets from the likes of DJ Forest Getemgump, DJ Cutler, DJ Simple and the Chill Harmonic Orchestra. Admission is $5.