Director Peter McGennis’ film “Queen City” gets its area debut Wednesday in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, and immediately following the screening, the Tralf Music Hall, (622 Main St.), will host the official after-party.
“Queen City” might be described as a Rust Belt noir, but true to McGennis’ vision, it’s also a celebration of Buffalo’s culture and a bit of a musical love letter to his hometown. The film is littered with cameos from R&B, soul and blues legends and a few of those legends will be in the house at the after-party. Blues harp icon James Cotton, soul singer supreme Sharon Jones and revered blues belter Toni Lynn Washington, all of whom appear in McGennis’ film, will share the bill at the after-party, along with a host of Buffalo musicians. The program will feature many of the tunes McGennis composed for the “Queen City” soundtrack.
Doors open at 7 p.m., the music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 (box office, Ticketmaster).
It’s only been a few months, but man, it feels like forever. Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds absolutely killed it on the Thursday at the Harbor stage this past summer, made us fall in love with them, and then took off on down the road, leaving us feeling lonely and perhaps a little bit used. Ahh, but we can forgive them, can’t we? A Sparrow has to fly, after all. And the band’s singer, Arleigh Kinecheloe, did say she and the rest of the band would be back to see us as soon as they could.
Since that incendiary set on the harbor stage, Sister Sparrow’s star has been on the ascent, with some high-profile festival gigs and co-headlining shows with the likes of Rubblebucket fanning the flames that are spreading around the nine-piece outfit’s soul-funk-rock melting pot. The new album, “Pound of Dirt,” ably captures the fiery sound of Sister Sparrow in concert, and is stuffed full of Kinecheloe’s sensual, soulful singing, down and dirty grooves, and abundantly gritty horn arrangements. The album makes for moving listening, but there’s no substitute for Sister Sparrow in the flesh, on the stage, particularly when that stage happens to be at the Town Ballroom, a room known for its excellent acoustic qualities. Can you tell that I’m psyched for this show?
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will take over the Town at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15 (box office, Tickets.com).
You’ve got a dilemma tonight, Buffalo clubgoer. Will you be attending the Horse Feathers show in the Ninth Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), the Musical Box gig in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda) or the Sharon Van Etten/Damien Jurado double bill in the Town Ballroom? To make matters more complex, all three shows share the same start time – 8 p.m. Tickets.com is handling ducats for both the Horse Feathers ($10) and Sharon Van Etten ($15) shows.
For tickets to Peter Gabriel-era Genesis tribute band the Musical Box ($40-$45), visit www.rivieratheatre.org. The band will be performing “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” in its entirety.
Saturday finds Anberlin, with guests Morning Parade and IamWe, sharing a bill at Club Infinity (8166 Main St., Williamsville). Tickets are through InfinityConcerts.com.
At 10 p.m. Saturday, the amazing turntable/live sample/“real” instrument mash-up that is Keys N Krates will take over Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.). Owski, Bearskinrug and Drop D will share the bill.