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Something funky this way comes. While attending the Rubblebucket gig at the Rapids Theatre on Tuesday, I bumped into a friend and we engaged in the usual "Sup this weekend, dude?" banter. I said, "Dark Star Orchestra Saturday, of course!" My friend surprised me by countering, "I'm gonna have to skip it, unfortunately Turkuaz is playing Nietzsche's!"

I froze. Should I come clean, risk appearing out of the loop and simply offer an honest "Who?" or take the low road, pretending I knew who Turkuaz was and sniff condescendingly like an indie-rock hipster type? Decisions, decisions!

Eventually, I went with choice A, confessed my ignorance and manned up for the consequences. "Man, you have absolutely got to check these guys out," gushed my friend. I assured him I would. By Wednesday morning, I'd discovered this Brooklyn funk collective; by lunchtime, I'd fallen in love with them. Good lord, these cats can play! See and hear for yourself at www.turkuazband.com.

Yes, I'm a total newbie when it comes to Turkuaz. But nonetheless, I feel completely comfortable recommending that you check the band out at 10 p.m. Saturday in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.).

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Be scene

The Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), welcomes soul jazz/R&B outfit Pieces of a Dream at 8 tonight. The legendary Philadelphia trio of keyboardist James Lloyd, drummer Curtis Harmon and bassist Cedric Napoleon is touring behind its recently released "Soul Intent" album. Tickets are $40 (box office, Ticketmaster).

A bushel of local bands is donating time and talent to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund at the Tralf beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Informers Band, Hotel Bravo, the Heritage, Blurock, Early Attic, the New Marionettes and Blue Rootz are scheduled to perform.

Tickets are $10. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

In need of a little classic metal? 2 Minutes to Maiden, a tribute to Brit-Metal pioneers Iron Maiden, will play nothing but beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday in the Niagara Hotel (58 N. Transit Road, Lockport).

Thanksgiving Eve finds a few formidable Buffalo jam bands joining forces in the Tralf. "CranJam" will feature performances from Funktional Flow, the Maniacs and Slip Madigan beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Nonperishable food donations for the Food Bank of WNY will be accepted at the door. Tickets are $10 or $12 at the door.

Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.) hosts its own Thanksgiving Eve party beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The "Jive Turkey Celebration" will feature a host of Buffalo DJs, including Daringer, LoPro, Camaican sensation, Charlie the Butcher, Shuteyes, Drop D and BearskinRug.

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OLP helps out

Next Friday, you can shake off your "Black Friday" by attending the Our Lady Peace gig in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). At the same time, you can join the band in helping out the Ray family of Grand Island. The family is reeling from a house fire Nov. 5 that left them homeless. Our Lady Peace will donate a percentage of its merchandise sales at the Rapids Theatre show to the Ray family, and donations of household items will be accepted in the lobby on the night of the show, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $37 (box office, www.rapidstheatre.com, www.ticketfly.com).

email: jmiers@buffnews.com