Here’s a shout-out to one of the coolest weekly jams in all of Buffalo.
Since firmly ensconcing itself at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.), several months back, the weekly Neo-Soul Tuesdays shows have flourished into a must-see cure to your early week blues. Hosted by Verse – a soul-funk uber-collective featuring guitarist Michael DiSanto, bassist Zuri Appleby, drummer DeShawn Jackson and bassist Rufus “Breezey” Cole – the weekly get-together finds the band being joined by a variety of guest vocalists and the occasional instrumental “sit-in,” for an evening of music aimed at both the heart and the hips.
The shows start and end rather punctually – the first downbeat is at 8 p.m., the final “Thank you, good night!” at 11 p.m. – so there’s nothing in the way of patience for your “But it’s a work night!” protestations. Admit it – you’d stay up that late watching TV anyway, and I’m comfortable proclaiming that there’s nothing on your tube that boasts a fraction of the soul displayed and celebrated by Verse and friends.
This Tuesday, vocalist Nikki Hicks will join DiSanto and Co. The rest of January finds Drea d’Nur in the house Jan. 15, Chauncey Northington Jan. 22 and Steve Jlin on Jan. 29.
Admission is $5 at the door; the kitchen is open and a full menu is on offer, too.
Neutral Milk Hotel released “In The Aeroplane Over the Sea” in 1998. It’s now held to be a classic of 1990s indie rock, and a collection emblematic of the Elephant 6 Collective sound – a reference to the independent Athens, Ga., record label that also provided a home for the likes of Olivia Tremor Control and Apples In Stereo.
The album’s reputation grew to near mythic proportions despite its rather humble commercial success, particularly after the band’s dissolution, in 1999. Singer/guitarist Jeff Magnum disappeared from the music scene following the splintering of Neutral Milk Hotel, becoming in the process what Slate.com called “the (J.D.) Salinger of indie rock.”
Happily, roughly four years back, Magnum began to emerge from his cocoon, playing the odd benefit show or low-profile gig. And then, just as suddenly as he had written off the music business, Magnum jumped right back into the fray with a box set of new recordings, and even an appearance on television’s “Parks and Recreation.”
Magnum, joined by guests Tall Firs and Briars of North America, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Indie rock lovers, rejoice. Tickets are $35 (box office, Tickets.com).
Old-school heavy metal – we’re talking the classics of the genre, a la Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, and other much-loved metal merchants from the 1970s and ’80s – will be celebrated at 9 p.m. Saturday in Dee’s Firehouse (5512 Transit Road, Depew). The show will be hosted by Metal Maiden, featuring singer Cari James, guitarists Jeff Duke and John Prestia, bassist Jim Wynne and drummer Gary Biondo.
A showcase of local indie-rock bands takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday in Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar with the Albrights headlining a bill that also includes Voices, Steel Keys & Brass and Coterie of Stern. Admission is $7.
The 10th Annual Tribute to Syd Barrett show takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.).