Jamestown’s Big Leg Emma has been marrying traditional folk, bluegrass and country to psychedelic music and improvisation-based rock since 2001. Last summer, the band was granted an additional dose of improvisational energy when Buffalo’s own Corey Kertzie, revered drummer with the likes of Juggling Suns, Sonic Garden, Holka Kertzie Wynne, and the Little Mountain Band, took over the drum throne for the band. Since that time, area fans who’ve managed to catch B.L.E. at various festival shows and regional gigs have unanimously spoken of a renewed passion and dynamic tension-and-release in the band’s playing. Kertzie has been on the road gigging with the band continuously since joining, but he’ll bring his new friends back home for a show at 9 tonight in Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.).
Though recent illness within the ranks prevents the full Big Leg brigade from making the Duke’s show, Kertzie will be joined by bandmates Steve Johnson (guitar and vocals) and Charity Nuse (mandolin and vocals) for a special stripped down and intimate performance. Steel Keys & Brass will open the proceedings. Admission at the door will be $10.
– Jeff Miers