Guitarist Michael DiSanto and his bandmates in Verse – Zuri Elise Appleby, Deshawn D Ray Jackson and Rufus Cole Jr. – have been packing them in at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar in Allentown on Tuesdays for the past several months. The weekly “Neo-Soul Tuesday” series has been a success, and its rotating guest vocalist format has lent an air of excitement to the proceedings.
Now, DiSanto and Verse will host their first-ever Neo-Soul Sessions show at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Verse will play two sets, joined by guest vocalists Bentlee’ Gavin Wright and Steve Lin. The gig will also feature a performance from the Other Side of Main Street, led by saxophonist Will Holton, and also featuring Walter Kemp III, David Teaspoon Hulett, Anthony Dyal, Shawn West, Brian Freeman, Chunka Amare, Richii Valentino and Brian Pullins. Expect things to get good and funky. Tickets are $10 advance (box office) or $14 at the door.
Balloons Night Club (20 Monroe St., Ellicotville) has been stepping up its local band activity of late. At 9 p.m. Thursday, the club will welcome one of Buffalo’s finest jam bands, Funktional Flow. The quartet will bring its ebullient blend of rock, reggae, funk, soul, blues and folk to the Ellicottville establishment. The club can be reached via 699-4162 or at www.balloonsrestaurant.com.
The Skiffle Minstrels play the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) happy hour at 5:30 tonight and the first Friday of every month.
Former Talas guitarist, now renowned bandleader Dave Constantino, is joined by Billy McEwen, Tommy Reinhardt and Dave Pressley at 7 tonight in the Hard Rock Cafe (333 Prospect St., in Niagara Falls).
The B.A.M. Trio – bassist Ben Levitt, drummer Abdul Raqman and guitarist Matt Michaud – play the official reopening party at 8 tonight for Canvas@1206 (1206 Hertel Ave.).
Kurt & the Loders perform the music of Pearl Jam at 10 tonight in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.). Vitamin D will guest.
The Ronnie Davis Combo, with vocalist Sue Kincaid, play the 3:30 p.m. Saturday matinee at the Sportsmen’s Tavern.
Western New York country outfit the Heritage will be joined by guests Leon & the Forklifts and Eric Van Houten & Jillian McNeight at 7 p.m. Saturday in Club Infinity (8166 Main St.). Admission will be $5 at the door.
Shakti Yoga (133 Grant St.) transforms itself into the Shakti Lounge at 8 p.m. Saturday for a performance from the Daniel Bassin Free Jazz Trio. Bassin is music director of the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra. The suggested donation is $10.
Hall of Fame nominees
Nominees are being accepted for this year’s class of inductees to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Perhaps you have a favorite artist or band you feel has been overlooked. Or maybe you’d like to nominate yourself. (Yes, you can do that.)
According to the BMHOF folks, to be eligible, “nominated individuals and groups must have been born or lived in Western New York and contributed greatly to their musical careers while here.” Musicians and music industry-related individuals who have had a significant impact on the area music scene can nominate themselves, or each other, by completing the nomination form located at: buffalomusic.org/nominate.html.