Renowned guitarist Brian Gore birthed the idea for the International Guitar Night touring ensemble, a traveling roadshow that finds acoustic guitarists from different cultures joining together in honor of the muse. According to the IGN website, the idea is to present a “cast of guitar luminaries to join [Gore] for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.”
The collective – San Franciscan Gore, English jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, French world music virtuoso Solorazaf and Brazilian classical guitarist Celso Machado – has been touring the country since early January, performing mostly in concert halls, museums and art galleries. At 6 p.m. Sunday, the International Guitar Night touring party will perform a special show in the Cullen Arts Center at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (845 Kenmore Ave.)
Why the special engagement? Well, St. Joe’s faculty member Marcus Devoso has been studying with jazz giant Taylor via the Internet for some time now, and it seems his pitch to Taylor sealed the deal. To have talent of this magnitude in such a setting is a coup for St. Joe’s, and also for lovers of virtuosic guitar music in the area. Additional information is available through www.internationalguitarnight.com and www.sjci.com. I also recommend a visit to www.martintaylor.com.
Space is the place...
A pair of upstate jam band/EDM outfits – both with names that imply floating around the cosmos untethered like Major Tom, a la David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” – will converge at 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.).
Solaris, formed in 2010 and already building a considerable reputation in the area, describes its compositions as musical blueprints that “vary in speed, length, genre and style, but all... are used as blank slates to showcase the trio’s explosive improv, electronic experimentation, and constantly evolving new sounds.” Which is both super cool, and pretty spacey. Space Junk – formed at Fredonia State College, as was I, so I’ve got a soft spot for them – insist that it likes to leave its listeners “wondering whether they are in a smoky laser filled dancehall or in a classic barn party.” All of this is good fun, and aptly descriptive of both bands’ sounds, but the ultimate enticement is the Facebook invite poster promoters concocted for this gig – if features what appears to be a homeless, Gandalf-like wizard in flowing beard, holding a staff in one hand and a placard reading “Will work for Jamtronica” in the other. Brilliant!
Admission for the Solaris/Space Junk throwdown will be $5 at the door.
Right smack in the middle of its winter tour, and following a reportedly successful, sold-out show in New York City, Aqueous returns to Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.) for a 10 p.m. gig today. Baltimore’s Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Akron, Ohio’s Aliver Hall, will share the bill. Admission is $7 at the door.
Satisfaction! The International Tribute to the Rolling Stones, will attempt to give you some satisfaction at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Forvm, Maple Entertainment Complex (4224 Maple Road). The band is said to be the only full-time touring Rolling Stones tribute ensemble in the world, and a quick visit to Rollingstoneshow.com suggests why this is the case. These guys are pretty amazing. Be advised – event planners are expecting the show to sell out. Tickets are $10 advance (Ticketweb.com). If any tickets remain on Saturday, the price jumps to $15.
The Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), hosts Cajun guitarist and songwriter Tab Benoit at 8 p.m. Tuesday, as part of the Big Easy in Buffalo series. Tickets are $20 advance (box office, Ticketmaster.com).
Finally, the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), has two big shows on the schedule this weekend, with Sublime tribute Badfish headlining at the venue at 8 tonight, and metal legends Testament, with guests Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam and 4Arm, bringing the “Dark Roots of Thrash Tour” at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for Badfish are $19; Testament and friends are asking $26 in advance, and $29 on the day of the show. Tickets for both shows are at the box office or through Tickets.com.