The maiden voyage of the weekly Saturday night free music series at Brunner’s Tavern (3989 Main St., Snyder) wraps with two more shows before breaking for the summer. (The series will resume in the fall.) I attended a few shows in the series – a recent one featuring the “supergroup” Logo City ( which boasts members from Lazlo Hollyfeld) Peanut Brittle Satellite and the Genkin Philharmonic was particularly vibrant and exciting. I am glad to see the longtime “corner pub” in Snyder making the leap to live music venue.
At 9 p.m. Saturday, Critt’s Juke Joint, led by saxophonist/keyboardist/vocalist Eric Crittenden, brings its funk-soul-R&B mélange to Brunner’s. The series concludes for the time being with the one and only Jony James Band at 9 p.m. May 18. Admission for both shows is free.
‘Hardrive Live’ in town
Attempting to keep good old heavy rock alive in the era of star-studded hip-hop affairs, teen- and tween-centered pop, and the seemingly unending hangover of ’90s alt-metal is not a job for the faint of heart. Hard rock and classic, old school metal are not exactly the trend of the minute these days. And yet, the forms refuse to die, commanding loyal audiences comprised of subsequent generations of rockers who love their guitar solos blistering and aggressive, their time signature shifts dramatic and unexpected, and their bands nonconformist and far from the mainstream.
Bullet for My Valentne, the band headlining the “Hardrive Live Tour,” which takes over the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Friday, has been carrying the torch for heavy rock since emerging from a small town in Wales at the tail end of the ’90s. Initially influenced by prime period Iron Maiden and the nascent rumblings of thrash, a la Metallica and Slayer, BFMV would go on to incorporate the influence of post-punk, grunge and melodic hard-core over the course of its four studio albums. The most recent of these, “Temper Temper,” will be the focus of Friday’s show. Los Angeles outfit Stars In Stereo – fronted by modern metal siren Bec Hollcraft, will open the show. Tickets are $25 advance, $28 day of show (box office, Tickets.com).
We know you love your dubstep out there in Clubland. Well, at least some of you do. Enough of you to make our area a regular tour stop for some of the biggest DJs the genre has to offer. Another biggie touches down in Buffalo this week, with the arrival of English DJ Flux Pavillion, whose mum refers to him simply as Joshua Steele. The Town Ballroom welcomes Flux Pavillion at 8 tonight. Roknonix will open. Tickets are $30 (box office, Tickets.com).
The Tarbox Ramblers play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door. See Sportsmenstavern.com.
Ransomville celebrates the release of its Cowboy Troy-produced disc “Living Is For Everyone” with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday in the Forvm at the Maple Entertainment Complex (4224 Maple Road, Amherst). Blood Money will open the show.
A night of indelible Buffalo indie-rock takes place at 10 p.m. Friday in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.). Johnny Nobody, the Sleepy Hah Has and Made Violent will share the bill.
“Loud Guys Against Violence Against Women II,” a benefit concert for the Family Justice Center of Erie County, finds Salt Peter, Rev, Leroy Townes and Holly Kay joining together at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). According to guitarist/vocalist Anthony Aversa, this is likely to be the farewell performance of Salt Peter. I’m sorry to see them go. Tickets are $10 and are available through Ticketmaster.com or at the Tralf Music Hall box office.