For the 22nd year, the town of Sherman will be given over to one of the most eagerly anticipated music festivals of the summer for the weekend following the Fourth of July.

The Great Blue Heron Music Festival, running from Friday through Sunday, began life as a largely acoustic music celebration, evolved into the broader world of roots music and is today a festival that offers styles ranging from bluegrass to jam band.

This year’s lineup includes performances from Donna the Buffalo, the Campbell Brothers, Lake Street Dive, Kevin Kinsella, Big Leg Emma, Driftwood, Jim Donovan, Smackdab, Alison Pipitone, the 12/8 Path Band, Sunny Weather, the Hindu Cowboys, Plastic Nebraska, the Double E and dozens of others.

Weekend pass prices are $90 for adults, $40 for children 12 and older. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Full lineup listing, information on camping and parking and tickets is all available through

Bully for dogs

The third annual Rock-a-Bully Concert and Fundraiser takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday in Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.). The multiact bill will raise funds to offer free spaying and neutering for privately owned bully breed dogs.

Slated to perform on behalf of their canine friends are the Lower Town Trio (rockabilly/psychobilly), 240 North (indie rock), Michael DiSanto (funk/neo-soul), Steve Balesteri (R&B), the B-Side Bastards (ska/punk) and Kickstart Rumble (classic rock). Admission will be $20 at the door.

Gig picks

Artimus Pyle & Friends, a band made up of bandleader and namesake Pyle (original drummer and founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd) joined by a host of area musicians, takes over the Dog Pound (2339 Union Road, West Seneca), at 8 p.m. Friday.

(Note to guy who loves to yell “Freebird!” at shows: Don’t. Please don’t.)

Funk/R&B/hip-hop/jam collective Type Relevant will celebrate the release of its new album at 10 p.m. next Thursday in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.), with the help of friends Milk Fat, Shut Eyes and Prime Example.

Finally, a heads-up for the serious students of alternative rock history out there. Though it may have slipped through the cracks amid the flurry of summer concert activity that commenced right around the time the show was announced, bear in mind that the mighty, the legendary and the rarely performing-anywhere-near-here Spiritualized will be touching down for a show July 14 in the Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). Be advised that the Waiting Room is a beautiful but intimate place, and tickets are moving on this one at a rapid clip. The $25 advance tickets are available now through

OK, you’ve been warned. I feel much better now.