The final show of the season at the Buffalo Outer Harbor - on the site that formerly housed the Pier, at 325 Fuhrmann Blvd. - is poised to be a corker.
Tonight, Boston's celtic-punk powerhouse the Dropkick Murphys will close a show that also includes a set from Buffalo's own hard-core punk pioneers Snapcase. This killer double-bill is made that much cooler by the fact that Snapcase gigs are hard to come by these days. After officially disbanding in 2005, the band only reunites for sporadic tours and one-off shows, which makes a hometown appearance something to celebrate with vigor.
Dropkick Murphys is well-known for encouraging hard-core devotion among fans. Taking a page from Ireland's the Pogues, the group formed a hybrid of the uber-bright tempos, brutal rhythms and sonic assault of punk, and the timeless melodies of traditional Irish music. The resulting delightful cacophony stirs a celebratory feeling in the band's legion of followers. The Murphys' new album, "Signed and Sealed in Blood," is slated for January release. Tickets are $27 (Ticketmaster.com). Gates open at 6 p.m. Visit Outerharborconcerts.com.
- Jeff Miers