It’s a hard task to compile a weekly list of recommended club dates in the summer. Why? Because so many shows move to parks, waterfront lawns and former Pier parking lots that the term “club shows’ is disingenuous.
Larkin Square. Canalside. Gratwick Park. These are just a handful of local outdoor expanses hosting national and local acts over the next two months. All provide the opportunity for great shows, albeit with waterfront and cereal aromas replacing wafts of spilled Molson usually standard in Buffalo’s indoor venues. But these are not bars, taverns or clubs—so I’ll stick to the script.
If you’re afraid of sunlight or the sight of the moon, get ready for a weekend’s worth of shelter. This is the Farrell Four:
buffaBLOG’s Herdfest, 6 p.m. June 20 in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.)
The local music blog is turning out its weekend-long audio march through Allentown venues like Duke’s, Allen Street Hardware and College Street Gallery. But if you want to dig in for happy hour blues, stay for tavern regulars like Dive House Union and Leroy Townes, and support a good cause in the process, schedule your Friday night for Nietzsche’s where you can find all of that plus The Good Neighborhood’s “Music is Art” instrument donation drive. Bring a new or used instrument, find some elbow room, and settle in for a quintessential night of Queen City chaos.
Festival information at buffablog.com and thegoodneighborhood.com.
Ozric Tentacles, 8 p.m. June 21 in The Tralf (622 Main St.)
How spaceship-landing-at-the-corner-of-Haight-Asbury does your music have to be to earn the genre designation “progadelic”? Ask British anomalies Ozric Tentacles, who’ll touch down in the Theatre District for a rare North American appearance on Saturday. Touring with swirling jams off albums like “Strangeitude,” “Curious Corn” and 2011’s “Paper Monkeys,” the space rockers and festival legends should turn the Tralf on its ear before dragging it to the deepest depths of the cosmos.
Show and ticket information at tralfmusichall.com.
Busted Stuff, 9 p.m. June 21 in Savoy (149 Elmwood Ave.)
Away from the sweat-drenched throttle of Herdfest and Ozric Tentacles is Buffalo duo Dave Abbatoy and Cynthia McCaffrey, who’ll be tucked away in Savoy’s shadows for a Saturday session of their self-styled “acoustronics.” Ever hear a violin teamed with a wah wah pedal? How about a mandolin morphed into the function of a piano or pan flute? This is the inventive madness of the one-time Dave Matthews cover band, and they’re guaranteed to roll a circus of soothing sounds into one of Elmwood’s most intimate venues.
Bar and event info at savoy-buffalo.com. Band info at bustedstuffmusic.com.
Primus, 4 p.m. June 22 at Gratwick Park (4444 River Road, North Tonawanda)
Forget it; I’m abandoning the indoor-only script and seconding the preview provided by News’ Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers. Why? Because everyone should see Les Claypool play bass once before they die, club or no club. Whether touring through thumpers off “Sailing the Seas of Cheese” or “Pork Soda,” the virtuoso once deemed too skilled for Metallica is a hypnotic revelation that needs to be witnessed live. Team his manic licks with enduring punk opener Fishbone and you’ve got a nice little Sunday. Outside.
Show information at niagarariverrocks.com. Band information at primusville.com.