I miss Mohawk Place. I miss its cans of beer and the smell of each spilled on the floor. I miss the Anvil and Trashcan Sinatra stickers on its walls; I miss the framed glossies, the bedazzled archway and the Elvis in Buffalo placard. I miss the bar’s awful duct-taped toilet seat inside the city’s worst men’s room.
But most of all, I miss the music. And without the late Pete Perrone, there wouldn’t have been music at the Mohawk.
There wouldn’t have been a spot for my friends to wield Fenders like rock gods and cover Clash singles around Christmas. There wouldn’t have been a ramshackle venue for Buffalo’s burgeoning musicians to wail, fail and grow. He made it possible, and that’s why Saturday night’s Celebration of Pete Perrone at Town Ballroom—with former Mohawk regulars like Girlpope, Irving Klaws and Steam Donkeys joining at 7:00 p.m. to honor the late bar owner and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project—should be on your weekend’s calendar before anything else.
If you have any room around this mandatory remembrance on Main Street, here are a few more options to fill your schedule. This is the Farrell Four:
FIVE TO ONE AT DUKE’S BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR (253 ALLEN ST.) 6:00 P.M. JUNE 27
The six-piece Sportsmen’s regulars travel off Amherst Street for an early Friday on Allen, ready for whatever band members like Abby Unger (vocals), Bill Solak (drums) and Bill Kita (multi-instrumental virtuoso) feel like dealing out to Duke’s early arrivals. Interested in hearing “I’m A Loser” by the Beatles? Request it. How about “Mr. Soul” by Buffalo Springfield? Shout it out. The band’s up for anything, including originals like Solak and Kita’s “A Brighter Life”—so ask for it.
Bar information at dukesbohemiangrovebar.com. Band info at fivetoone.org.
THE ROYAL HALLS W/ TEN CENT HOWL AT BUFFALO IRON WORKS (49 ILLINOIS ST.) 8:00 P.M. JUNE 28
Before the Batavia quintet formed earlier this year, they were just a bunch of longtime friends, playing with various bands but interested making music rooted in country rock, but influenced by the not-so-country Weezer and War on Drugs. Now, they’re a band finishing a new album and playing their second Iron Works gig in three weeks. Alongside local barnstormers Ten Cent Howl, they’re primed for another lively night in the Cobblestone District.
Show information at buffaloironworks.com. Band information at facebook.com/theroyalhalls/info.
FREDTOWN STOMPERS AT GYPSY PARLOR (376 GRANT ST.) 9:00 P.M. JUNE 28
According to the Internet, SUNY Fredonia is known for its Blue Devils, Business Administration and Management Program and Ladies Night at nearby Sunny’s. But what about their eight-person New Orleans-style instrumental ensembles? Enter the Fredtown Stompers, former Fredonia students turned Buffalo regulars whose early 20th century jazz and Dixieland stylings have recently appeared at both the Allentown Art and Amherst Street festivals. Come down to Grant Street—and party like its 1919.
Bar info at thegypsyparlor.com. Band info at reverbnation.com/artist_2937612/bio
CHUCK MEAD AND HIS GRASSY KNOLL BOYS AT SPORTSMEN’S TAVERN (326 AMHERST ST.) 7:00 JUNE 29
Lawrence, Kansas native Chuck Mead has worn a lot of hats since starting 90s alt country outfit BR549. Head of the Hillbilly All-Stars. Guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University. Music director for Broadway’s “Million Dollar Quartet.” But now touring with his Grassy Knoll Boys and their 2014 Plowboy Records release “Free State Serenade,” Mead’s back where he belongs, rolling toward Amherst Street with the type of Gibson-led honky-tonk and rockabilly that’s kept him in business for over three decades.
Show information at sportsmenstavern.net. Band info at chuckmead.com.