Remember that time you went for a nice morning jog, gazed at the passing neighborhood scenery and decided the only thing that could possibly make the run better would be supporters lining your route – and tossing multicolored chalk dust at your face?
OK, maybe this never occurred to you. If it did, you’re in luck. At 8 a.m. on Aug., runners will fill Canalside for the nationally renowned Color Run, the self-proclaimed happiest 5K on planet Earth. Joggers will stretch their hamstrings, knot their Asics, then spend 3.1 miles wondering why their mouths taste like an elementary school blackboard. Cardiovascular health has never been so confusing (or colorful).
But what if you’re not into having chalk caked atop your sweat-drenched body? What if you would rather fuel your weekend with some bouncy pop punk or Black Rock-set Americana? What if you would rather team cornbread with Johnny Cash covers or bask in an evening revival of Canadian grunge? There are plenty of amplified options for those who would rather not spend their Saturday masquerading as a bag of Skittles, so rest easy. Get a good stretch and grab a bottle of water. This is Farrell Four:
Our Lady Peace, 8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls)
Some might argue that Canadian fashion inspired the grunge era’s style. Torn denim, flannel and thermal undershirts? Province residents have been rocking this look before and after it was cool, so I guess it makes sense that Toronto’s Our Lady Peace rode the latter waves of the Fender-led genre. With efforts like international breakthrough “Starseed” or Raine Maida’s trembling yodel on “Superman’s Dead,” the quartet planted its maple leaf flag on the late-90s, and will most certainly revisit the hits on this stop, its only U.S. appearance for the year. Limited tickets remains.
Before you go, listen to: “Naveed”
Venue and show info at www.rapidstheatre.com
The Spin Wires, 11 p.m. Aug. 15 in Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.)
When three musicians meet at a Beer Olympics, there’s a strong chance the band they eventually form could compose a lot of songs about drinking. This is the case with Buffalo’s Spin Wires, but those tunes about booze – whether the whistling “No One’s Keeping Score” or the straightforward “Drunk With You” – are undeniably catchy. Reminiscent of early 311, Tyson Prince (guitar/vocals), RJ Porter (bass/vocals) and Joe Grasso (drums) will be worth a few rounds when they start your weekend from the Goodbar stage.
Before you go, listen to: “Should I Dance Or Should I Die”
Venue and show information: www.mrgoodbarbuffalo.com
Tiny Rhymes at Hot Mama’s Canteen, 7 p.m. Aug. 16 (12 Military Road)
Some vocalists are singers. Others are soothers. Sharon Mok of Tiny Rhymes is a soother, one whose voice floats above her accompanying instrumentation, eases over lines of lyrics and relaxes listeners into serenity. Hints of Ingrid Michaelson and Charity Rose Thielen (of The Head and The Heart) can be found within Mok’s vocal at the front of her folk sextet’s rustic tracks, and all should echo beautifully inside the renewed environs of Black Rock’s Canteen.
Before you go, listen to: “O, Amaranta!”
Venue and show information: www.hotmamascanteen.com
Leon and The Forklifts, 10 p.m. Aug. 16 in Dinosaur BBQ (301 Franklin St.)
Not interested in being soothed into a violin-aided state of calm and, instead, would rather be bathed in the smoky aromas of rock ’n’ roll? Find Leon and the Forklifts’ free Saturday night set on Franklin Street. The Buffalo-based veterans can fan out in a variety of genre directions, just as able to play Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes” as they are to funk through Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition. Pair this unpredictability with a few of Dino’s $3 cans of Genny Cream Ale and you’ve got the makings of a sweet little evening.
Before you go, listen to: “Bluesman”
Venue and show info: www.dinosaurbarbque.com/bbq-buffalo