This weekend’s biggest Buffalo-related event isn’t scheduled inside Erie County. It’s not even occurring in New York. It’s happening two states over – in Canton, Ohio.
On Saturday, thousands of royal blue-clad fans will move the Nickel City 233 miles down I-90 West before Bills legend Andre Reed is finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
But maybe you’re not planning to be part of this event. Though time, therapy or hypnosis has allowed you to finally appreciate the Bills historic conference run, you would rather bask in some hard rock or recollections of the Grateful Dead. Or perhaps you’d simply like to remember the routes and receptions of No. 83 right here at home, albeit in the company of some solid musicians. That’s just fine. For those not traveling to the jewel of Stark County, here are some weekend suggestions. This is Farrell Four:
Time Giant, 8 p.m. Aug. 1 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.)
I would usually write my own words about what to expect from Toronto’s Time Giant. But this week, I’d rather borrow the descriptive copy found on the band’s website to prep you for its planned Cobblestone chaos. Behold: “It’s loud. It’ll make you dance. It’ll make you scream. It’ll make you bang your head, grow your hair long, and call in sick to work because you were up all night listening to sex on six strings.” After these promises, is it even necessary to provide any more details about the Zeppelin-meets-Wolfmother Fender-driven foursome? Didn’t think so.
Before you go, listen to: “Zenith (A Quarter to Five)”
Venue and show info: www.buffaloironworks.com.
Sonic Garden, 9 p.m. Aug. 1 in Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.)
Western New York’s preeminent Grateful Dead tribute band didn’t earn its status by lollygagging its way through swift covers of “Skeletons From The Closet” studio cuts like “Casey Jones” and “Uncle John’s Band.” They did it by playing the freewheeling, jammed-out Dick’s Picks versions, ones they’ll be sure to feature during Duke’s annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration on Friday night. Find a table, close your eyes and, at times, it might feel like you’re at California’s Cow Palace in ’74.
Before you go, listen to: the Dead’s underrated “Terrapin Station”
Venue and show information: www.dukesbohemiangrovebar.com.
Kickstart Rumble, 9 p.m. Aug. 2 in Dinosaur BBQ (301 Franklin St.)
Anyone with a taste for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash to match their love of beef brisket might want to find Dinosaur for a two-for-one on Saturday night when Buffalo’s own rockabilly-influenced quintet Kickstart Rumble finds Franklin’s favorite smoked stage. Armed with a suitcase full of sweaty originals to join the same covers they once hauled into Merlin’s (now Blue Monk), Kickstart Rumble is sure to shake floor planks and pork plates throughout a riotous tour through the roots of rock and roll.
Before you go, listen to: “Austin”
Venue and show info: www.dinosaurbarbque.com.
Michael King Project, 6 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Ninth Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.)
Before Michael King was booking performance space in Ani DiFranco’s Babeville basement, he was leading the nationally renowned University at Buffalo a cappella group, Buffalo Chips. Now removed from that bullish experience, he’s carving a new path, one rooted in jazz, soul and R&B—and one accompanied by actual instruments. On Aug. 3, King will join his ensemble of Queen City musicians as he sets the mood and soothes attendees with sensual, funk-tinged originals off his debut EP “Open.”
Before you go, listen to: “Wasting Time”
Venue and show information: www.babevillebuffalo.com.