Here are four don’t miss club shows this weekend.
The Observers at Dinosaur BBQ (301 Franklin St.), 10 p.m. May 16
Slathered pork ribs, a slow-smoked brisket plate and a side of banjo? It’s possible with local outfit The Observers, whose mix of heartfelt Americana and moonshine-soaked hootenanny could provide the perfect start-of-weekend exhale while you inhale Dino’s unending smorgasbord of southern delicacies. And with songs like “Movin’ On” off the band’s recently released self-titled debut album, it might be hard to stay seated through the cornbread.
Show and restaurant information at www.dinosaurbarbeque.com. Band information at artistecard.com/theobservers.
Gnosis at Tudor Lounge (335 Franklin St.) 8 p.m. May 17
“Gnosis” is a commonly used Greek noun for knowledge. What kind of knowledge? Find Erie, Pennsylvania jam band Gnosis and you’ll assume it means familiarity with any sort of music considered enlightening or, more specifically, groove-inducing. The Lettuce-influenced five-piece brings its brand of space-flavored euphoria to Franklin Street for what could be – dependent upon your chemical balance and enjoyment of glow sticks – a night of transcendence.
Bar and show information at reverbnation.com/venue/tudorlounge.
The Ifs at Mammoser’s Tavern (16 S. Buffalo St., Hamburg), 8 p.m. May 17
Saturday’s Hamburg Music Festival boasts more than 30 bands playing parks and barrooms across the Town the Friendship Built. But if you’re looking to set up shop at one locale for one band, the British Invasion-influenced Ifs outside village favorite Mammy’s may be the way to go. As a past local opener for the likes of Peter Frampton and The Hollies, they’ll be plenty accessible amid the charitable festival’s day of Southtowns delirium.
Festival information at www.hamburgmusicfestival.com.
Glass Tiger and Platinum Blonde at Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center, 7 p.m. May 18
Do you remember blanketing your hair with Aqua Net to Glass Tiger’s “Don’t Forget Me” (When I’m Gone), stopping in mid-spray and exclaiming, “Is that a Bryan Adams on the refrain?” Canadians sure do, and they’ll be flooding en masse toward the Seneca Niagara Casino to celebrate this and other noteworthy moments off 1986’s “The Thin Red Line,” as well as support another former Juno Awards regular, Platinum Blonde. Bring your memories—and denim. Don’t forget the denim.
Ticket and show information at www.senecaniagaracasino.com/entertainment.
– Michael Farrell