After a week that featured Willie Nelson, Vampire Weekend and a Canalside appearance by “Mr. Boombastic” himself comes a summer weekend full of festivals, Coca-Cola Field free-for-alls and Father’s Day.
Expose your dad to First Ward history at the Buffalo River Fest, or buy him a framed panoramic for the den at the Allentown Art Festival. Meet him at Martin Luther King Jr. Park for the sights and sounds of the world’s third largest Juneteenth Festival. Or invite the old man to roll his Ford F-150 to a Swan Street lot, crack a few Bud Lights and join you for the annual ballpark-hosted Taste of Country, scheduled to move Buffalo below the Mason-Dixon Line for most of Friday night.
But is that enough? This is your father, the man who’s responsible for half your genetic make-up. Doesn’t he also deserve some rockabilly, Celtic rhythms and Queens-born beats? And don’t forget about Sunday, when the breadwinner might appreciate some beach time following your trips to river regattas and pottery stands. If you’re feeling grateful, consider adding the following events to your weekend’s agenda.
This is the Father’s Day-focused edition of the Farrell Four:
Crikwater at Shannon Pub (2250 Niagara Falls Blvd.), 8:30 p.m. June 13
The calendar isn’t flipped to March. You’re not wearing a hand-knit sweater made of goat hair, and there’s no parade scheduled to roll down Delaware Avenue on Sunday. Does this mean your father doesn’t want to raise a pint while one of South Buffalo’s finest foursomes rolls through rebel songs, folk ballads and pub thumpers? Of course not. Ethnic traditions are a year-round gig, so get to the Shannon, buy your dad a Guinness and bask in the rhythms of your shared lineage—or love of Irish music.
Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.), 9:30 p.m. June 13
Maybe your father’s not down with the lifeblood of Irish culture. Maybe he’d rather find a spot stage left, cradle a cold Genny and watch a succession of scorching licks that once drove Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen’s roaring 1972 cover of “Hot Rod Lincoln.” If so, find Amherst Street and bear witness to the Titan of the Telecaster himself, Bill Kirchen, who will bring his Grammy-nominated sound to Sportsmen’s for an amalgamated night of rockabilly, country, bluegrass and Texas swing sure to get Dad’s weekend rolling.
World’s Fair at The Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), 7 p.m. June 14
Has your father ever talked about his childhood Saturday mornings with MTV’s Fab Five Freddy? Or maybe you’ve flipped through his old discs, discovered he owns a nicked-up copy of “Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers” and realized you’ve blown countless opportunities to bond over a shared love of five boroughs-located hip-hop collectives. Saturday night would be a good time to stop squandering such bonds, as you and your dad can take in World’s Fair, whose Queens, N.Y.-inspired rhymes will headline Saturday’s all-ages affair.
Show and ticket information at www.waitingroombuffalo.com.
Ultraviolet at Mickey Rats Beach Club (8934 Lake Shore Road, Angola), 5 p.m. June 15
Do you think a polo shirt, James Patterson thriller or Calloway putter will really show your pops how much you love him? How much you appreciate his influence, advice or existence? It won’t – but a trip to the beach to bask in the ‘90s reverence of Sunday Funday staple Ultraviolet just might. Amy Zielinski and Co. know how to shower adulation on dear old Dad, with sun-soaked covers and vintage jams much more exciting than neckties, and a dance-inducing set to turn Father’s Day into the celebration it should be.