Buffalo residents love their live music – but not as much as their food.
For evidence, visit this weekend’s Taste of Buffalo munch march up Delaware Avenue. Over 48 hours, tens of thousands of hungry revelers will descend upon downtown for America’s largest two-day food festival. On one lazy hike from Niagara Square to Chippewa, visitors can double-fist ribs from BW’s Barbeque, hammer down the city’s best fried chicken from Garris’s, then fall asleep under a tree with a Paula’s peanut stick dangling from their mouths. Needless to say, the weekend isn’t ideal for triathlon training.
But after you’ve sampled all the poutine and fried pickles you can handle, there’s plenty of music to find outside the weekend’s Taste. Whether emerging from a Fat Bob’s-induced food coma or dancing off R&R’s brisket nachos, there are sides of sets to go with your annual outdoor smorgasbord. So stretch your legs and wipe last year’s mustard off your shirt. This is the Farrell Four:
The Tins, 8 p.m. July 11 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.)
Over the past four years, local trio the Tins has shown listeners what it can do, whether toggling between frolicking keys and step-on-the-gas power chords of 2012’s “Hit and Miss” or the dreamy synth pop of 2010 track “The Green Room.” But with the forthcoming EP “Young Blame” ready for issue on July 29, Adam Stanley, Michael Francis and David Muntner will debut their newest Peter Bjorn and John-flavored jams – like the escalating, pop explosion “Let It Go” – as part of an all-ages CD release spectacular (featuring Aircraft) in Buffalo Iron Works. Venue and show information www.buffaloironworks.com. Band info at www.thetinsmusic.com
Dan Harper with Magic Show, 3 p.m. July 12 in the Tudor Lounge (335 Franklin St.)
Dan Harper is no stranger to the streets of Buffalo. Whether brandishing his harmonica in elementary school, owning the Essex Street Pub with his Rock E. Blues Band or collaborating on the epic “Danny Moves Your Fanny” jingle for local radio legend Danny Neaverth, the man has laid his imprint on the region’s reflection. Now turning live tricks with his magic show, the multifaceted impresario will pull his live matinee into the dimly lit Tudor for an afternoon full of Bo Diddley blues.
Venue and show info at reverbnation.com/venue/tudorlounge. Band info at www.danharperblues.com.
The Revenge Therapists, 9 p.m. July 12 in Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.)
Find songs like “Turn It Up” and “The Adventures of Kids In The Hall” and you’ll hear hints of Saves The Day, Jimmy Eat World and “Superstar Carwash”-era Goo Goo Dolls. If you like what you hear, then find Queen City quartet The Revenge Therapists, who’ll be churning out these songs – off its forthcoming debut EP – and more inside one of the city’s premier draft dens on Saturday night. And with veterans of such previously visible outfits as Patrons of Sweet and The Mind Automatic manning Therapist instruments, the night’s introduction with be familiar.
Turnpike Troubadours, 7:30 p.m. July 13 in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.)
Through their fiddle-led fidelity stomp of “Gin, Smoke, Lies,” Turnpike Troubadours weave an awful lot of Middle America imagery between the refrain’s ultimatum of, “Well, if you’ve been true, you better look me in the eye.” Come out on Sunday and you’ll see how such lyrical storytelling and country-backed bluegrass has taken the Oklahoma quintet from Sooner state honky tonks to Sportsmen’s Amherst Street stage, where they’ll tour through tracks off 2010’s “Diamonds and Gasoline or their latest album, “Goodbye Normal Street.”