Ian McFeron at Merge (439 Delaware Ave.), 9 p.m. May 2
If you can’t score tickets to Ani DiFranco’s show in Asbury Hall but need to find music on Delaware Avenue, you’re in luck. The Seattle native and Nashville recording artist is rolling his folk-rock collective into Merge as he continues to tour on 2013’s “Time Will Take You.” The show’s free, so you’ll have more money for the bar’s craft cocktails—and fried pickles.
Living with the Past: A Live Tribute to Jethro Tull at Sportmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.), 9:30 p.m. May 2
Interested in starting your weekend with some “Aqualung” but can’t pull together airfare for Ian Anderson’s date in Liverpool? Find Amherst Street and Sportsmen’s, where New York’s preeminent Tull loyalists – featuring Buffalo’s own Ron LoCurto on guitar – will race through a series of flute-fueled favorites like “Thick As A Brick” and “Benefit.”
Tickets are $12 at the door. Show information at www.sportsmenstavern.net
Spirit of the West at Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, Niagara Falls, 8 p.m. May 3
The calendar indicates the 1990s have been over for nearly 15 years. No matter, Vancouver’s favorite Celtic-flavored five-piece will be find the intimate Bear’s Den this weekend to bring you back to the decade you spent shopping at Tony Walker, slugging Labatt Ice and humming the band’s infectious opening accordion line from “And If Venice Is Sinking.”
Tickets start at $40. Show information at www.senecaniagaracasino.com/bears-den.
Ann Philippone at Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.), 6 p.m. May 4
After wild hours spent traveling through the aforementioned trio of performances, wind down your weekend with a glass of cabernet or pint of Guinness as resident pianist Philippone eases you toward the working week as part of the club’s jazz-infused “Speakeasy Sunday” lineup within Nietzsche’s comfortable Allentown confines.