The Continental was Buffalo’s alternative music mecca, from the moment it opened in 1983 until its last hurrah in 2006. The club offered a home to countless original regional bands ranging from punk to progressive; it welcomed touring acts with impeccable punk and alternative credentials; and it boasted the city’s hippest dance floor, presided over by the impeccable taste and flair for the dramatic of our area’s coolest DJs. And when it left, it took with it the heart, the centralized hub, of Buffalo’s underground music scene. The Continental was our own CBGB’s.
The building may be gone, but the independent, irreverent and nocturnal spirit that filled that building remains. Last year, a host of Continental “originals” banded together to offer us the maiden voyage of the Continental Reunion, an event boasting a roster of bands and DJs strong enough to summon some 900 people to the Town Ballroom.
At 7 p.m. Saturday the Continental Reunion 2 takes place again in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Like last year’s successful event, the redux will find a host of the finest Continental-relevant bands and DJs providing the necessary racket into the wee small hours. Headlined by a pair of seminal Buffalo punk bands – the Enemies and Tension – the stage area of the Town Ballroom will also host Pauline and the Perils, Nullstadt, Johnny Revolting, Terry Sullivan, the Industry of Life Divine, the Kevin K Band, Skinbound, the Cowboys of Scotland, and Bob James & the Love Parade.
For your dancing pleasure, DJs Andre Frazier, David Hall, Ken Cox, Bud Redding, Jeff Naughton, Kenny Wolf, Phillip Blum, Adrian Levesque, Paul Hojnowski and Aaron Andrews – Continental veterans, all – will keep the beats throbbing.
Tickets are $10 advance and $20 day of show. They’re available now through Ticketfly.com.
The annual Buffalo Infringement Festival, birthed in 2005, finds hosts of musicians and experimental artists operating in various forms of media performing in a broad range of area venues the last week of July through the first week of August.
Infringement is an ambitious undertaking, and thus, needs the support of those interested in what it has to offer. On Wednesday, the Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.) will host “Infringe in the Works: An Evening of Buffalo Infringement Festival Art & Performances,” a multi-artist/musician bill that will raise funds to back this year’s festival. There will be dancing, live painting, tarot card readings and bands. Among the scheduled performers are the Buffalo Burlesque Collective; Metamorphosis Dance; painters Cat McCarthy, Amy Duengfelder, Vinny Alejandro; and bands the Soul Butchers, the Loveless, Melissa Lussier, Ould Pound, Hell’s Harlots and Arlowe Price. A suggested donation of $5 at the door will benefit the festival.