I’ve loved what Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) has been doing for the local music scene since it opened several months back. The Allentown establishment found its niche right off the bat by presenting adventurous music that cuts across an eclectic range of styles in an inviting, intimate environment in keeping with the art house ideal.
Pausa also has wisely focused on a tightly run schedule that finds the music under way by 8 p.m. and over by 10 p.m., thereby allowing patrons to catch the considerable amount of late-evening music taking place in the Allentown district most nights of the week.
Jazz of just about every imaginable stripe, avant-garde sounds, improvisational music and contemporary chamber group stylings have filled the Pausa docket to date. But clearly, the venue is seeking to broaden its scope as much as possible by continuing to book music that defies strict genre compartmentalization. It’s fitting, then, that a new group comprising young but seasoned Buffalo musicians will make its Pausa debut.
At 8 p.m. Friday, the Forealists – bassist/vocalist Zuri Appleby, keyboardist/vocalist Rocco DellaNeve, drum Deshawn “D Ray” Jackson and guitarist Kevin Urso – will bring what the band describes as “a blend of soul, dance, jazz and funk” to Pausa. All of these musicians have more than proven their worth as virtuosos in various musical settings over the past few years. But what makes the Forealists different is the group’s commitment to making fun, pop-based dance music that is groove-conscious and sophisticated. So seeing the band live, you can, to borrow a phrase from Pete Townshend, “dance while your knowledge is growing.” Cool.
The third annual “Rocket to Allentown” takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.). These tribute-style shows afford fans an ample opportunity to catch a variety of local artists in one venue – they’re like a one-stop shopping spree for the local music connoisseur. This particular show is mainly a celebration of the enduring legacy of punk-pop geniuses the Ramones, but other classic punk bands will be covered, too.
Nietzsche’s will have both stages running Saturday, with Nine Miles to Empty, Fourth but First, the Pillagers, DWI, Machines of Love and War, Jerry & the Corpse Grinders, 2 Many Toyz, Bad Ronald, Preemptive Retaliation, and Jump the Blinds rotating on the main stage. Solo acts Jimyn the Singing Mime, Alaysa O’Ballzy and Chris Abbey perform sets between the main stage action.
Speaking of awesome Buffalo punk bands, the gloriously garage-y Bloody Hollies will take a break from what appears to be all but ceaseless touring to return home for an anniversary show at 10 p.m. Saturday in the Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). The group has had quite the year, touring Europe throughout August and appearing on legendary Kinks guitarist Dave Davies’ new solo album, “I Will Be Me.” Saturday’s show offers us a chance to remind the band that we loved them first! The group will be joined by guests the Afterbirth Tycoon and Ronald Raygun. Admission will be $8 at the door.