The best tribute bands tend to be much more concerned with nailing the nuances of the repertoire they’re concentrating on than with playing “dress up,” or attempting to “become” the musicians they are paying tribute to. (Two obvious exceptions involve tribute bands mimicking the Beatles or Kiss, where costumes become an integral part of the show.)
Far better to channel the spirit of the original band, and focus on tonalities, chord voicings and the appropriate musical equipment, than to merely attempt to convince the assembled that you actually are Jimmy Page or Jerry Garcia.
It’s for these reasons that Get the Led Out, the Led Zeppelin tribute started by guitarist Paul Hammond, surely numbers as one of the pre-eminent Zep celebrations of the many currently making the rounds. Great care has been taken to reproduce the music in painstaking detail, and GTLO can pull freely from the entire Led Zep catalog in constructing its ambitious set lists.
“Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin Experience” brings it tribute to Led Zeppelin to the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $23 advance, $28 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster).
Buffalo-born Clash tribute band the Outside Broadcast finds several veterans of the indie and jam scenes gathering to celebrate the music of the band many hold to be the most enduring to have emerged from the late ’70s British punk scene. The brainchild of Viva Noir guitarist Angel Rivera, the Outside Broadcast also features Rhubarb bassist Nick Gonzales, and members of Dotsun Moon, Warm Filaments and Spitfire & the Rebel Yell.
The Outside Broadcast, veterans of “Garageland,” the decade-plus running Buffalo tribute to the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer, will perform music from all five Clash studio albums at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Gypsy Parlor (376 Grant St.).
The second annual Spring Revival Music Festival kicks off today and carries on through the late evening hours of Saturday. The festival takes place outside of Rochester, at the Outback at Carey Lake (959 Penfield Road, Macedon).
This might seem like a bit of a trek, but this year’s Spring Revival is heavily slanted toward Buffalo bands, with the likes of Universe Shark, Aqueous, Lazlo Hollyfeld, Ocupanther and Intrepid Travelers performing.
The jam band-centered festival is an on-site camping affair, and will feature food vendors and a bar and grill, open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each of the three days. The Outback at Carey Lake is a 150-acre-plus site, and organizers say that there is room for some 500 cars in a paved parking lot, plus space for 1,000 more in a grassy parking field. Prices for the weekend are $50 advance/$70 day-of for a full weekend pass, $40 per day without camping, or $50 per day with camping.
Tickets are available online through www.upstatelive.com or at Headin’ to Hertel (1251 Hertel Ave.).
Jazz vocalist Mary McMahon will present an evening of jazz standards and Great American Songbook favorites at 8 tonight in Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.).
“An Evening with the Mary McMahon Project” will find the singer joined by a quartet featuring some of Buffalo’s finest jazz musicians, Bobby Jones on piano, Tim Clarke on trumpet, Mark R. Harris on bass and Tony Zambito on percussion. Admission at the door will be $7 for the general public and $5 for students with ID.