Night & Day — It is the first weekend of 2014 and it is another slow one for entertainment in the region. But have no fear, we are just a few months away from spring and the calendar starting to fill up, but in the meantime, this weekend you can catch a comedy show at The Bear’s Den and a punk rock band from Florida at the Town Ballroom.
We will start at The Tralf on Friday, where they will be hosting Rochester-based indie harpist Mikaela Davis.
Tickets for the show are $8 in advance and $10 day of show, a huge bargain. If you have not heard of her, check her stuff out on YouTube and you will be hooked. She is the only contemporary musician that I know who plays harp and has a beautiful singing voice to accompany it. This is a unique event with a unique artist at a great venue in the heart of Buffalo.
The comedy duo of Williams and Ree will be at Seneca Niagara’s Bear’s Den this Saturday. The duo is sometimes billed as “The Indian and the White Guy,” and have shared the stage with Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. They have also hosted a television show with Florence Henderson called “Country Kitchen.”
The duo also has a commercially released DVD of a previous performance at Seneca Niagara Casino. Tickets for the show start at just $20 and are available at the Seneca Niagara Casino box office and at all Ticketmaster locations. They are performing two shows, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, the Town Ballroom will be hosting Against Me! (The exclamation point is part of the band’s name!). They were formed in 1997 in Gainesville, Fla., and were one of my son’s favorite bands when he was growing up. Their song “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong” has inspired me to consume copious amounts of the Irish beverage as a way to stay in shape.
The Buffalo show is one of the first dates on their tour in support of their new album coming out Jan. 21 entitled “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” a concept album about a transgender prostitute. The band’s lead singer, Laura Jane Grace, is a transgender woman who once performed under the name Thomas James Gabel. Tickets for the show are just $17 in advance and $19 day of show and available through tickets.com
One other note of interest, Bruce Springsteen’s new album of original music, “High Hopes” comes out on Jan. 14, a little less than two years since “Wrecking Ball.” Springsteen seems to have set the bar high for artists in their 60s, he continues to record and tour at an impressive rate.
For our show on a tank of gas this weekend, since there are so few shows in the region I am going to suggest you rent an economy car and drive to New York City to The City Winery to see Peter Wolf, lead singer of the J. Geils Band. The City Winery is an amazing venue in the heart of New York City and Wolf’s last two solo albums, “Sleepless” and “Midnight Souvenirs” are wonderful. It’s a long drive, but will be well worth it.Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.