This week in live music: Aqueous, Pat Metheny Side-Eye, Buffalo Jazz Festival | Music
Here are some of the most engaging live music events coming to clubs and concert halls this week.
Aqueous presents the Grand Flamboyant
1 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Jack Rabbit Outdoor Stage, 1010 Elmwood Ave.; $30.
Buffalo-born groove-rock quartet Aqueous presents its first festival, the all-day bacchanal Great Flamingle. The band – Mike Gantzer, David Loss, Evan McPhaden and Rob Houk – invited friends Les Special, the Talking Dead Heads, Space Junk and Tortoise Forest to perform, and the guys also took steps to tailor the experience to their fans, with AQ curated Sellers, Artists and Art Experiences. The evening will climax with a two-set headlining appearance by Aqueous, followed by an inside after-party by Jack Rabbit. “This event will celebrate the band’s love for their fans and the city that made them who they are,” according to the announcement for the Great Flamingle show.
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8 p.m. Sept. 4 at Asbury Hall, Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., $60/$75.
Pat Metheny is one of the most accomplished musicians and composers in jazz history. He’s also one of the most commercially successful artists the genre has ever seen, with multiple gold records in an idiom that rarely amass sales numbers close to those of pop music releases. Despite the success, accolades, Grammys and honorary degrees, Metheny has never forgotten where he came from and how much the mentorship offered by older jazz legends like Gary Burton, Eberhard Weber and Charlie Haden has played an important role in his musical growth during the early years of his career. The desire to “give back” in the same way his mentors helped him drove the formation of Pat Metheny Side Eye, an ensemble with a rotating cast of bright young musicians representing the cutting edge of modern music based on improvisation. The current edition of Side-Eye is perhaps the most mind-blowing yet, featuring Los Angeles keyboardist/bassist/sound designer Chris Fishman (Louis Cole, Flying Lotus) and New Orleans drummer Joe Dyson ( Ellis Marsalis, Dr. Lonnie Smith) join Metheny for new interpretations of gems throughout Metheny’s career.
Noon Sept. 4 at Seneca One Tower West Plaza, 1 Seneca St.; free.
A Labor Day weekend co-production between JazzBuffalo.org and Seneca One finds national and local jazz artists teaming up to provide a full day of music from BeBop to Latin ajzz. The event, which is the official closing night of the Seneca One Summer Jam series, will feature performances by the John Troy Quartet, Trigger & the Sermon, the Dave Hill Group and the Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Miss Buffalo Cruise with Organ Fairchild, Johnny Hart and the Mess
6 p.m. Sept. 4, departing from 329 Erie St., Erie Basin Marina, $30.
What a way to spend the eve of Labor Day. The Gritty soul jazz trio Organ Fairchild will be joined by Johnny Hart & the Mess, the powerhouse of alt-rock to urgently soulful soul, for a sunset cruise on Lake Erie. Boarding begins at 5.30pm and the boat leaves the dock at 6pm sharp, after which the music will start and the cash bar will welcome you with open arms. Traditionally, these events sell out, so it’s a good idea to buy your tickets ahead of time at eventbrite.com.
dead flowers, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Sole @ Woodlawn Beach, 3580 Lake Shore Road; free.
McCarthyzme, 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Sportsmen’s Tavern, 321 Amherst St.; $10.
Pyramid presents John Luc Jubert, B2B & Chad Lock, 10 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Gypsy Parlor, 376 Grant St., $10.
Songwriters & Spirits with David Michael Miller, 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Lion & Eagle Pub, 10255 Main Street, Clarence, free.