DSP Shows presents Bad Bad Hats at The 9th Ward at Babeville Sunday, February 24
On Sale Fri 12/7 11am Tickets: $10 advance / $12 day of show General Admission at Ticketfly.com, Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), or charge by phone at 877.987.6487
7pm Doors, 8pm Show
Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band consists of Kerry Alexander, Chris Hoge, and Connor Davison. Named for a trouble-making character from the Madeline children’s books, Bad Bad Hats is defined by a balance of sweet and sour. Their music honors classic pop songwriting, with nods to nineties rock simplicity and pop-punk frivolity. Through it all, Alexander’s unflinchingly sincere lyrics cut to the emotional heart of things.
Alexander and Hoge met while attending Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2012, they formed Bad Bad Hats with friend and bassist Noah Boswell, and began performing around the Twin Cities. That same year, they were signed by Minneapolis label Afternoon Records. Their 2015 debut album Psychic Reader caught the attention of outlets including The New Yorker, NPR, Pitchfork, and Paste. Since the release of Psychic Reader, Bad Bad Hats has toured the U.S. extensively, supporting artists including Margaret Glaspy, Hippo Campus, and Third Eye Blind.
Lightning Round, the band’s second full-length album, finds Bad Bad Hats more confident and mature than ever. Producer and collaborator Brett Bullion (who also produced Psychic Reader) encouraged the group to record live in the studio, an approach which pushed the band outside of their comfort zone and lends many songs on the record a loose, organic feel. There is a vulnerability in this (fluttering tape loops, a few wrong notes) and it makes the music on the new album feel as honest and unpredictable as Alexander’s lyrics. In this spontaneous environment, Hoge, who is known to play every instrument in the band, delivers some of his most inspired musical performances yet.
As for Alexander, she’s still writing love songs, ones that recount with cinematic swell the subtle joy and pain of the everyday. Her vocals are supported by open, breathing arrangements that feature lush keyboard sounds and woody guitar tones. Davison was recruited to play drums on the album and became a full-time member in the process. His drumming and melodic contributions give the new songs a level of nuance not heard in previous releases.
Lightning Round marks the final release with contributions from original member Noah Boswell, who will be leaving the group this fall to pursue a master’s degree. Bad Bad Hats continues with Alexander, Hoge, and Davison. They have plans to tour the country this year.
IN FLAMES with special guests All That Remains and All Hail The Yeti live at the Rapids February 24th! For Immediate Release Rapids Theatre Official Press Release
Event: IN FLAMES with special guests ALL THAT REMAINS and ALL HAIL THE YETI Venue: The Rapids Theatre 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls, NY 14305 www.rapidstheatre.com 716-205-8925 Date/Times: Sunday, February 24th 6pm doors 7pm show Ticket Info: Tickets $27.50 GA in advance $32.00 GA Day Of Show (if available) $99 Ultimate Jesterhead Meet and Greet Experience. All ages show, anyone under 16 with adult 18+ On sale Friday, December 14th at 10am Est and available at The Rapids Theatre box office, www.ticketfly.com, and charge by phone 877-435-9849
Direct Ticket Link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1803570?utm_medium=bks
Sweden’s leading metal band has never stopped moving forward during the more than 20 years they’ve been performing. The melodic death metal of the band’s early days has since evolved into a unique expression, manifested in 12 albums like A Sense of Purpose, Sounds of a Playground Fading, Siren Charms and their latest release, Battles, recorded in Los Angeles with multi Grammy nominated producer, Howard Benson. 2016’s BATTLES spun off the band’s first Top 15 track at Active Rock radio and charted Top 10 in multiple countries internationally. The globally demanded act have toured worldwide with acts such as Metallica, Judas Priest and Avenged Sevenfold while inspiring many of our favorite rock and metal artists today. In Flames is a band that fans around the world can rely on, inspiring their fans, the Jesterheads, to live by the phrase, ”In Flames We Trust”.
January 26-27, January 30-February 2, February 6-10, February 13-24 6-9pm, 6-10pm Fridays & Saturdays
See special feature dates below
Inside the Botanical Gardens! Lumagination is produced by Luminated Landscapes Inc
The Magic of Air – The interior of the Botanical Gardens will be illuminated to excite imaginations, stimulate the senses and entertain all ages! Air motivates ordinary things to move in amazing ways. There are so many magical surprises in store at this exhibit – colorful and creative lighting, dancing silks, bouncing paper cranes, hot air balloons and kites of all sizes, metallic mobiles, cyclones of fabric and so much more! #Lumagination Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
General Public Tickets: $14 Adults $12 Seniors (62+) $12 Students (13+ with ID) $6 Kids 3-12 Kids 2 and under free
Botanical Gardens Members’ Tickets: $12 Adults $10 Seniors (62+) $10 Students (13+ with ID) $6 Kids 3-12 Kids 2 and under free
Tickets available online OR at the door! Tickets purchased online can be used any night of Lumagination * Tickets available online and at the door * Guest passes and coupons are not valid * Tripods are not permitted * The Botanical Gardens will close at 4:30pm and re-open at 6pm for Lumagination
Lumagination Happy Hours – February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 5-9pm Join us for casual drinks and food in a lively space with an industrial but intimate feel and colorful lighting. Enjoy food and drinks from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens before or after attending Lumagination. Happy Hours will be located in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens. Admission to Happy Hour is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Specialty Nights January 27 – Family Night with the Aquarium of Niagara Aquarium of Niagara Members, with valid ID, receive Botanical Gardens’ Member prices. Everyone will enjoy kids activities, touch tank fun and more!
January 29 – Photo Night – For professional and amateur photographers only.
January 31 – Sensory Night hosted by Autism Services Everyone welcome! We encourage the autism community to enjoy this special evening. ASI facilitators will be on hand to greet visitors and discuss the benefits of sensory environments.
February 1 – Hero Night & Happy Hour Sponsored by National Grid Active Military and Veterans, with valid ID, receive free admission.
February 6 – College Night College students, with valid ID, will receive $2 off student admission.
February 10 – Family Night with the Buffalo Zoo Buffalo Zoo Members, with valid ID, receive Botanical Gardens’ Member prices. Everyone will enjoy added kids activities, animal interaction and more!
February 13 – Pride Night with the Pride Center of WNY
February 14 – Valentine’s Day & Happy Hour The first 300 visitors will receive a special Valentine’s Day surprise!
February 17 – Family Night with the Botanical Gardens Everyone will enjoy added kids activities and more!
Have a Private Party at Lumagination! Any night of Lumagination! Perfect for a corporate party, group meet-up, birthday party or a family get-together. Our Administration Building has a private space for any size function. Enjoy food and drinks from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens before attending Lumagination. Please contact the Event Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 827.1584 ext. 220.
Lumagination is produced by Luminated Landscapes Inc and is sponsored by: National Grid, Ingram Micro Mader Construction Company, Inc., Upstate Rebar, Cobey, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner, Ellicott Development, Buffalo Spree magazine and Backyard Party Supply.
DSP Shows presents Vundabar live in the 9th Ward at Babeville with Nylon Otters and Velvet Bethany
*Rescheduled from 1/30 – all previously purchased tickets will be honored
Tickets: $12.00 in advance, $15.00 day of show GA Standing at Ticketfly.com, Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), or charge by phone at 877.987.6487
There’s somewhat of a paradox inherent in Vundabar’s songwriting – a conflicting sense of nostalgia contrasted with the realization that they couldn’t sound more current. The music they make feels like something that should have been heard a long time ago, while simultaneously continuing to forge ahead sonically. Vundabar’s high energy live show is the stand out quality of this band and is an art they’ve undoubtedly perfected by touring non-stop around the country. Vundabar’s shows never fail to be captivating, complete with infectious jams, guitar moves galore, intricate drum work, and humorous stage banter to top it all off, the band has become known for putting on an entertaining show.
Nylon Otters a three-piece band out of Buffalo, NY that play easy going yet intrusive alternative rock with grunge like hints.
Velvet Bethany Dreamy rock and roll from Buffalo, NY
A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour at Town Ballroom features an unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie songs with world-class vocalists and an ever-rotating mix of hits and deep cuts. Join key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s bands from across the decades, anchored by his longest standing member Mike Garson along with other amazing Bowie band alumni including Earl Slick and Carmine Rojas along with Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones), Corey Glover (Living Colour) and drummer Lee John.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA live at The Rapids February 27th For Immediate Release Rapids Theatre Official Press Release
Event: 103.3 The Edge Presents: COHEED AND CAMBRIA with special guests Maps & Atlases Venue: The Rapids Theatre 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls, NY 14305 www.rapidstheatre.com 716-205-8925 Date/Times: Wednesday, February 27th Doors at 6:30pm Show at 7:30pm Ticket Info: Tickets $32.50 GA in advance $37.00 GA Day Of Show (if available) $52.50 VIP Gold Package, $112.50 VIP Platinum Package. All ages show, anyone under 16 with adult 18+ On sale Friday, November 16th at 10am Est and available at The Rapids Theatre box office, www.ticketfly.com, and charge by phone 877-435-9849
Direct Ticket Link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1789373 “The Color Before the Sun, the eighth studio album from progressive post-hardcore visionaries Coheed and Cambria, finally sends this band of space cadets crashing down to Earth. After traversing the outer limits of science fiction over seven acclaimed albums and more than 20 comic books, founder and songwriter Claudio Sanchez is ready to explore his emotions nakedly, plainly and unabashedly. No conceptual framework, no galaxy of characters, no seven-minute epics, no places for the band, as he quips, to “put a laser beam on it.” “I kind of want people to know that Coheed can write that sort of record,” says Sanchez. “I’ve always said in the past that there’s never been a limitation on the band. It makes no sense to me to draw a line in the sand and never cross it.” While the most conceptually abstruse Coheed records have always had a foundation in reality, The Color Before the Sun marks the first time Sanchez is exposing his raw feelings, narrated from his own perspective — the anxiety of fatherhood, the disorienting feeling of losing a home, the reflections had during early-morning walks. His own story is told through big, bright, driving, colorful songs that beam like power-pop, crunch like vintage ’90s emocore and float with the expansive feel of space-rock. Recorded by Grammy-nominated producer Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Eric Church) at Nashville’s Neon Cross Studios, Sun also marks the first time Coheed has ever recorded their music live in the studio — Sanchez playing alongside guitarist Travis Stever, drummer Josh Eppard and bass player Zach Cooper with minimal overdubs. “Again, it was that exposed honesty,” says Sanchez. “I wanted the blemishes to create the charm…. Let those accidents just happen, let’s not microscope it.” The concise, 10-song Sun follows Coheed’s sprawling, two-part opus Afterman: Ascension and Afterman: Descension. Both Top 10 debuts, they serve as a “punctuation mark” to the seven-album Amory Wars saga that included 82 minutes of music and a hardcover coffee table book. Around the time of those records’ completion, Sanchez and his wife left their cozy, secluded home in New York’s Hudson Valley for a more nomadic life, attempting to find their place in the world. After travelling to California, Florida and Paris, they ultimately fell in love with Brooklyn, leaving their quiet home for a cramped brownstone in Park Slope. Used to working in solitude, Sanchez instead found himself writing music in the middle of a railroad apartment. “Normally…I need to kind of get into my own head and create these characters,” says Sanchez. “So I felt very exposed. I knew that our neighbors could hear me. At one point somebody had asked if a woman was in the apartment singing, and I was like, ‘Aaaah!’ I think that subconsciously leaked into the music that I actually created. I kind of gathered this collection of songs that very much chronicled the situation I was feeling there. I didn’t understand who I was, what I wanted to be. I was writing these songs that weren’t part of a formula. It just felt foreign.” During the process, he also discovered his wife was pregnant with his son, Atlas, and the anticipation of being a father started to influence his songwriting. The tender acoustic ballad “Ghost” has Sanchez pondering what type of parent he will be; the explosive, deceptively triumphant “Atlas” anticipates what life will be like leaving his first-born son when he goes on the road; “Here to Mars” is a simple, hard-chugging love song to his wife. The destroyed home on the album cover is no metaphor. The tenants who had rented Sanchez’s house upstate had abandoned it, leaving some demolished floors, the residue of a colony of plants and the stench of marijuana. It’s speculated that the home where Coheed and Cambria created their last four records — writing upstairs and rehearsing in the basement — was totaled after the residents turned it into a grow-house. Songs on Sun deal with the transient feeling of Sanchez not knowing whether to stay on the “island” of a Brooklyn block, or in the comforting country confines of his home, whether destroyed (“Colors”) or intact (“Island”). Though never leaving our own solar system, The Color Before the Sun, may be Coheed and Cambria’s most important saga — a story that’s sketched less like an explosive Image Comics title and more like an introverted Drawn and Quarterly book, less like Todd McFarlane and more like Adrian Tomine. “That’s always sort of been the reason for the concept, was that it was a curtain to hide behind,” says Sanchez. “I always found it very hard to be that heart-on-your-sleeve songwriter. Maybe it’s the fear of judgment or whatever. I felt like if I could just hide behind these fictitious characters, then nobody will judge me. They’ll judge the work, but it won’t stain me. It’s almost like trying to distance myself from the art, whereas this time I’ve sort of embraced it and allowed it to be me.”