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Pappy Martin Jazz Legacy John Coltrane Festival, Beats N’ Bars Hip-Hop Showcase, Broken Social Scene, and more

And the music never stopped…

If I had a clone or two, I would attend all of these shows…

I’ll have to start working on that. In the meantime…

The Annual Pappy Martin Jazz Legacy John Coltrane Festival

Featuring Ravi Coltrane

Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m., Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State Performing Arts Center, $35

Ravi Coltrane. headlines the Pappy Martin Jazz legacy John Coltrane Festival on September 30.

Who better to help the Pappy Martin Jazz Legacy John Coltrane Festival celebrate the profound, enduring legacy of its namesake than Ravi Coltrane, son of John and Alice Coltrane, and saxophone colossus in his own right? 

The crown jewel in this year’s fest will find Ravi joined by bassist (and Coltrane Festival artistic director) Curtis Linda, pianist (end erstwhile Count Basie Big Band member) George Caldwell, and drummer Jonathan Blake, for a performance inside Buff State’s Rockwell Hall on Saturday. 

Ticket-holders are invited to warm up for Saturday’s show by attending a Friday afternoon screening of the documentary Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes, a celebration of the ongoing career of Ron Carter, who could’ve retired after his peerless stint in Miles Davis’ second great quintet, but instead, spent the ensuing years amassing some 2,500 recording and performing credits, in addition to his work as an educator and mentor. Catch the film at 2 p.m. on September 29th, in the Burchfield-Penney Art Center Auditorium. 

Beats N’ Bars Hip-Hop Showcase

Saturday, September 30 at 8 P.m., Nietzsche’s, Allentown, Buffalo, $12

Local hip-hop promotional team Scripps Sounds is taking over Nietzsche’s on September 30 to celebrate regional beats and rhymes, with a marathon showcase featuring G Premacy, Jay Faso, Kimonofox, Brother Nature and Shanedrix. 

Broken Social Scene with Hannah Georgas

Saturday, September 30 at 7 p.m., The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, $35

Broken Social Scene. Photo by Richmond Lam.

Of course, if you’re at all an indie-head, you’ll want to be at the Town Ballroom on Saturday, as the beloved collective known as Broken Social Scene gathers to celebrate the 20th (Good god, are you serious???) anniversary of masterwork You Forgot it In People. That’s a no-brainer.

But if you’re truly into it, you should know that the band’s – well, not really ‘leader,’ because this band doesn’t really seem to have one, but let’s just call him one of the outfit’s driving creative forces – multi-instrumentalist and singer Kevin Drew will be signing copies of his new solo effort, Aging, at Revolver Records on Transit Road, beginning at noon on the day of the show. 

Also worth your time, money and effort: 

Local hip-hop promotional team Scripps Sounds is taking over Nietzsche’s on September 30 to celebrate regional beats and rhymes, with a marathon showcase featuring G Premacy, Jay Faso, Kimonofox, Brother Nature and Shanedrix. 

Guitar lord Eric Johnson brings his Treasure Tour to Asbury Hall @ Babeville, on September 30 at 7 p.m., ($42.50/$47.50); the rescheduled Day and Evening of Live Grateful Dead, featuring twin sets from Dead Alliance Buffalo, takes place at the Hilltop Inn & Grove (11389 Genesee Street in Alden, NY) beginning at 5 p.m. on September 30 ($15/$20); the Alison Pipitone Band plays The Cave (71 Military Road, Black Rock, NY) at 7 p.m. on September 29 ($10); The Music of Bob Dylan will be celebrated by the Robert Zimmerman Philharmonic at The Cave on October 6 at 8 p.m. ($20); the Maria Sebastian Songbook Quartet, featuring Nelson Starr, Paul Todaro and David Wasik, plays PAUSA art house (19 Wadsworth Street, Buffalo, NY) on September 30 at 7 p.m. ($10/$15); Driftwood with guest Stephen Babcock plays Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois Street, Buffalo, NY) at 8 p.m. on September 29 ($20/$25).

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