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Bob Marley’s Birthday Celebration with the Dreadbeats & Strictly Riddim featuring Neville Francis

Saturday, February 7, 10:00, Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St., 886-8539.

       Crazy baldheads and natty dreads unite, with a Red Stripe in their left hand and a spliff in the right. Nietzsche’s third annual soul shakedown party celebrates the life of one of modern music’s most influential artists with all Marley, all night, as the bands play a lot more than just the hits, and even take some requests from the crowd. Guaranteed to be a great show - just be careful on the dance floor, as the stinky hippy twirling has been known to get out of hand here.


Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer

Wednesday, February 11, 8:00, UB Center for the Arts, Amherst North Campus, 645-ARTS.

       The Center for the Arts has been an annual stop for the phenomenal Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and although the band’s on hiatus, doing solo projects, the wizard-like banjo picker Fleck returns with Meyer, whose roots are in classical  and is no slouch himself, hailed by many as the world’s finest upright bassist. But consider yourself warned - the exhibitionist virtuosity that is the Flecktones was never for everyone, labeled simply as too weird by the many who can’t dig the amazing combination of jazz, bluegrass, and anything else that came to their minds. This is also not for the musically close-minded, as Fleck continues to push the envelope by steering the banjo into the uncharted waters of classical music, winning a Grammy for 2001’s “Perpetual Motion.” Bluegrass and classical music are unlikely partners for sure, but these two make it look natural.


 Buffalo Drum N’ Bass Tour 2004

Every Wednesday in February, 10:30, four exotically named Buffalo clubs

     Here’s your chance to get to know Buffalo’s subterranian Drum n Bass scene, as eleven of the area's top artists have gathered together to do a little bar- hopping and a little mixing at some of the city's most intimate venues. Here's the lowdown: Feb.4th, Blu Lounge; Feb.11th, La Luna; Feb.18th, Iberia Lounge; Feb.25th Soundlab. Take your pick or check out all four - and don’t forget your glowsticks!


  Hank Williams III

Sunday, February 14, 8:00, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., 855-3931.

       Just like his dad, Hank Jr., “Three,” as he’s affectionately called, uses the original Hank Williams’ giant country shoes as a foundation for his own sound. Hank Jr. blended country with rock n’ roll back in the 70’s, and Three channels the family traditional rebel attitude into hellbilly punk.  We’re told to expect an opening set tuned to country, and all bets are of for the second, when Assjack backs Three for some high energy madness.


26th Annual Lizzard Ball

Sunday, February 14, 8:00, Dnipro Ukranian Cultural Center, 562 Genesee St., 856-4476

 The Lizzard Ball is Buffalo's "average working person's" celebration of the anniversary of the Blizzard of '77. Begun the following year to keep up the spirit that the City of Good Neighbors displayed when faced with adversity, the benefit is now hosted by the Erie County Greens, and will feature a diverse dozen acts ranging from the pounding Molotov Cocktail, Inc. to the folk of Maria Sebastian, and plenty in between, including revered friends of the Beast Lazlo Hollyfeld. Word is that the architecture of the 1900's vintage five story building is worth the trip alone, and that the "creative dress encouraged" billing always makes things interesting.

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