End-of-the-Year Concert Calendar

The Spectrum

Due to the unusually high volume of noteworthy concerts arriving in the Western New York area in the coming days and weeks, The Spectrum has decided to compile a calendar of events. Students from out of town might want to stick around a week or two to check out these shows.

Buffalo State Spring Fest: The Roots, The Used and Andrew W.K.

Who: Don't miss the show featuring one of the few rap groups whose members actually play real instruments. The Roots have backed up live performances for Jay-Z and Eminem, but are even better on their own. Rock fans should at least get a kick out of watching Andrew W.K. sputter on stage.

When: Thursday, April 24. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena.

How much: $15 for general public.

Patti Smith

Who: One of the original underground punk rockers from the CBGB days. She deserves acclaim simply for making a song entitled "Piss Factory."

When: Thursday, April 24. Her set begins at 7:45 p.m.

Where: Canisius College Koesller Center. Smith will appear at Ralph Nader's anti-war rally. In other words, there will be more fleas there than at a Phish concert. Smith fans that want a more private performance without the liberal lecture should wait for her show at the Sphere on Saturday.

How much: $12 to $15.

UB Spring Fest: George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, India.Arie and Reel Big Fish

Who: King of the funk, the "sell-out" ska band and the Grammy-nominated soul singer whose "worth is not defined by the price of her clothes." Also opening for the show is local punk band Molotov Cocktail.

When: Friday, April 25. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Where: The venue is currently set for Alumni Arena, although the concert might play at Baird Point if weather conditions are favorable.

How much: FREE for UB students and $15 for the general public.


Who: The angry industrial band fronted by Al Jourgensen. You know a lead singer is intense if his other two bands are named "The Revolting Cocks" and "1,000 Homo DJs." Opening for Ministry is Nothingface, Lollipop Lust Kill and Motograte.

When: Wednesday, April 30. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: The Dome Theater.

How much: $18.50.

Pearl Jam

Who: The last rock band left standing that emerged out of the Seattle grunge scene. Besides having the chance to hear great hits like "Jeremy," "Elderly Woman..." and "Yellow Ledbetter," part of the fun will be waiting to see if Eddie Vedder goes nuts and smashes a mask of President George W. Bush on his microphone again.

When: Friday, May 2. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where: HSBC Arena.

How much: $35 for currently available tickets in the 100 and 300 sections.


Who: A hardcore band not for the faint of heart, whose songs include "Roots Bloody Roots" and "Bring It." The band was formed after Max Cavalera left the equally loud Brazilian band, Sepultura.

When: Saturday, May 3. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Showplace Theatre.

How much: $20.

50 Cent

Who: He got shot nine times, so you know he can take on Buffalo. Although this isn't the "wanksta" hater's first appearance, it certainly will be his most anticipated. With any luck, he'll indulge in his back catalog, as well as hit album and sing "How to Rob an Industry N----."

When: Monday, May 5. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Buffalo Convention Center.

How much: $45.

Thursday at the Square

Who: Buffalo Place's free summer concert series. An official line-up has not been announced yet, but Pollstar indicates artists on the roster include Living Colour and Kim Mitchell. The nearby beer tent has always eliminated the need to actually know who the bands are anyway.

When: Every Thursday (starting date has yet to be announced).

Where: Lafayette Square.

How much: Free.

Avril Lavigne with Autopilot Off and GOB

Who: The sk8er girl who's so punk, she makes Johnny Rotten sound like Barry Manilow. Really. But if you're not with her, Autopilot Off and GOB should make jaded punk fans feel welcome ... sort of.

When: Sunday, May 18. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where: HSBC Arena.

How much: $30 for general admission on the floor.

Alkaline Trio

Who: The punk band most Generation readers are familiar with. Consider it the anti-Avril show.

When: Thursday, May 18. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Showplace Theatre.

How much: $12.50.

Edgefest 10

Who: Modern rock station 103.3 the Edge's 10th official Fest. The line-up includes Staind, Finch, Seether, The Juliana Theory, Powerman 5000, Cold, (hed) P.E., Trapt, Smile Empty Soul and Klear.

When: An all-day show on Sunday, May 30. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Where: Dunn Tire Park.

How much: $35 for the field, $25 for the seats. A far cry from the days when all Fests were "10 bands for 10 bucks."