The Grapevine

Your weekly collection of Buffalo's sonic selections


This week, up-and-coming indie rock, country and psychedelic rock takes the main stage from stages as large as First Niagara Center, to one of Buffalo’s favorite dive bars: The Mohawk Place.

With Fall Fest’s rap-centered lineup now in the books, many non-hip hop fans at UB may be looking for something more out of their region’s offerings. Luckily, Buffalo’s music scene provides just the right fix of legends and new artists alike.

If turning up to trap isn’t your thing, grab a friend and take your mind off of class with these impressive artists performing in the area.

Monday, Sept. 12

Mystic Braves & The Dream Ride – Mohawk Place

New age psychedelic-rockers Mystic Braves are making a stop at Niagara Falls’ Mohawk Place. Hailing from California’s music central Los Angeles, Mystic Braves have a distinct west-coast rock sound that is sure to bring Buffalo fans right to the beaches of Southern California.

For anyone who is looking for a group with a colorful, trippy flavor Mystic Braves are a must see.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Sean Hayes – Babeville

The ever-so mellow and folksy Sean Hayes is set to rock Babeville on Wednesday night alongside Charley Crockett and Tim Carr. Having toured with acts such as Buffalo’s own Ani DiFranco in the past, Hayes’ grainy vocalized soul is as unique as his blues-like approach to rock.

Fresh off the release of his newest album Low Light, Hayes is destined to bring down the house with some of his most recent music. His style is one of a kind and will be a treat for fans and Buffalonians alike.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Parsonsfield – Babeville

Formerly known as Poor Old Shine, Parsonsfield is coming to Buffalo on Thursday. Parsonsfield has been known to make for a grand old time, especially live. With their analog approach to a bluegrass/folk sound that includes banjo playing and acoustic guitar strumming.

Parsonsfield’s latest effort, Blooming Through Black, was released less than a week ago and is sure to get some love from the Upstate crowd.

Saturday, Sept. 17

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – Old Falls St. (Niagara Falls)

Blues legend John Mayall is dropping by the area for a historic evening in Niagara Falls. As part of the Niagara Falls Blues Festival, Mayall and his team of rock stars The Bluesbreakers featured all-time acts such as Eric Clapton and John McVie.

Having shaped the genre for five decades with his contributions to blues rock, Mayall’s free performance on Old Falls St. is a must see show for blues and rock fans.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Dixie Chicks – First Niagara Center

The legendary country group and highest selling all-female band in the U.S. is making a stop at the First Niagara Center Saturday night. Known for country hits like “Wide Open Spaces” and “Cowboy Take Me Away,” the Dixie Chicks are back with their MMXVI tour and making a stop in the Queen City.

Tickets are still available for the show so don’t miss out on seeing Texas girls rock out.


Benjamin Blanchet is a staff writer and can be reached at