The grapevine: Your weekly collection of Buffalo’s sonic selections


Buffalo has a bunch of concerts this week, which include John Mellencamp and The Record Company. Avoid clowning around and go hear some great music in the area.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Mathis Grey with Sara Elizabeth - Mohawk Place

Mathis Grey will be performing at Mohawk Place on Tuesday. Grey, a singer-songwriter from Indiana is soothing to the ears with his soft-spoken singing style. Along with his acoustic guitar and superb lyrics, Grey’s musical character has the ability to touch the soul.

Grey will be joined by Sara Elizabeth, an indie musician who graduated from UB in 2012. Elizabeth is a superb multi-instrumentalist whose take on folk has been heard throughout the area. The cost of the show is only $5, so consider this musical occasion a steal.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

The Summer Set - The Waiting Room

The Summer Set is making their rounds to the Waiting Room is pop rock group. Headed by singer Brian Dales, The Summer Set hooks fans all over with their infectious choruses and backing beats.

The band is fresh off the release of their latest album Stories for Monday. The album features joyful songs like “Figure Me Out” and “Wasted” that are bound to be played Wednesday. The Summer Set will gleefully break up your week so don’t miss out.

Friday, Oct. 21

The Record Company - Tralf Music Hall

Blues rock band The Record Company will be taking over Main Street on Friday night. The Los Angeles band has exactly what it takes to control crowds through their powerfully raw rock songs.

The Record Company just released their first studio album Give It Back To You. The album is a mighty mix of rough vocals and harsh stories, featuring songs like “Off the Ground” and “Rita Mae Young”.

The band has opened for some of blues’ finest such as guitarist Buddy Guy and the late, great B.B. King. If you want to hear a group that shares qualities of earlier blues acts, stop by the Tralf this weekend.

Saturday, Oct. 22

The Sheepdogs - Town Ballroom

Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs are crossing the border with their bluesy style.

The band has a well-acclaimed southern rock sound that fits just right with their massive beards. After scoring the cover of Rolling Stone five years ago, The Sheepdogs have been a part of bigtime musical festivals near and far.

Touring to promote their album Future Nostalgia, The Sheepdogs will likely play solid cuts like “Bad Lieutenant” and “I’m Gonna Be Myself” off the record. Spice up your Saturday night by grabbing a few friends to see these dynamic rockers.

Saturday, Oct. 22

John Mellencamp - Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

One of heartland rock’s best, John Mellencamp will be making a legendary stop in Niagara Falls on Saturday. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is mostly known for the countless hits he conjured up in the ‘80s.

Songs like “Hurts So Good,” “Small Town” and “Pink Houses” are just some of the numerous tracks that defined rock music in the ‘80s.

34 years after the release of his album American Fool, Mellencamp still makes music today and hasn’t lost his touch in the slightest. Though you may need to take out a small loan to pay for the $95 ticket, seeing John Mellencamp live will be totally worthwhile.

Benjamin Blanchet is an arts staff writer and can be reached at