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


Thanksgiving is in the books but Buffalo’s concert offerings aren't. Some acts stopping by will be R&B artist Tory Lanez and alternative rock band Daughtry.

If you’re fresh out of leftovers from Thursday, fill your appetite with some top tier talent coming to the area.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

The Pretenders - Town Ballroom

Popular ’80s new wave band The Pretenders will command music fans to the Town Ballroom Wednesday. The band is most famous for songs like “Back On The Chain Gang,” “Brass in Pocket” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong.”

The Pretenders are led by singer and guitarist Chrissie Hynde, who has been with the band since its foundation. A number of other musicians have been part of the band such as the skilled late guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and British guitarist Robbie McIntosh.

The band also has achieved legendary status, having been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. The show may be sold-out but this blast from the past is worth the hassle of buying third-party.

Friday, Dec. 2

Atlas Genius, Capital Cities, and more - KeyBank Center

Buffalo’s 107.7 FM will host the Kerfuffle Before Christmas this Friday. The event features a multitude of well-liked acts performing at the newly-named downtown arena.

Among the packed list of performers are alt. rock band Atlas Genius. Songs like “Symptoms” and “Trojans” are among some of the indie rockers’ more pleasurable singles.

Also performing are pop group Capital Cities. The band, which hails from LA, has a dance-pop style that can best be heard on their hit single “Safe and Sound.”

In order to get a bang for your buck, consider heading to the KeyBank Center to see a ton of great music for a low price.

Friday, Dec. 2

Daughtry - Rapids Theatre

One of best alt. rockers of the late ’00s is coming to the Falls. Daughtry, led by former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry, will perform some of their many hits on Friday.

After Chris Daughtry was surprisingly booted early on the reality TV show, his band soon found success in the music industry. The band’s 2006 self-titled album sprung in popularity and became what is still the quickest selling debut rock album in history.

The album featured many popular singles such as “Feels Like Tonight” and “It’s Not Over.” Earlier this year, Daughtry released It’s Not Over…The Hits So Far compiling all the success they’ve had during their decade long reign.

Expect a night of reputable and fun rock at the Rapids Theatre on Thursday night.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - KeyBank Center

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a progressive rock group, is back on their 2016 Winter Tour.

The orchestra is known for their stunning laser/light projections and ill guitar workings on stage. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is headed by producer Paul O’Neill and has sold out millions of venues throughout the world with their arena rock shows.

If you want to get in the holiday spirit, head downtown to experience the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Tory Lanez - Town Ballroom

R&B singer Tory Lanez will be wrapping up the weekend at the Town Ballroom.

Lanez is best known for his alternative R&B single “Say It.” The song sky rocketed in popularity due to its trap interpretation of the’90s’ R&B song “If You Love Me” by Brownstone.

Lanez is no stranger to reinventing songs of the past. On his latest single “Luv,” Lanez reuses the chorus of “Everyone Falls in Love” by dancehall duo Tanto Metro & Devonte. On the song “All That,” Lanez sings over a slurred version of the theme for ’90s show All That.

On projects like Cruel Intentions and Chixtape III, the singer has also brought a unique flair to beats from producers like Shlohmo and Play Picasso. Lanez always puts on an energetic show live so this is a must see.

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