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


This week will not only feature a significant presidential election but loads of musical opportunities. Buffalo will host soul artist Peter Wolf, metal band Asking Alexandria and other diverse acts this week. The most important decision you can make this week is to attend these magnificent shows.

Monday, Nov. 7

Bob Moses - The Waiting Room

Bob Moses will be rocking Delaware Ave early this week. Bob Moses is a Canadian electronic duo known for songs like “Talk” and “Tearing Me Up.” The duo is comprised of Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie, who bring a deep house sound to their trance-like performances.

This year alone, Bob Moses has been featured on a multitude of platforms. The two have seen massive fan support everywhere from The Ellen Show to Coachella. Their latest album, Day Gone By: Never Enough Edition, is an exceptional re-release featuring remixes from DJs such as A-Trak and Joris Voorn.

Bob Moses’ show is only $1 – its not up for debate that the show is worth the trip downtown.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Asking Alexandria - Town Ballroom

Popular metal-core band Asking Alexandria will be appearing at the Town Ballroom. Asking Alexandria is touring to promote their latest album The Black, led by singer Danny Worsnop.

The band is known for their post-hardcore sound heard on newer songs like “Here I Am” and older songs like “A Prophecy.” Asking Alexandria’s sound has gotten harder over the years and they have taken cues from past rock acts Van Halen and Skid Row.

With The Black, the group has edged the top 20 of album charts worldwide and has seen solid reception from critics. If you’re planning to turn up in the middle of your week, hearing Asking Alexandria downtown is the way to go.

Friday, Nov. 11

Robert Cray Band - Bears Den at Seneca Niagara Casino

Grammy award winning guitarist Robert Cray is bringing his band to Niagara Falls. Cray is one of the most successful blues musicians in the business and was very popular in the ’80s.

Cray’s accolades include a Rolling Stone cover, a song with singer Peter Gabriel, and was part of the band in the movie National Lampoon’s Animal House. His 1986 album Strong Persuader featured the blues man singing over his guitar on hits like “Smoking Gun” and “Right Next Door.”

The album went double platinum in the U.S. and is considered to be some of the best blues produced in the decade. Thirty years since Strong Persuader’s release, Cray is sure to play fan favorites in what is sure to be a packed house on Friday.

Friday, Nov. 11

Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers - The Tralf

Multi-genre musician Peter Wolf will take over The Tralf this weekend. Wolf is best known as being the lead singer of the J. Geils Band from the late ‘60s to the early ‘80s.

The group created the hit new wave song “Centerfold” which ran straight to the top of music charts in 1982. The song has proven to be a classic, with Billboard magazine ranking the song at #52 on their All Time Top Songs list. Other songs by the band include memorable cuts like “Love Stinks,” “Freeze Frame” and “Give It To Me.”

Wolf’s solo work is just as popular as his older material. More recently, the singer released his rock album Midnight Survivors in 2010 to high acclaim. Wolf and his band are sure to provide not only nostalgia but also incredible rock vibes on Friday night.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Simply Three - Center for the Arts

If you’re no stranger to YouTube music sensations, you’ve probably heard the works of Simply Three. This jazz collective has received millions of views and covered popular songs such as “Latch” by Sam Smith and “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele.

Simply Three is composed of violinist Zack Clark, cellist Nick Villalobos and bassist Glen McDaniel. Together, they delight the ears of those looking for an older sound in newer music.

Simply Three is consistent with their material and have released three numbered albums as part of a Volume series this year. On their albums, the trio uses their classical style to re-invent otherwise formulaic pop records. Don’t miss this jazzy group perform Sunday evening as tickets are half off with a student ID.

Benjamin Blanchet is a staff writer and can be reached at