Here are some of the most engaging live music events coming to clubs and concert halls this week.
1:30 p.m. July outside Buffalo & Erie County Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square; free.
The 18th Queen City Jazz Festival, presented by the Colored Musicians Club & Jazz Museum, takes place on Washington Street in front of the library. This year, the festival has grown to include a wide range of Buffalo-based musicians and touring artists with Buffalo roots, culminating with a headliner from 10-time Grammy winner Take 6, starring Buffalo native Claude McKnight. This is a major score for the QCJF, as the group is an internationally revered entity known for blending jazz harmonies with deep gospel and spiritual music tropes. This year’s event is also notable for its location. For the first time in its history, the QCJF is not taking place at or near the Colored Musicians Club at 145 Broadway, as the club undergoes a $2.95 million renovation and expansion. Other performers include Zuri Appleby & the Millennial Montage, Marcus Lolo Septet, the Union, Crtt’s Juke Joint Live! and the Multi-Dimensional Quartet with Alex McArthur.
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JGB-ish with Crtt, Zuri, Arianna & D-Ray
9:30 p.m. July at Tappo Pizza, 166 Chandler St.; free.
After the Queen City Jazz Festival, things will be going well at Tappo for a music ensemble associated with the Jerry Garcia Band. That means funky, soulful R&B with gospel tinges and lots of jamming, just in time for the start of “Jerry Week” – the “days in between” period that stretches from Garcia’s birthday on August 1. on the anniversary of his death, August 1. 9. The performance includes some who will perform earlier today at the Queen City Jazz Festival, including Zuri Appleby and Arianna Powell.
Past Masters and Stoneflower
1 p.m. July 31 at Sportsmen’s Park, 334 Amherst St.; $30/$40.
Imagining “the greatest concert that ever existed” – the Beatles and the Rolling Stones on the same poster – two ensembles dedicated to the repertoires of these groups will come together to raise funds for One8Fifty, a regional organ donation organization and transplantation. Beatles pundits Past Masters will be joined by Mick ‘n’ Keef devotees Stoneflower for a day-long celebration, featuring Doug Yeomans and Sue Kincaid and host Anita West. Will it answer the age-old question, “Who’s better, the Beatles or the Stones?” No. But it will be a good time for a great cause.
Khruangbin with men I trust
5.30pm on August 1 at the Artpark Amphitheatre, Lewiston; $49.50 to $60.
Khruangbin, the reigning kings and queens of American Thai-funk, finally arrive in our region to thrill us with the boundless delights of their deeply soulful, subtly funky, always groovy and sometimes transcendent sound. One of the unmissable events of this summer.
A Gathering of Voices with Mike Younger, Penny Jo Pullus, Kay Miracle and Shoot Ya
7 p.m. Aug. 3 at Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.; $10.
A trio of artists representing today’s avant-garde Americana and roots music descend on Mohawk Place, headlined by the hard-hitting and feisty Mike Younger and his band, the Tennessee Treehuggers, Penny, Syracuse native-turned-Austin A-lister Jo Pullus, Outlaw Country singer-songwriter Kay Miracle, and Buffalo’s self-proclaimed “Trash Country” kings, Shoot Ya.
Grayscale with Guardin, Bearings and Ivy, 6:31 p.m., Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa St.; $25.
Big Martha performing “Eat A Peach” by the Allman Brothers Band 11 p.m. July 29 at Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St.; $15.
Joe Rozler with Rob Lynch and Wags, 6:00 p.m. July 28 in Duende at Silo City, 85 Silo City Row; free.
Saraaide, 7:30 p.m. July at Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St.; $10/$15.
JP Soars and the Red Hots with Anne Harris, 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at The Cellar, 71 Military Road; $15/$20.