Donna the Buffalo in Concert at the Rex; Kollar Club Hosts Bill Toms and Hard Rain (Sat., 2/10/18)

1) There are many buffalo references in music—e.g. the former band Grant Lee Buffalo, the song “Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry, and Ted Nugent’s “The Great White Buffalo.” Another interesting buffalo is Donna the Buffalo, a band that plays across the musical genres of folk, rock, country, bluegrass, and zydeco, and hails from the Finger Lakes region of New York. The songwriting heart of the band is composed of Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, both of whom perform vocals and are multi-instrumentalists. They even have a “Funky Side.” Donna the Buffalo is one of the founding/host bands for the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance and additionally the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. Followers of the band are known collectively as “The Herd.” The band got its name when the musicians mis-heard a friend suggesting the name Dawn of the Buffalo.The Buffalo are working on a new studio album with noted producer/ engineer Rob Fraboni, who has worked on projects for Eric Clapton, The Band, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones. The group’s last album was 2013’s Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Tiger Maple String Band opens. 8 p.m. The Rex Theater, 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. (RH)

Donna the Buffalo.

2) Bill Toms and Hard Rain with the Soulville Horns will be rockn’ out South Side’s Kollar Club tonight. Toms’s slightly raspy, deeply soulful voice and his guitar playing prowess combine with the drums, horns, and rest of the band to create a hot rock sound. Cover charge for tonight’s show also includes an ethnic food buffet with pierogies, haluski, kielbasa, cookies, and more. Doors and buffet open at 6:30 p.m. Music begins at 8 p.m. Aris Paul opens. Toms’ next Pittsburgh gig will be at Excuses on March 2. 8 p.m. 3226 Jane St. (RH)

Bill Toms plays some killer lead guitar riffs (c.) while Hard Rain and the Soulville Horns jam on.

Bill Toms plays some killer lead guitar riffs (c.) while Hard Rain and the Soulville Horns jam on at the Moondog’s Holiday Rock party.

3) Chet Vincent, known for performing with his band the Big Bend, is releasing a solo folk record called Where the Earth Opens Wide. Vincent is a lead vocalist, who also plays guitar and the harmonica. The album was recorded by Alex Herd at the Thunderbird House in Lawrenceville with the studio band Biirdwatcher. There will be a record release party at Get Hip Recordings performance space in Manchester. The company is a record label and distributor of over 20,000 titles in independent music started by members of the rock band The Cynics. It is now led by Cynics guitarist Gregg Kostelich and his wife, Barbara Garcia-Bernardo. Opening for Vincent are Zack Keim and Kayla Schureman. 7 p.m. 1800 Columbus Ave., Manchester. (RH)

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