Jergel’s Hosts Donna the Buffalo; CHMH Has Milk Carton Kids; Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers at Club Cafe (Fri., 12/3/21)

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. In 2018 The Buffalo released a new studio album, Dance in the Street, with noted producer/ engineer Rob Fraboni who has worked on projects for Eric Clapton, The Band, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones, Tiger Maple String Band opens. 8 p.m. Jergel’s. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

Donna the Buffalo.

2) The Milk Carton Kids, a duo from Eagle Rock, California, are performing at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. The band has received Grammy nominations in the categories of Best Engineered Album Non-Classical, Best American Roots Performance, Best Folk Album of the Year. In 2014 the Americana Music Association named Milk Carton Kids as Duo/Group of the Year. Vera Sola opens. 8 p.m. 510 E 10th Ave, Munhall. (C.M., R.H.)

3) This month one of Pittsburgh’s rock royalty, Joe Grushecky, and The Houserockers are playing Club Cafe right off East Carson Street. That’s always a fun show for Grushecky as he has been playing the South Side and East Carson Street since early in his career. He even has an album and a song called East Carson Street. Grushecky and the band are currently celebrating the 25th anniversary edition of their Bruce Springsteen produced album, American Babylon. Grushecky and The Houserocker’s music is the wonderfully written, true-to-life, guitar and drum driven rock that Pittsburgh has enjoyed and run on for many years. This is a great opportunity to see Grushecky and The Houserockers near one of his favorite streets. Marc Reisman of the Iron City Houserockers will be be providing some hot harmonica riffs for the show. 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St.