By Tommy Stanford
Rock and roll in its most pure, rooted-in-blues form has always come and gone, ebbed and flowed, fallen by the wayside, if only to return fresher and clearer. It is easily the most overcooked yet always-palatable form of popular music, seemingly leapfrogging musical generations, but always landing back on its feet. So it should be of no surprise as to its current post-Emo/Nickelback resurgence, not only in the bowels of the American music scene (or what's left of it, as it stands), but as a steady force right in front of our eyes here in Buffalo. Over the last few years, a number of young, blues-rock based acts have emerged in the downtown circles as a movement, gracing the few original-friendly club stages left standing.
One of those bands is The Found (left), who will release their second full-length effort entitled "Two," tomorrow night, August 22, at Mohawk Place. Their sound finds its base in that classic Maximum R&B feel, and can be compared to the likes of early Deep Purple, Spooky Tooth, and the Rolling Stones era-Beggars Banquet. Though the band has actually played out the better part of a decade already, it continues to refine and redefine its sound as lineups change, and writing styles sink in. The Found's current lineup features your standard drums, bass, and guitar, but highlighted by a bevy of driving organ, keys and vibes, along with an auxiliary percussionist. And oh yeah, they all sing. Together. A lot.
To further showcase our community of good ol' rock and roll, and why you should all discover it for yourselves (no pun intended, assuredly), the quintet has asked two of its peer figureheads to accompany them over the course of the evening.
This includes Handsome Jack (above), the whirlwind of Marshall-powered-riffs and banshee calls, and arguably the entire movement's mainstay kings, Johnny Nobody (below), a trio that conducts hooks likely to never leave your head.
Doors open at 9 PM, and admission to the event is $10, which automatically puts a copy of Two right in your hands. Johnny Nobody opens, followed by the Found, and Handsome Jack will close the evening. And it's at Mohawk Place, which is where so many of Buffalo's finest original bands through the years have called "home". Maybe once you get a taste of what's cooking around here, you'll do the same.
Mohawk Place, 47 Mohawk St., Buffalo 14203
The Found "Two" CD release party with Johnny Nobody and Handsome Jack
9 PM, $10