Sugar City’s month-long “30 Days of Awesome” celebration is soon to come to a bittersweet end, but not without an appropriate goodbye.
The last day of “awesome” will consist of a two-part moving party on Friday, April 13, split between two venues. The night will begin at 6 p.m. at Sugar City with musical performances by a handful of acts.
Kicking things off will be Calvin Johnson and his latest band, The Hive Dwellers. Johnson, founder of K Records and Beat Happening member, has been an icon in the world of underground music, appealing to audiences of all ages. In a recent interview with Westword music blogger Tom Murphy, Johnson explained his mission to keep his performances accessible to every age group by selecting venues (like Sugar City) that seek to do the same. “I am very committed to making the shows very accessible to all audience members who may choose to attend,” Johnson said. “And a lot of venues restrict their audience by various means. …So any excuse not to play a rock club, I’m there.”
Following Johnson and The Hive Dwellers on the part one line-up will be Seattle’s psych-garage band, The Curious Mystery, performing for the third time in the Buffalo area. Local groups Nicky Gordon and the Hall of Fame and Mallwalkers will round out the first half of the night. There is an $8 suggested donation for part one of the moving party, which will also include refreshments and raffles. The fun will continue at 19 Wadsworth Street until 10 p.m., at which point the party will make its way to Hallwalls.
The after-party will bring yet another round of musical performances. It all starts with a selection from Kraftwerkers of Buffalo, featuring a rendition of The Man Machine (1978) by duo UVB-76. Afterward, Peter Scheck’s live karaoke band will invite guests to the stage to belt out any of the 30 songs in their repertoire. Admission to the Hallwall’s after-party will be $3 for anyone who also attended part one at Sugar City. Tickets to the after-party alone will be $5.
For more information on the bands, check out their websites: