Ninth Ward at Babeville
341 Delaware Avenue
Events at this location
Monday, August 26th DSP Shows presents Wallis Bird Live in the 9th Ward Tickets: General Admission Standing $10 at Ticketfly.com or the Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), or charge
Monday, August 26th
DSP Shows presents Wallis Bird Live in the 9th Ward
Tickets: General Admission Standing $10 at Ticketfly.com or the Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), or charge by phone 877.987.6487
7pm Doors, 8pm Show
“It’s her humour and bold honesty that makes Bird so special” The Guardian “The intensity of Wallis Bird’s sound will pin you to the wall.” Sydney Morning Herald “The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy.” The Irish Times
It may sound like something out of Spinal Tap that Irish artist Wallis Bird lost all the fingers on one hand in a bizarre lawnmower accident as a baby, but it’s no exaggeration. Though most of her fingers were saved through surgery, one was lost for good. Happily it didn’t stop her picking up a guitar as a child, flipping it upside down to strum with her damaged hand, and carrying on as if nothing had ever happened. Today she’s a veritable virtuoso on the instrument, and with a chuckle she describes that fateful ‘Lawnmower Incident’ as having given her “her mojo”. That mojo carried her to record deals with Island Records and Columbia Records, several high profile awards and nominations, tours across the world with the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, Billy Bragg and Emiliana Torrini, and invitations to open shows for Gossip, Frightened Rabbit, and many others. The two-time Meteor award winner (Ireland’s national music prize) and two-time Irish Choice Prize nominee (equivalent of UK’s Mercury Awards) was born into a large family in Wexford, Ireland. She cut her teeth as a teenager playing cover gigs in pubs and learning to deal with drunken hecklers by way of cheeky comebacks and good- natured ripostes. Moving to Germany in 2005, she self- released the single Blossoms in the Street which spent twenty weeks in the airplay charts. It grabbed the attention of Island Records who signed her almost on the spot. Her debut album hit the Top 5 UK digital album charts and she continued to chart in various European countries with her subsequent albums.
Wallis has toured constantly, headlining over 800 shows in the past ten years. Over 30,000 people attended her last album release tour alone. Well known across Europe for her live performances, her 2016-2017 tour for the album ‘Home’, was expanded to include Australia and Japan for the first time. On the Australian leg of the tour, Wallis gained a new fan in cult artist Amanda Palmer, who tweeted repeatedly to her million-plus followers to go and catch a show. Palmer subsequently invited Wallis on stage for a duet during one of her festival appearances, and Wallis reciprocated by having Palmer sing at one of her own headlining shows. In 2018, Wallis embarked on a month-long tour of Canada, her first time in the country, tearing it up at multiple folk festivals including Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver, and coming home with a raft of new fans.
Most artists can’t sustain the kind of energy levels that Wallis exhibits on stage. Every performance is characterised by an almost startling passion; one that frequently leaves her breathless and her acoustic guitar strings shredded to pieces. Her refreshingly honest, self-effacing manner has endeared her to audiences of every kind, whether her own fans or someone else’s. Audiences will likely be invited to “show me your sweat patches!” when a grinning Bird wants them to throw their hands in the air and dance unabashedly. Or they might be told with a wink before a ballad “this is the one where you’re all going to take a toilet break, isn’t it?” Going from delicate whispers to explosive cries in a heartbeat, and inciting rousing sing-a-longs or spellbound silences, few can cast a bewitching spell over an audience in the way Wallis Bird can.
Indeed, when she hit a road-block during the writing of 2016’s ‘Home’, she did the only thing she could think of…something that would be unthinkable to most artists. “I figured a 12 hour free concert would fix all the issues I had,” she recalls. Bird stepped onto the stage of Berlin’s Auster club at 1.30pm one cold January afternoon and stayed there until the early hours, raising money for refugee charities at the same time. Afterwards she even found the energy to play two encores. No surprise, then, that the Irish Times wrote that “the sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy”.
Bird is currently focused on making her next record, which will be heavily soul-influenced, and is to be released in 2019. Always eager for a challenge to keep her on her toes during the creative process, instead of a 12-hour gig, this time Wallis is bringing the fans into the mix in a different way. She’s recording a series of covers, allowing fans to choose a song for each decade, which she then records within a few days. As she explains: “when I’m writing my own music, I give myself homework that keeps the engines oiled. Playing 12 hour free gigs to complete strangers is a great way, and another is dissecting a well known song, finding what it is that makes the song so special to the world and to me personally, and putting my own spin on it”.
Once the album is done, Wallis will be eager to get out on the road again. It’s unlikely that her shows will last 12 hours again, but of one thing you can be sure: few can enrapture an audience the way Wallis Bird can.
(Monday) 8:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Ninth Ward at Babeville
341 Delaware Avenue
Wednesday, September 4th Soul of Buffalo Presents DWEEZIL ZAPPA ‘Hot Rats & Other Hot Stuff’ live in Asbury Hall No opening act. Two sets of music. 6:30pm Doors, 7:30pm Show Tickets: On Sale
Wednesday, September 4th
Soul of Buffalo Presents DWEEZIL ZAPPA ‘Hot Rats & Other Hot Stuff’ live in Asbury Hall
No opening act. Two sets of music.
6:30pm Doors, 7:30pm Show
Tickets: On Sale Fri. 4/26 10am: $43.50 General Admission Seated, limited $86 Front Rows VIP Soundcheck party at Ticketfly.com, Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p) or charge by phone at 877.987.6487
Dweezil Zappa and his six-piece “rocking teenage combo” will perform his father’s entire Hot Rats album as part of the fall 2019 tour. The album played a pivotal role in establishing Frank Zappa as a composer and guitarist and was dedicated to Dweezil upon its release in 1969. The 50-year-old classic will be surrounded by an assortment of other psychedelic, avant-garde odd-metered toe tappers well known to Zappa aficionados, and Dweezil’s performance in Buffalo will be exactly one day before his own 50th birthday. Since 2006, Dweezil and his band have performed the pioneering music of Frank Zappa well over 1,000 times.
Dweezil Zappa was born on September 5, 1969 in Los Angeles, the son of Frank and Gail Zappa. It was inevitable that his life would be filled wall-to wall with music, his father having listed his religion as “musician” on Dweezil’s birth certificate.
At 6 years old he received his first guitar, a Fender Music Master from Frank. Dweezil would occasionally make noises with the guitar by plugging it in to a little Pignose amplifier. By age 12 Dweezil was exposed to new sounds on the radio. Besides his father’s music, he began listening to: The Beatles, Queen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. And like many aspiring guitarists of his generation, Dweezil’s ear was caught in a stranglehold by the trailblazing guitar styles of Edward Van Halen and Randy Rhoads.
He listened to their records for hours on end trying to figure out a way to translate what he was hearing in his head to his fingers at the other end of the guitar. Along the way, he had opportunities to ask his dad for some help. “I remember asking Frank to help me figure out the song ‘Revelation/Mother Earth’ from Blizzard of Oz. I really didn’t know anything about chords and in that song Randy Rhoads was using classical music elements that were really new to rock guitar at the time. Frank helped me learn the finger picking intro.”
Dweezil was also fortunate to have great assistance from one of the musicians in his father’s band at that time, Steve Vai. Dweezil became remarkably proficient in a very short time due to his intense practicing sessions, which continue to this day. “Steve made a notebook, which I still have, of scales and exercises and I practiced the stuff at least 5 hours a day.”
Dweezil’s first ever studio recording was produced by Eddie Van Halen under the pseudonym of De Vards in 1984. Shortly after Dweezil began performing on his father’s recordings. In the 35 years since then he has collaborated with a musical Who’s Who of several generations, including: Herbie Hancock, Terry Bozzio, The Fat Boys, Nuno Bettencourt , Gary Cherone and Pat Badger of Extreme, guitarists Warren DeMartini, Steve Lukather and Zakk Wylde, jazz legends Mike Stern and Lee Ritenour, plus Frank Zappa sidemen Mike Keneally and Scott Thunes.
The first version of Dweezil’s new live band Zappa Plays Zappa debuted in 2006 to big audiences of crazed Zappa fans. The earliest ZPZ tour included Frank alumni Steve Vai on guitar, Napoleon Murphy Brock on tenor sax and lead vocals, and Terry Bozzio on drums. This lineup was captured in the group’s first release on CD and DVD in 2008, which netted Dweezil his first Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Performance for its version of the Frank Zappa classic “Peaches En Regalia,” which originally appeared on Hot Rats.
2015 marked the release of Dweezil’s first album of new original material in 10 years with Via Zammata. Fusing analog tape and tube guitar amps alongside surprising instruments such as fretless guitar and the oud, Zappa drew listeners into his intimate and multifarious musical world. Armed with unexpected vocal arrangements, like the Beach Boys procreated with the Bulgarian Women’s Choir, this collection of 12 uniquely orchestrated songs represented a true metamorphosis for Dweezil the solo artist.
The first leg of the HOT RATS LIVE! World wide tour includes 25 shows, primarily in the northeastern United States. Buffalo is the second stop on the tour. Don’t miss it!
(Wednesday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Ninth Ward at Babeville
341 Delaware Avenue
Friday, September 27th DSP Shows presents Adam Ezra Group live in the 9th Ward GA Seated Tickets (On Sale Friday 4/26 @ 12pm): $12.50 advance, $15.00 day of show at
Friday, September 27th
DSP Shows presents Adam Ezra Group live in the 9th Ward
GA Seated Tickets (On Sale Friday 4/26 @ 12pm): $12.50 advance, $15.00 day of show at Ticketfly.com as well as the Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p) or charge by phone at 866-777-8932
Adam Ezra Group
It’s difficult to impart the roots-steeped, road-trippin’ essence of the Adam Ezra Group into a single word, but frontman Adam Ezra nonetheless keeps one in mind as something of a mantra: community.
To the musicians at the heart of AEG, community is epitomized by a belief they all share, one that has long doubled as a mission statement for the group: namely, that making music together is itself a form of grassroots organizing, capable of nothing less than changing the world.
That Ezra and his bandmates hold sacred such an inclusive approach to their craft helps explain the gathering storm of an album that is “Hurricane Wind,” one of AEG’s most ambitious undertakings to date. Not only fan-funded, but also fan-produced, the project found the broader AEG fan community playing a role in every step of the process from inception to its release on May 21st 2017.
Such a groundbreaking form of collaboration makes all the sense in the world for a musical collective like AEG. After all, as Ezra sees it, the fans are really part of the band, active members of their movement who’ve always exercised a critical role in AEG’s ability to carry out its mission. This inclusive approach to musicianship, centered about respecting and celebrating their listeners above all else, Ezra insists, is what has allowed the group to explode out of their Boston-area origins to emerge as one of the most uniquely powerful, relentlessly entertaining live-music experiences in the country.
AEG’s grassroots efforts recently caught the eye of John Oates, of Hall & Oates fame. For the past year and a half, Ezra and Oates have been regular writing partners, meeting up in Nashville between tours. Three of their co-writes are featured on the upcoming Adam Ezra Group album, and Oates himself joined Ezra in the studio to sing and play on the album. They performed their first co-written song, “All I Am”, live in-studio as an acoustic duet, a process also shared with fans, who were invited along for a virtual tour of the studio as well as granted access to unreleased studio performances.
Last December, AEG galvanized their community partnership by releasing 23 studio demos to fans, including multiple collaborations with Oates. Ezra established an innovative framework through which fans could follow the process of song arrangement and studio tracking, help whittle the album down to just 11 polished final cuts, steer artwork creation, and assist in naming the project itself.
The now-released album, “Hurricane Wind,” speaks to an elemental, overpowering force of nature, a quality AEG believes exists in every human being and can be magnified through the unifying power of music.
When the record arrived on May 21, the AEG fanbase turned the full power of its collective hurricane wind outward, and shared the music for free with over 5000 people over the course of two weeks. Such a groundswell of activity wouldn’t have been possible even a few years ago; “Hurricane Wind,” to AEG, represents both a celebration and reaffirmation of how remarkably that community has grown.
Even amid ballooning success, Ezra says it’s been not just easy, but natural for AEG to stay dedicated to its mission and true to its humble roots. Perhaps no song sums this up more than a fan favorite, selected to anchor the new album. Called “I Believe,” it’s a gorgeously layered, nakedly emotional ode to the long path they’ve already traveled as a community – and to the wide-open road ahead.
You’ve got a style, that comes on like a hurricane wind,” sings Ezra on the track, backed by a group of musicians all equally engrossed in the material and attuned to its significance.
“You’ve got a spark, that lights the fire that never ends.” With his next lines, Ezra speaks not only to the internal maxim that keeps him moving, but also to the enduring force for hope and change that his band has come to symbolize to its ever-swelling fanbase: “And in the times when hope is gone, you give me the strength to carry on – I know the path is long, but I believe.”
(Friday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Ninth Ward at Babeville
341 Delaware Avenue