Spring has arrived in Buffalo, and just like that, things are on the up.  With summer in the city nearly here, we are happy to announce our next big party plans. Rather than do another stand alone showcase, we decided to be a bit more ambitious this time around.  On June 20th and 21st, the first weekend of summer, we are proud to present Herd Fest. What is Herd Fest? Well, think of it as our own version of CMJ/SXSW. Nine showcases over a two day period in Allentown (and slightly beyond). And for this party, we invited a few of the blog’s closest friends around to be a part of the festivities by hosting their own showcases and personally selecting some of their favorite Buffalo acts to play. While final lineups and schedules won’t be released until May, here is a taste of what Herd Fest will be offering:

Friday, June 20th

Nietzsche’s – The Good Neighborhood (featuring Music is Art instrument donation drive)

Duke’s – Quiet Country Audio

Allen St. Hardware – Sugar City

College St. Gallery – Steak & Cake

Saturday, June 21st

Nietzsche’s – Harvestsum

Duke’s – buffaBLOG

Allen St. Hardware – Only Comrades

Bonus showcases will be held at Black Dots and Spiral Scratch Records early Saturday evening.

Presale all-access bracelets are currently available to purchase for $20 at the blog’s Big Cartel page, in addition to Black Dots and Spiral Scratch. All-access bracelets will only be available for presale purchase. Showcase covers will be $5 per venue on each night otherwise.

The buffaBLOG staff is extremely proud to present Herd Fest to the city of Buffalo this summer. We want to thank all of the venues and showcase runners for their enthusiasm in being a part of our idea. And we want to thank our generous sponsors – Mr. Smith, Tour City Inc., Born in Buffalo, West Side Pet Clinic, and Music City – for believing and backing the project.

See you all at Herd Fest.