I’m going to preface this preview with the following statement: I don’t own a working record player. But there I was, a few Saturdays past, browsing a few milk crates of old vinyl in some dude’s garage at an East Aurora garage sale. The lot looked pretty picked over, there were a couple Neil Diamond albums, way too much Barbara Streisand (he claimed they were his wife’s), and—wouldn’t you know it—two classic Neil Young records. Despite my inability to actually spin them, I left that garage sale with clean copies of After The Gold Rush and Harvest, and a smile on my face.
Why? Because if there is ass to be kicked, Neil Young is there to kick it. The folk musician’s extensive discography spans the late 60’s to today, with Young’s thirty-sixth studio album scheduled for release later this month. And tonight at Nietzsche’s, Buffalo will pay tribute to that music and the man behind it all. In keeping up with tradition, The Good Neighborhood will host the fourth annual Neil Young Tribute concert, this year featuring performances from Bearhunter (featuring guitarist Sonny Baker), Ten Cent Howl, The New Coots, Keith Shuskie, and Tom Maynor. A stacked roster of talented Buffalo musicians, full band and acoustic sets alike, no repeat tracks—just four hours of Neil and his treasured catalogue.
It’ll cost you a cool fiver to get in, but it’s for a good cause: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, to be precise. There will be a volunteer sign-up sheet for the NPO’s “Shoreline Sweep” floating around the venue; find it and get your name on there if you’re feeling particularly neighborly. Doors at 9pm.