Founding member & guitar player Lombardo will celebrate birthday on day of show
10,000 Maniacs, one of pop music's most enduring and influential bands, will perform a special show at Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St., Buffalo, on Saturday, Sept. 30
, celebrating the birthday of founding member and guitar player John Lombardo.
This show will feature songs composed by Lombardo for 10,000 Maniacs, as well as songs for his duo, John and Mary (Ramsey). The Bards will open. Showtime is 8 p.m. This event is open to patrons ages 21 and older; minors may attend accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. For more information, call 716-874-7734
or visit sportsmensbuffalo.com
Founded in the fall of 1981 in Jamestown, 10,000 Maniacs has won the hearts and ears of music fans around the world selling more than 10 million records. Together with artists such as R.E.M. and The Replacements, they helped define "college rock" and the first wave of "alternative rock" bands with their pop-conscious, literate and lush aesthetic.
Founding member Dennis Drew said, "John Lombardo transformed a sloppy, exciting new-wave jam band into folk-pop hitmakers by teaching us how to write real songs."
2017 marks the 30-year anniversary of the release of the bands critically acclaimed, breakout album, "In My Tribe," which Rolling Stone Magazine included in its "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties
." The band will perform most of the songs from this recording at this show.
In June of 2016, the band released "Playing Favorites" on Omnivore Recordings
. This live recording was the follow-up to the band's highly acclaimed 2015 release "Twice Told Tales," a full-length collection of traditional British Isles folk songs.
10,000 Maniacs includes Ramsey, lead vocals, viola; Steven Gustafson, bass guitar; Drew, keyboard, vocals; Jeff Erickson, guitar, vocals; Lombardo, guitar, vocals; and Jerome Augustyniak, drums.