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Best Bets- Rundgren, Daniels, Church, Spring Fest.

Another week means another strong concert lineup in the Buffalo area! This week’s picks are a little more slanted towards the country music genre, but there’s still a bit more variety than one might expect at first glance!

Todd Rundgren @ Town Ballroom

Kicking off this week’s biggest concerts is classic rocker Todd Rundgren. Rundgren’s career in the music industry has spanned more than 40 years, resulting in a passionate fan base (often referred to as “Hot Toddies”). It’s easy to see why. Rundgren is responsible for a number of classic rock songs, such as “Hello it’s Me” and “I Saw the Light.” Over his long career, Rundgren has experimented with a number of different instruments and sounds, never seeming content to stay in one single genre.

Rundgren’s latest output is no exception. He’s currently on tour promoting his 25th album “Global,” which debuted earlier this month. “Global” has a much more electronic dance sound than fans may expect, with lyrics emphasizing peace and unity. Rundgren has been performing some of his bigger hits throughout the tour, but fans should anticipate a heavy focus on the new release. If you’re on the fence about the new direction, you can see Rundgren perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, April 27, the day before he arrives in Buffalo. Be advised that Town Ballroom is a smaller venue, however, so Hot Toddies won’t want to wait too long to buy their tickets.

Todd Rundgren will perform at Town Ballroom on Tuesday, April 28.

Recommended listening: “Hello it’s Me,” “Global Frequency.”

Tickets: $30-$36

Young the Giant @ UB

While Rundgren’s lengthy career might result in fans not getting a chance to every song they want to hear, that likely won’t be the case on Friday night. Alternative rock group Young the Giant headlines UB’s Spring Fest that evening, along with indie-rock acts Bear Hands and In the Valley Below. With just a pair of albums under their collective belts, the group has had a relatively short career, which makes it all the more surprising given the number of popular singles they’ve already boasted.

In 2011, Young the Giant scored a very early hit in their career with the breakout track “My Body.” The song reached number five on Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart, and reached a massive audience through television shows like American Idol and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Since then, tracks like “Apartment” helped fuel the band’s crossover appeal between alternative and mainstream audiences. The band’s most recent album, 2014’s “Mind Over Matter,” has already seen a number of hits attendees can expect to see, including “It’s About Time.”

Young the Giant will perform at UB’s Alumni Arena on Saturday May 2.

Recommended listening: “Anagram,” “Apartment,” “It’s About Time”

Tickets: $43

Eric Church @ First Niagara Center

This week’s first major country act is singer Eric Church. The North Carolina-born country star began his career as a co-writer for artist Terri Clark. Shortly after, Church landed a recording contract with Capital Nashville. Church’s style infuses a bit of modern rock, which can be seen on the title track on the album “The Outsiders.” While Church lists country greats such as Hank Williams Jr. and Waylon Jennings as influences on the country side, he’s also referred to rock bands like Metallica and AC/DC as influences, as well.

Church is currently on tour promoting his fourth studio album, the aforementioned “The Outsiders.” Fans can count on hearing the tracks “Talladega” and “Give Me Back My Hometown” on Friday night. Both singles have reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay charts.

Eric Church will perform at First Niagara Center on Friday May 1.

Recommended listening: “The Outsiders,” “Cold One,” “Drink a Little Drink, Smoke a Little Smoke.”

Tickets: Sold Out

Charlie Daniels Band @ Seneca Allegany

Country music fans looking for a bit more of a classic sound with their country might prefer to see Charlie Daniels Band on Saturday night. The band is unquestionably most well known for the famous track “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which has appeared in everything from Geico commercials to TV shows and video games (though Daniels will tell you he isn’t fond of the Guitar Hero version of the song).

The track is an undeniable classic, but there’s a lot more to Charlie Daniels than just one song. The famous singer, guitar player and fiddler has had a number of other hits, including “Uneasy Rider and “In America,” a song that saw a large resurgence in popularity after September 11. Daniels has also contributed to the careers of other famous musicians, as well. He co-wrote Elvis Presley’s “It Hurts Me” and played the electric bass on a handful of Bob Dylan albums.

Charlie Daniels Band will perform at the Seneca Allegany Events Center on Saturday May 2.

Recommended listening: “The Devil Went down to Georgia,” “In America,” “Uneasy Rider”

Tickets: $30-$55
Keep in mind that these are just a handful of the live music options in the greater Buffalo area this week. There are still a number of other concerts to select from, including The Devil Wears Prada and Europe (“The Final Countdown”)! Be sure to take a look Step Out Buffalo’s complete event listing of Live Music this week!

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