Groove rock quartet Aqueous returns home from a three-week southeastern tour to host tribute to two classic American films this weekend at Buffalo Iron Works. The two night hometown Halloween run kicks off with Back to the Future on Friday night Oct. 30. Saturday night, Oct. 31 will lean more Technicolor with a Wizard of Oz themed evening. Buffalo is preparing for a monster party as fellow Buffalo based rock/funk/reggae fusion jam band Funktional Flow opens in support on both nights.
For Buffalo music fans looking for a hometown option this weekend, the two night engagement offers an incredible option. Both bands are staying tight-lipped about exactly what to expect. Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer noted that ”you’ll be getting something unprecedented from us for sure,” but neither band are giving away many details. However, the promise of an Aqueous/Funktional Flow collaboration seems promising.
“Halloween carries such a specific vibe in terms of atmosphere, people are ready to get weird and silly and strange, and those three things might just be a cornerstone of what our band enjoys the most about each other and our music. The element of surprise is certainly one of my favorite aspects of live performance, and I’m excited about several things that are happening over this two night run.” — Mike Gantzer
According to Funktional Flow bassist Ben Whelan, Halloween offers both the band and the fans a unique opportunity.
“Halloween is always a fun time to play shows because you can really do whatever you want for the most part and ‘get away with it’. It’s always fun when you’re in that element and can step outside the box for crazy cover ideas or different spins on originals. We really try to maximize that in a live setting and it seems to be ideal on Halloween.” — Ben Whelan
In addition to the two nights of costumes, music and cinematic nostalgia, both bands are utilizing the event as a way to give back to the community. A drive has been set up to benefit The Friends of Night People, a Buffalo based organization that provides food, clothing, medical care, counseling and hope to those in need. Canned food items, warm clothing and blankets are high on the organizations need list and will be collected on site both nights.
Both nights are expected to sell out. Tickets are still available at Ticketfly.com