There is a new up-and-coming venue in the Buffalo, NY area. It’s not flashy nor really talked about unless you have been there, but once you go, you are hooked. DHU Strand Theatre is hidden in the little town north of Buffalo, in North Tonawanda. The venue was originally purchased by local blues favorites, Dive House Union. It was obtained by the group as a means for a rehearsal spot. Since buying the building the group has all but disbanded, however the ownership is still strong. The spot now serves as a place for musicians to come together and jam. A few events that will be taking place include Raga at the Strand and it will also serve as the backdrop for the next ten weeks for “Jam at the Strand” which takes place every Tuesday from 7pm-10pm.
The series will be hosted weekly by Miller and the Other Sinners, with the first event starting on November 1. Miller and the other sinners is a group that has been touring nationally quite a bit as well as just recording a new live album at the theatre. The band is led by David Miller and is joined by some very talented musicians. One very big player in the group is Jason Moynihan (sax, guitar) who is no stranger to the limelight. He has toured with Buddy Guy and shared the stage with the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes and many more. The new series will open its doors to all sorts of musicians to come and play, focusing on Blues and Soul genres. So bring your band and instruments and come jam. There is no cost but it’s more of a pass the hat type deal; throw a few dollars in to help with the cost.
Raga at the Strand will take place on November 19. This is the second show for the new group at the same venue. Raga is led by former Dive House Union guitarist Todd Eberwine, Kieth Lidner (bass, vocals), Barry Arbogast (sax) and former Aqueous drummer Ryan Nogle. The show is more than just music, its a spectacle. It combines a big light show and is largely improvisational. Tickets will be $5 at the door.