Christina Courtin & The S.B. Reeves Outfit

Buffalo native Christina Courtin took her impressive resume (graduate of the Juliard School of Music, appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Spoleto Music Festival in Italy, The Melbourne Arts Festival in Australia, supported artists such as Andrew Bird and Suzanne Vega on their recordings, and performed live with YoYo Ma, Beyonce, and Kanye West) and channeled her experience into a self titled debut album, which was released in 2009. Christina Courtin rose to #2 on the iTunes sales chart. This album showcased Courtin’s reeling and charming vocals alongside her songwriting prowess. As evidenced from her newest single “Varsity,” Courtin’s sophomore album is shifting her style in a high-energy classic rock n’ roll direction. The album will be independently released and was produced by Mike McCarthy, who has worked with Spoon and Trail of Dead. Courtin has retained the fun, catchy feel from her Regina Spektor-inspired singer-songwriter days while adding a straight-ahead rock sensibility to the mix. This hometown musician returns to her roots this Saturday (March 31) at 8pm the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Hear the latest of Courtin’s evolving style, which is always held up by a backbone of instrumental talent and unique lyrics and vocals. —jill greenberg

Tomorrow (March 31). 8pm. Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. (878-6011 / $15.

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Buffaloblog 2nd Birthday Party

Since March 2010 buffaBLOG has been dedicated to providing current and interesting local music information in Buffalo through concert previews and reviews, interviews, and artist spotlights while occasionally covering national and international music news. Founded by Bill Wright and Katie Africano, buffaBLOG “…began with just a of couple writers trying to cover the growing local scene in Buffalo. At the beginning of 2011, we had six writers, including myself, but now we have close to 15” said Editor-in-Chief Mac McGuire. BuffaBLOG has been involved with events such as Thursday in the Square and the Infringement Festival and last December they coordinated their first annual holiday party at Nietzsche’s. To celebrate their connection to the Buffalo music scene, buffaBLOG will be throwing their 2nd Birthday Party this Saturday (March 31) at 10pm at Nietzsche’s. McGuire exclaims, “We are very excited about our eclectic lineup for this Saturday. From alt country (Andrew J. Reimers’ Country Punk Extravaganza) to moody, ethereal post-rock (Early Attic), keyboard led indie rock (On Beta) to jazz/jam/funk/grunge/kitchen sink (Ramforinkus) and synth and sample driven soundscapes (VooDoo Friends), we feel we have a great representation of the variety of sounds that can be heard on any given night in the city of Buffalo.” Make sure you are a part of this vibrant celebration of our well-rounded music community. —jill greenberg

Tomorrow (March 31). 10pm. Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St. (886-8539 / $5. 21+.

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