I've been trying to see Jonny Lang in concert for years. Once the concert was cancelled, and several other times he was close to my hometown on days that I was no where near. I had the chance to see him at the Jimi Hendrix Experience a few years ago, and while that was an awesome show, it wasn't quite the same as seeing him play his own stuff for a whole night. Luckily the stars finally aligned and my friend and I got tickets to see Jonny at the Tralf in Buffalo. We got our tickets months ago, while eating alligator at a Blues Bar in Lake Placid. It all seemed very fortuitous, even if we did forget it was happening until about a week before when Ticketmaster sent me an email reminding me we had places to be and things to do! I had never been to an event at the Tralf, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect out of my General Admission tickets, but I shouldn't really have been at all concerned. We snagged a great spot to stand and had a great time!
The venue definitely qualifies as intimate. We were standing room only GA, and while we didn't pay for the spots right in front, our area was only 20 yards or so away from the stage and we had a great view. The only thing I'd change next time would be to pay extra for a reserved table- this is ONLY because by the time the show started we were starving and having a table means we can grub way easier while we enjoy the show. Not going to lie- the show was amazing, but we were both planning where to get food while watching the show and as soon as it was over we were off and running hoping to hit up Mighty Taco or something equally as delicious (Mighty Taco was closed- so it was midnight pizza instead)
creeped on their instagram and realized that they were basically us but way more talented and successful. (I don't think I've ever written a more millennial sentence in my entire life) In fact, the next morning their instagram video was basically them driving around Buffalo trying to find food (#mightytaco). On top of loving the show and their online antics, we also had the chance to meet 2 members of the group at the merch table between sets, which was also super cool.
In other words... we are now fans. We listened to their Spotify channel all the way home. You should all go check out their website and if you have a chance to see them live, you should absolutely do that- they are amazing.
Jonny Lang was amazing as well! It was insane to not only hear him play live but see him play as well. Listening to him on CD's (back in the day) or on Spotify doesn't even begin to showcase how talented he is. The few songs I saw at the Jimi Hendrix Experience we awesome, but legit paled in comparison to seeing him do a whole set. It's a huge under-exaggeration to say that he gets into the music when he plays. The man is basically having a seizure of some sort anytime he steps away from the mic and focuses solely on the guitar. It was... intense. I can't think of any other word for it. He is a phenomenal performer and I am stoked that I had the chance to see him in concert. By far my favorite part of the night was when the band stepped away and Jonny took the stage alone with an acoustic guitar to play a few songs including Breakin Me and Lie to Me. Earlier in the night he also played an expanded version of Red Light which has been one of my favorite songs (by any artist) since it came out in 2003. Getting to hear it live has absolutely been a long time coming (pun intended...)
I took a bunch of photos and videos, although because of the lighting and the stage smoke, they are not the best quality. Feel free to check them out anyways and pretend you were there in the small venue enjoying an awesome concert.
Videos: Blue Water Highway and Jonny Lang
(More to come as they upload)
Blue Water Highway
(check out their website! See them on tour!)
(also check out his website and see him on tour.)
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