Thursday At The Harbor Concerts Announced

May 24, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 3:47 AM EDT

By WKBW News


Thursday At The Harbor Concerts Announced

May 24, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 3:47 AM EDT

( Buffalo ) The summer concerts have been announced for Thursday At The Harbor 2012 summer season! 5-9:30pm on the Waterfront in downtown Buffalo.

June 7 The Cult:
Born out of the ashes of Britain’s post-punk scene in 1983, The Cult is one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of our time. They have sold millions of albums, headlined arenas and stadiums around the world and will be opening up the 26th Anniversary season of Thursday at the Harbor. “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Fire Woman” are just a few of the songs we hope will end up on vocalist/lyricist Ian Astbury and guitarist/composer Billy Duffy’s set-list for the evening. According to Astbury, “We don’t have fans, we have devotees. You either need it or you don’t. You either get it or you wont. There is nothing casual about The Cult.”

June 14 Fitz And The Tantrums:
If you missed these six killer musicians on our last evening in Lafayette Square in 2011 – mark your calendar for this show. Five dapper suits, irresistible songs and a vintage organ make for a magnificent sound that will stop you in your tracks. In the course of a few short years, Fitz And The Tantrums have moved from performing in their living rooms to sharing the stage with Maroon Five and Sharon Jones. The unrestrained blast of these soul-clapping, get-down-on-the-floor, money-maker shakers are sure to get you movin’. On stage, Fitz And The Tantrums isn’t just a band, they’re an explosion.

June 21- Built to Spill and Matthew Sweet:
Built To Spill & Matthew Sweet: Alt-indie Idaho rockers, Built to Spill, will make their way onto our stage for the first time in 2012. Their trademark shimmering guitars and dreamy melodies have captivated underground pop fans and music bloggers alike for the past 15 years. Matthew Sweet is mastermind of the landmark album, “Girlfriend,” and will be sharing the stage with Built To Spill. He is touring to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of “Girlfriend” and release of “Modern Art.” If you’re looking for “someone to love,” this Thursday in Downtown will be the perfect spot.

June 28-Fountains of Wayne:
You remember it, you sang along to it driving with the windows down, “Stacy’s Mom, has got it goin’ on…” The song catapulted Fountains of Wayne into the spotlight in 1999. This 80’s dance floor anthem, 70’s arena rock, 60’s jangly pop combined with simple, stripped down, pop meets folk music is sure to get you dancing. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that their cover of “Baby One More Time” makes it onto the set list at this perfect evening of sugar-rock and catchy good-natured jams.

July 5-Arrested Development:
Arrested Development broke out in the early 1990’s with their unique approach to hip-hop music and quickly rose to the top, earning two Grammy Awards and securing several number one hits like “Tennessee,” “Mr. Wendel” and “Everyday People.” Intelligent, politically motivated and speaking to universal themes, the band is led by singer/songwriter and turntable master Speech and includes percussionists, dancers and vocalists, as well as traditional instruments like bass, drums and guitar. This progressive hip-hop group incorporates elements of soul, blues, funk and pop into their music and has earned major crossover success.

July 12 Seether:
This is a Seether you haven’t heard before. The band’s latest album, “Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray” blends their addictive hooks and seering guitar work with a marked change in singer-songwriter Shaun Morgan’s vocal approach. The band was formed in 1999 and hails from South Africa where they were named best Alternative Artist at the 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards. They have toured the globe on the strength of five gold and platinum selling albums and will take the stage in Downtown Buffalo on July 12th.

July 19 Young the Giant:
Sun soaked indie rock on the Central Wharf anyone? If you have listened to the radio at all this year, you are more than familiar with Young the Giant. Their hit single “Cough Syrup” launched them to stardom after California radio station KROQ took a liking to the assembly of international names from assorted backgrounds. Young the Giant’s lush experimental compositions complemented with infectious pop hooks and unique soothing vocals will make for a perfect evening at the Central Wharf.

July 26 Arkells and Gomez:
According to their official bio, Arkells are collectively 30 feet and 3 inches tall and weigh 912. The Hamilton, Ontario imports performed a searing set of catchy good ol’ Canadian rock and roll at our Tragically Hip Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor concert in 2011 and they made a splash at the 2012 Juno Awards, getting a nod for Group of the Year. Critics call their sophomore effort, Michigan Left, fresh, charming and creative and bursting with the sonic complexity of a live performance. We can’t wait to experience it again on July 26th.

Aug 2-The Jesus and Mary Chain:
Their artistic impact was incalculable, they orchestrated a sound dense in squalling feedback and inspired bands like Dinosaur Jr. They are Scottish born William and Jim Reid or as their fans adoringly call them, The Jesus And Mary Chain. The Jesus And Mary Chain is known for equal parts bubblegum and formless guitar distortion, their sound celebrated pop conventions and subverted them at the same time. You probably remember their U.S. pop charts debut, “Sometimes Always.” This show is a do-not-miss.

Aug 9 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones with special guest Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins:
Buffalo knows a thing or two about being “Mighty” and we are thrilled to welcome back The Mighty Mighty Bosstones! These pioneers of ska-punk are touring again after releasing their latest album “The Magic of Youth.” “Let’s Face It,” they have a reputation as one of the hardest touring bands in rock and this is a show you don’t want to miss. Come celebrate their return to Buffalo and have your own “Devil’s Night Out” at the Central Wharf.

Aug 16 Salt-N-Pepa:
Salt-Pepa’s here and we’re in effect!” You know you grew up in the ‘90’s if you know the words to at least one Salt-N-Pepa song. This is going to be a “Show Stopper” as everyone heads down to the Harbor to reminisce, dance and sing along to their favorite Salt-N-Pepa song. These talented, Grammy Award winning ladies helped pave the way for groups like TLC and En Vogue among others. If you don’t know who they are…then it’s “None of Your Business!”

Aug 23 Matt Nathanson:
You might have seen him perform with Sugarland or know all the words to his hit song “Come On Get Higher” but now is your chance to see the dynamic performer and premier songwriter Matt Nathanson at the Erie Canal Harbor. Nathanson is known for his comedic, stripped down live shows. This is the last Thursday at the Harbor for the summer of 2012 and there is no doubt it will be a night to remember - don’t miss out on the fun!