By Seamus Gallivan
Ain’t got no dough? You can still see a three-time Grammy nominated Western New York native tonight as Peter Case headlines Round 5 of our 13-week Live at Larkin Wednesday concert series presented by First Niagara (Larkin Square, intersection of Seneca & Swan Sts, 5-8pm, all ages).
The concert may be free, but do yourself a favor and find at least enough dough to sample some of the wide variety of food and drink options as well as the nine-stall Larkin Square Marketplace, all built around the stage to be taken by Case and his Hamburg neighborhood pals Jim Whitford and Mark Winsick, who will back him after offering their own opening set, a new angle to this the third reunion of these three wildmen we’ve presented over the past two years.
The first time we presented Case and co. was in August 2010, when he was the cover story in Artvoice and featured in The Buffalo News’ Gusto to mark a long-overdue homecoming after health problems kept him off the road and inspired a , which has covered Case from calling his 1986 Grammy-nominated solo debut “a pull-out-the-stops masterpiece” to quoting Bruce Springsteen in 1989 saying he was listening to Case more than anyone else at the time.
When we last brought Case home this past fall, he and I had a long and fascinating chat the night before that’s well worth reading again; this time around, Artvoice contributor Kevin Hosey caught up with Case for the Five Questions feature on his Hosey Report.
Both of those shows were full-on romps played to a packed house at the Sportsmens Tavern. This time, we take it outside, before a slew of soon-to-be new Case fans, as our Live at Larkin audiences have numbered in the thousands each week, most of whom arrive unfamiliar with the featured performers.
The two videos below present a quick case for Case – first, to capture the rollicking sound that will ring around Larkin Square tonight, a favorite live cut of a song from his 11th and latest studio album, Wig!, entitled, “Ain’t Got No Dough”; second, for a mere glimpse of his influence, check out this blistering 1993 live performance by the Goo Goo Dolls (the song is also on their 1990 studio album Hold Me Up) of one of Case’s greatest hits for early-80’s power-pop groundbreakers The Plimsouls, “Million Miles Away,” which was one of three of their songs featured along with the band in the 1983 film, Valley Girl. “Million Miles Away” is also on the soundtrack for the 1994 film, Speed.
Odds are, both of these songs will be played tonight in Larkin Square, as we continue our case for Peter Case as one of the most compelling musicians ever to emerge from Buffalo – you’re welcome to join us, even if you ain’t got no dough!