By Seamus Gallivan
After a healthy nap earned by our first flashmob-style morning shoveling expedition, we gather tonight at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar aka DBGB (253 Allen St, 10pm, $5, 21+) to launch another ongoing event – the Second Chances concert series supporting Compass House, tonight featuring The Tins, Andrew J. Reimers’ Country-Punk Extravaganza (AJRCPX), and a rare homecoming performance by Haven (featuring members of the Ragbirds and Last Conservative).
The Second Chances theme was inspired by the fact that both The Tins and AJRCPX put out great debut albums this year, and though the release parties were packed, most folks could use a second chance to celebrate them by seeing a set and leaving with their music in hand – enter Compass House as a beneficiary, to which the bands are donating half of sales of CDs/download cards in support of a true provider of second chances – born in Buffalo and now in service for 40 years, Compass House is one of the nation’s oldest shelter and service providers for young men and young women, offering runaway, homeless and street youth with safe shelter and services, through a voluntary and mutually agreed-upon process, in an environment that supports dignity, respect and self-reliance.
Call Haven the cherry on top – current Ragbird and former frontman of Last Conservative TJ Zindle, the Lancaster native whom we last saw when he and his Ann Arbor-based Ragbirds closed out the Live at Larkin summer concert series in Larkin Square, is home for the holidays and hungry to reunite with old bandmates in this new outfit.
Join us at DBGB for this rocker sure to run into the wee hours – but fair warning, if you’re just now hip to Haven but miss them playing first tonight, you’ll have to wait quite a while for your second chance to see them. For now, enjoy this new video from The Tins for their song declared by Buffablog to be the Best Buffalo Track of 2012 –