ARTS Pick: Donna the Buffalo

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After 20-plus years of musical herding, Donna the Buffalo still defines the dance jam genre. Image: John D. Kurc After 20-plus years of musical herding, Donna the Buffalo still defines the dance jam genre. Image: John D. Kurc

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It seems everyone is playing in an eclectic jam fusion band, with accordions and fiddles, zydeco influences, and a roots-rock foundation these days. But, Donna the Buffalo has been doing it since the late ’80s. For more than two decades, the New York-sourced quintet has been putting together inspired, socially conscious music without the hammy pretense or amateurish cherry-picking that tends to be the thrust of similarly styled bands. With its tenth album in the works, the group’s staying power is a testament to its intrepid spirit, prolific output, and ardent following.

Saturday 1/19 $15-17, 8pm. Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 594-8499.

Watch DTB live gig (in its entirety) from a 2011 Syracuse show:

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