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Artist of the day: Buffalo Strange




If they're not Tampa Bay's top jam band, they're definitely in the discussion. Buffalo Strange has been performing jammy, jazz, reggae-tinged world music for the better part of a decade at venues all across Tampa Bay, and even the world (that's them in Thailand, above).

Singer-guitarist Rob "Rob Irie" Pieniak, saxman Juan "Juanja" Montero, guitarist Andre Mack and drummer Mike Rumore play a happy-go-sweaty style of jam they call "sonic positivity." It's a vibe that comes across in their many side projects (Will Erickson and Local Roots, Cope and others) and has made them friends in many other bands -- The Hip Abduction's bassist Chris Powers is a new addition.

If you've never seen them live, there's no better time than this weekend, when they'll be at a venue that seems like it was made for them: Skipper's Smokehouse. Buffalo Strange performs at 8 p.m. Friday alongside Burnin' Smyrnans, at Skipper's. Tickets are $7-$10. Click here.

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