Six piece punk-rock band Keep Flying performed at one of their hometowns in Buffalo, New
York on September 1 at Mohawk Place. Three Buffalo bands, Amateur Hockey Club, Fake
Space, and Genesee Hotel, opened up the show.
The opening bands shared their love for Keep Flying and their Buffalo return. Matt Foote, singer
of Amateur Hockey Club, before covering a Microwave song, said that he has seen Keep Flying
perform about six times now, one of them actually being at a Microwave show in North Carolina.
Like a handful of others in the room and myself, he’s traveled for the band. It was a great
memory to share and a great introduction to their cover.
Keep Flying, made up of John James Ryan, Henry Menzel, Chuck Bernard, Rick Coates, Peter
Vriones, and Dustin Wallace were happy to be back in Buffalo. As they were starting to perform,
John said into the mic, “Rick, he’s from here.”
John also shared some words before performing their song “Surviving The Night.” He usually
shares a few words before performing this song, but this speech was different. He explained
that this song was for them and that the band has grown a lot in the past few months. They’re
proud of each other for that growth.
Along with that, he shared a little about their West Virginia camping trip the week before. They
took a few days off in the middle of this tour to camp. This trip helped them relax and learn more
about themselves as a band and as individuals. As they shared on social media, “Don’t forget to
make time for YOU. It’s good on the brain and body.”
Along with “Surviving The Night,” the band also performed other songs like “Candy Cane
Forest,” “Interstate” (one of my favorites), and “Safety Harbor.”
I’ve lost count, truthfully, but I have seen this band perform about 20 times now in a variety of
cities and venues since their start in 2016. It’s always amazing seeing them perform and seeing
others enjoy their music.
There were a lot of familiar faces at the show in Buffalo and some new faces. Overall, another
amazing and high-energy show from Keep Flying. Whether it is a show in front of 20 people or
over 100 people, they always put on a fun and memorable show.
This tour supports their most recent project “Revival,” a six track EP that was released on
August 12. It shows a different side of the band. As John James Ryan explained on stage in
Buffalo, this release is new but it’s also old. The EP features one brand new track, “Clarity,” with
five reimagined tracks of older songs. It’s an intriguing mix of Mumford & Sons-inspired sounds
while also adding hints of pop and hip-hip/rap.
The band continues traveling across the states through September 18, with some dates
supporting the Less Than Jake and Bowling For Soup tour. They will be back at the Amityville
Music Hall on December 31 for their annual holiday show and to ring in 2023.
Upcoming Keep Flying shows:
SEPT 3 – LEGENDS BAR AND VENUE – CINCINNATI, OH *
SEPT 4 – COBRA LOUNGE – CHICAGO, IL *
SEPT 5 – RECORD MILL – AMES, IA *
SEPT 6 – THE GREAT UNTAMED – LARAMIE, WY *
SEPT 8 – ACE OF SPADES – SACRAMENTO, CA ^
SEPT 9 – SILVERMOON BREWERY – BEND, OR ^
SEPT 10 – ROSELAND THEATER – PORTLAND, OR ^
SEPT 11 SHOWBOX SODO – SEATTLE, WA ^
SEPT 13 – KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE – BOISE, ID ^
SEPT 14 – THE DEPOT – SALT LAKE CITY, UT ^
SEPT 15 – SUMMIT – DENVER, CO ^
SEPT 16 – SLOWDOWN – OMAHA, NE ^
SEPT 17 – THE PAGEANT – ST. LOUIS, MO ^
SEPT 18 – SUMMIT MUSIC HALL – COLUMBUS, OH *
^ w/ Less Than Jake and Bowling For Soup