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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Gift at the Pearl to Honor Fallen Buffalo Firefighters

All-day, five-floor concert to benefit the future of the children of Jonathan Croom

When Buffalo firefighters Jonathan Croom and Lieutenant Charles “Chip” McCarthy made the ultimate sacrifice in an East Side fire last August, they both left behind children with full lives ahead of them – in the case of Croom, whose second child was born after his death, children who will never know their father.

In response to the personal and financial void Croom’s children now face, his friends have rallied the Buffalo music community to gather for The Gift at the Pearl, an all-day event set for Sunday, April 11th, across all five floors of Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. The event will feature more than a dozen local bands on four stages, along with a host of raffles and auctions, with 100% of the proceeds going to a trust fund for Croom’s children.

“This gift will show Jon’s kids how much he meant to his friends, and how much this community appreciates the sacrifice he and Lt. McCarthy made for us,” said Jason Hall, owner of Sessions Studio in Black Rock, who graduated with Croom from the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. “Jon’s kids have a hard road ahead of them, but it was easy to line up support in their honor.”

Hall has assembled some of Buffalo’s best performers, including Abraxas; Dee Adams; John Lombardo & Mary Ramsey; Myron & the Id; Alison Pipitone Band; Gretchen Schulz & Doug Morgano; Maria Sebastian; Skiffle Minstrels; The Stone Bridge Band; the Stone Country Band; That 80’s Hair Band; Tuco; Alan Whitney; and Mark Winsick – all of whom are donating their time and talents for the cause.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and are available now through Eventbrite at or by contacting Sessions Studio at 716-447-1508 or

Thursday, March 11, 2010

St Peter's UCC and Cuba First Baptist Church Upcoming Events

featuring Erin Sydney Welsh and friends
Sunday, March 21 @ 11:30 a.m.
St. Peter's United Church of Christ

1475 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca
Free admission

Featuring recording artists "Strike The Rock"
Sunday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Cuba First Baptist Church

17 South St., Cuba NY
(585) 968-1531

St Peter's UCC and Cuba First Baptist Church Upcoming Events

featuring Erin Sydney Welsh and friends
Sunday, March 21 @ 11:30 a.m.
St. Peter's United Church of Christ

1475 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca
Free admission

Featuring recording artists "Strike The Rock"
Sunday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Cuba First Baptist Church

17 South St., Cuba NY
(585) 968-1531

ESI EVENTS is pleased to announce the following show…


Support: TBA


Patron info number: 852-2860 (box office) 835-3500 (ESI)

Venue address: 622 MAIN STREET BUFFALO NY

Date: APRIL 1ST, 2010


Ticket price: $10 ADV $12 DAY OF

Tickets available at: Tralf Box Office all ticketmaster location 1-800-745-3000

Guitar Shorty, aka David Kearney, was born in Houston, Texas but raised in Kissimee, Florida. As a young boy he would sneak into his uncle’s room and try to play his guitar. He was so small his hands didn’t fit around it’s neck, so he would lean it against the wall and play it like a stand up bass.

When other kids were in high school, Shorty was a student by day and a working musician by night. One evening when he went to work the marquis read, “The Walter Johnson Band featuring Guitar Shorty"; the name he would go by from then on was born.

Right out of high school at the age of 16 Shorty joined Ray Charles and his band for a year. At the age of 17 he recorded a single under the direction of Willie Dixon on the Cobra label. When Shorty was lured away to play with Guitar Slim he moved to New Orleans.

In New Orleans, Shorty fronted his own group that became the house band at the legendary Dew Drop Inn. There he played with greats such as T Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner and Little Richard. It took a job with Sam Cooke to get 19 year old Shorty on the bus and on his way to the West Coast.

Shorty lived and worked in both Los Angeles and Canada until in 1961 he met his wife, Marcia, in Seattle. When Shorty married Marcia he also got Jimi Hendrix, Marcia’s brother for a brother-in-law. The young Jimi Hendrix came to see Shorty play often and they were friends until Jimi’s untimely death

Like a Texas tumbleweed, Shorty rolled back to the Los Angeles area in 1971 and Los Angeles has remained his home. He cut his first full album and got his first W.C. Handy Award while living there.

Since that time Shorty has recorded several albums for the Black Top label and is currently signed to Evidence Records. He often jams at local clubs with former members of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and calls local blues artist Keb Mo a personal friend and fan. He continues to capture audiences with his sincerity, energy, and Rocking/Blues style.

Greetings from Stone Row Central!

The new Stone Row CD "Alignment" is now available at and at all shows. We also have cool new Alignment T-shirts and spiffy Stone Row pint glasses.

If you like what we do, please help us spread the word! Invite your friends, family and co-workers to check out the group and the website.

Check out the new reviews at:

Some of these sites allow you to request and review our music!

Upcoming Stone Row Gigs:
Let the March madness begin!

Friday March 12th, 2010
Amherst Gaelic League Fundraiser to benefit the Belfast Summer Relief Program
Hearthstone Manor
333 Dick Road Depew NY
5:00 PM
Chris Flynn 839-3233
Dennis Lennon 213-3546

Friday March 12th, 2010
Irish Classical Theatre "The Wake" Fundraiser
Karpeles Manuscript Museum
453 Porter Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14201
7:00 PM-11:00 PM
Stop yer cryin' and drink! The party to die for! Winner of the Buffalo Niagara Event Professionals' Outstanding Event 2009!
Check the ICT website for tickets and more information.

Saturday March 13th, 2010
Buffalo Irish Center Emerald Room
245 Abbott Road in South Buffalo
8:00 PM-12:00 AM
St. Patrick's Day Weekend at the BIC!

Sunday March 14th: TBA

Wednesday March 17th, 2010
Brock University Student Union
500 Glenridge Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario
1:00 PM-4:30 PM
(905) 688-5550
Open to the public.

Wednesday March 17th, 2010
Shenannigan's Pub
1009 Niagara Falls Boulevard (near Sheridan)
Amherst NY 14226
6:30 PM-10:30 PM
A St. Patrick's Day home away from home in Amherst! They have added a huge tent outside for more room. There is plenty of additional parking in the adjacent Firestone lot.

Saturday March 20th, 2010
Lancaster St. Patrick's Day Parade Party
Lancaster Elks Lodge
33 Legion Parkway
Lancaster, NY 14086
5:000 PM-9:00 PM

Sunday March 21st, 2010
St. Patrick Joseph Dyngus Day
Harvey Morin Post VFW
965 Center Rd, West Seneca, NY 14224
3:00 PM-8:00 PM
Details TBA

Saturday March 27th, 2010
Fitzgerald's Pub
392 Ohio Street
Lockport NY 14094
8:00 PM-12:00 AM
Those of you who came out to our first gig there already know what a great venue this is. Inexpensive Guinness and McSorley's on tap, good food and good people.

Friday April 9th, 2010
Buffalo Irish Center
245 Abbott Road in South Buffalo
9:00 PM-1:00 AM

Saturday April 9th, 2010
Dwyer's Pub
65 Webster Street
North Tonawanda NY 14120
Great Irish pub next to the Riviera Theatre.

Saturday April 17th, 2010
Fitzgerald's Pub
392 Ohio Street
Lockport NY 14094
8:00 PM-12:00 AM
Those of you who came out to our first gig there already know what a great venue this is. Inexpensive Guinness and McSorley's on tap, good food and good people.

Friday April 23rd, 2010
Shannon Pub
2250 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Tonawanda NY 14150

Saturday April 24th, 2010
Shannon Pub
2250 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Tonawanda NY 14150

Log on to for other upcoming dates.

ESI Event Listings 3/12 - 3/27

3/12 - 10pm - The A-List @ Crazy Jakes 26 Webster St, N. Tonawanda NY

3/14 - 5:30pm - Pug Mahones @ D'Arcy Mcgee's Irish Pub 257 Franklin St Buffalo NY

3/14 - 4:00pm - Bareback Jack @ The Buckin' Buffalo Saloon 294 Franklin St Buffalo NY

3/14 - 2:30pm - Southside @ D'Arcy Mcgees

3/14 - 2:00pm - Mo Porter @ D'Arcy Mcgees

3/14 - 6:00pm - Strictly Hip @ D'Arcy Mcgees

3/15 - 8:00pm - "The Buffalo Shuffle" feat. Doug Yeomans, Mick Hayes, and Friends @ The Tralf 622 Main St Buffalo NY

3/17 - 7:30pm - Pug Mahones @ D'Arcy Mcgees Irish Pub 257 Franklin St Buffalo NY

3/19 - 9:00pm - Strictly Hip @ Water Street Landing 115 S Water Street Lewiston NY

3/20 - 11:00pm - Strictly Hip @ Buffalo Sports Garden 2954 Southwestern Blvd Orchard Park NY

3/26 - 10:00pm - Strictly Hip @ Finnans 1191 Lincoln Ave Lockport NY

3/26 - 9:00pm - The A-List @ Water Street Landing 115 S Water Street Lewiston NY

3/27 - 10:00pm - Strictly Hick @ Buckin Buffalo Saloon 294 Franklin St Buffalo NY

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Sportsmens at the Pearl Concert Series Celebrates New Partnership

Local musicians invite favorite non-profits to share the spotlight

A new partnership between two Buffalo institutions is paying early dividends for the local music community, while opening doors for their friends in the non-profit sector.

Kicking off this Sunday, March 7th, the free Sunday concert series “Sportsmens at the Pearl” celebrates the joining of forces between venerable Black Rock music venue the Sportsmens Tavern and downtown destination Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, which includes a major expansion at the Sportsmens and an increased focus on live music at Pearl Street. Each Sunday - barring occasions and holidays such as the NCAA Tournament and Easter - favorite artists from the Sportsmens will play at the Pearl from 4-7pm, while sharing the spotlight with a local non-profit organization of their choice.

Each week, the chosen non-profit will have staff on-hand promoting their programs and running raffles to raise funds. This Sunday’s opener features one of the “you call the classic, we play it” house bands at the Sportsmens, the aptly named Sport Men, who will support their Black Rock neighbors at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Sport Men singer and “Human Jukebox” John Culliton Mahoney returns solo the following week to revel in the spirit of “Post-St. Patty’s Parades at the Pearl,” benefiting the Belfast Summer Relief Program. After breaking during the madness of the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, the series resumes March 28th with the stirring Gretchen Schulz & the Morvells in support of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Following two special Sundays in April, the heart-on-rolled-up-sleeve rock of the Alison Pipitone Band and Grammy-nominated polka of Jerry Darlak & the Touch will complete the inaugural run.

“This partnership creates more gigs for the Buffalo music community,” said Sportsmens Tavern owner and Sport Men bassist Dwane Hall. “We have first-class musicians in Buffalo that deserve more opportunities like this, and allowing them to support a local non-profit of their choice makes this gig mean even more to them.”

The complete lineup for the inaugural run of Sportsmens at the Pearl is as follows –

March 7th – the Sport Men, supporting Habitat for Humanity ReStore

March 14th – John Culliton Mahoney, supporting Belfast Summer Relief Program (part of Post-St. Patty’s Parades at the Pearl)

March 21st – no concert: NCAA Tourney

March 28th – Gretchen Schulz & the Morvells, supporting Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

April 4th – no concert: Easter

April 11th – Special Event - “The Gift at the Pearl” – 14 bands across all five floors benefiting the children of fallen Buffalo firefighter Jonathan Croom; tickets and more at

April 18th – Alison Pipitone Band, supporting SPCA

April 25th – Jerry Darlak & the Touch, supporting TBA

The Good Neighborhood is a Buffalo-based company that pairs performers with common causes to create Gatherings for the Common Good.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Carubba Collision Golden Gloves

Boxing is Back in Buffalo
Event to Start on March 20th at the Burt Flickinger Center

All of Western New York amateur Boxers, sub novice, novice, and open class, both male and female are training hard and eagerly anticipating their opportunity to participate in the most prestigious amateur boxing tournament in the country The Carubba Collision Golden Gloves. The boxers are enthusiastically preparing to seize their moment to earn their place in history and become a Golden Gloves champion.

The ECC Burt Flickinger Athletic Center will be the host site for the regional tournament, and the New York State Championship, which take place on March 20th, April 9th, and April 23rd. The first show on Saturday March 20th will be a great opportunity for local fans and visitors to have an entertaining sports-filled weekend as the tournament will start in between Friday (March 19th) and Sundays (March 21st) NCAA basketball tournament. Bouts are set for a 7:30pm start.

Admission for each show is $20 in advance or $25 the day of each event for general admission and $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Tonawanda, Buffalo, Hamburg and Wheatfield Carubba Collision locations as well as Pacillo’s on Hertel Avenue, Doris Records on East Ferry Street, or online at

Sponsorship opportunities and ringside tables are still available. For more information go to or contact Don Patterson at 716-400-9697, or e-mail, or search Buffalo Golden Gloves on facebook. If you are looking for a superior sporting experience and great live entertainment please join us to support local boxers and businesses.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER OF WNY Presents The Original Full-Length Play

DATE: March 11th through March 27th
LOCATION: Cabaret Theatre, 672 Main Street, Buffalo NY
TIME: 7:30 PM

Written By Matthew LaChiusa
Directed by Drew McCabe
Featuring John Kaczorowski; Peter Jaskowiak; Tara Kaczorowski; Chris Standart; Andrea Andolina; Patrick Cameron; Michael Reena

BUFFALO NY- American Repretory Theater of WNY (ART) is excited to be presenting the second show of the 2009-10 season, RED CLAY, on March 11th through March 27th at Cabaret Theater, 672 Main Street. The show promises to be an exciting, well-produced production under the watchful (up and coming) directorial eye of Drew McCabe and will feature ART favorites Chris Standart (The Man Who came to Dinner; Greater Tuna), John Kaczorowski (Rose Tattoo; The Man Who Came to Dinner), Peter Jaskowiak (Rose Tattoo) as well as some new Buffalo theater faces including Patrick Cameron, Andrea Andolina, Michael Renna, and, making her Buffalo debut as the lead female role, Tara Kaczorowski.

The production, written by ART Artistic Director, Matthew LaChiusa, explores the lives of characters who work for a proud Georgian railroad company, RED CLAY, and how their lives begin to change as the "bones from the closet start rattling".

Tickets for RED CLAY are $15 for General Public and $12 for Students and Veterans. You can call 716-884-4858 (9 AM to 4:30 PM)to make ticket reservations or purchase tickets online* at For other inquiries please contact the above box-office number and an ART representative will gladly answer your call. You may also visit for further information on the 2009-10 season.

ART hopes to see you at what appears to be a solid theatrical work that lives up to the mission statement and reputation ART strives to maintain.

SHOW DATES: March 11th, 12th & 13th; March 18th, 19th & 20th; March 25th, 26th & 27th.

TICKETS: $15 General Admission/$12 Student & Veterans

CONTACT: 716-884-4858/

The 5th Annual Queen City

Celebrating 75 Years of Music The Historic Colored Musicians Club Presents
The 5th Annual Queen City Jazz Festival

July 31, 2010 - 1pm to 8 pm
145 Broadway Downtown
Buffalo New York

Jazz, Blues, R&B, Swing, Big Bands and Much More
Tell your Families and Friends
Celebrating 75 Years of Music -

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Djambossa Live at Solé

March 12th - 6:30 - 9:00Pm - Solé
5110 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221.
(716) 362-0356.

March 26th - 6:30 - 9:00Pm - Solé
5110 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221.
(716) 362-0356.

April 9th - 6:30 - 9:00Pm - Solé
5110 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221.
(716) 362-0356.

April 23rd - 6:30 - 9:00Pm - Solé
5110 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221.
(716) 362-0356.

DjamBossa (jam-boss-a) -Djambossa is inspired by the late great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. We start our name, like he did. Djambossa is highly improvisational, we love to "jam". Djambossa infuses latin styles like bossanova into our set. A sometimes soft and sometimes scathing acoustic mélange. An eclectic mix of ethnic folk - gypsy jazz, bossanova, flamenco and even blues. Coming soon to a bar stool near you.

NEW CD OUT NOW! Available at

Willie Nile at The Tralf Music Hall

Place: The Tralf Music Hall - $23 presale / $27 day of
Event Date: Saturday March 6th, 2010
Event Time: 8pm

Nile is a songwriters' songwriter. No less a personage than Lucinda Williams has said of him, "Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I'd be opening up for him instead of him for me." And he's never been more eloquent than he is here.Lou Reed hails Streets of New York as "a great album," while Graham Parker calls it "a real gem”stirring melodies, passionate vocals, intriguing lyrics¦every track a winner." Says Ian Hunter, Willie's from the big-hearted downtown alleyways of NYC (New York commitment). Well done! Little Steven adds, "Willie Nile is so good I can't believe he's not from New Jersey!" Nile grew up in Buffalo, New York, part of a bustling Irish Catholic family with what he calls "an open-door policy." For as far back as Willie can remember, his parents welcomed house guests from around the world for extended stays, and "the cosmopolitan nature of the world kind of rubbed off," he says. (Willie will be playing with local musicians who happen to be friends and family on March 6th.) After studying philosophy at the University of Buffalo, he headed for Greenwich Village, determined to make a name for himself as alatter-day troubadour. That he did throughout the '70s, becoming a fixture in the Village folk and rock scenes and getting tabbed as the next big thing to come out of that long-thriving artistic community. Writing in The New York Times, the great rock critic Robert Palmer called him "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." He made his recording debut in 1980 with his acclaimed self-titled LPon Arista Records, following it a year later with Golden Down. He also opened the Who's North American tour at the personal request of the band. In 1982, he signed to Geffen Records but got caught in record-biz limbo and didn't manage to release another record until 1991, when Columbia issued Places I Have Never Been. With the EP Hard Times in America in 1992, which became a cult favorite throughout Europe, Nile finally managed to jump off the major-label hamster wheel. Gathering together his resources over time, he managed to put out his first self-released album, Beautiful Wreck of the World, just before the end of the century. Willie, his youthful energy unflagging, and he's never sounded more committed to the themes he's tackled. Please welcome Willie Nile toThe Tralf Music Hall, Saturday March 6th, 2010!

Bio info source:

Presented By ESI Events. 716-835-3500

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ESI Listings 2/19 - 3/18

2/19 - 10pm - Off The Cuff
800 Maple 800 Maple Rd Williamsville NY

2/22 - 8pm - The Buffalo Shuffle Feat. Mick Hayes Doug Yeomans and friends with Special Guest Billy McEwen - A Monday night weekly Blues Showcase
The Tralf Music Hall 622 Main St. Buffalo NY

3/1 - 8pm - The Buffalo Shuffle Feat. Doug Yeomans, Mick Hayes and Friends with Special Guest TBA - A Monday Night Weekly Blues Showcase
The Tralf Music Hall 622 Main St. Buffalo NY

3/4 - 930pm - Jeremy Hoyle
Finnans 1191 Lincoln Ave Lockport NY

3/5 - 10pm - Mo Porter
Root 5 4914 Lake Shore Road Hamburg

3/6 8pm - Willie Nile - Local Favorite singer songwriter, with opening act Marc Scibilia
The Tralf Music Hall 622 Main St. Buffalo NY

3/6 - 8pm - A- List Band
Salvatores Italian Gardens 6461 Transit Rd Depew NY

3/6 - 10pm - Carl Motyka
Root 5 4914 Lake Shore Rd Hamburg

3/6 - 9:30pm - Mick Hayes Duo
PJ's Pub 1269 Erie Ave No. Tonawanda NY

3/6 - 10pm - Off The Cuff
Trattoria Aroma 307 Bryant St Buffalo NY

3/7 - 9pm - Yacht, MNDR, & Bobby Birdman
(Big Orbit's) Soundlab 110 Pearl St Buffalo NY

3/10 - 9pm - Foreign Born, Free Energy, & CLOVERS
(Big Orbit's) Soundlab 110 Pearl St Buffalo NY

3/12 - 9m - Neon Indian w/ special guests tba
(Big Orbit's) Soundlab 110 Pearl St Buffalo NY

3/18 - 8pm - The Subdudes
The Tralf Music Hall 622 Main St Buffalo NY

Friday, February 12, 2010


HAMBURG, N.Y. – Local bands will showcase their talents in a Battle of the Bands competition at Hilbert College with the winner given the opportunity to perform for the college community at Hilbert’s annual spring Quad Party in April.

Hilbert’s Battle of the Bands competition will take place at 7 p.m. March 5 in the college’s William E. Swan Auditorium. Prizes will be awarded.

Registration deadline is Feb. 23. Bands interested in participating should contact Jean MacDonald, director of student activities, at 926-8932 or e-mail

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