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& WNY's top music venue featuring the best
bands & entertainment around.
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& Music. Bar and Live Music
7200 Transit Rd.
Williamsville Buffalo and WNY's Number One Music
and Dance Night Club
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5822 Camp Road
Hamburg (town), New York 14075
Tavern Restaurant to hit Western New York!
One of the best places to
see live music in WNY.
check out some of the upcoming shows at
the Mohawk Place.
3051 Main St.
(Under New Ownership)
Allentown Preservation District
on Downtown Buffalo's Waterfront
Buffalo River Fest Park, Downtown Buffalo
Canal Banks, NT
Light the Lakes
One of the largest fireworks displays in North
Langford Tractor Pull Grounds Rt.75 & Rt.249
North Collins, NY
62 Eden, NY
Summer Music Festival Weekend music festival,
fireworks, arts & crafts
Ave. Festival of the Arts
An eclectic arts celebration. Elmwood
Annual Falling Leaves Festival
Arch, Fort Erie, Canada
4th at Riverside
Riverside Park, Buffalo NY
Cheektowaga Town Park
Greek for a day!
Hellenic Orthodox Church
Lewiston Jazz Festival
Village of Lewiston
Food & Heritage Festival
comes to Buffalo!
Hertel Ave. Buffalo
Annual Jammin' in June Music Festival
A Weekend of events,music & Food. June 1st-3rd
St. Amelia's School
Luther King Jr. Park
Bound Christian Music Festival
Lake Theme Park
craft media & music
Annual Macedonian Festival
Sts. Cyril & Methody Macedonian Orthodox Church
is Art Festival
Buffalo Wing Festival
Coca-Cola Park. Come Hungry!
Buffalo Harbor Central Wharf
County 4-H Fair
the world go "round"
Route 31, Albion NY
Harlem Rd. Cheektowaga
American Culture & Traditions.
in the Valley
Stadium, Olean, NY
RSVP for the Event
Elementary School, East Aurora NY
Festival & Highland Games
in Delaware Park
plan now to travel back in time!
Ave and Niagara Square, Buffalo NY
Throughout the Villiage
at the Square
Main & Court St. Buffalo
American Day Festival
on the Niagara
Harbor and area events
Old Home Days
rides, family fun
Park Middle School
of Heaven Carnival
Fun for the entire family
West Seneca, NY
Tralf Music Hall - 622 Main St. - 716-852-2860
- Rush Tribute Band
n Roll Festival
The Spirit of Radio alive at the Letchworth
Rock n Roll Festival
here for concert review with photo's
- How To Live Without Blood -
In sports we often talk about how important
the traits of confidence, determination
and discipline are to achieving success.
That sports axiom can be applied to Buffalo's
own The Traditional. The band (Anthony Musior
- bass/vocals, Michael Bienias -guitar,
Ryan Bennett -guitar and Jon Coric -drums)
has attained national notice with an unrelenting
touring schedule and recently signed to
Los Angeles, CA. label Anchor Eighty-Four
) and have released the most righteously
awesome album How To Live Without Blood.
The album was recorded at GCR Audio under
the watchful ears of studio guru Jay Zurbricky
who also produced the record. The heavy
alternative sound features great production
with clean clear vocals and crisp guitars
and is just a great sounding record. Loaded
with great songs all written by the band
the group took their time working on the
material until it had a finished sheen.
They kick things off with "Skeletons"
before segueing into the title cut "How
To Live Without Blood". The majestic
tub thumper "Disaster" is a keeper
as are "Marilyn", ""Constant
Battle (Let It Go)" and the angst and
betrayal riddled "Haunt You".
Other tracks of note include "Run"
which starts with simple guitar and vocals
before exploding into a full sonic assault
and the late night kiss off "I'm Not
Going Home With You" featuring vocals
from Bianca Dryland. The band is currently
out on a US tour to support How To Live
Without Blood before heading home for a
bit and then back out for more dates as
they add summer and fall festival dates.
Confidence, determination and discipline
traits that The Traditional are loaded with.
For more information about The Traditional
check out www.facebook.com/thetraditional
or at www.thetraditional.bandcamp.com
For fans of Nirvana, Brand
New and Green Day
and the Late Night Scandals
- Cheap. Boozey. Dangerous -
Randle and the Late Night Scandals have
finally released their debut album titled
Cheap. Boozey. Dangerous. a twelve song
collection of blues, rock, soul and funk.
The band has been building a steady buzz
over the last three years with some truly
memorable live performances throughout the
region so anticipation for an album was
building. The band (Amanda Markovich-vocals,
Luke Bennett-guitar, Marty Peters-guitar,
Kimberly Mason-Alto Sax, Rob Schmarder-bass
and Naminga-percussion) recorded the disc
at One Flight Up Studio in Lancaster and
were assisted by Reggie Evans on drums for
the session. Other guests include Dan Harper
on harmonica and Joe Rozler on keyboards.
Markovich and Bennett wrote all twelve tracks
as well. Highlights include "Whiskey
Pillow", "Catwalk Blues",
"Edwords' and "The Itch"
along with the track "All Gonna Die"
that features some awesome piano from Rozler.
For more information about Randle and the
Late Night Scandals their debut album and
live performances go to www.ratlns.com
For fans of Tedeschi-Trucks
Band, Lou Ann Barton, Amy Winehouse
- Life Lessons -
Nick DiStefano made a name for himself with
the pioneering local rock band The Road.
They went on to some success signing with
the Kama Sutra label, a couple of hits and
a live touring schedule. Eventually when
The Road disbanded, DiStefano headed to
Nashville and began touring with artist
such as Billy Joe Royal, T. G. Sheppard,
Kathy Mattea and Marie Osmond to name a
few. He also was an active house writer
penning hits for Joe Cocker and Johnny Van
Zant among others. All this while he was
writing his own songs and music hunkered
down in his home studio. After some Nashville
musician friends called him out on it he
showed them the trove of music he had assembled.
They quickly got him into the studio again
and put together his new album Life Lessons.
The twelve song collection, all written
by DiStefano, has an adult classic rock
vibe and features a host of Nashville veterans
including Spady Brannon, Joe Hesse, Bruce
Dees, John Dees, David LaBruyere, Larry
Chaney, and Lisa Silver and Vickie Carrico.
Highlights include "Feels Like Forever",
"Whatever Moves Your Heart (for the
troops)", "Right With The World",
"Sometimes The Sun Breaks Thru (for
Roddy Pahl)" and "As Long As There's
Love". On the web check out www.nickdistefanomusic.com
for purchasing info and more.
For fans of Steely Dan,
Boz Scaggs, Steve Winwood
- If I Was A River -
For some time now Willie Nile has longed
to make a "piano" album. Of the
many performances that Nile has played locally
over the years a show at the Albright-Knox
Art Gallery that was a solo piano show still
stands out as one of his most memorable.
If I Was A River, Nile's latest offering,
is that piano album. The album was recorded
on the fabled grand piano from the Record
Plant Studio in NYC heard on albums by John
Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie
to name a few. This is the very piano that
Nile was playing on December 8, 1980 while
recording his second album at the studio
while John Lennon and Yoko worked on their
own album in the next studio right before
Lennon took his fateful ride back to the
Dakota. The record and the material are
very meaningful to Nile and features some
of his most introspective and literary verse
over the ten tracks.
The tracks "Lost", "Let Me
Be The River" and the title cut "If
I Was A River" all stand out for their
sense of loss, love and life's longings.
"Gloryland" dreams of a world
"where all chains are banned forever"
while "I Can't Do Crazy (Anymore)"
reminisces about youthful days. Nile injects
some humor along the way with "Lullaby
Loon" his rant on various music genres
he dislikes from the blues, pop, folk and
rock. "Rock and Roll is a crock of
s***" he declares. Other highlights
include ""Song of a Soldier"
and "The One You Used To Love".
For more information about Willie Nile and
his latest release If I Was A River go to
For fans of Bruce Springsteen,
John Hiatt, Randy Newman
- Eatin' At Me -
In his own word Gurf Morlix has stated that
his latest album Eatin' At Me is his Buffalo
album and the LP has the dark grey pall
of a winter day in the Queen City and I
mean that in the most enduring way. Morlix
left Buffalo for Austin in 1975 and still
returns yearly and has a fondness for his
hometown. The album kicks off with "Dirty
Old Buffalo" a haunting ode to the
city with a lyrically visual road map that
has Morlix reminiscing about a bygone era.
Family car trips over the Skyway from his
Lackawanna home, Bethlehem Steel, Hertel
Avenue, Father Baker's and the Allman Brothers
at Alioto's all are mentioned as is the
shiny new sheen and money lavished on his
once gritty hometown. "50 Years"
is a sweet tune sung with a wistful longing
about looking back on his growing up days
in Western New York while "Born in
Lackawanna" another song about growing
up here names checks Our Lady of Victory
Basilica, Lake Erie, the steel plant and
the hardy souls who lived and worked in
the city. Other stand out tracks include
"The Dog I Am" with its swiney
groove and none too flattering lyrics, "Blue
Smoke", "Elephant's Graveyard"
and "Orphan Tears". Helping Morlix
on the album are Rick Richards, Ray Bonneville,
Gene Elders and Patterson Barrett. Morlix
proves the old adage that even if you move
away from Buffalo you never really leave.
For more information on Gurf Morlix's latest
album Eatin' at Me go to www.gurfmorlix.com
For fans of Ray Wiley
Hubbard, Ray Bonneville, Slaid Cleaves
- self titled -
Words cannot describe how much I love the
new self titled album from Pinson, Alabama
outfit John and Jacob. After nearly stealing
the show last month from Kacey Musgraves
at Town Ballroom, actually they did steal
the show and that is not a diss on Musgraves
who was very good, it's just that these
guys (John Davidson-vocals/guitars/harmonica,
Jake Thrasher-bass/guitar/bg vocals, Trevor
Davis-drums and Austin Taylor Smith-guitar/keys/bg
vocals) played with an incredible energy
and passion for music that was hard to ignore.
They work and tour hard to win over fans
one at a time if necessary and have already
surprised and wowed crowds at the 2014 Bonnaroo,
CMA, SXSW and Hangout Festivals, have been
welcomed by and toured the UK and have played
the Grand Ole Opry. They have written hits
for The Band Perry and have had their music
played on the television show Nashville.
Now before you stop reading because you
think this is some Bro' Country band that
is the farthest thing from the truth and
they are nothing like anything on the country
Using a live on the floor recording feel
the band uses elements of early Beatles
and Everly Brothers styled harmonies, a
Buddy Holly knack for writing concise three
minute songs about unrequited love and the
country rock swing of Blue Rodeo or early
Wilco. I know that's some heavy company
but these guys pull it off and boy does
it sound great. The songwriting, arrangements
and the production are superlative.
Not a bad song among the eleven but a few
really standout among them are "Think
About You" and "I'd Go Back"
both feature great guitar parts, harmonies
and vocals and are possibly the best two
tracks on the album. Other highlights include
"Brand New" and their hit from
the Nashville show "Be My Girl".
I could get real nerdy here about production
values, arrangements etc. and break down
what makes "Be My Girl" such a
great song but short story is it has a big
guitar sound, instantly catchy melody and
a yearning pleading vocal to his dream girl
that wins you over. And one other thing,
the mid song break catches you completely
off guard when instead of the normal guitar
solo you get a Herb Alpert and the Tijuana
Brass style trumpet solo that at first sounds
so wrong but then you realize it is so right.
Other keepers include "Ride With Me",
"Breaking The Law", "Goodbye'
and "The Weekend". John and Jacob
have truly made an album for the ages. Check
them out at www.johnandjacob.com
For fans of The Beatles,
Blue Rodeo, Steve Earle, good music in general.
Lovett & John Hiatt
Center For The Arts - SUNY @ Buffalo -
April 23, 2015
review by Bob Silvestri-
the stars align and you happen to be at
that certain place for that once in a
lifetime magical moment. Such was the
case when two of American music's greatest
songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
paid a visit to UB's Center for the Arts
on April 23, 2015. Casually strolling
on stage as if walking through your front
door the pair sat down and turned the
sold out cavernous Center into an intimate
living room concert for the next two hours
and had you feeling that they were performing
just for the individual you. The easy
going nature between the two performers
is a natural friendly relationship where
good natured ribbing and joshing always
hits the buttons but never goes below
the belt. Their banter and jokes include
relationships, songwriting, and some boasting
and tall tales that often lead up to the
while the story telling is an integral
part of the show we came for the music
and they did not disappoint. Each performer
took turns playing their songs but backed
each other occasionally with guitar and
harmony vocals. In this stripped down
setting the material really was spectacular
getting to the essence of the work both
musically and lyrically. Highlights from
Hiatt's portion of the show included "Drive
South", "Icy Blue Heart",
"Crossing Muddy Waters", "Real
Fine Love", "Thing Called Love"
and the show opener "Marlene".
Not to be outdone Lovett offered up "White
In The Blues", "Sonja",
"Natural Forces", "L.A.
County", "The Road to Ensenada"
and "Fiona". The dubious subject
matter of "Fiona", she is a
one eyed girl, had Lovett relating a story
after the song about how an audience member
once came up to them after the song to
show them his own glass eye. This led
to Hiatt genuinely laughing uncontrollably
as he listened to Lovett's retelling of
the tale. They returned for an encore
with Lovett giving us "If I Had a
Boat" and Hiatt playing "Have
A Little Faith in Me" before trading
licks on Lovett's bluesy "My Baby
Don't Tolerate". They got up from
their chairs thanked the crowd and waved
goodnight before casually strolling behind
the curtain just like leaving through
the front door. This was truly a magicaland
spectacular performance from these two
great artists. For more upcoming shows
at Center for the Arts please visit www.ubcfa.org
LA's Hottest Burlesque Show
Events Center, Seneca Niagara Casino
Niagara Falls, NY - April 17, 2015
review by Bob Silvestri-
LaLa's-LA's Hottest Burlesque Show came
to the Events Center at The Seneca Niagara
Casino in Niagara Falls, NY for three
shows one on April 17th and two shows
on April 18th. The group features six
handpicked professional dancers who in
their regular careers are seen on television
(Tosh.O, People's Choice Awards, Glee
and C.S.I.) or touring with major music
acts (Black Eyed Peas, Ja Rule, Busta
Rhymes). They just happen to have a side
career as burlesque dancers. The group
has performed in all fifty states and
all over the world from South Africa to
London to Ibiza. The show is a modern
spin on that classic art form as The LaLa's
version while still all about the tease
involves modern dirty dance moves, lots
of swinging hair and gyrations more akin
to a gentlemen's club. This is definitely
not your dad's burlesque with more va
va voom and a little less subtly.
Tonya Kay kept the ninety minute show
lively with her banter, jokes and audience
interaction that allowed the dancer's
to change costumes after each number.
There was no live band, no typical strip
tease music from the 40's and 50's just
classic rock from AC/DC to Tom Waits.
The usual themes were explored in the
tastefully done routines maids, cowgirls,
sporty girls, policewomen and Vegas show
girls. The dancers often left the main
stage to dance on the smaller side stages
or in the aisles so the audience could
get a closer look.
of the highlights of the evening came
when four audience members were brought
on stage to learn some of The LaLa's dance
moves. The catch is that one of those
asked up was a gentleman. Each audience
member was given a shimmery fringe top
to put on and were shown the dance moves
by the cast. While the three ladies were
able to copy some of the moves the guy
was not. To say hilarity ensured would
be under stating it. The guy was a good
sport about it and laughed along which
only added to the moment.
For more about The LaLa's visit www.thelalas.com
for more great shows coming to the Seneca
casinos visit www.senecacasinos.com
- Shaken Tree Blues -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
May is arguably one of the most prolific
independent blues/roots artists around
today and his 15th album titled Shaken
Tree Blues is arguably one of his finest
efforts. Once again May has surrounded
himself in the studio with a cream of
the crop group of musicians including
Dwane Hall who also recorded many of the
tracks on the album, Evan Laedke, Jim
Bohm, Jim Whitford, Kenny Parker, Kevin
Espinosa, Mark Panfil, Owen Eichensehr,
Randy Bolam, Robert "Freight Train"
Parker, Ted Lambert and Ray Hangen. Multi
Grammy nominee Mark Hummel also adds his
harmonica talent to the disc.
The album starts off with the exotic Latin
tinged instrumental "Dos Teresa"
followed by the rollicking blues "Talk
is Cheap". May breaks out the ukulele
on a couple of tracks including the title
number "Shaken Tree Blues" and
"I'm Goin' Home" and fires up
the accordion for the Acadian Cajun romp
"Greta". May takes on the persona
of a lonely lover on "Everybody But
Me", digs deep into his soul for
"Heartbreak" a song about his
finding a murdered woman near his rural
property and beats the blues right out
of the haunting dirge "She's Leavin'".
Shaken Tree Blues shows that even with
15 albums under his belt Willie May is
still full of fresh musical ideas and
adventures. For more information about
Willie May and his latest release shaken
Tree Blues visit www.williemaymusic.com
For fans of Taj Mahal,
Clifton Chenier, John Hammond.
- Almost Worth The Wait -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
songwriter Mike Zogaria has released his
first full length album titled Almost
Worth The Wait an eleven song collection
of well-crafted acoustic rock and pop.
Zogaria handles vocal, guitar and harmonica
and gets help from Mike Vealey on guitar
and bass, Mark Zogaria on guitars and
Mike Argento on drums. Guitar virtuoso
Mick Hayes shows up to lend his talents
on the track "Gray".
The album kicks off with the slick power
pop sound of "Someone To Sing To"
and slides right into the blues rock number
"Gray" one of many outstanding
tracks. The jaunty acoustic tinged "My
Misery" and "Rock Star Parking"
shine as do the tracks "Pistol"
and "Come Home".
Zogaria has been nominated for numerous
local music awards and keeps a regular
live schedule. Check out his show schedule
and how to purchase his album Almost Worth
The Wait by visiting www.mikezogaria.com
For fans of John Hiatt,
Darius Rucker, Train
- Do What Comes Naturally -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
from the bowels of the original Mohawk
Place Handsome Jack (Jamison Passuite
- Guitar/Vocals, Joey Verdonselli - Bass/Vocals,
Phil Allport - Organ/Guitar and Chad Salmeri
- Drums) has survived through the second
incarnation of the beloved club. Many
a night the band plied the boards of the
Hawk playing gritty sweaty "Boogie
Soul" as they call it for their fans
of which I count myself among. Their latest
release Do What Comes Naturally (Alive
Natural Sound Records) is a ten song collection
of bluesy garage rock missing from much
of today's musical landscape. Lending
a hand on the recording is Forest Horn
on harmonica, Bob Nave of Lemon Pipers
on Hammond organ and Kristen Kreft and
Beth Harris on backing vocals.
The album kicks off with a sonic slap
to the head in the form of "Echoes"
a solid blues rocker featuring some sweet
soulful harmonies from Kreft and Harris.
"Wasted Time" another scorcher
also features the outstanding vocals of
Harris and Kreft. Other standout tracks
include "Between The Lines",
the groove-centric "Right On",
"Ropes & Chains" and ""You
The band has a regular touring schedule
so catch them next time they are home.
For show dates, band info and how to purchase
Do What Comes Naturally go to www.handsomejackmusic.com
For fans of Black Crowes,
Rolling Stones, Kings of Leon.
- Be Well -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
songwriter Sara Elizabeth has released
her sophomore album titled Be Well a twelve
song cycle inspired by some personal changes
she experienced over the past year including
the death of loved ones and her engagement.
The result is a more mature artist from
her debut someone more aware of herself
her craft and her direction in life. She
wrote all the tracks here as well as handling
guitar and a host of other instruments
and was helped by her drummer Josh Schlabach,
Michael Petrino on bass and Ana Vafai
on violin. Chris Jacobs who produced along
with Sara Elizabeth also adds piano.
"Box of Treasures" with its
hushed brushed drums and bouncy bass lines
is a winner as is the evocative ballad
"Glory Be (to the Morning)"
and the title track "Be Well".
Other highlights include the up tempo
"Any Other Way", the acoustic
guitar and violin simplicity of "Happy
and Loved" and my personal favorites
"I Must Play" and the sunny
and bright ukulele island melody track
For more on Sara Elizabeth including show
dates and how to purchase her albums including
Be Well go to www.saraelizabethmusic.com
For fans of Joni Mitchell,
Ingrid Michaelson, Sheryl Crow
- Live! At the Studio Café -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
latest release from the Grace Stumberg
Band is a live effort titled Live! At
the Studio Café a fourteen song
collection recorded before friends, family
and fans on September 14th, 2013. Stumberg
has grown from a talented yet unsure teenager
into a confident writer and performer.
Helping her along the way with a steady
mentoring hand has been Bob James (BMHOF-Class
of 2008). Stumberg who handles vocals
and rhythm guitar has also wisely surrounded
herself with a top notch group of musicians
for band mates comprised of a rock solid
engine room powered by drummer Josh English
and bassist Michael Petrino along with
some elegant and tasteful lead guitar
from Grace Lougen.
The album kicks off with a slice of pure
power pop adrenaline with "Power
of a Woman" followed up nicely by
"Just Like Me" and its "Car
Wheels" era Lucinda vibe. "Another
Hotel" shows the growth and maturity
in Stumberg's writing as does "Ignorance
is Bliss". The band also gets down
and funky and struts their stuff on covers
of Elvin Bishop's "What the Hell
is Goin' On" and The Temptation's
"Shakey Ground". Grace gives
the band a rest and does a solo turn on
"Appreciate" before they rejoin
her on the encore "The Rootbeer Fairy".
For more info on the Grace Stumberg Band
and their latest album go to www.gracestumberg.com
(For fans of Joan Baez,
Lucinda Williams, and Joni Mitchell)
- Cycles -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
of the brightest success stories of the
last few years with both critically acclaimed
releases and a regular national touring
schedule is the band Aqueous. Their latest
release titled Cycles shows the band (Mike
Gantzer-guitar/vocals/keys, Dave Loss-guitar/vocals/keys,
Evan McPhaden-bass and Nick Sonricker-drums)
hitting on all cylinders with some creative
musical ideas spread out over ten tracks.
The band recorded the album at GCR Studios
with Justin Rose manning the board. They
also snagged the astounding Richie English
for the horn and string arrangements.
The album starts with one of English's
string arrangements on the beginning of
the track "Dawn" before the
band finds a funky groove that they mine
to maximum throttle. "Kitty Chaser
(Explosions)" is hands down my favorite
track. A stand out jam the band plays
it straight on a journey through a nice
funky groove before a right turn to some
70's style Prog rock a left turn through
some Steely Dan/Sea Level styled cool
jazz before settling back to a funky groove.
Ear candy to the max. Other standout tracks
include the foreboding boot stomper "Skyway",
"Complex Pt.1" and the album
closer "Staring Into The Sun".
Check out www.aqueousband.com
for more information about the band and
their latest release titled Cycles.
(For fans of moe., Phish
- Poisons Sipped -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
a writer sometimes you just can't find
the right word or phrase to say what your
thoughts are. I know that as an outspoken
jerk some may find that hard to believe.
With the slew of concerts and music we
are constantly bombarded with even the
redundancy of the same tired adjectives
and a dog eared Thesaurus are of no use.
Such was my dilemma after listening to
the latest release from David Michael
Miller titled Poisons Sipped. As front
man for Dive House Union Miller steps
into the spotlight and delivers an astonishing
album full of soulful bluesy jams and
Southern fried soul. Miller and his band
The Other Sinners (Carlton Campbell-drums
and Daric Bennett-bass) are augmented
by a slew of gusts including two other
Campbell Brothers (Darick Campbell and
Chuck Campbell), Jim Ehinger, Barry Arbogast,
Ron Davis, Serena Young, Jasmine Neeley,
Ashley Brown, Jesse Miller, Stephen Jacob
Mclean Jr. and Jason Moynihan. The twelve
tracks are inflected with rock, blues,
Gospel and soul for a unique and timeless
As stated in the album notes the twelve
songs are "treatments to soothe the
soul". Standout tracks include the
rocking "Hand Me Downs", the
jazzy "Edge of the End of the World"
with a hot sax break from Arbogast, "Moving
On", the Southern blues of "Memphis
Belle", "Once" and the
soulful and churchy "Moonshine".
The pristine recording was done at The
Strand and Redbooth recording Studios
with Dave and Jesse Miller doing a first
rate production job. Poisons Sipped is
clearly one of the best albums of 2014.
For more about David Michael Miller and
his album Poisons Sipped please visit
Gokey & The Skulls
- Dream American -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
latest offering from Noah Gokey &
The Skulls titled Dream American is a
seventeen song opus/suite theme blend
of California Laurel Canyon sound with
a healthy dose of current Americana flourishes
featuring little to no breaks between
songs. An ambitious project combining
razor sharp electric guitar lines over
acoustic background melodies all performed
with virtuosity by band members Corey
Hagstrom (vocals/ guitar/harmonica), Kyle
Daunce (guitar), Bill Nelson (drums) and
Rob Schmarder (bass). Keepers include
the harmonica rave up "Stand In",
"King Bus", "Even Better",
the percussive driven "Pregressive",
the up tempo rocker "Nope" and
"404". The album was recorded,
mixed and mastered over the course of
a few months in 2013 at Shangri-La Studios
in Buffalo. For more information about
Noah Gokey & The Skulls go to www.facebook.com/noahgokey
- No Passengers -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
title of the latest album from acclaimed
singer songwriter Davey O, No Passengers,
refers to the fact that he is the only
person to perform on the record handling
all the instruments and vocals. Davey
wrote six of the seven tracks here with
the lone cover being a haunting and sparsely
arranged version of "Long Black Veil".
This also marks the first release without
his longtime collaborator Jeffrey Winston
Mikulski who passed away early this year.
The songs all stand out as Davey's writing
over the years has been fine tuned. His
ability to sketch a vivid character or
moment with memorable lyrics and melodies
to match has been honed with his relentless
performing and touring schedule. He has
grown into a very fine performer with
a wisdom, maturity and knowledge of his
Davey recorded the disc over two days
at Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA. with
Neale Eckstein manning the knobs. What
they got was an honest and raw emotional
recording very similar to Davey's live
shows. Standout tracks include the afore
mentioned "Long Black Veil",
the romantic and introspective "The
Song I Wrote", "Standing in
These Shoes" and "The Main Street"
a commentary about our times. No Passengers
is another outstanding release from Davey
O a premier writer and performer. For
more information about Davey O and his
latest release No Passengers check out
- self titled -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
first saw Grace Lougen play guitar when
she was in Grace Strumberg's band and they
opened a show in Toronto for a band I happened
to be working with at the time. She seemed
shy and unassuming as she set up her gear
but when the show stated she played with
ferocity and confidence and impressed all
in the crowd with her chops for such a seeming
Now she has released her first album titled
Grace Blues Project a collaboration with
Lougen and some of the brightest talent
on the local and national scene today including
Jerry Livingston, Toney Rhodes, Carl Johnson,
Bob James, Michael Petrino, Muscle Shoals
guitarist Will McFarlane and Howard Fleetwood
Wilson and her regular band mates Caleb
Saathoff, Ben Saathoff, Alimany Bader and
Linnea Crimean. The disc kicks off with
"Swampy" and true to its title
the instrumental follows on a hot swampy
blues riff. The Texas Blues style shuffle
"Across The Border" lets Lougen
show off her muscular swagger on the guitar
with some slick fret work as does "Direct
Inject" another killer instrumental
with a big rhythm and a big guitar solo.
Lougen takes a turn on vocals on the track
"The Blues" and emphatically states
that "the blues chase the blues away".
Amen sister! Lougen also has four of the
brightest woman singers from our area adding
vocals on the album with Emmi James on "Enough",
Grace Stumberg on "Traffic", "Fresh
Air" featuring Savannah King and Bethany
Fonda on a cover of George Harrison's "Isn't
It A Pity". Of the ten tracks on the
disc Lougen wrote or co wrote eight with
the others being the Harrison cover and
one penned by Bob James. The Grace Blues
Project is a great debut from a very promising
and talented Grace Lougen. For more on the
Grace Blues Project go to www.graceblues.com
- Between You, Me, and The Lamppost -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
has released its first full length album
titled Between You, Me, And The Lamppost
featuring twelve well crafted hook laden
alternative power pop and rock songs.
The band (Chad Hornberger -Vocals/Guitar,
Colin Eberhardt -Drums, Nick Wnuk -Bass
and Mike Butler -Lead Guitar)was recently
a top three finalist in the Hard Rock
Rising band competition sponsored by Hard
Rock Café and has had their music
featured on radio stations in the US and
Australia. With attention to details Between
You, Me , And The Lamppost offers up a
palette of quirky chord changes, bridges
and other ear candy to keep the listeners
attention. The disc starts off with "Out
of Lives" followed by the slinky
Reggae beat of "Sweet Routine".
"Crossroads", "Fall On
Your Feet" and the ballad "Oh,
Apologies" all score here as does
the spacey instrumental "Interlude"
and the sonic guitar anthem "Watch
Me Fall". For more info check out
Crashfuse and their latest release Between
You, Me, And The Lamppost go to www.crashfuse.com
N Run is Buffalo’s award winning premiere
York Rockin Revue is Buffalo's Party Band
for Live Music for Weddings, Events and Club Dates.
and Klark Guitar Duo Corporate
Entertainment, Wedding Entertainer, Private
Party and Club entertainment.
Ann Ford - singer, songwriter, presenter
and teacher, who has been sharing her message
of Gods love across the globe for over 20
energy classic rock and alternative with the
emphasis on fun.
Kate Engler Band
Kate commands your attention whether through
her singing or her guitar playing.
Sweet spice of blues, her sizzling vocals will
raise eyebrows and touch your soul.
lay down a groove guaranteed to pack the dance
floor with classic R & B, funk and soul.
Music Hall of Fame 70’s rockers. We're still
to dance, sing, party and have a flat-out ball
at one of Gregg's shows!