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Veltri - Sam Guarino R&B and Soul
- V-XXVII-XIII -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
latest release from the Nick Veltri-Sam
Guarino R&B and Soul Revue is a live
set culled from last year's Memorial Day
blowout show held at Classic's V on May
27th, 2013. The disc is dedicated to "Buffalo's
Own Queen of Soul" the late Barbara
St. Clair who performed at the show and
is featured on the disc. Sinclair died
in September of 2013. The nineteen tracks
feature some of the finest local talent
and musicians. Lots of good stuff here
including the Sinclair tracks "Take
Me to The River" and "Dr. Feel
Good" showcasing what a dynamo powerhouse
singer she was. She is sorely missed.
Billy McEwan turns in a smoking hot "Tonawanda
Wild Man" and The Box Tops classic
"The Letter" and the dynamic
Patti Parks gives "Baby Work Out"
the full workout. Joe Head nearly steals
the show with a stellar "Go Now"
and Denzell Ward gives a fiery rendition
of "I Want to Testify". Others
appearing on the album include Sue Kincaid,
Caitlin Koch, Dolly Dee, Ed Bores, John
Riggi, Pete Holguin, Stephen Sadoff, Ron
Davis, Guy Nirelli, Bob Meier, Joe Parisi,
Nick Salamone and Nick Veltri and Sam
Guarino. For more information about the
Veltri-Guarino R&B and Soul Revue,
upcoming shows and to purchase V-XXVII-XIII
contact Sam Guarino at www.facebook.com/samuel.guarino.9
JT Blues Band
- Blues From The Barn -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
latest from The JT Blues Band titled Blues
From The Barn is a robust collection of
contemporary blues and rock featuring
Joe Territo on guitar, Rick McDonald on
vocals, Scott Freilich on upright bass
and Rick Baker on drums. The liner notes
state that "the barn is a real place
where members collectively contribute
their talents in the creation of new music"
not sure what that means but the disc
was recorded at Audio Magic Studios with
Marty Peters as the recording engineer
and not a barn as the tile might imply.
The band and members have been nominated
for numerous Buffalo Music awards, has
appeared on the Anita West Blues Show
broadcast on WBFO 88.7FM and have received
radio play worldwide. Songwriting chores
on these ten original tunes are split
nearly even between Territo and McDonald
and cover social topics, "No Winner's
(In War)", people and places, "Beale
Street" and "Fisherman's Song"
and the blues with "Wicked Blues"
and "Bassman's Boogie Blues".
No blues album would be complete without
tales of woe and angst represented here
with the cuts "Ain't Afraid"
and "Sentenced to Life". Check
out The JT Blues band at www.facebook.com/pages/The-JT-Blues-Band/60637004333
- More Die of Heartbreak -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
author and acclaimed hip hop artist Chuckie
Campbell has released his latest project
titled More Die of Heartbreak. Campbell
is also the founder and editor of Sunsets
and Silencers an on line and print journal
for the arts. The project was produced
by Willie Breeding of the Nashville based
country/rock brother sister duo The Breedings.
The album draws inspiration from the seven
year recovery Campbell endured after a
violent assault that left his jaw broken
in two places. The attack was committed
by Ralph B. Prater, Campbell's best friend
and musical mentor. Prater later committed
suicide. The album is dedicated to him.
Instead of a bitter outlook Campbell uses
his talents to seek a positive voice in
such a negative experience. Campbell's
style is fast flow and uses sophisticated
wordplay and rhymes in his lyrics over
the course of the twelve tracks. The album
features a bevy of guests artists helping
out including Cappadonna and Solomon Childs
from Wu-Tang and Block McCloud on "Against
The Grain", Cole Jonique adds her
vocals to "All I Meant", producer
Willie Breeding helps out on "How
to Know When" and his sister and
musical partner Beth Farmer is featured
on the title track "More Die Of Heartbreak".
In addition to the aforementioned tracks
highlights include the soulful lead off
cut "Speak", "A Moment
in Time" and "Deux Es Machina"
which covers in detail the attack and
aftermath it caused in Campbell's life.
Campbell's latest speaks volumes to his
musical future and reinforces the vibrant
energy and creativity of the Buffalo hip
hop scene. For more information on Chuckie
Campbell and his latest project More Die
of Heartbreak go to www.facebook.com/chuckie.campbell
- The Both of Us -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
in Bradford, PA in 2009, Skylime has been
branching out to a regional market and
now call Buffalo home. Performances by
the band at the Waiting Room and other
clubs around town have started to build
a local following. The band (Richie Colosimo:
Guitar/Vocals, Rich Bisker: Lead Vocals,
Brad Osborne: Bass, Brian Thompson: Guitar
and Rick Griesbaum: Drums) have carved
out their own sound a unique mix of hardcore
metal, funk, rock and more. Nor do they
shy away from a good groove, riff or hook.
Their new album, the second release from
the band, titled The Both of Us features
all that and more over eight tracks. "Luv
Boat" rides a nice groove/ hook while
"A Red Neck's Rebuttal" goes
for the big riff and funky strut. Other
keepers include "Yeah
That" and ""Raptor Jesus"
both big monster riff rockers and "No,
It's Definitely You". The Both of
Us is a solid album by a young confident
band with a bright future. Check them
out at www.facebook.com/skylime
- American Ride -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
Rice wrote "For one the one great
scorer comes to write against your name,
he writes not if you won or lost but how
you played the game" words that can
surely apply to Willie Nile. A songwriter
and poet among the Dylan's and Springsteen's,
Nile (BMHOF Class of 2005) has sometimes
rather quietly too, created some of the
finest lyrical and musical albums to rival
and surpass the aforementioned artists
over his career. Sometimes in the spotlight
often in near anonymity always soldiering
on undaunted. Backed by the incredible
talents of his band (Johnny Pisano-bass,
Matt Hogan-guitars and Alex Alexander-drums)
and help from some guest artists among
them Steuart Smith and James Maddock it
comes as no surprise that Nile's latest
release American Ride is close to perfection.
His song palette is heartfelt ("There's
No Place Like Home"/"She's Got
My Heart"), political ("Holy
War"/ "God Laughs") or
poetic ("Sunrise in New York"/"American
Ride"). A rocker at heart Nile kicks
out the jams on "This is Our Time",
"Life on Bleecker Street" and
a cover of the Jim Carroll classic "People
Who Died". Check out and purchase
Willie Nile's latest album American Ride
and other merchandise at www.willienile.com
- Gold & Dirt -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
local music scene has been turning out
a bumper crop of extraordinarily talented
women musicians. The latest to hit the
scene goes by the nom de guerre Wolf.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, a batch
of songs and an earnest yearning voice
Buffalo native Wolf has released a very
nice three song EP recorded at GCR Studios
with Brad Lauchert behind the board. The
songs show a young women who is bold,
fearless and not afraid of being honest
in her convictions but also with a clever
sense of sincerity. The songs "Liar",
"Unconventional" and "Cross"
feel intimate yet funky, sweet yet grungy
blending folk with alternative rock. Wolf
has a very active live performance schedule
which you can find at www.musicbywolf.com
or at www.facebook.com/musicbywolf
- In Our Nature -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
a band can be unfairly judged against their
own best work. Blue Rodeo hit a benchmark
with their 1993 masterpiece Five Days in
May and it seems every release from the
band thereafter was compared to that album.
As I stated judged unfairly as some of those
songs from some of those albums have turned
into staples of their live show an element
where the band truly shines. And yes some
of the material is best left to historians.
However Blue Rodeo's new album In Our Nature
does hold up as some of the best work of
their career. The band has under gone some
changes in their live show due to health
concerns for Greg Keelor's hearing but those
changes seem reflected in the new songs
also. Softer arrangements, the use of brushes
for a softer drum sound, using outside writers,
doing a cover song and just the passing
of time have the band doing some of the
best work of their career. Highlights include
"Wondering" that features a nice
in the pocket Crazy Horse drum sound from
Glenn Milchem, "Mattawa" and the
soulful singing of Jim Cuddy on "When
The Truth Comes Out". Other gems include
the title tune "In Our nature"
a classic mysterious sounding nugget from
Keelor, "Made Up Your Mind" and
the country waltz of "Tell Me Again".
The album delivers a big payout with "Paradise"
a song that plays like a late night conversation
and career summation of the band. The album
closes with two of the best songs Blue Rodeo
has ever recorded in their more than twenty
five year history. First comes "Tara's
Blues" a bittersweet tale of lost love
featuring a pleading vocal from Keelor.
His sobbing pronunciation of the word "blue"
will melt the coldest of hearts while Bob
Egan's mid song pedal steel solo elevates
the song to astounding heights. The same
goes for the final cut a take of Robbie
Robertson's "Out of the Blue".
Another outstanding vocal from Keelor and
ghost like back ground vocals make this
an instant classic. For more on Blue Rodeo
and their latest release In Our Nature visit
Wilkins and The Mystiqueros
- Wildcat Pie & The Great Walapateya
Review - By Bob Silvestri
troubadour Walt Wilkins has released another
fine collection of songs this one with
his longtime amigos The Mystiqueros titled
Wildcat Pie & The Great Walapateya.
Wilkins has made Western New York one
of his regular summer stops and has made
lasting friendships in the area. His shows
here are always a mix of friends, family,
food, fun and good music. The seventeen
songs on the disc are a mix of choice
covers and songs from Wilkins or various
Mystiqueros own pens. Lonesome harmonies,
splendid guitar work and great songs are
the order on any Wilkins release but he
scores big with these new additions to
his musical arsenal. "It's Only Rain",
the soul fried nugget "Somebody",
the whimsical "King For A Day"
that seems to found its way to Texas through
the Caribbean and "Love and a Good
Buzz" are all highlights. Other highlights
include "If I Had a Little Truck",
"This Old House" and "Believe".
Highlights among the covers songs include
Eric Clapton's "Give Me Strength",
"Beautiful Texas Sunshine" from
another Texas troubadour the late great
Doug Sahm and the immortal Harlan Howard/Tompall
Glaser country classic "Streets of
Baltimore". To find out more about
Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros go to
Events Center-Seneca Niagara Casino
Niagara Falls, NY- August 8th, 2014
review by Bob Silvestri-
preeminent hipsters Walter Becker and Donald
Fagen collectively known as Steely Dan rolled
into the Events Center at the Seneca- Niagara
Casino in Niagara Falls, NY on August 8th, 2014
for a stop on their Jamalot Ever After Summer
2014 Tour. Their jazz rock sound has been praised
and vilified over the years and while they may
not be everyone's cup of tea their body of work
consists of numerous radio hits, essential albums
and most of all it remains timeless.
Tonight's show, sold out for weeks in advance,
would feature a bevy of hits and a few deep
cuts all from the '70's and 80's era but nothing
from the last few albums by the band or any
solo material. Now before anyone gets their
knickers in a knot let me say that Steely Dan
are one of my all-time favorite band's and I
began my love affair with them around 1973.
I have also seen the band live in concert numerous
times over the years but tonight was not one
of their better performances at least for me.
The show seemed a bit scripted and slickly produced
to be free of any errors or spontaneity. It
lacked heart or emotion and was per functionary.
The between song patter and individual solo
all were performed on cue and are sure to be
nearly the same on each stop of the tour. A
lot of that on any of the big tours today has
more to do with the amount of computers used
in the lighting and sound leaving the artist
little room to improvise even if they wanted
to do so. That being said I did however enjoy
band kicked off the nearly ninety minute show
with "Cubano Chant" a Latin tinged
number that showcased the amazing rhythm section
of Keith Carlock on drums and session ace Freddie
Washington on bass. The duo found a groove they
would mine all evening. Then Becker and Fagen
casually strolled on stage to rapturous applause
from the audience followed by three female background
singers (Cindy Mizelle, La Tanya Hall and Carolyn
Leonhart-Escoffery). The ladies would prove
to be a very bright spot of the show especially
Mizelle who is fresh off a couple of jaunts
around the world with Bruce Springsteen and
The E-Street Band. Becker/Fagen and band proceeded
to glide through four of their biggest hits
"Black Cow", a beautiful version of
"Aja", "Hey Nineteen" and
"Black Friday". But the real surprise
and the best part of the show came next. Three
tracks off their second album Countdown to Ecstasy
"Show Biz Kids", "Razor Boy"
and "Bodhisattva" gave all three women
and the four piece horn section their chance
in the spot light with a stellar "Time
Out of Mind" and a slinky "Daddy Don't
Live in that New York City No More" with
Becker handling vocals sandwiched between the
They headed for the finish line with "Josie",
"Peg", "My Old School" and
a lengthy "Reeling in The Years" that
had the crowd standing, singing and rocking
out to their high school memories. The band
returned for an encore of "Kid Charlemagne"
one of their classic hits. Being able to hear
Fagen sing the classic lyric "Is there
gas in the car? Yes, there's gas in the car"
alone was worth the admission price. The band
played a vamp out as Becker and Fagen bid adieu
and sent the crowd out to the casino floor.
For more upcoming shows at the Seneca Casinos
go to www.senecacasinos.com
The Waiting Room-Buffalo, NY
June 10th, 2014
review by Bob Silvestri-
coming on the air a few months ago radio station
107.7 WLKK Alternative Buffalo www.alternativebuffalo.com
has been offering a fresh breath of music to
listener's ears. They have also been rather
busy and creative with a host of concert offerings
around the area including the Kerfuffle Festival
to be held at Canalside with a long line up
of acts featured on the alternative station's
playlist. Many of these acts and artists would
most likely have skipped our market without
a station in the area to play their music. Another
way that the station is reaching fans is with
their "You Saw Them First" series
that brings artists to town just on the cusp
of a breakout hit and for the price of $1.07.
The latest was Australian singer songwriter
Vance Joy www.vancejoy.com
who came to a sold out Waiting Room www.waitingroombuffalo.com
in Downtown Buffalo on June 10th, 2014 touring
behind his debut EP God Loves You When You're
Dancing and his hit "Riptide". The
show was also a warm up for the band before
an appearance at Bonnaroo a few days after this
show. Blessed with a head of curly locks and
model good looks the ladies in the crowd were
enamored with the singer and the songs while
the guys just dug the stellar albeit brief forty
minute set of music.
Joy's music runs the gamut of rock, acoustic,
folk and country but is all held together by
his voice a high tenor that breaks into a soothing
falsetto at times. Surrounded by a four piece
backing band Joy seemed nervous upon first hitting
the stage but soon warmed to the crowd as most
seemed familiar with his material. Perhaps it
was the nervousness of their first visit to
the area and not being sure what to expect.
Eventually he thanked the crowd for coming,
introduced some songs and spoke of a new album
on the way between songs. Some of the musical
highlights were a show opening "Emmylou"
and "From Afar" from the new EP, "Georgia"
said by Joy to be on the new album and the show
closing hit "Riptide" that had the
crowd singing and dancing along.
Three local acts warmed up the crowd for the
headliner each offering a striking contrast
to the show.
First up was the dreamy alternative synth sound
of Smart House. www.facebook.com/SmartHouseBand
The young three piece outfit has a keyboard
based sound and a few hooked filled songs. Fictitious
was on next playing a raw unvarnished set of
alternative rock. Bryan Johnson and the Family
had the clean up slot and played a melodic harmony
filled set a shimmering alternative music. It
was great to see a sold out show all supporting
local artists and new national artists on the
The Waiting Room-Buffalo, NY
April 15th, 2014
review by Michael Silvestri-
much waiting and anticipation Chiodos is back
together bringing a new album and the original
line up with them. It's been seven years since
the band released music with Craig Owens as
the vocalist and four years since any new material
has been released. Their new album titled Devil
(Razor and Tie Records www.razorandtie.com
) their fourth studio album and third one featuring
original vocalist Craig Owens, was released
on April 1,2014 and did not disappoint their
ever so patient and loyal fans.
On April 15th Chiodos embarked on an almost
two month long tour starting it off right in
Buffalo, NY at The Waiting Room with bands Emarosa,
Our Last Night and '68 also on the bill. All
three opening bands brought energy and the crowd
enjoyed their sets especially Emarosa.
While fans waited and watched Chiodos set up
their equipment on stage it was like the calm
before the storm. A loud, driving rock n roll
storm about to be unleashed.
Chiodos was that storm and they brought an unmatched
energy from bands before. Especially front man
Owens and guitarist Thomas Erak. The band opened
with "Ole Fishlips Is Dead Now" off
their new album Devil and had the crowd going
nuts for the next hour. The band played one
of their best known songs and crowd favorite
"There's No Penguins in Alaska" from
their album "All's Well That Ends Well".
Other highlights from the set were "A Letter
from Janelle", "Halo" and "Expensive
Conversations in Cheap Motels".
Chiodos closed out their set with "If I
Cut My Hair Hawaii Will Sink" off their
album "Bone Pallet Ballet" but not
before coming back to give the crowd a two song
Great show lots of energy and the crowd loved
it. Great to see Chiodos back together making
music again. For more about Chiodos go to www.chiodos.tumblr.com
Goo Goo Dolls
Bear's Den, Seneca Niagara Casino
April 12th, 2014
review by Bob Silvestri-
Goo Goo Dolls made a triumphant return to Western
New York to begin a series of three shows spaced
out through the end of summer. First up was
an acoustic show dubbed The Otis Midnight Sessions
at the Bear's Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino
in Niagara Falls, NY on April 12th, 2014 before
a sold out crowd. The band is currently in the
midst of a three week sold out tour playing
smaller venues in an unplugged storyteller's
style. The band is surrounded by a host of back
up musicians including ace sessions drummer
Kenny Aronoff and Run River North a Los Angeles
based band. The two hour show is not an acoustic
show actually but a stripped down show from
the sheds and hockey arenas the band normally
plays. At times there were ten or eleven musicians
on stage including John and Robby.
Seated on stools center stage and playing acoustic
guitars and bass throughout the performance
the Goo's looked relaxed to be home and be themselves.
Shout out to family members, stories about awkward
brushes with famous celebrities bantering with
the crowd and a self depreciating sense of humor
showed they are still Buffalo boys even after
traveling the world. The set consisted of a
mix from their latest release Magnetic and earlier
and later career hits and fan favorites.
were many memorable moments during the twenty
song set among them the band's bigger hits "Name",
Black Balloon", "Slide", "Broadway".
While "Two Days in February" and "We
Are The Normal" from earlier in their career
pleased those who have followed the band since
the beginning. Another bright spot were the
cuts from Magnetic including "Slow It Down",
"Happiest of Days", a stunning vocal
by Robby on "Bringing OnThe Night"
and "Rebel Beat" that had the entire
crowd rocking on their feet. They closed the
set with the hit song "Iris" before
coming back to perform "Become" for
The Goo's have come a long way from the dingy
Buffalo dive bars where they carved a reputation
to the international hit making machine of today.
Their metamorphosis has been amazing turning
from young punk wanna be's to a top concert
draw who also regularly reside at the top of
For more about the Goo Goo Dolls check out www.googoodolls.com
For more about upcoming shows at the Seneca
Casino's go including Summer Rush 2014 go to
Rodeo & The Devin Cuddy Band
Hamilton Place - Hamilton, Ontario
February 27th, 2014
review by Bob Silvestri-
to beat a case of the winter doldrums and cabin
fever, the Traveling Buffalo Concert Caravan
decided to brave the elements and venture north
to Hamilton, Ontario for a show with Blue Rodeo
on February 27th, 2014. Nothing was to deter
us. Not the heavy dusting of snow we received
as we were about to leave or the Polar Vortex
raging towards us. Heck not even the dreaded
Peace Bridge/Customs hassle could stop our journey.
We arrived safely and settled into our seats
and for the next three and one half hours our
winter blues seemed to melt away.
Now normally in these reviews and musings the
opening act is regulated to a paragraph, if
that, at the end of the article but that's not
the case here. Opening the show was the Devin
Cuddy Band and yes it is the son of Blue Rodeo's
Jim Cuddy and to use an old axiom the fruit
doesn't fall far from the tree. This is one
talented young man. The band (Devin Cuddy-keyboards/vocals,
Nichol Robertson-guitar, Devon Richardson-bass
and Zach Sutton-drums) has been a fixture on
the Toronto scene for years and has deserved
their shot opening this tour. Their thirty minute
set featured songs mostly from their debut album
titled Volume One. Highlights from the set included
"Sidewalks in the South" and a rollicking
set closer "Catfish Blues". Cuddy
has a great voice and the keyboard driven funky
country/cabaret sound is unique and refreshing
yet very accessible too. Here's to a promising
a brief intermission to reset the stage Blue
Rodeo started the first of their two sets of
the evening. Out on the road in support of their
new release In Our Nature the band was playing
the second of two sold out nights at the Great
Hall at Hamilton Place. That album, one of the
finest in the band's career, would comprise
nearly the entire first set. Starting off with
"New Morning Sun" followed by "Mattawa"
and "Wondering" the new songs seemed
to invigorate the band. Songs were prefaced
with stories of their origins or meanings and
showed a relaxed and comfortable band not afraid
to challenge the audience with the new material.
They did throw in a cover of the Stones "The
Last Time" just for good measure. Other
highlights from the first set were "Never
Too Late", a stunning "Tara's Blues"
and the set closer "Truth Comes Out"
featuring Jim Cuddy's soaring vocals.
The second set consisted of sixteen classic
Blue Rodeo songs and could have comprised a
whole concert on its own. From the opening notes
of "Diamond Mine" to the final encore
of Jim and Greg sharing a spotlight and sporting
acoustic guitars on the beloved ode to the Erie
County Fair "What Am I Doing Here"
the band and performance bordered on perfection.
"Disappeared", "Dark Angel"
and a show stopping "After the Rain"
all stood out as did "Five Days in May",
the hoedown throw down "You're Everywhere"
and "Hasn't Hit Me Yet". First encore
included audience favorite "Try" and
"Lost Together" with the Devin Cuddy
Band returning to lend a hand before ending
with the afore mentioned "What Am I Doing
Here". We headed back out into the cold
Hamilton evening for the ride home satisfied
and knowing that the warmth of spring is right
around the corner. For more on Blue Rodeo visit
www.bluerodeo.com and the Devin Cuddy Band at
First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
January 30th, 2014
review by Dylan Kallay-
(bestofwny.com teen reporter.)
Thursday January 30th The First Niagara Center
and the citizens of buffalo that bought the
tickets were able to witness quite a show. Jay-Z
is a multi-million dollar entrepreneur, Grammy
winning artist, producer, founded the popular
record label Roc Nation, he even owns his own
sporting agency (Clients include: Robinson Cano,
Victor Cruz, and Kevin Durant). Despite all
these responsibilities of the 44 year old, he
still writes, comes out with albums (Magna Carta
Holy Grail came out in the summer of 2013,)
and tours. The Magna Carta World Tour took a
stop in Buffalo, so 125$ later I tagged along
with a packed house at the FNC to witness one
of my favorite MC's perform and I wasn't disappointed
in any sense of the word.
seats I had were great. I was eye level and
very close to Jay-Z despite the fact they weren't
floor seats. The concert was supposed to start
at 8:00pm but there was almost a one hour delay,
fortunately there was a DJ to fill the gap and
kept us busy. But when HOV finally appeared
he put on a show. I don't remember the whole
setlist (you could probably find it online),
but it was versatile. He opened with "U
Don't Know" to set the tone for the entire
show. He did his classics as well as his new
stuff that kept me off my seat and rapping along
to the lyrics. Even though Jay-Z has an estimated
net worth of $500 million that keeps on growing,
he performed like he was trying to get a record
deal, he performed like he had nothing to lose.
The way he performs he definitely earns his
pay. At one time during the concert he performed
"N***** in Paris" then "Tom Ford"
then "PSA" in succession. The entire
FNC crowd was livid, including me. Playing 3
of his most popular, upbeat, tracks. Everyone
was hype, throwing up their dynasty signs cheering
for HOV. The Whole crowd got a lot of energy
from Jay-Z, and Jay-Z got a lot of energy from
the crowd, it was a cycle that kept the concert
going. He did "Run This Town" before
walking off stage. But the FNC wanted more.
Cheering for an encore, Jay-Z came back out
and fittingly did "Encore" along with
introducing his live band he brought with him.
Each band member did their own little solo to
show off their skills, which was really cool.
Then the final songs he did were "Empire
State of Mind" celebrating New York, two
classic songs with "Izzo" and "Hard
Knock Life." Jay-Z ended it with "Forever
Young" which was a song he used in tribute
to the late Nelson Mandela. They turned off
all the lights in the FNC and told the crowd
to light the place up. Everyone brought out
there camera lights and lighters to illuminate
the place. It was like staring into space. After
all that, the concert was over. It was an experience
I'll never forget to say the least.
Everything about the concert was perfect, Jay-Z's
performance, the crowd, the music as a whole
was flawless. If you're a fan of Jay-Z or of
hip-hop in general and didn't go to the concert,
you missed out. I personally need to see Jay
again, the way he gets into his music you can
tell that he really cares about his craft.
time out our Local Artist Showcase features
some old and new faces on the local music scene.
Remember to support local music and support
those venues that feature local artists.
a fresh adult alternative style Monday Night
Mistake stands out from the carbon copy sound
of most bands these days. Founded in 2009 the
original two piece collaboration of Frank Tierney(guitar/vocals)
and David Pfeiffer (vocals/guitar) tinkered
with their sound until they honed it into the
current six piece outfit (Mike Lindstrom (drums),
Cameron Powell (guitar), Cliff Obrist (keyboards)
and will Tierney (bass).
With a couple of outstanding gigs around town
including at the Town Ballroom and The Waiting
Room, Monday Night Mistake could have a bright
them out at www.facebook.com/mondaynightmistake
no prisoners and pulling no punches are the B-Side
Dubs a psychedelic cornucopia of rock, electronic
and alternative sounds all pinned down by a fierce
Reggae dub beat. Beside a plethora of local gigs
the band manages to play a significant amount
of festivals and the constant touring has made
them a very tight musical outfit with a sizable
following. Hard to believe, real musicians making
real and incredibly good music these days.
them at www.thebsidedubs.com/home
inspiration from 60's pop, garage rock and Surf
music are the young Turks in Brimstone Blondes
Matthew Danger Lippman - Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards,
Joseph Scrinchin Barth - Drums/Vocals, Alex Mersinger
- Bass/Vocals and Jacob Cohen - Violin/Guitar/Vocals.
Their new release When We Where Blonde was recorded
at GCR Studios with Justin Rose at the knobs and
captures the band's raw primal sound. Dare to
be Blonde with the Brimstone Blondes.
download at brimstoneblondes.bandcamp.com
or for information go to facebook.com/brimstoneblondes
the finest band currently making music on the
Western New York scene is Dive House Union consisting
of some of the finest musicians in the area (
David Michael Miller - Lead Vocals/Guitar, Todd
Eberwine - Lead Guitar/Vocals, Shannon Street
- Drums/Vocals, Dave Herr - Bass/Vocals, Tom Scime
- Keyboards and Barry Arbogast - Sax). Their power
house sound and legendary live performances have
earned them a nonpareil reputation among musical
aficionados. You can often find them playing on
Thursday nights at CPG's Blues Night with Anita
Go to www.divehouseunion.com
for more information.
a musical sound that was forged from the sticky
floor of the legendary Mohawk Place when the stage
was still in the front for you young whippersnappers
is Handsome Jack (Jamison Passuite - Guitar/Vox,
Joey Verdonselli - Bass/Vox, Phil Allport -Organ/Guitar
and Chad Salmeri- Drums). Many a summer Thursday
night the best band in town wasn't the headliner
at the Square it was Handsome Jack peeling the
paint from the walls of the Mohawk after the Square
shows had ended. You can almost still smell the
hot dogs cooking out front of the place. While
their sound has mellowed somewhat the band forges
on releasing new material and playing wherever
the road takes them.
to find out more.
of the most talented and respected musicians in
the area, Bruce Wojick is a tour de force. The
Niagara Falls, NY native has held a spot in both
God's Children and Klear before embarking on a
solo career which includes his duo with Jamie
Holka and a spot in Strictly Hip. His music has
appeared on television ("Buffy the Vampire
Slayer", "X-Files", "ER",
"Touched by an Angel") and movies ("Vegas
Vacation", Disney's "Man of the House"
and the Meryl Streep and Jason Robards piece "A
Thousand Acres") and he has opened and performed
with major artists (The Goo Goo Dolls, Chuck Berry,
Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Government Mule and Puddle
of Mudd). He also has appeared on numerous album
releases over the years.
him up at www.facebook.com/bruce.wojick
CD Reviews - by Bob Silvestri
Bonneville -Easy Gone-
know the commercial says otherwise but Ray Bonneville
may be the most interesting man in the world.
The French Canadian born, stateside raised and
current Austin, TX resident has been a cab driver,
bush pilot, drug addict, foreigner in many countries
and a Vietnam vet. And a self-taught musician
who didn't start playing music till his 40's
he has been nominated twice for a Canadian Juno
Award and has won once. Some of his worldly
adventures include joining the Marines as a
teen to escape a strict upbringing and promptly
being sent to Vietnam. Returning he moved through
Boulder, Co., Alaska, Seattle and Paris, France.
From there it was off to New Orleans where he
trained pilots to fly and played gigs at night.
The city and its musical culture would have
a big influence on Bonneville. That in turn
lured him back to Quebec where took a job flying
sportsmen into the remote wilderness till one
evening while flying in the fog Bonneville nearly
clipped a power line, ran out of fuel and had
to land on a lake. That ended his flying days.
Thank goodness he took up music full time first
settling in Arkansas before finding a home in
Austin. Falling in with likeminded musicians
Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mary Gauthier,
Eliza Gilkyson and Buffalo born Gurf Morlix,
Bonneville finally found a musical home in Austin.
On his latest Red House Records www.redhouserecords.com
release Easy Gone Bonneville delivers a gritty
voodoo gumbo of tight grooves and mysterious
haunting people. Bonneville gets help from his
friends Morlix on bass and Glenn Aresenault
on drums for most tracks with session aces Will
Sexton and Rick Richards on bass and drums respectively
show up for a couple of cuts. Gilkyson adds
vocals and Richie Lawrence adds piano on a couple
of tracks as well. Bonneville wrote all tracks
sans one a cover of Hank Williams "I'm
So Lonesome I Could Cry". "Who Do
Call The Shots", "When I Get to New
York" and "Mile Marker 41" all
conjure up some seedy characters. The bluesy
"Love is Wicked" and "Lone Freighter's
Wail" are also standout tracks.
Even if the guy in the commercial is the most
interesting man in the world after all Ray Bonneville's
Easy Gone is still a great and interesting album.
For more on Ray Bonneville go to www.raybonneville.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
Bursie's music is a rich and refreshingly
unconventional composite of jazz, acoustic new
soul, folk, blues, and roots genres.
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.
& Debbie Derwald
"The Legends Come Alive" Buffalo/Niagara's Premier
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!