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& WNY's top music venue featuring the best
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7200 Transit Rd.
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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
Center-Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara
July 11, 2015
Review - By Bob Silvestri
everyone chose to attend the Rolling Stones
show in town the same night as legendary
guitarist Nils Lofgren performed at the
Events Center located inside the Seneca-Niagara
Casino in Niagara Falls, NY. Lofgren is
out on the road for a few select solo
acoustic shows in support of his new ten
disc career retrospective box set Face
The Music. His nearly fifty year career
began with the ground breaking band Grin
and has included stints with Neil Young
and Crazy Horse, Ringo Starr and his All-Star
Band and his current long time gig as
guitarist with Bruce Springsteen and The
E-Street Band along with a flourishing
nearly two hour show before a not quite
full house featured songs from throughout
his distinguished career along with some
stories about himself and some of the
many artists he has worked with over the
years. He spun yarns about songwriting
with Lou Reed (Reed asked Lofgren over
the phone to write some lyrics down and
then proceeded to real off nearly twenty
pages of notes for Lofgren to furiously
transcribe), the mercurial Neil Young
(Young almost scrapped a whole MTV Unplugged
session because he wasn't happy with the
band) and tales of drinking and the rock
star life (he quit drinking years ago
because he "kept winding up in handcuffs").
Another story about Young was how Lofgren
changed the piano arrangement on "Southern
Man" while Young was out of the studio
and jazzed it up with a Polka rhythm that
Young actually liked and became the piano
part on the record. Lofgren also demonstrated
his musical virtuosity throughout the
performance starting the show with a stunning
display of his ability to play the harp
and switching between electric and acoustic
guitars and even a couple of numbers on
the piano. He did occasionally employ
the use of guitar loops and sequencers
along with a couple of backing tracks
on the electric numbers. Highlights from
the show included "New Holes in Old
Shoes", "Sticks and Stones",
Neil Young's "Long May You Run",
"No Mercy", a stunning run through
"Girl In Motion" and as a nod
to "Keith being down the road"
Lofgren offered up his ode to Richards
"Keith Don't Go". Encores included
Springsteen's "Because the Night"
and his own "Shine Silently".
After the show Lofgren hung out at the
merch table and signed autographs and
posed for photos with the fans. Always
a nice touch.
For more information about Nils Lofgren
for more information about upcoming shows
at the Seneca Casinos visit www.senecacasinos.com
- 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
- The Resurrection Of Rock And Roll -
A few years back Forewarned founder and
creative force behind the band was diagnosed
with a life threating medical condition.
Both during his treatment and recovery he
sought solace in his music the result being
Forewarned's ambitious double album The
Resurrection Of Rock And Rock. The band
delves into a 70's classic rock sound that
not many bands are making today with lots
of synths, big guitars, big choruses and
songs of epic length. The band, Steve Supparits
- Vocals/Guitars, Lynn Carol Schriver (she
of music royalty Ramblin' Lou Family)- Keyboards/Vocals,
Shawn Kilbourn - Lead Guitars, Aaron Anson
- Lead Guitars, K. William George - Drums
and Percussion, Dement Ormond - Bass Guitars
and Marilyn Hudson - Background Vocals,
get some help in the studio from Kenny Hawkins,
George Puelo, Jerry Livingston, Jim Wynne
and a host of others.
The album, a mix of soaring rockers and
metal style ballads, starts with a spoken
word disclaimer stating that no Auto tune,
samples, beats, loops, arpeggiators etc.
were used on the album and that all parts
were played live.Highlights among the twenty
two tracks include the rock orientated "K.M.A.",
"On The Road Alone", the instrumental
"Demonic Rise" and the lengthy
opus "Hero" and its nearly as
long counter parts "No Tomorrow"
and "March 1st". Standouts among
the ballads include "Unsure",
"Angel" and "How Will I Know".
In a nod to their classic rocks roots they
also tackle Meatloaf's "Bat Out of
Hell" with success.
For more information about Forewarned and
to purchase The Resurrection Of Rock And
Roll visit www.forewarned.net
For fans of Rush, Kansas,
Boston and Styx
and The Kings
- Bold & Unsteady -
When Savannah King started playing music
she set out as an independent solo alternative
folk artist with a guitar, great voice and
plenty of well written songs. Along the
way she picked up three amazing band mates
(Mark Bamann -lead guitar, Loren Metzger
-drums and Scott Gergelis -bass) andmorphed
into a front person for her band Savannah
and The Kings.
Their new release Bold & Unsteadyis
filled with memorable melodies and King's
lilting voice all framed by the band's no
frills approach. Touches of jazz (courtesy
of Gergelis' outstanding upright bass playing),
pop, folk and indie rock meld together for
a cohesive sound. No self-indulgent doodling,
no gimmicks, no unnecessary window dressings
among the arrangements. Highlights among
the twelve tracks include the album opener
"Sour Milk", "Rabbit Run",
"Are You Salt?", "Let Me
Go" and "Houdini". The tracks
"It's Just Water" and "Fruit
Tree" are standouts as well. King and
her band keep a busy live calendar playing
everywhere from intimate clubs to large
summer venues. To see where Savannah and
The Kings are performing or to purchase
their new album Bold & Unsteady visit
For fans of Haim, Natalie
Merchant and Sarah McLachlan
Canal Street String Band
- Wah Hoo! -
The Canal Street String Band plays true
American music in its purest form. The band
Dave Ruch-mandolin/guitar/banjo/vocals and
Jim Whitford-string bass/guitar/vocals)
embrace a mix of folk, bluegrass,Western
Swing, Appalachian, Adirondack Mountain,
sea shanty and songs from the heydays of
Buffalo's early maritime and canal days
and brings life and joy to this sometime
forgotten genre of music that truly spans
generations of music fans.
Fresh off some extensive touring the band
has released their sophomore effort Wah
Hoo! a fourteen song mix of originals, covers,
traditional and songs from the public domain.
Lots of good stuff here including the opening
track "Le Gadeliderot", the title
cut "Wah Hoo!", the playful boast
of "Gay Paris (The Boaster)",
"Bully in the Alley" and "Canal
Street Slide". Other keepers include
Whitford's vocal turn on the ode to short
women "Short and Sweet", the tender
"I Had Someone Else Before I Had You",
"Phil's Waltz"and the twin fiddle
romp "Beaver Cap" featuring Gretchen
Banaszak on fiddle and vocals. They also
nail the Bob Wills classic "Take Me
Back to Tulsa" featuring some great
guitar and fiddle interplay.
To find out more about The Canal Street
String Band and their latest release Wah
Hoo! visit their website at www.canalstreetstringband.com
For fans of Pete Seeger,
Ricky Scaggs, Bill Monroe
- The Buffalo Spell -
musician Toney Rhodes established his
musical reputation at the age of fourteen
as the organist and leader of the choir
at his father's Pentecostal church. As
he got older he branched out to a few
local R&B, funk, blues and Reggae
bands and from there Rhodes and his keyboards
went on to forge as career as a go to
session guy and stints with saxophonist
Najee, classic rock superstar Steve Miller
and Joe Wooten of the Wooten Brothers
to name a few. In between he was putting
together musical ideas and tracks that
have finally seen daylight as his new
release The Buffalo Spell. The fifteen
track disc is a sweet offering of jazz,
funk, soul and R&B and features a
solid cast of musicians helping out Rhodes
among them are Carl "Flute"
Johnson, Jerry Livingston, Kenny Hawkins,
Mike DiSanto and RiShon O'Dell. Rhodes
who wrote twelve of the fifteen tracks
on the disc never hogs the spotlight giving
all the musicians ample room to show their
talents as well.
Highlights include the title track "The
Buffalo Spell" with its Latin vibe,
"Therapy" that trips along on
a jaunty bass line and "First Cause"
featuring some nice saxophone from Dominic
Missana. Other tracks of interest include
"Osaka Bay Sunshine", "I
Love Your Spirit" and "I Want
You" that has the feeling of watching
an ocean sunset.
For more information about Toney Rhodes
and his new release The Buffalo Spell
visit his website at www.toneyrhodes.com
For fans of Spyro Gyra,
YellowJackets and Bobby Jones
- 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.
- 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.
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!