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THE TRALF MUSIC HALL
Buffalo & WNY's top music venue featuring the best bands & entertainment around.
The Tudor Lounge
THE TUDOR LOUNGE
Proud Supporter of Buffalo's Independent Bands & Music. Bar and Live Music
Yellow Jaguar
YELLOW JAGUAR
Night Club

7200 Transit Rd.
Williamsville Buffalo and WNY's Number One Music and Dance Night Club
Moonshiners Pub and Grub
Moonshiners
Pub & Grub

5822 Camp Road
Hamburg (town), New York 14075
NEWEST Tavern Restaurant to hit Western New York!

SPORTSMENS
TAVERN
One of the best places to see live music in WNY.
MOHAWK PLACE
check out some of the  upcoming shows at the Mohawk Place.
BROADWAY JOE'S
3051 Main St.
(Under New Ownership)
Featured Artists
University Heights Arts Association
University Heights Arts Association -The voice for the arts in the University-North Buffalo area
Nimblefingers Ink
Nimblefingers Ink
Commissions & Fine Art Giclee Prints
Robert Schulman Photography
Robert Schulman's photographs focus on old structures, capturing the lasting beauty of what may soon be gone.
Thelma Winter, a Western New York artist who created colorful representations of many local landmarks

Susan Copley's work is exhibited nationally with permanent collections throughout New York State as well as numerous corporate and private collections

Jackie Felix
Featuring the art work collections of Jackie Felix
Robert John Holland
Robert John Holland maintains a symbiotic relationship with the world. He observes and describes the processes of building and "unbuilding".
SculpturesandForm.com
A multi-service sculpture development and fabrication company featuring the artwork of Lawrence Kinney.

WNY MUSIC
ON THE WEB
University at Buffalo Libraries
WNYMusic.com
Buffalo Music Awards
Buffalo Music
Hall of Fame
Buffalo Friends
of Folk Music
Best of WNY Music
Buzzalo.com
CNY Music
Disco Step By Step
The World's 
Largest Disco
Christian Concerts in
WNY
Buffalo Niagara
PERFORMING ARTS
Youth for Truth Performing Arts Company
Multi-cultural acting troupe of young men and women.
Shea's Buffalo
Broadway shows, concerts,  children shows and more...
Studio Arena
One of the oldest resident theatres in the nation.
Irish Classical
Theatre Co.
Plays by the world's finest playwrights.
Alleyway Theatre
Innovative plays and musicals.
Artpark
Theatre, concerts, cultural  festivals and children activities.
Kavinoky Theatre
Located at  D'youville College.
MusicalFare
Daemen College
Professional year round musical theatre company.
UB Center for the Arts
The highest quality entertainment in WNY
Shaw Festival
In the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Lancaster Opera House
An artistic palate even more exciting than the year before!
Bflo. Philharmonic Orchestra
World renowned performers in acoustically acclaimed  Kleinhans Music Hall.
Buffalo Chamber
Music Society
Second oldest chamber music series in the U.S.
Buffalo City Ballet
Our company offers classic and modern works.
Buffalo Place
We're Downtown!


WNY
EVENTS, FAIRS
AND FESTIVALS
Allentown Art Festival
Historic Allentown Preservation District
Attica  Rodeo
Voted #1 by the Professional Rodeo Association
Buffalo Irish Festival
Canalside on Downtown Buffalo's Waterfront

Buffalo River Fest
Buffalo River Fest Park, Downtown Buffalo

Canalfest
Erie Canal Banks, NT
Carly’s Crossing
Gallagher Beach
Chautauqua Light the Lakes
One of the largest fireworks displays in North America.
Children First Festival
Ellicottville, NY
Down-Home Country Weekend
Langford Tractor Pull Grounds Rt.75 & Rt.249 North Collins, NY
Eden Corn Festival
Route 62 Eden, NY
Ellicottville Summer Music Festival Weekend music festival, fireworks, arts & crafts

Elmwood Ave. Festival of the Arts
An eclectic arts celebration. Elmwood Ave.

Erie County Fair
Hamburg Fair Grounds
34th Annual Falling Leaves Festival
Salamanca NY
Friendship Festival
Mather Arch, Fort Erie,
Canada
The 4th at Riverside
Riverside Park, Buffalo NY
Genesee County Fair
Batavia, New York
German Heritage Festival
Celebrate German Culture
Cheektowaga Town Park
Buffalo Greek Fest
Be Greek for a day!
Hellenic Orthodox Church
Gus Macker Tournament
Niagara Square, Buffalo
Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival
Support Local Jazz!
Village of Lewiston
Italian Food & Heritage Festival
Italy comes to Buffalo!
Hertel Ave. Buffalo
4th Annual Jammin' in June Music Festival
A Weekend of events,music & Food. June 1st-3rd
St. Amelia's School
Juneteenth Festival
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Kingdom Bound Christian Music Festival
Darien Lake Theme Park
Lewiston Artfest
artistic craft media & music
Church Street, Lewiston
21st Annual Macedonian Festival
Sts. Cyril & Methody Macedonian Orthodox Church

Music is Art Festival
Delaware Park. Buffalo

National Buffalo Wing Festival
Coca-Cola Park. Come Hungry!

Oktoberfest at Canalside
Buffalo Harbor Central Wharf
Orleans County 4-H Fair
makes the world go "round"
12690 Route 31, Albion NY
Pirate Fest
Evangola State Park
Brant/Angola NY
Polish-American Arts Festival
Cheektowaga Town Park
Harlem Rd. Cheektowaga
Polish Heritage Festival
Polish American Culture & Traditions.
Hamburg Fairgrounds
Rally in the Valley
Bradner Stadium, Olean, NY
Ride for Rosewell
RSVP for the Event
Roycroft Summer Festival
Parkdale Elementary School, East Aurora NY
Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Amherst Museum
Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Delaware Park, Buffalo
Sterling Renaissance Festival
Make plan now to travel back in time!
Taste of Buffalo
Delaware Ave and Niagara Square, Buffalo NY

Taste of Ellicottville
Throughout the Villiage
Ellicottville, NY

Thursday at the Square
Lafayette Square
Main & Court St. Buffalo
Ukrainian American Day Festival
Buffalo, NY
Weekend on the Niagara
Gateway Harbor and area events
Niawanda Park, Tonawanda
Williamsville Old Home Days
Food, rides, family fun
Quaker Arts Festival
Orchard Park Middle School
Queen of Heaven Carnival
Fun for the entire family
West Seneca, NY


Entertainment In WNY


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LOCAL CD REVIEWS
By Bob Silvestri

Willie May
- Shaken Tree Blues -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Willie MayWillie 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.

Mike Zogaria
- Almost Worth The Wait -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Mike ZogariaSinger 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

Handsome Jack
- Do What Comes Naturally -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Handsome JackBirthed 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 & Me".
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 or www.facebook.com/handsomejackband

For fans of Black Crowes, Rolling Stones, Kings of Leon.

Sara Elizabeth
- Be Well -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Sara Elizabeth Be WellSinger 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 "Creek Walking".

For more on Sara Elizabeth including show dates and how to purchase her albums including Be Well go to www.saraelizabethmusic.com or www.facebook.com/MusicSEG

For fans of Joni Mitchell, Ingrid Michaelson, Sheryl Crow

Grace Stumberg Band
- Live! At the Studio Café -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Grace Stumberg BandThe 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)

Aqueous
- Cycles -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

AqueousOne 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 and Rush)

David Michael Miller
- Poisons Sipped -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

David Michael MillerAs 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 sound.

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 www.davemillermusic.com

Noah Gokey & The Skulls
- Dream American -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Noah Gokey & The SkullsThe 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

Davey O
- No Passengers -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Davey O, No Passengers,The 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 craft.

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 www.daveyo.com

Grace Blues Project
- self titled -
CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Grace LougenI 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 young lady.

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
Crashfuse
- Between You, Me, and The Lamppost -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

CrashfuseCrashfuse 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 or www.facebook.com/CrashFuse


CONCERT REVIEWS
John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band
- Bear's Den - Seneca Niagara Casino - Niagara Falls NY -
March 13, 2015

Concert review by Bob Silvestri-
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown BandIn the late '70's and early '80's the Jersey shore became the hot scene with the emergence of Bruce Springsteen that led to an influx of bands and record companies that flocked there looking to find the next beach poet or E-Street Band. Most of the acts were mediocre at best and soon flamed out as tastes in music changed but a few carved out their own niche with some hits and an enduring fan base. Among them are Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band who actually hailed from Rhode Island but found a home in the New Jersey scene.

sax player Michael "Tunes" AntunesFor Cafferty, their biggest success came when their music was used and sax player Michael "Tunes" Antunes starred in the cult movie favorite Eddie and The Cruisers which also became a curse and a bane as they were forever thought of to be a movie generated band even though they had been around for years and had earned the title "Greatest Little Bar Band in the World". A few more hits followed the movie and worldwide touring ensued but they never retained those lofty heights. Twenty years plus down the road they are still rocking the club and casino circuit. They paid a visit to the Bear's Den inside the Seneca-Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY on March 13, 2015 to a nearly full house.

Kicking off the show with "Tough All Over" they followed that with their classic rock staple from the Cruisers movie "On The Dark Side" which by song's end Cafferty had climbed three rows deep over the seats to sing with the crowd now on their feet and clapping along. "Garden of Eden" followed as Cafferty made his way back to the stage but not before a woman in the front row got him to take a selfie with her. Barely catching their breath they tore through "Voice of America's Son", a very tender "Boardwalk Angel", "Wild Summer Nights" and "Some Like It Hot". A couple of mid show highlights came when Cafferty dedicated "Just A Matter of Time" to late keyboardist and co-writer Bobby Cotoia and sax man Tunes took the spotlight for a hot run through the Spinner's classic "Whenever You Call Me I'll Be There". The pinnacle of JC & tBBB's career will always be the classic ballad "Tender Years" its evocative lyrics and sax solo strikes a chord with every listener and tonight was no different. Encores included "C-I-T-Y', "Dixieland", a stellar "NYC Song", Van Morrison's "Domino" and "Tutti Fruitti".

Yes I know the detractors out there will call Cafferty "Springsteen Light" and dismiss them. Whatever. These guys know you play every night every note with everything you've got. A creed more bands should follow. Are they the "Greatest Little Bar Band in the World"? Maybe not but they sure know how to put on a show. For more information about John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band go to www.johncafferty.com For information about upcoming shows at the Seneca Casinos go to www.senecacasinos.com

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
- Center for the Arts - University at Buffalo - Amherst NY -
February 27 2015

Concert review by Bob Silvestri-
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Rain: A Tribute to the BeatlesIn the last few years many Beatles tribute bands began to make the rounds seemingly as ubiquitous as Elvis Presley impersonators. And as with any tribute band the best rises to the top. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, one of the best touring outfits on the road bringing the music of the Beatles to the young and old alike, stopped at the University of Buffalo's Center for the Arts in Amherst, NY on February 27, 2015 playing before a packed house made up of three generations of Beatles fans.

I must admit that it was with some trepidation that I attended. You see I think the Beatles music is sacrosanct and rarely do attempts to recreate or reinterpret their music succeed. And for the most part tribute cover bands sometimes come across as cheesy or crass. But as the show began to unfold my fears turned out to be unfounded. An announcement was made before the show that all the music was played by the musicians on stage and that none was prerecorded.

A curtain featuring charcoal sketches of highlights of their career lifted to the Faux Fab Four in suits from their Ed Sullivan era. Videos screens on each side of the stage offered Forrest Gump style clips of the Rain group imposed in the reels or of the live action on stage. Another cool feature was a camera pointed at the crowd which showed them on the full stage backdrop intermittingly throughout the show. News clips, psychedelic images and other montages on the screens transported you back to the era as well. A quick costume change brought the Fab's to their Shea Stadium and film period before a brief intermission.

Rain: A Tribute to the BeatlesThe second act opened with the performers in Sgt. Pepper's costumes tackling some of the most difficult of Beatle arrangements. Also most of this phase of the Beatles music was never performed live as the band was no longer touring. To do this a fifth member took to the stage mostly in the shadows to play keyboards and the string and horn parts on said keyboards. Two more costume changes would be featured in this portion. A brief Magical Mystery Tour/Hey Jude era and Abbey Road era clothing completed the wardrobe changes.

But what about the music you say? It's one thing to look the part but to capture the Beatles sound, power and passion is another. For the most part the songs and renditions were spot on. Oh I could quibble that "Beatle John" took a "George" solo or that "Paul" sang a "John" song but really I was probably the only one in the crowd taking those notes. Oh and the opening chord for "Hard Day's Night" wasn't quite right but then there is a whole cottage internet industry trying to decipher that opening note. Actually the production and performers have every nuance and gesture of the real Beatles down pat.

Highlight's from the sixty minute first set included "I Want To Hold Your Hand" "Help!", "Day Tripper" and "Twist & Shout". Highlights from the seventy five minute second set included "A Day in a Life", "Come Together", a crowd rousing "All You Need is Love" and a mini acoustic set that had the performers sitting on stools and playing "Two of Us", "Blackbird", "In My Life" and a few others. "Let It Be", "Give Peace a Chance" and "Hey Jude" rounded out the evening. "Hey Jude" turned out to be an especially poignant moment as the crowd rose to their feet to sing sway and clap along. And yes tears were shed by some in the crowd as the final notes were being played.
Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles is a solid four star production and thanks to the folks at UB's Center for the Arts for bringing this wonderful show to Western New York. For more great shows at Center for the Arts be sure to visit www.ubcfa.org

—Local Artists Showcase—
This 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.

Monday Night Mistake-
Monday Night MistakeWith 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 future.
Check them out at www.facebook.com/mondaynightmistake


B Side Dubs-
The B-Side DubsTaking 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.
Follow them at www.thebsidedubs.com/home
Brimstone Blondes-
Brimstone BlondesDrawing 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.
Free download at brimstoneblondes.bandcamp.com or for information go to facebook.com/brimstoneblondes
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Lewis and Klark Guitar Duo

Lewis and Klark Guitar Duo Corporate Entertainment, Wedding Entertainer, Private Party and Club entertainment.

The Buffalo Touch
TheBuffaloTouch are one of the nation's premier polka bands.

Carrie Ann Ford - singer, songwriter
Carrie Ann Ford - singer, songwriter, presenter and teacher, who has been sharing her message of God’s love across the globe for over 20 years.
Classic Rock Entertainment
Bleeding Hearts High energy classic rock and alternative with the emphasis on fun.
Buffalo and Blues music
The Kate Engler Band
Kate commands your attention whether through her singing or her guitar playing.
Buffalo's Premier Guitar Player
Dave Schmeidler Online guitar for the 21st Century and beyond.
WNY's award winner
Diane Kallay
Sweet spice of blues, her sizzling vocals will raise eyebrows and touch your soul.
WNY Groove
The Soul Providers lay down a groove guaranteed to pack the dance floor with classic R & B, funk and soul. 
Buffalo/Niagara's Premier Variety Show
SUPERSTARS LIVE Rich & Debbie Derwald
"The Legends Come Alive" Buffalo/Niagara's Premier Variety Show

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Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members
Weekend Buffalo Music Hall of Fame 70’s rockers. We're still rockin'...!
Buffalo's Finest
Jack Prybylski
Check out Jack's smooth jazz sound at jackprybylski.com
Gregg Sansone
Gregg Sansone Expect to dance, sing, party and have a flat-out ball at one of Gregg's shows!
WNY Music Sponsors
JR Productions
JR Entertainment we specialize in Wedding Bands and Party Bands that fit your event or special occasion
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame
The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame - Honor, preserve, and protect the diverse cultural music heritage of Western New York
Let ESI Events be your source for premier concerts in Buffalo and WNY.
Floating Stage Productions
Floating Stage Productions. Where the Arts come to Life..
Diaab Entertainment- Music and Entertainment Promotion. Boxing Promotion and Management
Entertainment Plus -
Western New York’s Finest
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Three 2 go Alliance
Three 2 go Alliance
Our mission is to uplift and support the endeavors of professional musicians and entertainers on a global scale
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Buffalo Wedding Bands
Buffalo Wedding Bands The most trusted and professional Live Music in Buffalo and Western New York for your Wedding or Special Event.
Three 2 Go Music is dedicated to delivering high quality, R&B music reflecting the integrity and ability of our artists.
Eminence and Celestion Speakers
All Coast Talent is your one-stop resource for Voice Actors, hand-picked from across the nation for their unique talents, skills and imagination.
Margo Davis Voice Actor
Margo Davis - A versatile, voice talent and award-winning actor. Margo brings to you over 3 decades of professional voice work
Bemus Bay Pops
The Bemus Bay Pops concerts are performed outdoors on the amazing Floating Stage on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point NY
Buffalo Party Bands
Buffalo Party Bands
offers the most trusted and professional Live Party Band Music in Buffalo and Western New York.
Gerald L Luterek
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Music video's, Concert DVD's, Streaming Video for your Web site. Music Performance Video 
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