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LOCAL CD REVIEWS
By Bob Silvestri

Nick Veltri - Sam Guarino R&B and Soul Revue
- V-XXVII-XIII -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Nick Veltri-Sam GuarinoThe 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

The JT Blues Band
- Blues From The Barn -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

The JT Blues BandThe 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

Chuckie Campbell
- More Die of Heartbreak -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Chuckie CampbellPoet, 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

Skylime
- The Both of Us -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

SkylimeFounded 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…I've Done 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

Willie Nile
- American Ride -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Willie NileGrantland 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

Wolf
- Gold & Dirt -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

WolfThe 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

Blue Rodeo
- In Our Nature -
CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Blue RodeoSometimes 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 www.bluerodeo.com
Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros
- Wildcat Pie & The Great Walapateya -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Walt Wilkins and The MystiquerosTexas 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 www.waltwilkins.com or www.mystiqueros.com

Interview with Hopeless Records founder
Louis Posen

by Michael Silvestri

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA SET TO HEADLINE SUB CITY TAKE ACTION TOUR 2014

The Devil Wears Prada will make an appearance at Town Ballroom in Downtown Buffalo on April 1st, 2014 headlining the Take Action Tour. Also appearing on the bill are The Ghost Inside, I Killed The Prom Queen and Danger Kids. We asked Hopeless Records founder Louis Posen about the tour and label. Here's what he had to say.

Hopeless Records founderMichael Silvestri- What made you start Hopeless Records?
Louis Posen- When we started Hopeless Records in December 1993, it was a dare at first, then it became a passion to effect people through an art I love.
MS- Who was the first band you signed to Hopeless Records?
LP- The first release was a 7inch called 11oz. from the band Guttermouth whom I had directed a music video for a few months before the release. The first band we signed was Funeral Oration, a punk band from the Netherlands who I found out about when I bought one of their records when traveling through Amsterdam.
MS- How many artists are currently on your roster?
LP- We typically have fifteen to twenty active bands on the roster. We have over 300 records in the catalog.
MS- Which of those releases do you think brought the most attention to Hopeless Records?
LP- Avenge Sevenfold and All Time Low have sold the most albums but different bands have affected different people in different ways.
MS- Let's talk about the Take Action Tour featuring The Devil Wears Prada that comes to Buffalo on April 1st. What is it all about?
LP- The Take Action Tour was started in 1999, the same year we launched our non- profit organization Sub City to connect bands, fans and causes they are passionate about. The first tour was headlined by Fifteen, a Bay Area punk band who was also the first signing to release records with the Sub City name and concept. To date Sub City and the Take Action Tour have raised more than 2 million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations including this year's Take Action Tour benefiting charity The Living the Dream Foundation.
MS- What types of artists are you looking for to play on the tour?
LP- We want bands who want to make a difference with their talent, resources and voices. In the early years of Take Action we'd have to search hard for bands who felt strongly about causes and connecting them with their band but in recent years bands have come to us wanting to do the tour.
MS- Any thoughts of expanding the tour?
LP- Yes, we've organized the tour with partners in Australia and we'd love to do it in other countries.
MS- Thanks for your time. Is there anything else you'd like to add about Hopeless Records or the Take Action Tour?
LP- The Take Action Tour donates 10% of the gross ticket sales to a non-profit organization chosen by the headlining artist. The bands also communicate about the cause at the shows and off stage. Depending on the charity there may be other events and activities in the local community of some or all of the shows. This year Living the Dream is organizing several "Dream Days" for kids who want to come to see Devil Wears Prada and the other bands.

Our thanks to Louis Posen founder of Hopeless Records www.hopelessrecords.com for taking the time to answer our questions and to Natalie Schaffer and Stefanee Alcantar at Big Picture Media for arranging the interview.


CONCERT REVIEWS
Vance Joy
The Waiting Room-Buffalo, NY
June 10th, 2014

Concert review by Bob Silvestri-
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Vance JoySince 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 Ray www.facebook.com/fictitiousray was on next playing a raw unvarnished set of alternative rock. Bryan Johnson and the Family www.facebook.com/bjandfam 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 rise.

Chiodos
The Waiting Room-Buffalo, NY
April 15th, 2014

Concert review by Michael Silvestri-

ChiodosAfter 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 encore.

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

The Goo Goo Dolls
Bear's Den, Seneca Niagara Casino
April 12th, 2014

Concert review by Bob Silvestri-
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

The Goo Goo DollsThe 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.

The Goo Goo DollsThere 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 an encore.

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 the charts.

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 www.senecacasinos.com

Blue Rodeo & The Devin Cuddy Band
Hamilton Place - Hamilton, Ontario
February 27th, 2014

Concert review by Bob Silvestri-
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Blue Rodeo & The Devin Cuddy BandLooking 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 "Dancin'", "Afghanistan", "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 career!

Blue Rodeo & The Devin Cuddy BandAfter 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 www.devincuddy.com

Jay Z
First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
January 30th, 2014

Concert review by Dylan Kallay-
(bestofwny.com teen reporter.)

Jay Z - First Niagara Center Buffalo NYOn 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.

Jay Z - First Niagara Center Buffalo NYThe 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.

—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

Dive House Union-
Dive House UnionArguably 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 West.

Go to www.divehouseunion.com for more information.
Handsome Jack-
Handsome JackWith 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.
Go to facebook.com/pages/Handsome-Jack/219359010621 to find out more.
Bruce Wojick-
Bruce WojickOne 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.
Look him up at www.facebook.com/bruce.wojick
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Ray Bonneville -Easy Gone-
Ray Bonneville -Easy Gone I 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

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