Monday, April 24, 2006

Artpark Begins to Unzip 2006 Season with Announcement of The Full Monty!

Artpark Begins to Unzip 2006 Season with Announcement of The Full Monty!
(Lewiston, NY) Since 2004, three of the four Broadway performances that Artpark has presented have been very high-quality – but relatively low-risk – musical revues. It’s quite possible that the casual Western New York theatergoer has unwittingly overlooked these critically-acclaimed Mainstage productions. They sure won’t this summer.Serving as the centerpiece of Artpark’s 2006 Season – and making its premiere at the Lewiston venue on August 10 (thru August 20) – will be nine performances of The Full Monty, the runaway hit musical comedy based on the internationally popular film of the same name. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards and winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Music, The Full Monty is the hilarious and heartfelt tale of six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers whose desperate plan to get their lives back together requires them to triumph over their fears, their nerves and, possibly, their clothes. “Our musical revues were extremely well-received by patrons and critics but, in an effort to expand the appeal of this truly unique summertime theater venue, we are looking to push the proverbial envelope a little bit more this season,” said George Osborne, Artpark President and the show’s Executive Producer. “We came to the consensus that it was time to head in another direction with a full-blown musical production.”And indeed they have.Artpark’s presentation of The Full Monty will feature a cast headed by several prominent actors possessing Broadway and national tour experience along with some of the region’s top musical talent. In addition, the acclaimed Lynne Kurdziel-Formato returns to direct and choreograph the performances despite her relocation to Elon College in North Carolina last fall. Michael Hake will serve as Music Director.The Full Monty movie took place in Sheffield, England and became one of the surprise sensations of British film history. Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winning writer, adapted the screen hit for the stage and added his own unique brand of American comedy to the story. To help the narrative feel closer to home, McNally moved the setting to Buffalo, New York and his version (along with music by David Yazbek) took Broadway and London by storm.Making its Broadway premiere on October 26, 2000, The Full Monty’s 10 Tony nominations included Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book, Best Orchestrations, Best Direction and Best Choreography. Its remarkable Broadway run ended on September 1, 2002.Artpark’s production of The Full Monty is sponsored by M&T Bank.For ticket information, access the Artpark website at, call the Box Office at (716) 754-4375 or visit**Although there is no real nudity in The Full Monty, the story's content makes it appropriate for audiences 16 years and older. ARTPARK’S ENTIRE SEASON TO BE UNVEILED JUNE 1!

Lakeside Blues Band Upcoming Gigs

Lakeside Blues Band Upcoming Gigs
April 28th & May 6th at the Seneca Niagara Casino 310 Fourth Street Niagara Falls, NY USA 14303 716-299-1100 from 11:59 PM -4:00 AM. May 13th we're going southbound again as we play the Seneca Allegany Casino 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard Salamanca, NY 14779 1-877-553-9500 from 7:30 – 11:30 PM. ==========================================
Lakeside Blues Duo Upcoming Gigs
April 27th - 29th from 6:00-10:00 PM the Lakeside Blues Duo will be at the Adam's Mark Hotel.They will be playing instrumental jazz for the first set, then, the regular vocal acoustic show for the rest of the evening. May 5th it's Cinco de Mayo from 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM at the new hot spot on the Lake, Lighthouse Grill & Spirits (5885 Main Street Olcott, NY). Don't miss it!! Saturday May 13th we'll be at Heron Hill Winery 9301 County Route 76Hammondsport, NY 14840 · 1-800-441-4241for a Mother's Day BBQ.Treat Mom to a day of wine and music! Food a la carte by Blue Heron Cafe. Cash bar will be open for wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages..

Brown's Body, Sim Redmond Band, J-san and the Analogue Sons Thursday the 27th of April, SUNY Geneseo

Brown's Body (10pm), Sim Redmond Band (8pm),and J-san and the Analogue Sons (6pm) to SUNY Geneseo. The show is Thursday the 27th of April. To take place on the College Union Patio with a rain location of the Knight Spot. The show is free. I figure all the music loving heads would like to come to this free show, as this band usually charges like $25.

Kingdom Bound Talent Search Application Deadline One Week Away

Kingdom Bound Talent Search Application Deadline One Week Away Buffalo, N.Y. (April 23, 2006)—Kingdom Bound Ministries is now accepting applications for its 2006 International Talent Search. Aspiring Christian singers and/or musicians who are not signed to a label and would like to win the opportunity to perform live at Kingdom Bound Christian music festival, to be held August 6-9, 2006, at Six Flags Darien Lake amusement park and camping resort in Darien Center, New York, have the opportunity to be considered for this prestigious honor. A downloadable application for the talent search is available at Applications are due by April 30, 2006. A panel of industry experts will choose selected applicants, who will then have one of their songs (must be original material (no covers)) placed on-line during the month of May at, and Kingdom Bound fans will vote for their favorite song. The top two with the most votes will be chosen as winners. They will enjoy the exciting opportunity of performing at the festival’s Park Stage on Sunday, August 6, 2006. "The talent search is a great way for independent singers and bands to expose their music and ministries to new audiences," says Mark Weber, of "Kingdom Bound is an established and respected organization, and the talent search is a way for them to help give up-and-coming singers and bands great exposure to tens of thousands of Christian music fans." Kingdom Bound, one of North America’s largest and longest-running festivals, features over 40 pop, rock and praise & worship artists, including headliners Newsboys, Third Day, Casting Crowns, and MercyMe (“I Can Only Imagine,” “Here With Me”), as well as several speakers, including Dr. Kevin Leman and Pam Stenzel, among its packed line-up. Kingdom Bound tickets are surprisingly affordable and include admission to amusement park rides, like the giant Ferris wheel and the Superman: Ride Of Steel coaster. Tickets can be charged by phone at 716-633-1117 or 1-800-461-4485, Monday through Friday 10-5pm EST. For more information, please visit

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Monday, April 10, 2006

SUDDEN URGE "Unplugged!" April 14th -15th

Steve, Joe, & Corey will be performing 2 all acoustic nights of SUDDEN URGE "Unplugged!"(WITH ALL NEW PARTY SONGS!)

On: Friday, April 14th. @ Gillies Sports Bar!! (Formerly 'The Browne Baron' Lounge) (10:pm-2:am) -1866 Colvin Blvd. Tonawanda, NY. (716-832-3750) Newly Remodeled, New Stage, Free Parking, Smoking Patio, ALL NEW ATMOSPHERE!!!

ALSO!!!!!Saturday, April 15th. @ Perfect Shot Sports Bar (Connected to the Recckio's Bowling Center!) (9:pm-1:am) -2426 S Park Ave. South Buffalo, NY. (716-823-2695) Film buffs should know that this is where the bowling scene of "Buffalo '66" was shot!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

DAVEY O. - Live Dates for April

Hi all,

Just wanted to pass along the live dates for April. Feel free to print this email or mark the dates in your calendar. Also, please note that one of these dates is a show where I'll be playing bass with 53 Days, and not a solo show where I'll be performing my material. Have a great month, and I'll see you soon!

Saturday, April 15th, Sams' Club, 3735 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY, 12:00 noon. This show is a benefit for Children's Hospital of Buffalo, with all monies from CD and merchandise sales, as well as all donations from the tip jar going directly to Children's.

Saturday, April 22nd, Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., Buffalo, NY, 9:00 PM. This is a 53 Days show, with special guests Humphrey. For more info, visit,

Sunday, April 23rd, The Barking Spider Tavern, 11310 Juniper Rd., Cleveland, OH, 9:00 PM. Request "Transformation Road" on WRUW-FM, 91.1 by visiting

Friday, April 28th, Clarence Center Coffee Co., 9475 Clarence Center Rd., Clarence Center, NY, 8:00 PM

Saturday, April 29th, ACTS Performing Arts Center, 1470 Church St., corner of Broadway, Alden, NY, 8:00 PM, $3.00 cover.

Thanks for all of your support....continue to request "Transformation Road" on WLKK-FM, 107.7 The Lake by visiting
See ya soon!!!!Davey O.www.daveyomusic.freehosting.netEPK available at's available at Borders, Home of the Hits, New World Record, all shows, and online at Downloads available at

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hit N Run’s 16th year anniversary

• This Friday (4/7) Hit N Run will be at Macaroons.Last year (our 15th anniversary party weekend) was ablast with about 20 talented musicians showing up andjoining us on stage for a great time. The club islocated at the Dick and George Urban corner, 2 minutesfrom the Galleria Mall. Start time is 11, but I amtold we might be starting a little earlier thannormal, if we have our typical Hit n Run crowd. Hit NRun will be giving out free T-Shirts.
• Saturday (4/8), HNR will be at Club Paradise.Awesome club with lots of room to dance. This islocated in the Clarion Hotel (formerly McKinley Inn)on McKinley, just South of the mall and North ofSouthwestern. Start time is 10:30.
Since starting Hit n Run, over 16 years ago, I havehad the privilege to perform along side many (over 20different) talented musicians. They have allcontributed to making Hit n Run one of the best knownbands in the area.
Hit N Run is currently:Ken Wilczak (Lead Guitarist) Former Top Guitar Awardswinner, so many times they put him in the Buffalo RockN Roll Hall of Fame.Bob Wilczak (Lead Guitarist) Former Top Guitar Playerwinner.Bruce Decker (Keys, Harmonica, horns) Nominated TopKeyboardist, numerous times.Pat Brayman (Drums) Nominated Top Drummer, numeroustimes.Mike Schill (Bass) Nominated Top Bassist, numeroustimes.And myself…the hack of the group. LOL
I would like to take the time to name and thank a fewof the many talented musicians that have performedover two years straight with Hit n Run and have stoodout:Drums, Jim (Thumper) Gleason, Frank Vito and DavePrincipale. Bass, Tommy Herr, Dave Mucha, Marylin Ulicki, LewReczek and Rik Stave. Keys, Joe “Momma” Betts, Joe Girardi, Pat Annunziataand Renee Harris. Guitars, Jeff Kocher, Mark Ricci, Don Drakulich, MikeWisto, Kevin Stefanski and Jeff Jess.
I would also like to thank some people that havefilled in for us through the years. You can’t gothrough 16 years, without some getting sick, having ababy, or some type of last minute emergency. Thisgroup of individuals have been just as good friendsthrough the years, as they are talented:Frank Pusiteri (Bass), Mike McGuire (Keys and Vocals), Tony Scozzaro (Guitar), Ron Rocco (Drums), Al Hurry(Drums), Dustin Knapp (Keys), Jenna Paris (Vocals) &Kelly Wahl (Vocals)
Thanks to the many clubs and functions that ARE KINDENOUGH to offer us a place to play, and the promoters(Frank Sansone, Tom Barone, Dave Buffamonte, MikeRozniak, Rick Falkowski, Ed Honeck, Dave Koster andTom McGill) for their help through the years. But mostof all… thanks to our friends. Hit n Run, through allthe years has always had the best and most loyalfriends in the world. Your support is what keeps usgoing each week. It makes music FUN, not a job. Whereelse can I get to do something I love and share itwith a few hundred to a few thousand of my friendsevery night. Thank you sincerely.
For information on schedules, songs, pictures oradditional information on Hit N Run, If you would like to be removed fromthis email list, please send back an email with removein the subject header.
I hope to see all our friends at some point this week.Mark Valentino

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