Sunday, October 29, 2006

Villa Maria College Fall Lunchtime Music Series Features Alumni Performance November 2

Villa Maria College Fall Lunchtime Music Series Features
Alumni Performance November 2

(October 26, 2006 -- Cheektowaga, NY) Villa Maria College, in conjunction with M & T Bank, is pleased to announce the next event of its 2006 Fall lineup for its second annual Lunchtime Music Series. WBFO, 88.7 F.M., is also a partner on this joint community venture.
Villa Maria College alums Davey O and Jeff Mikulski, contemporary local musicians, are slated to perform November 2, 2006 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. college recital hall.

Davey O. has been described as "raw, rustic, rootsy and melodic, Davey's songs endear themselves to you quickly. It's pretense-free Americana, and worthy of your attention". These are just a few of the words used by Buffalo News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers to describe "The Emotional Shelter", the third of four indie releases by Buffalo, NY based singer songwriter Davey O.

After spending over a decade as a bassist providing the bottom for several national and regional touring acts, Davey's songwriting has now been heralded by Allen Foster of Songwriter's Monthly for his "penetrating vocals that sing of the human condition", and Davey's energetic live performances reveal an undeniable chemistry between himself and guitarist/mandolinist Jeffrey Mikulski, as well as a warm, and often humorous banter with his audience.

A 5 time ASCAPlus Award and 2004 WNY People's Choice Music Award (Best Original Acoustic Solo) recipient, Davey toured the Northeast and Midwestern U.S. throughout 2003-04 in support of the "Shelter" CD, and has no plans of slowing down in 2005 with the release of a new 4 song acoustic EP, "thirtyninedollarview", and subsequent tour dates to follow throughout 2006.

Performing at a wide range of venues, from coffeehouses, clubs and listening rooms, to colleges and universities, private parties and outdoor festivals, Davey is one of only three acoustic artists tapped for The 2005 ARTVOICE Streetfest (which featured headliner Gov't Mule), recently opened for acclaimed singer songwriter and Rykodisc Recording artist, Kelly Joe Phelps, and was one of approximately 100 artists selected to perform at The 2006 Music Is Art Festival, founded by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls. Davey's song "No Use" was also included on the 3 disc 2006 MIA Compilation. Davey has also performed at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe, as well as making regular stops at such notable venues as Buffalo’s own Nietzsche’s, The Sportmen’s Tavern, and Cleveland, OH’s Barking Spider Tavern.

Like the universal appeal of his songs, you can find people from all walks of life in Davey's fan base and at his shows; families, students, bikers, babes, kids and grandparents, a diverse demographic from 7 to 70, all with an appreciation for music well done, and with a honest viewpoint.

In November of 2005, Davey's song "Transformation Road" from the "thirtyninedollarview" EP was added to the regular rotation playlist of Buffalo radio station WLKK, 107.7 The Lake, with the song also selected for The Lake Local Music CD Volume 3, due for release in August of 2006.
Davey currently splits his time between touring, working on his next solo release and as bassist for the recently reunited Accidental Man recording artists, 53 Days

The last of the 2006 series line-up will feature Mir Ali and Betsy Reed on December 7,

featuring classical guitar and flute.

All Lunchtime Series performances are free of charge and open to the public and will be held in the college recital hall (main building in the music wing) during campus hour from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Villa Maria College, located at 240 Pine Ridge Road, between Walden Avenue and Genesee Street in Cheektowaga, specializes in the applied arts and music with degrees in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Interior Design (2 and 4 yr.), Photography, Music Business, Music Performance and Jazz.
For more information on these performances, the upcoming Spring 2007 Music Series line-up ,or other college news and events, visit online at

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Bank of America Presents ‘Rock for Food 2006’ & Scott Celani CD Release Party to Benefit Food Bank

Some of Western New York’s top music acts will be gathering together for an evening of live original music to help the hungry in anticipation of the Holiday season. In its 5th year of existence, “Bank of America Presents: Rock for Food 2006” will be held on Saturday, November 11th at Club Infinity on 8166 Main Street in Williamsville. The event is a benefit for The Food Bank of Western New York.

The event will feature the best in regional music on 2 stages. Headlining the night will be Buffalo-based singer-songwriter Scott Celani and his band. This year’s event will also be a celebration of the release of Celani’s 4th CD – “Wired for Nostalgia”. Prominent local artists also on this year’s bill include Last Conservative, Steve Roth, Last Days of Radio, Hooks & Halos, Marty Nightengale, Dee Adams, The Rev and Rich Militello.

“Bank of America Presents: Rock for Food 2006” is both a fundraiser and a food drive. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring out non-perishable food items in support of the Food Bank, and 100% of the proceeds from the event as well as the food will be donated to the Food Bank.

“This is now our 5th year, and we always strive to build on what we did the year before,” says Celani, the event’s founder. “Last year was really special, and we hope this year will be even better. I’m releasing a new album that I’m extremely proud of, and everyone who walks through the door will get a copy. The ticket price is still very reasonable, and that is due to our generous sponsors, who are a true testament to the spirit of this community. The sponsors allow us to cover all production and promotion expenses so that 100% of the ticket proceeds go to The Food Bank, as well as the food donations.”

The Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to obtain food and support from public and private sources and efficiently redistributes these resources to affiliated charitable providers such as soup kitchens, pantries and shelters.

"We are extremely grateful to have a show of this magnitude benefiting the Food Bank and its member agencies that feed our hungry neighbors," said Clem Eckert, Executive Director of the Food Bank of WNY.

“Bank of America Presents: Rock for Food 2006” begins promptly at 8:00pm on Friday, November 11th, with doors opening at 7:00pm. Tickets are just $8 in advance, $10 at the door and are available through, all Tops Friendly Markets locations and at The Club Infinity box office. All ages will be admitted. Those purchasing tickets at the door will receive discounted admission with the donation of non-perishable food items. There will also be prize raffles and giveaways. For more information, call The Food Bank at (716)-852-1305 or log onto or

Club Infinity is located at 8166 Main St. in Williamsville. In addition to Bank of America, this event is also sponsored by Robertson & Bach Jewelers, Kiss 98.5, WGRZ Channel 2, and Scott Celani Productions.

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