Friday, September 28, 2007

Alternative Brews October Calendar and Special Announcement

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - It's been 14 long months, but Darryl is back! He will be bartending every Monday in October from 4-9 PM.Stop in to welcome him back!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Classic Rock Concert to Benefit MUSIC IS ART on October 6TH at the Tralf


Classic Rock Concert to Benefit MUSIC IS ART on October 6TH at the Tralf

A historic mix of veterans and rising stars in the local music scene will come together in a concert to benefit the WNY non-profit MUSIC IS ART on October 6th at the Tralf in Buffalo.

Leading members of popular 1980’s bands: Actor, Alyn Syms Group, The Restless, The Jumpers, Benhatzel, The Vores, Davy & the Crocketts, Third Floor Strangers and others will perform.

Partners in the event include 97 Rock & the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

The show will also showcase Grace Stumberg, a 2007 graduate from Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts who was featured artist on Music is Art’s student produced MUSIC IN ACTION CD – released last Spring (

The show starts at 8PM.

More artists are being added to the bill.

Details and a link to Ticketmaster are @

Monday, September 24, 2007

"A Wild Night at The Lake" to benefit the animals of JNK'S Call of the Wild Sanctuary.

107.7 The Lake is proud to present "A Wild Night at The Lake" to benefit the animals of JNK'S Call of the Wild Sanctuary. The concert will be held on Friday, October 26 at Club Infinity, 8166 Main Street, Williamsville. The lineup of performers includes: The Scott Celani Band, Any December, Kate Engler Band, Five Star Iris and more. Tickets are only $10.00 and can be purchased at the Club Infinity box office, all Top Supermarkets, by calling 1-888-223-6000, or by logging onto ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS CONCERT WILL BENEFIT THE TIGERS, LIONS, BEARS, LEOPARD, WOLVES, FOX AND MANY OTHER ANIMALS THAT LIVE AT THE SANCTUARY.

The concert starts at 8pm, doors open at 7pm, but come early to see the Siberian tigers and baby black bear that will be there that night.

For more information contact: Club Infinity- 716-565-0110 or log onto or

An Evening of Chamber Synergy

Music audiences live for that moment when great works and fine interpreters come together, and it just clicks. When this happens, you never want the evening to end. That’s what you can expect to experience with An Evening of Chamber Music.

On Friday, September 28, 2007, musicians from Brock’s and SUNY Fredonia’s Music faculty will take the stage at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre at 7:30 p.m., for a memorable evening.

Performing an eclectic mix of contemporary pieces and classical works, this event will be highlighted by the Brahms Horn Trio performed with tuba. Each of the players — pianist Karin Di Bella, percussionist Devon Fornelli, trumpeter Tim White, tubaist Raymond Stewart, and violinist Maureen Yuen — commands a beautiful sound.

An Evening of Chamber Music will feature diverse works by composers such as Camille Saint-Saëns and John Phillip Sousa; The Golden Age of the Xylophone arranged by Eyles and Werle; and Daniel Grabois’ Zen Monkey, a recent composition for solo tuba.

Brian Power, Chair of the Department of Music feels, “this group's combination of superb musicianship and finely honed collaborative skills creates a seamless performance."

For an evening of engaging music, join us on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Tickets are $28.50 adults; $22.50 students/seniors, and are available at the Centre for the Arts Box Office, 905-688-5550, ext. 3257.

Visit the Department of Music website music for all Music events and locations.

The Department of Music is proud to be a partner of eyeGO to the Arts, encouraging high school students to attend live performing arts through an innovative $5 ticket program, visit


For more information or to set-up interviews contact:
Marie Balsom, School of Fine and Performing Arts,
Telephone: 905-688-5550, ext. 4765 or visit our website at

Media Release Backgrounder:

Dr. Karin Di Bella - Piano
DMA (UBC), MMus (Washington U., St. Louis), BMus (UWO), ARCT (Royal Conservatory, Toronto)
Dr. Di Bella, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Brock University, brings to her performing a strong interest in historical and theoretical issues. Areas of expertise include contemporary Canadian repertoire, music and politics of the 1920s and 1930s, and historical instruments and techniques of the 18th and 19th centuries. She is very active as a soloist, collaborator, coach, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator, and is a member of the college of examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Concerto appearances include orchestras in St. Catharines, St. Louis, Kitchener, and North Bay. She performs regularly with a wide variety of instrumentalists and singers from across Ontario and New York State. Dr. Di Bella teaches piano lessons, master classes, accompanying, and piano pedagogy.

Devon Fornelli - Percussion
BMus (UBC), MMus (Toronto)
Percussionist Devon Fornelli has extensive experience as a soloist, an orchestral percussionist, and as a chamber instrumentalist. His range of talent covers all the diverse areas of percussion and drums from the orchestral percussion section to contemporary art music, and most traditions in-between. Mr. Fornelli has been heard on CBC radio, on film and television, and has taught percussion at the College and University level.

Timothy White - Trumpet, Brass Techniques
BMus, MMus (Michigan) BEd (Toronto)
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Timothy White played in the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the McMaster Symphony before beginning his studies at the University of Michigan. There he studied trumpet with Ramon Parcells (Detroit Symphony) and Armando Ghitalla (Boston Symphony). His conducting teachers included Donald Shlieker and Gustav Meier. He has performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Niagara Symphony. Mr. White performs throughout southern Ontario as a soloist, freelance trumpeter, and clinician, and with his quintet, the Rondeau Brass. He is the trumpet instructor at Brock University and McMaster University and lives in Hamilton with his wife Lauren, and their three children, Ian, Alex and Evan.

Raymond Stewart – Tuba
BMus (UM), MMus (MSM)
Born in Miami and raised in southern Illinois, tubaist Raymond Stewart has established an active musical career in New York City since 1985 and now resides both there and in upstate Fredonia, NY. He received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, BM from the University of Miami School of Music, and MM from the Manhattan School of Music. He is equally at home on the concert stage, recording studio, in musical theater, on tour, and in academia. He is currently serving in his 8th year as Associate Professor of Music at SUNY Fredonia College where he teaches the tuba studio, conducts Concert Band, has conducted the musical (BARNUM, Spring 2005) and has lectured in World Music. He also serves as principal tuba of the American Composers Orchestra in NYC, the world's only orchestra dedicated to the infinite variety of American music which performs regularly at Carnegie Hall. As a member of the internationally acclaimed brass chamber music group Meridian Arts Ensemble (co-founded NYC in 1987), Mr. Stewart has appeared in 49 states, 27 countries, and four continents at countless music conservatories, performance venues and festivals, and has worked with numerous composers including Frank Zappa, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, and Elliott Sharp. He has recorded nine cds with the Meridians on the Dutch independent label, Channel Classics. Reviewing a Meridian Arts Ensemble performance September 2002, the New York Times wrote about Mr. Stewart's work: "the tuba lines were cleanly and precisely articulated." Mr. Stewart has also performed and/or recorded with numerous diverse musical entities including theatre and film director Julie Taymor, Academy Award winning film score composer Elliot Goldenthal, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, jazz pianist Toshiko Akyoshi, Brasil's living choros/bandolim legend Joel Nascimento and Brasil's musica popular diva Marisa Monte, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway (STATE FAIR, CANDIDE), the off-Broadway hit JUAN DARIEN, movie soundtracks (SPHERE, TWO FAMILY HOUSE, TITUS, BRIDE OF THE WIND), TV jingle ads (AT&T, DUNKIN' DONUTS), the Walt Disney World Company, and 80's rock icons DURAN DURAN. At the age of 19, he was the featured solo sousaphonist in the international touring company of the Broadway musical BARNUM. Mr. Stewart can be heard on the EMI, Channel Classics, Sony Classical, CRI, Argo, and Knitting Factory Works labels, among others. His principal teachers have included Toby Hanks, John Stevens, and Carson Johnson.

Maureen Yuen – Violin
BMus, MMus (UBC)
Maureen Yuen completed her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Violin Performance at the University of British Columbia at the age of 21. Her primary teachers were Andrew Dawes, Nancy Di Novo and Gerald Stanick. She has also worked with members of the Emerson, Fine Arts, Orford, St. Lawrence, and Tokyo string quartets. As a founding member of the English Bay String Quartet, Ms. Yuen has toured North America, and has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada and Italy. She has played with the Victoria Symphony, Wichita Symphony and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. She is also a member of the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, whose recordings can often be heard on NPR’s Performance Today. Currently, Ms. Yuen is on faculty at the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia where she maintains a full studio of undergraduate and graduate violin students and several chamber music ensembles. Her active schedule includes solo and chamber music recitals and masterclasses throughout North America. She is also on the faculty of Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, as well as a string adjudicator with Kiwanis Music Festivals in Canada.

The Forming Performance Schedule

Friday, September 28, 2007 10pm - 1am
The Forming
Lakeview - 627-3283
Rock no cover charge

Saturday, September 29, 2007 9pm - 1am
The Forming
Gowanda Moose
201 Aldrich St., Gowanda - 532-4882
Rock no cover charge

Friday, October 5, 2007 10pm - 2am
The Forming
Victoria Lanes
205 Main St., East Aurora - 652-2950
Rock no cover charge

Saturday, October 6, 2007 6pm - 10pm
The Forming
Salamanca Allegheny Casino
Ring of Fire Club
Rock no cover charge

Friday, September 14, 2007

Solé presents Djambossa, gypsy jazz and latin music.

FRIDAY September 14, 8PM
FRIDAY September 21 , 8PM
FRIDAY Septemnber 28, 8PM

Walker Center
5298 Main St.
Phone: 362-0358

Djambossa -A sometimes soft and sometimes scathing acoustic melange. An eclectic mix of ethnic folk - gypsy jazz, bossanova, flamenco and even blues. Featuring Dean Gionis and Bob Maulucci, formerly of nancyscandy on guitars. Bass by Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Kent Weber.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Alternative Brews September 2007 Calendar


Lewiston, N.Y. (September 5, 2007) – The 2nd annual Harvest In The Park, a free, day-long Christian music praise festival featuring various regional acts, will take place from 1 – 8 p.m. at Artpark on September 22. Artpark is located at 450 South 4th St. in Lewiston, New York, near Niagara Falls. Last year’s inaugural event was held at Academy Park, across town in Lewiston.

“Artpark is a beautiful venue for Harvest In The Park,” says Randy Peddie, the event’s organizer. “If it rains, we’ll be covered because we’re using the Artpark Theater mainstage, which has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. It’s a unique setting, and while Academy Park worked well last year, Artpark allows for better seating options for the many people in attendance.”

This year’s Harvest In The Park will feature some of Western New York and Southern Ontario’s most popular Christian music acts, including Kenmore-based rock band One Foot In Heaven; Immanuel, a youthful band from St. Bart’s in Tonawanda; Canada’s premier piano-playing worship leader Dan Macaulay; and motivational hip-hop from a female Canadian MC named Saidat. Also on the bill: Precious Seed, a vocal harmony trio from Pennsylvania consisting of a mom and her two daughters; worship artists Lee Stevens and Surrendered; speaker Mike Chorey, of the Joshua Revolution conference; and Jeremy Brothers from Freedom Village. Nile “Motormouth” Jenkins, a car care expert who hosts the popular Car Connection program on Buffalo’s WDCX-FM, will MC the overall event.

For more information, call 716-998-0818 or visit

The Live Wire Band

The Live Wire Band Performing at:
The Frog Hair Grille & Golf
7800 Transit Rd. Williamsville 839-3764
Friday 9/14/07
7:00-10:00 pm

The Tralf Upcoming Shows

The Lake presents Jesse Colin Young
Friday October 12
Tickets for $20 including all charges
Buffalo, NY 09/06/07—Folk-rock singer Jesse Colin Young will perform at The Tralf in downtown Buffalo, NY on Friday October 12.

Jesse Colin Young got his start as a folksinger in Greenwich Village coffeehouses in the early '60s, releasing two major-label albums, The Soul of a City Boy (April 1964) and Young Blood (March 1965). He met guitarist Jerry Corbitt in Cambridge, MA, and with keyboardist/guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger and drummer Joe Bauer, they formed the Youngbloods, initially playing in the jug band, good-time style of the Lovin' Spoonful. Signed to RCA, they released their debut single, Corbitt's "Grizzly Bear," a chart entry, in November 1966, followed by their self-titled debut album in February 1967. The album featured the group's version of Dino Valenti and Bob Cullen's idealistic folk anthem "Get Together," which was released as a single in July and also made the charts. Earth Music (November 1967) followed.

Young recorded a solo album, Together (March 1972), and due to its success he disbanded the Youngbloods after their final album, High on a Ridge Top (November 1972). He returned to recording in 1987 with The Highway Is for Heroes on the short-lived Cypress Records label. He launched his own Ridgetop Music label, releasing Makin' It Real (October 1993), and followed with Swept Away (September 1994), Crazy Boy (1995), a compilation, and Sweetwater (June 1996), a live album. Meanwhile, he had acquired the rights to his Mercury, Warner Brothers, and Elektra albums and began to reissue them

Friday October 12, 2007
Jesse Colin Young and Friends
7pm doors
Tralf Music Hall
622 Main St.

Star 102 presents Jon McLaughlin
Tuesday October 30
Tickets for $10 including all charges
Buffalo, NY 09/06/07—Singer-Songwriter John McLaughlin will perform with his band at The Tralf in downtown Buffalo, NY on Tuesday October 30.

Born and raised in Anderson, IN, Jon McLaughlin (and all of his siblings) began taking classical piano lessons at an early age. Though he lost interest in it during high school, not helped by an accident that injured both wrists, during his senior year he realized how fully he could incorporate the instrument into the pop music he enjoyed more. McLaughlin decided to attend the local music college, where he studied piano and spent his free time writing songs, eventually winning a competition at the school that allowed him to release his self-titled debut in 2004.

The following year the EP Songs I Wrote and Later Recorded came out, and shortly after, McLaughlin was given the opportunity to audition for three major labels. One of them, Island, signed him, and in 2007 Indiana, an album that included re-recorded versions of two songs from his first effort, hit shelves. Later that year McLaughlin made an appearance singing a song in the movie Enchanted.Friday October 12, 2007

Tuesday, October 30
Jon McLaughlin with Special Guests
7pm doors
Tralf Music Hall
622 Main St.

Club Paradise Upcoming Concerts

Hope Everybody had a GREAT SUMMER! I just wish they were longer. Anyway we would like to make a concert announcement that Country Sensation CHRIS CAGLE will be appearing with Underground Stampede and Bareback Jack Saturday, November 3 at Club Paradise. Tickets go on sale Today and are available at The Club, any Tops Markets, or at our Box Office at the Clarion Lobby which is open 7/24. There is no surcharge if you go to the Club or the Clarion and they are limited so for only $20.00 don't wait! This Show will sell out! Any Questions feel free to call me at 716-648-4944
See you in Paradise, Jim

Jony James Blues Band Aug/Sept Newsletter

Hello blues buddies, we're back at ya with a much awaited up date on what's going on with the band.

When we left ya last month we were in the van headed for the Somerset County Jam Festivalin Starks, Maine. Our Saturday night show went well and the promoter treated us GREAT!! They had us back to kick off Sunday morning and played a 3 1/2 hour set. Thanks go out to Harry Brown's Organic Farm for having us and we look forward to playing for them next year you can check our myspace and find Harry Brown's myspace in our top friends for updates on there festivals.

The DOUBLE DRUMMER EXPERIMENT at the Tudor Lounge on Thursday nights are creating quite the buzz in the WNY area. GREAT NEWS !!!
THE DOUBLE DRUMMER EXPERIMENT is hitting the road and going out on a mini tour of Western NC. We'll be jammin' Sept. 20th in Blowing Rock, NC @ Canyons / Sept 21st in Slyva, NC @ Soul Infusion and the much awaited return to the famous Double Door Inn in Charlotte, NC on the 22nd of Sept. "Leave Your Hat On" as Joe Cocker would say ! North Carolina has never seen the Jony James Band with this type of power packed show!!

We'll return to the 2007 festival circuit this weekend with a stop @ the Red White And Blues Festival in Fredonia, NY @ the Ellicottville Brewery. Great jams and great BEER what a way to start the school year.

The last week of September finds us heading back out for the last southeastern leg of the Survival Tour for 2007. We'll be stoppin' in GA.,FL., AL., and Ten. Check the web site for details.

We would like to thank the Tudor crew that made the trip to Hammondsport, NY for our show at Heron Hill Winery. For those of you who missed that show we will be back there on Sunday Oct 7th @ 12:30PM.

Lookin ahead don't forget to get your tickets for our Dec show at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center. You can get them at

Vision Entertainment (OUR NEW PROMOTION & MARKETING PEOPLE) has contracted with Blues Revue Magazine to place a brand new unreleased song on the CD sampler to be released in Nov.. This new track by the Jony James Blues Band is titled
"It's Your Move"
Look for the CD sampler in your Dec/Jan issue of Blues Revue.

Hope to see you at a show!!!


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