Saturday, December 29, 2007

Jony James Blues Band Dec/Jan Newsletter

First off I have some sad news to pass along, Boom Boom's Father passed away peacefully a few weeks back .Our hearts and prayers go out to Boom and his family. Well it is hard to believe that another years is coming to an end, the band has had a good year and is looking forward to 2008. They are currently working on new tunes and hope to be in the studio soon.

Thanks to all that voted for us for the Buffalo Music Awards. The band took one Jony won "Best Blues Male Vocalist", Ed from Night Life Magazine presented it to Jony during our show at Milligans Pub on Dec. 12th. Since the band was playing the night of the awards, THANKS ED!!

The band stayed close to home in November and December with there normal stops at the Dinosaur BBQ's. We would like to thank the Gowanda Moose for having us for there Blues At The Moose Festival, it was a packed house we hope to come back some time. The Wednesday shows are going well at Milligans Pub and we are going to continue them into January, we start at 8PM for those of you who have to work can come out for a set. Also our Sunday Nights at the Tudor Lounge starts at 8PM, Thursdays we are still having Ted Reinhardt with the DOUBLE DRUMMER EXPERIMENT @ 9:30PM. There is no cover charge for the Tudor Lounge Thursdays and Sundays and also for Milligans, you can see a NATIONAL TOURING BAND every week for FREE!!!

If you missed the bands show in Wellsville, NY you missed a good one. The band was really on that night and the Wellsville Creative Arts Center is a treat for musicians and fans, check it out @ . Keep checking the bands tour dates for a return date in 2008 @ . You will have two chances to catch the band on New Years Eve with any early show at the Seneca Casino @ 4:30pm in Salamanca, NY and then they will kick in the NEW YEAR at the Tudor for a late set (maybe two sets). Magic The Freeek will start the night off at 9PM.

The band will start off 2008 with two nights at the Ellicottville Winter Blues Festival. Friday Jan 4th will be at the Double Diamond Bar & Grill @ 9:30PM and Saturday will be at the Ellicotville Brewery @ 10PM.

The first SURVIVAL TOUR is set for Febuary with stops in Maryville, TN / Mobile, AL (JOE CAIN WEEKEND) / Pensacola, FL with TIN FEET / 2 nights in Englewood, FL / Bradenton, FL/ and 2 nights in Albany, GA. Check the web sit or myspace for details, if we don't have a stop in your town have you local venue contact us or send me any email with venue info. Also don't forget to make your plans for the THUNDER BEACH MOTORCYCLE RALLY May 1-3 we will be at Pineapple Willy's in Panama City Beach, FL.

The band would like to thank our Familys and Fans for there support and a special thank you to Bill Close from Vision Entertainment / Greg Spencer from Blue Wave Records / Harty Wiedemann from Blues Boys Music we couldn't do it with out all of you!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR PEACE

BluesRoot Newsletter for January, 2008

Smile producin’. People pleasin’. Good time rock ‘n roll, rockabilly and blues.
BluesRoot Entertainment P.O. Box 501 Grand Island, NY 14072 (716) 631-2043 (866) 712-1091 fax
A personal note from the RootMaster
Happy New Year to everyone. I hope that 2008 brings you much joy, happiness, prosperity and good health. I also want to thank everyone for the support you’ve given BluesRoot once again in 2007. Your interest, words of encouragement, and attendance at our shows is truly appreciated. And, I want to express a special thanks to all of our show sponsors and partners. You make it possible to take the BluesRoot brand of Smile producin’. People pleasin’. Good time music. to all the great places where folks gather to have a good time. Thanks.

What a cool summer full of cool gigs!
Amusement parks, baseball parks, civic events, fund raisers, festivals and private parties all were home to “da Root” this past summer and we certainly enjoyed performing, but it was even more enjoyable meeting, and making, a whole lot of new friends in the process.

New look at
Take an online stroll over to the home of “da Root” and check out the new site. I’ve given the site more than a facelift and traffic has increased along with the new look. Will see about 250.000 folks drop by during 2007. But, I’m not done yet…a lot more interactive features
are on tap for 2008 to include: new podcasts (RootRadio), video to video live calling, video messenging, and some live BluesRoot vidcasts. Also will be revamping the clothing store with a new cool tee! Keep checking and tell your friends to stop at too.

New look at our other music websites too. is all about that turbulent era with the focus on the music of course. I’ve now loaded the site with great old videos of the early stars of rock ‘n roll, the ‘60’s greats, blues legends and BluesRoot. Each kind of music has its own video jukebox. In addition
there’s footage of old commercials, television shows and movies too. Of course there’s a lot more, but you’ve got to see it for yourself. This site pulled in over 620,000 visitors in 2007. will be changing into a full fledged site dedicated to helping musicians get seen and heard. That effort will get a boost from a new website that is still in development, Have developed a news contact (e mail
address) database of over 20,000 newspaper, broadcast and online journalists around both the US and Canada. Will offer low cost, instant news release distribution to about 8.000 for music (more for other businesses, since this is not just for the music biz.) Cost will be a few
cents per contact, saving folks hundreds or thousands of dollars in mailing alone! and have both seen handsome traffic increases matching the growing listenership on both streaming radio stations (BluesRoot Radio and BuffaloTraxRadio). You can access the stations right from the websites.

New BluesRoot originals are on the way.
In the midst of laying down scratch tracks and getting copyrights squared away from 13 new tunes that will appear on a new CD in 2008. Little more blues country feel to the new tunes.

2008 show schedule in the works
Getting anxious to start gigging! Lots of new material and more dates on the way. Once again we’ll be hitting some sporting events, fairs, festivals, community events and amusement parks. But, we still have a lot of time to play your fundraiser or special affair. Just email us at and we’ll go from there. We want to be your entertainment choice.

More flexible lineups coming in 2008

The core for BluesRoot will always be myself, the RootMaster, and lead guitar sidekick Art Borgeson, but I want to make sure we can meet your budget requirements around the country as well…since travel can get costly. So our material has been rearranged to fit Art and I as a duo. Art and I plus either a harp player or bass guitar player as a trio, or all of us a four piece. In addition, I have put together a legends of songwriter series to perform as a solo at more intimate gatherings, or in cases where a local backing band can play the Root tunes. So, now there’s no excuse. Duo, trio, four piece or solo…book BluesRoot at , or by calling (716) 631-2023

Friday, December 21, 2007

After Christmas and New Year's, It's Boring in Buffalo, But...

Buffalo, N.Y. (December 19, 2007) – After Christmas and New Year's are over, January can be pretty depressing in the city of Buffalo if we're being honest with ourselves. So why not grab the kids and come to the Salter's Christian Music Youth Music Camp Kick Off Rally? The rally will feature intense Gospel music from Nathan Salter, the rock band Relevant Worship, and the Youth Music Camp 2007 Percussion Class. The rally takes place on Saturday, January 5, 2008, from 4pm to 6:30pm, at the Hyatt Regency hotel, Two Fountain Plaza, in downtown Buffalo. Admission is free, and church youth groups, pastors, youth leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend.

According to spokesman Mark Weber, of, Salter's Christian Music Youth Music Camp is a life-changing experience.

“I was a volunteer camp staffer this past summer,” says Weber, “and it was the best week of my year. About two dozen talented young musicians and singers from Western New York got to learn more about performing and using their God-given gifts to bless people through classes, workshops, practices, and recitals at the camp. It was a lot of fun, too.”

This January's Youth Music Camp Kick Off Rally is intended to show newcomers a taste of what to expect at 2008's camp. For more information, call Salter's Christian Music at 716-882-1876.

Solé presents Djambossa, gypsy jazz and latin music.

Join us for Solé's NEW YEAR'S fiesta!


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 Famers, Kent Weber.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Book Signing for Local Author Sergio R. Rodriguez

Hello Everyone, I would like to take this opportunity to make the following announcements about The Little Santa Book Series: The Childhood Adventures of Santa Claus:

Here's a list of upcoming book signing and reading events by local Buffalo author Sergio R. Rodriguez:

12/15/07: CrossRoads Books 6010 Goodrich Rd - Clarence Center, NY from 10am-12pm on Saturday

12/16/07: Christmasville at the Lancaster Opera House - 21 Central Ave. Lancaster NY from 12:30-2:30pm

12/21/07: Tops Markets 425 Niagara Street. From Noon-4pm

12/22/07: McKinley Mall 3701 McKinley Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14219 All Day Event beginning at Noon. - 20% of proceeds will go towards charity.

12/23/07: Christmasville at the Lancaster Opera House - 21 Central Ave. Lancaster NY from 2pm-5pm

1/12/07: Borders 2015 Walden Avenue - Cheektowaga, NY 14225 - time: tba

Book the First: Little Santa & Snowboy is now available on using the following link :

Little Santa & Snowboy is also available locally (Buffalo and surrounding areas) at the following locations:


Talking Leaves... Books

Christmasville at The Lancaster Opera House

Rust Belt Books

The Christmas Shoppe

Queen City Bookstore

Crossroads Books

The Tree House Toy Store

The Second Reader Bookshop

Tops Niagara Street ...and more to come!________________________________________________________

For address, phones and updates to these locations, Visit: Little Santa & Snowboy are available personalized and signed at:

Book the Second: Little Santa & The Elf That Fixed His Shoes!
[ introducing Twelf the Elf ]
A tiny tale of epic proportions!

The Childhood Adventures of Santa Claus continue in a place called Tiny Village. Meet Twelf the Elf, an enthusiastic and dynamic new character whose infectious personality your hearts will embrace. Little Santa encounters the jolly Twelf the Elf while on his way to school. What happens next will leave you mesmerized, in a story that will warm your heart and capture your imagination. The key to Santa's Workshop will be discovered. Meanwhile, the Spirit of Saint Nicholas still lies within... will you find it?

Now in Production
Christmas 2008

Buffalo, NY - December 5th, 2007.Author Sergio R. Rodriguez is proud to donate 50 Little Santa & Snowboy books to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Sergio is a proud veteran of the U.S. Marines and served honorably for 5 years (1998-2003)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Adam Zadok Represents WNY in National Talent Search

Local Rocker Gaining National Attention

Adam Zadok advances to the semi-regional finals in FUSE TV's BODOG Battle of the Bands. Cleveland’s legendary House of Blues will host this national event on January 20, 2008. Entering the talent search in July, Zadok's EP, “State of the Union,” was picked from thousands of submissions nationwide by BODOG staffers.

After surviving 2 grueling rounds of performing live in front of 3 discriminating judges and by overwhelming die-hard Cleveland audiences, the band moves on to the semi-regional finals. “There’s some real talent out there,” says Adam, “I’m learning so much and I’ll definitely have to bring it all to the next round!”

BODOG's Battle of the Bands covers North America narrowing more than 4500 participants down to 10 unsigned bands vying for a $1 million recording contract with the company. Bands representing Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland will also be competing at the semi-regional event.

Friday, December 07, 2007

The Forming's Upcoming Schedule

Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 6pm-10pm
Club 101
Seneca Niagara Casino
Rock - No Cover Charge

Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 7pm-10pm
4823 Saunders Settlement Rd
Nia. Falls – 297-9016
Christmas Party – Open to the Public
Rock - No Cover Charge

Friday, December 21, 2007 - 10pm-2am
3864 Abbott Rd.,
Orchard Park – 648-9017
Rock - No Cover Charge

Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 10pm-2am
616 West Ave.
Lockport – 434-5328
Rock - No Cover Charge

Monday, December 03, 2007

May 2008: Arthur the Aardvark Is Coming to Artpark!

Stage Version of Emmy-Winning Children’s Series Hits Artpark May 14! (Lewiston, NY) Arthur LIVE!, the delightful, critically-acclaimed stage version of Marc Brown’s six-time Emmy Award-winning PBS series, is hitting the Artpark stage for a pair of musical adventures (10:30am and 7pm) on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Tickets to join Arthur, Buster, D.W. and the entire gang from Elwood City are only $7 (or $6 before January 15) for the field-trip friendly morning show, while entrance to the evening family performance is $14-$19 for adults and $9-$14 for children 12 and under. Arthur LIVE! is suitable for children in grades K-6. A performance-related study guide is available for educators looking to complete this truly unique enlightening and entertaining experience.

Featuring a dozen original songs -- including ”Good and Ready,” “The Loose Tooth Wiggle” and "T-Rex Rocks," Arthur LIVE! keeps the audience engaged and tapping their toes. The show includes our favorite cast of characters: the lovable, intrepid Arthur, his feisty sister D.W., his good buddies Buster and Brain, his nemesis Francine – and new stars including the warm, wise and wacky Tooth Fairy. An innovative, page-turning pop-up storybook set and special-effects move the story through Elwood City, Arthur’s House, Mr. Ratburn’s Classroom, the Dentist Office and the Dinosaur Museum.

Arthur LIVE! stresses the values of teamwork, learning and the joys of being a kid. In this musical adventure, D.W. is jealous when her big brother Arthur loses a tooth and gets a visit from the Tooth Fairy. Arthur explains that the Tooth Fairy comes only when you lose a tooth and put it under your pillow at night, so D.W. dreams up some hilarious (but unsuccessful) plans to trick the Tooth Fairy into coming. Finally, Arthur decides to reward D.W.'s efforts by helping the Tooth Fairy.

For more than 30 years, children have enjoyed reading Arthur Adventure™, the award-winning book series by Marc Brown that has sold more than 60 million books worldwide. PBS TV began airing the Arthur television series just over a decade ago, and it continues to be one of the top children’s shows, as merited by winning a Peabody and five Emmy Awards. Now children and their families can enjoy Arthur LIVE! as everyone’s favorite aardvark comes to life to celebrate over three decades of educating and entertaining young children.

Arthur and his friends from Elwood city are some of the most trusted and recognizable children's characters ever. Many companies and organizations have chosen Arthur and his friends for promotions that capitalize on Arthur's broad appeal with kids and respect with parents. Promotional Partners include Juicy Juice, Daimler-Chrysler, Marriott Resorts and Barnes & Noble.

To order tickets and / or request an informational brochure, please call the Artpark Box Office at (716) 754-4375 x239 or visit To learn more about Arthur and experience a host of interactive online activities, visit

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Alternative Brews December Calendar

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