Wednesday, January 30, 2008

"A Black Tie for Black History" Extravaganza

Station AM1400 will be hosting "A Black Tie for Black History" Extravaganza to benefit The Juneteenth Festival, Inc. It will be held on Friday, February 29th from 7:00PM - 11:00PM at the Stillwater Restaurant. They will be honoring Dr. Barbara Nevergold, Dr. Peggy Bertram and Dr. Wesley Hicks. Tickets are $20 and available at The Stillwater Restaurant 481 Delaware and at Doris Records 286 E. Ferry.

Entertainment includes:
The Rodney Appleby Band, fur fashion show from Macy's Fur Vault and amen fashion showcase from Marcell's by Chayban

Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday, January 25, 6 - 9:30 p.m.
The Fibs (Tom, Jim & Jim) warm up this wintry week with a reggae jam featuring very special guest Neville Francis!
248 Allen Street, Buffalo 886-8539

What's coming up:

Thursday, January 31st, 8 - 11 p.m.
The All Hank Band
Sportsmen's Tavern, Buffalo NY

Friday, February 1, 8 p.m.
The Fibs
The Blue Lantern, Elma NY

Tuesday, February 5, Mardi Gras!
Mumbo Gumbo 7 - 11 p.m.
3260 Main Street, Buffalo NY

Thursday, February 7, 9:30 p.m.
The All Hank Band,
Allen Street Hardware, Buffalo NY

Saturday, February 9, 9 p.m.
8th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Celebration!
Neville Francis & the Riddim Posse plus
The Dreadbeats featuring Tom Fenton
248 Allen Street, Buffalo 886-8539

The Screening Room Movie Schedule

Featuring a selection of independent, classic, cult and foreign movies in a unique cafe setting. Serving Beer and Wine.
Northtown Plaza Business Center (Formerly the Century Mall)
Located behind Key Bank - facing North Bailey
3131 Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY 14226
REGULAR ADMISSION......$4.50STAY FOR TWO FEATURES....$5.50 FIRST RUN & SPECIAL SERIES......price varies. Although normally not necessary ,reservations are accepted by e-mail (at least one day before) or by phone, 837-0376. Reservations will be held until about 10 minutes before show time. Our movie schedule is available at, as well as in ARTVOICE, THE BEE NEWSPAPERS and THE BUFFALO NEWS (Friday, listed under "screenings"

Valentine's Day Screenings
Showing at 4:45PM, 7:00PM & 9:15PM

Movie Synopsis

THE LODGER 1944. 84min Not Rated Directed by JOHN BRAHM
John Brahm's irresistibly unnerving and riveting thriller about Jack the Ripper. Not long after a mysterious young medical student rents a flat in the heart of London's Whitechapel district, a series of murders begins. First time showing at The Screening Room.
FRI JAN 25th, SAT JAN 26th & FRI FEB 1st at 7:15PM

THE STRANGER 1946. 95min Not Rated Directed by ORSON WELLES
Top notch thriller about a Nazi war criminal who assumes a new identity in a small New England town. First time showing at The Screening Room.
FRI JAN 25th, SAT JAN 26th & FRI FEB 1st at 9:00PM

CASABLANCA 1943. 103min Not Rated (PG equiv) Directed by MICHAEL CURTIZ
Our annual Valentines Day screenings. Widely considered by both audiences and critics as one of the *greatest films of all time. HUMPHREY BOGART and INGRID BERGMAN light up the screen as Rick and Ilsa, two former lovers briefly reunited *amidst the chaos of war. A MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!!
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14th at 4:45PM, 7:00PM & 9:15PM
Reservations are now being accepted.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 1971. 137min Rated R Directed by STANLEY KUBRICK
One of our most requested movies returns to The Screening Room for our first showing in over ten years. STANLEY KUBRICK'S controversial and harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE remains a truly surreal and disturbing viewing experience, and is not *for the squeamish. COMING SOON _______________________________________________

Monday, January 21, 2008

Lakeside Blues Band News

- A Look Back- Lakeside Blues Band Upcoming Gigs
- Lakeside Blues Duo Upcoming Gigs
- Having a Party or Event?

A Look Back

Well, they're still talking about the Customer Appreciation Night at the Wilson House Inn (300 Lake Street Wilson, NY 14172 716-751-9888) nearly two weeks ago. What a great time ! Last Thursday Night, it was a surprise performance for 3/4 of the Lakeside Blues Band at the Crowne Plaza Hotel's Old Falls Grille (300 Third Street Niagara Falls, NY). The band played to an appreciative crowd where return dates have already been discussed. Another outstanding night. Friday & Saturday night the guys were off but Tom Keefer went to the Buffalo Bandits game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo on Saturday night. As most of you know, he was equipment manager with the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League. Click here to see him. This was their 1996 Championship year. He's on the top row next to Darris Kilgour.Ask Tom to show you his Championship ring sometime. Now, let's take a look at what's ahead..........

Lakeside Blues Band Upcoming Gigs

Friday January 25th Lochside Celtic Band will be performing at the Amherst Museum (3755 Tonawanda Creek Road Amherst, NY 14228 716-689-1440) for the Robert Burns Dinner with many other performers. Tickets are $35.00 for this great event. For more information, contact Eric Samulski by email or phone, 716-689-1440. Friday February 8th 7:30 PM the band is at the 2008 Cystic Fibrosis Breath Of Life Gala at Salvatore's Italian Gardens Depew, NY. Please call (716) 686-9400 for information attending this great event. Alright Canadian fans....Saturday February 9th 10:30 PM catch the band once again, back by popular demand at the Butler Sports Bar (284 Mary Street Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 CANADA 905-468-0049). You won't want to miss this one folks. Watch for MORE Lochside Celtic Band performances coming soon!

Lakeside Blues Duo Upcoming Gigs

For something really special, join us back again at the Wilson House Inn on Saturday January 26th at 7:30 PM as the Lakeside Jazz Trio will perform with Tom Keefer on upright bass, Norman Bock on guitar and Stan Tryninewski on drums.The Jazz Trio will also perform Saturday February 2nd 6:00 PM for the Silent Auction at 2008 Buffalo Heart Ball Gala at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Buffalo New York. For information on attending this event, please call (716) 564-1100. Watch for Lochside Celtic Duo performances coming soon!

Having a Party or Event?

Keep the Lakeside Blues Band or Lakeside Blues Duo in mind for your upcoming event! Whether it's a backyard get-together or a company holiday party, whatever, make it memorable by having the Lakeside Blues Band or Lakeside Blues Duo a part of it. Concert Sound and Lighting rentals are also available.For booking information, call (716) 751-6980 (evening/weekend) or go to:

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Fiery Furnaces at The Tralf Music Hall

January 22nd 2008
The Tralf Music Hall
W/ Red Tag Rummage Sale
7PM Doors - 8PM Show
$12/14 Day of Show
Tickets at New World Records, Ticketmaster, Tralf Box Office


When this year’s Grammy nominations were announced, Buffalo’s Anthony Casuccio was very pleased. Two albums that he was involved in the production of were nominated: Louisiana - A Pianist’s Journey, Kenneth Boulton (Cambria Master Recordings) was nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra), and 30 Songs of the Russian People, Joseph Banowetz and Alton Chung Ming Chan (Toccata Classics) was nominated for Best Chamber Music. Casuccio mastered both of these albums, which were produced by the famed team of Victor and Marina Ledin, and with whom Casuccio has done many projects; “mastering” is the final stage of the recording process, where the final polish is added.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Casuccio has held a number of high-profile positions in the music industry and has been widely sought after for his highly-trained technical ear during his 15 years in the industry.

After graduating from Fredonia State University in 1991, he was recruited by Reader’s Digest, in partnership with BMG, to join their record label in New York City as a producer. During his 9 years there, he worked with several major record labels, remixing and remastering over 400 albums of world-renowned artists such as Tony Bennett, Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstandt, Glenn Miller, and Johnny Cash.

He then joined the Sony Music Company in San Francisco, California to lead its audio production department. For the next 2 years, he engineered and produced live music mixes for Sony’s Music Backstage show, which featured major artists such as Lifehouse, Kasey Chambers, and Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club). Also, while in San Francisco, he sat on the Board of Governors for the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, being elected to the office of 2nd Vice President.

Returning to Buffalo in 2004, Casuccio founded Xtream Audio Mastering; among his clients is fellow Buffalonian Robby Takac’s (Goo Goo Dolls) Good Charamel Records label. He teaches Recording Technology at Villa Maria College, as well as being a frequent guest speaker for Takac’s nonprofit Music In Action organization. Locally, he currently serves as Vice President of the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame, and nationally, he has remained very active within the Grammy organization.

Casuccio’s work has been featured in Mix Magazine, Billboard Magazine, The New York Times, Gramophone, and International Piano. He mastered the 2005 Grammy-nominated Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) Night Breeze, Sarah Schuster Ericsson (Cambria Master Recordings), as well as To Call My Own, Barton (Netsphere), the artist’s 3rd Top 40 hit and a featured break-out single in the Billboard Dance Charts, breaking into the top 20.

The Grammy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2008.

Willie Nile and the Brothers Band

JANUARY 1st 2008 (BUFFALO,NY)…..The BACK II BACK Entertainment Group in conjunction with 107.7 The LAKE proudly present 2 WESTERN NEW YORK Icons converging for one very special evening of music on Saturday February 23rd. The fabled LAYFAYETTE TAP ROOM, haven to numerous local and national acts over the last two decades welcomes WILLIE NILE and the BROTHERS BAND. The accomplished BUFFALO native has been cruising the tour circuit on the strength of the critically acclaimed 2006 release of the “STREETS OF NEW YORK. Both BONO and LOU REED have called it a “GREAT ALBUM!!!”. Opening the 107.7 LAKE CD release party will be the SCOTT CELANI BAND. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Music is Art Foundation. Tickets are $10.77 and can be purchased at, All Tops locations, and at the LAYFAYETTE TAP ROOM located at 391 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo. Don’t miss out the “Joint will be Jumping”.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Holly Cole Performing at Tralf Music Hall, Friday January 25

Buffalo, NY01/10/08— Canadian vocalist Holly Cole will be performingat the Tralf Music Hall, in downtown Buffalo, NY, on Friday, January25, 2008.

Canadian vocalist Holly Cole isn't one of those artists who falls into any one category. Her smoky voice is sultry, yet she's ironicallyhumorous and candid while reshaping traditional standards and popclassics. In 1983, Cole left Halifax for Toronto in search of amusical start. She gigged in and around the Queen Street music scene. Within two years, she formed the Holly Cole Trio with bassist DavidPiltch and pianist Aaron Davis. They spent the next year crafting awarm jazz minimalist style. Alert Music's Tom Berry was taken by thetrio's sharp presentation and offered the Holly Cole Trio a deal in1989. Their debut, Girl Talk, was released in 1990. Two years later,they landed a contract with Blue Note's Manhattan imprint and issued the sensual Blame It on My Youth. It went on to sell 200,000 copiesworldwide while also earning high praise in Japan. Nearly 500 copieswere sold a day!

The Holly Cole Trio was experimenting with pop elements by the time they recorded their 1993 effort Don't Smoke in Bed. This particularrecord was more tangible and glossy compared to Cole's earlier work,allowing Cole to become one of Canada's musical darlings. The trio's rendition of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" became a crossoverhit and highlighted the group's changing direction. The edgy andunpredictable Temptation appeared in 1995. Cole's choice to cover classics by gravelly crooner Tom Waits was ambitious, the formulaworked, and she reworked material by Joni Mitchell, Mary MargaretO'Hara, and the Beatles for Dark Dear Heart. She released her first holiday-themed album, Baby, It's Cold Outside, in 2001, but returnedto her eclectic style with Shade in 2003 and Holly Cole in 2007.

Friday, January 25, 2008
Holly Cole
7pm doors
Tralf Music Hall
622 Main St.
Buffalo, NY

Tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, , charge by phone716-852-5000 and the Tralf Box Office.

Monday, January 07, 2008



Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center is pleased to announce Where Words & Music Meet: Multiple Shades of Blue, an interdisciplinary event featuring poetry and Blues music by LaShaun phoenix Moore, N’Tare Ali Gault, and the Shorty Long Blues Band on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. at Tupper. Tickets are $5 general, $3 students/seniors, and $2 for Just Buffalo members, available at the door.

According to the series’ emcee, local poet and singer Joyce Carolyn, this is an opportunity to “shake off, regroup, get in touch with your inner self, relax, laugh, cry, enjoy the very best of the spoken word and down home music.” She cites one song’s lyrics as the impetus behind Multiple Shades of Blue: “Some Blues are sad . . . but then some are glad. Dark and sad or bright and glad, we’re all Blues, all shades, all hues, all Blues.”

LaShaun phoenix Moore, a performance poet, vocalist and activist, hails from Detroit, Michigan. Her work calls upon African Americans and their cultural, spiritual, and sexual awareness; she has performed for eleven years, both in the US and internationally. Moore states, “Singing and writing are the vehicles by which I connect to the soul of the listener, penetrating their heart and mind with rich vocals and words alive with significance.” Her book, Absence of Smoke & Mirrors, is forthcoming and features a foreword by former Essence Magazine features editor and noted author/activist asha bandele. She also has two chapbooks, Mind Jewels and Interlude to the Daydream, a compact disc It Was Probably Intentional, and works in both the Beachland Ballroom Anthology and My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions From Black Daughters to Their Fathers.

N’Tare Ali Gault is a slam poet, an award winning actor, playwright and director of many theatrical productions. He’s the founder, editor, publisher and CEO of Njozi Magazine, an Urban Arts publication located in the Western New York area. Gault has been producing artistic events since 1994 and has worked with many artists of all disciplines in that time. Since 2000, Gault has been sponsoring the “Njozi Poetry Slam” series in the Western New York area.

The Shorty Long Blues Band is comprised of members of the Buffalo Blues Society.Where Words & Music Meet: Multiple Shades of Blue is sponsored by the New York State Council for the Arts – Special Arts Services.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Artpark Announces Auditions for 2008 Theater Season!

Local Auditions for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ To Be Held February 1-2

(Lewiston, NY) Artpark & Company, Inc. is pleased to announce its audition schedule for their upcoming Mainstage Theater production of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Local auditions will be held on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2. Singers, dancers, and actors AGE 18 and older of all ethnicities are being sought. There is also a need for male actors in the 9-12 year old age range who are 5-feet tall or shorter and whose voices have not yet changed. Finally, a strong female or male gymnast, age 16 or older and with the ability to tumble without a mat, is sought to play the role of Carpet.

An accompanist will be provided at all auditions. Candidates should bring sheet music, resume and photo. An appointment is MANDATORY to audition. To schedule, please call (716) 754-9000 ext. 242 between 9:00am and 11:30am on the mornings of January 29-31.

About Artpark & Company
Since 1997, Artpark & Company has operated The Earl W. Brydges Artpark under a license agreement with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Over the past decade, Artpark’s attendance has virtually tripled thanks to a well-rounded schedule of summer programs including musical and dance productions, big band shows, jazz performances, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tuesday and Wednesday night free concerts, and an abundance of children’s camps and other interactive art activities. The park also features several sites of historical significance, such as the Hopewellian Indian Burial Mound, remnants of the Oak Hill Mansion and the original location of Joncaire’s trading post.

The Penderecki String Quartet on stage at Brock University

There are musicians who entertain, and then there are musicians who use the stage as a canvas for their art — the Penderecki String Quartet is such an ensemble. Performing on stage at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., the quartet will delight audiences with its superb musicianship in a performance of Haydn's String Quartet Op. 77, No. 2; Mendelssohn's Op. 44, No.1, and Beethoven's Op. 74.

Performing internationally year-round, the Penderecki Quartet is one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of its generation. Each musician brings his or her individual yet collective experience to each performancethat demonstrates a “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep,” Globe and Mail.

Formed in Poland in 1986, the Penderecki String Quartet was named for Polish composer Krysztof Penderecki. The foursome's performing schedule includes appearances at the Wieczory Arsenale Festival, Poland; Is Arti Festival, Lithuania; Rive-Gauche Concerti, Italy; Festival Internacional de Música, Venezuela; Casalmaggiore Festival, Italy; Musicarama Festival, Hong Kong; the Shanghai International Arts Festival. The quartet performs coast to coast at some of Canada's foremost concert venues, such as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, Festival Vancouver and Music Toronto.

The quartet’s large discography includes more than 20 recordings, including the chamber music repertoire of Johannes Brahms on both the Marquis and Electra labels, as well as a new release of the six Bela Bartok quartets under the auspices of Chamber Music in Napa Valley. The quartet has also recorded discs for CBC, CMC, EMI, United, and Artifact labels among others. Visit the Penderecki String Quartet website at

Such programs from the Department of Music are a key part of the School of Fine and Performing Arts' mandate to connect the community with the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.

Join us for an evening of fine chamber music. Tickets are $28.50 adults, $22.50 students and seniors, and are available at the Centre for the Arts Box Office, 905-688-5550, ext. 3257. The Department of Music isproud 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 aboutthe eyeGO program.

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