Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Think Twice Radio/Bflo Music Hall of Fame/The Historic Colored Musicians Club Presents

An Evening With
Lenny Revell -
McCarthyizm -
Scott Celani -
Saturday June 14, 2008
6:30pm doors/show 7:30pm 21+
$10 presale, $15 day of show
Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone 852-5000, or BUY NOW! / /

This performance is in support of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and the Historic Colored Musicians Club. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to each organization to keep the music and media alive and archived. ~ Musicians Supporting Music ~
Susan Marie
This will be my last show, lets make it a good one.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

AN EVENING OF SINATRA! and Swingin’ Jazz

featuring Rob Falgiano and Dee Adams with The Funny Valentines

8166 Main St., Williamsville, NY

7pm Doors / 8pm Show / 18+
$10 presale / $13 day of show

Tickets available at all locations, charge by phone 888-223-6000, and online at

Buffalo's own award winning vocalists Rob Falgiano and Dee Adams and their jazz combo The Funny Valentines invite you to the 2nd annual “An Evening of Sinatra” – a night of listening and dancing to the most popular hits of "The Voice" and classic America jazz standards. Hits include "New York, NY", "My Way", "My Funny Valentine", "Summertime", "That's Life", " I've Got You Under My Skin", " Autumn Leaves", "God Bless The Child", " Summer Wind", "Fly Me to the Moon", "Georgia on My Mind", "Fever", "The Lady is a Tramp", "The Way You Look Tonight", and many more!

With over 250 million records sold worldwide, Sinatra and his music remain hugely popular more than 70 years after his first recordings. (Note: there is a dedicated dance floor for this performance.) / /

Monday, April 21, 2008


Buffalo, NY—The 2008 installment of Mamapalooza: Moms Rock More Than Just The Cradle! will be held on Friday, 5/9 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Clifton Hall, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Admission is free; for more information or to become a volunteer, visit local Mamapalooza coordinator Annette Daniels Taylor’s websites, or, or contact Just Buffalo Literary Center at 832.5400 or by visiting

Moms across the country are preparing for the only festival created to celebrate Moms Who Rock! The festival started seven years ago with ten bands on one night in Manhattan. Mamapalooza is now celebrating its 7th anniversary with over 300 acts in 20 cities worldwide. Brought to Buffalo by its local coordinator Annette Daniels Taylor, this will be Buffalo’s 3rd year. The artists participating include Annette Daniels Taylor, Noa Bursie, Kilissa Cissoko, Wise Mecca, Daughters of Creative Sound, Barbara Levy Daniels, Jennifer Elinge, Folkloric Productions, The Beat Chicks, Linda M., Belly Dance with Faaria, Vonnetta T. Rhodes, Verniece Turner, and Lilliangina Quinones. Mamapalooza is a comprehensive professional group of musicians, performers, artists, comics, writers and athletes with a proven track record of sold out shows and critical acclaim. Mamapalooza aspires to empower women through performance and merchandising opportunities.

Just Buffalo is proud to present Mamapalooza: Moms Rock More Than Just The Cradle! as part of its ongoing Interdisciplinary Performance Series, Where Words And Music Meet, with special sponsorship support from The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Buffalo News Gusto, and Down In My Soul Productions. In addition, this performance is made possible by audience support & public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

The artists taking part in this year’s Mamapalooza range from mothers of one to grandmothers to performance troupes with astounding numbers of mothers and children. The event is spearheaded locally by Annette Daniels Taylor, a mother of four, who states, “We came to Buffalo for a better quality of life and snow? It made me tougher!” To Rodney Taylor, her husband, she notes, “I want to say Thank You to him and the kids for putting up with me during Pre-Mamapalooza!” Her own mom Cora Lee, grandmothers Cilla Mae & Eunice and great grandmother Reatha, along with her own kids have been her biggest inspirations.

Noa Bursie, a mother of one, is Buffalo born and bred, the youngest of nine, and is fond of recalling stories her mother told about her grandfather traveling through the South in the 1930’s & 40’s playing and living the blues. And Bursie, like her grandfather, taught herself guitar! For more information, visit

Kilissa Cissoko, another mother of one, explains, "When my son was three I started writing again! When he was five I got myself back out there performing. Now that he's seven—band rehearsals in the living room are a regular part of life. Maybe I don’t vacuum so often—but we have the joy of music!" Cissoko started out as an indie artist with her acoustic/original duo The Jazzabels —which was notably the opening band for Ani DiFranco's FIRST tape release party! In the 90's the duo produced three indie releases and toured the USA and abroad, including: Kerrville Folk Festival (Texas), NxNE (Toronto), The Bitter End (NYC), CBGB Lounge (NYC), Club Passim (Boston), The Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago), Skippers (Tampa)...and more.

After a hiatus for motherhood Cissoko has happily returned to writing and performing as a solo artist. In 2006 she formed a back-up band (aka Bloodthirsty Vegans) and quickly racked up regional shows in her hometown Buffalo at the Mamapalooza Festival, the Elmwood Festival of the Arts and Nietzsche's Nightclub. This fall she is giving monthly performances at Madame Mocha's Espresso Pub (solo) and Dance Alive! (full band). She's currently working on a new CD. Go to her websites for more information: or

Wise Mecca, mother of one, is a talented lyricist with the ability to perform over any musical genre. Although she describes herself as a chameleon this does not dispute her originality through her style and lyrics. Speaking from real experience, emotions erupt from her every word enticing the listener to understand her pain, joy and essence of life. Fellow musician Stan Draper states “…weaving between stunning personal honesty and social commentary. This says volumes of her voice, which can only speak for itself…beautiful sound, and (she) definitely knows how to play word games… she can hang with the roughest of rappers, but can also sing like they can’t.” For more information, go to

Daughters of Creative Sound, Karima Amin, Grace Turner, Sharon Holley, Fu’labi Miller, Denise Chapman, Yvonne Harris, Sandra Bush and Gail Crawford, are the self-proclaimed “spirit-led” mothers of 21children all together! Daughters of Creative Sound is “nine women of African descent expressing ourselves through vocal, visual, and percussive avenues. The DAUGHTERS' objective is the healing of the female mind, body, and spirit through the arts. Our performances speak to Spirit and speak through Spirit via instrumental and vocal music, storytelling, and movement that touch the soul. Although women and girls seem to be most inspired by the work of DAUGHTERS, all people who witness the group’s presence and energy are moved by the women’s ability to entertain, inspire, uplift, and educate,” according to their website, The group consists of storytellers, dancers, singers, and percussionists whose diversity of talents lends itself to a broad-based level of creative expression, and they received the "Women of the Arts" award from "Preventionfocus/Womanfocus" in 2005. Their recordings are available at

Barbara Levy Daniels, a mother of one, was signed with ABC Paramount Company in New York City in 1959 at age 13 and wowed Ray Charles, who told Paramount to sign her immediately. The release of her first CD, “They’re Writing Songs of Love…” celebrated her return to professional performance in 1998. She has been back in full swing ever since! Please visit for more information.
Jennifer Elinge says of her involvement in both motherhood and writing: “I am a full-time working mother of two children: an eight-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter. In between soccer and laundry, I try to find time to write poetry.”
Folkloric Productions Dance Co. is a not-for-profit cultural organization that has been providing artistic services to the WNY area for over ten years, including ongoing classes for children & adults, community outreach programs, and school programs. These performers consist of mothers to a total of five children. More information is available at their website,

The Beatchicks are all about humor with rhythm, and describe their work by explaining, “Our songs reflect the funny side of the she-human condition. We’ve been performing together for over two years, debuting at Mamapalooza 2006!” Together they have one child and a grandchild due just in time for this year’s Mamapalooza celebrations.

Linda M.’s journey has taken her from international performer to award winning songwriter over the last 7 years. She has licensed her music to the hit TV show Dawson’s Creek, performed side stage for Lyle Lovett at the Molson Amphitheater and is currently signed to LA’s Jay Warner, for Music Publishing. She is the mother of one, and has two websites to visit for more information: and

Belly Dance with Faaria is led by a mother to three; Faaria is a Belly Dance Performer and Teacher in the Buffalo and WNY area. She performs for large and small events. Belly Dance with Faaria offers classes and performance opportunities for women and teens. Go to for more details.

Vonetta T. Rhodes, another mother of one, credits her “Mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and many other facets of womanhood…” for contributing to her creative output, and proposes she is “a vessel and vehicle of poetry to tell stories, raise consciousness, empower spirits, and touch lives.”

Verneice Turner, mother of one, is a troubadour who believes it is for her to share her thoughts on the power to empower (bless) others and herself, through the art of poetry. She has recorded a CD titled “Poetry in Black and White” with poet Cliff Bernier and performs from time to time with bassist Odell Northington. Her motto,“The Divine purpose that Life is meant to be enjoyed and empowering,” certainly speaks to the mission of Mamapalooza.

Lilliangina Quinones is skillfully juggling motherhood, marriage, healing, teaching, theater, and music while finishing a Ph.D. Lilliangina is a holistic healer, Spanish teacher, theater/music teaching artist, dancer, singer, actress, and musician as well as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and praise leader for her church, Elim Baptist, and is a mother of three.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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Monday, April 14, 2008


WÜNDERLAND: It was just supposed to be a one-off reunion, but is now the resumption of the band! Formed in 1990, Mach IV of Wünderland features Ric Stave on Bass/Keyboards, Michael McGuire on Vocals, Dan Vanderzyden on Drums and Garrett Lechowski on Guitar. You couldn’t go out on a weekend night in 1992-1993 without finding these guys playing somewhere in Buffalo. Their credentials include performing in the 1992 Buffalo version of THE WHO’S TOMMY at the Pfeiffer Theatre. Additionally, the band/members have racked up a total of TEN Buffalo Music Awards over the years, including Michael McGuire in the Best Male Rock Vocalist Category (1997) and 7 TOP ROCK BAND awards. Performing a tribute to the era of PINK FLOYD, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Queen & Genesis, here's your chance to see one of only a handful of shows Wunderland will play this year. If you saw the reunion shows last year, you'll be surprised to see a completely different setlist.

Ric Stave - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Michael McGuire - Vocals, Other Instruments as indicated
Dan Vanderzyden - Drums
Garrett Lechowski - Guitar, Vocals

When: FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008 @ 10PM
2094 George Urban Blvd
Depew, New York 14043

To see the band in action:

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