Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Sportsmen’s Tavern is proud to announce the following “Private Party Series” shows:

Sun. Aug. 17th - John Cowan Band @ 4:00PM - $25.00 -
Wed. Aug. 20th - Jimmy Calire & The Project @ 8:00PM - $10.00 -
Wed. Aug. 27th - Tom Hambridge @ 8:00PM - $20.00 -
Wed. Sept. 17th - founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen @ 8:00PM - $20.00 -
Tues. Sept. 23rd - Gurf Morlix @ 7:30PM - $10.00 -
Wed. Sept. 24th & 25th - Country Rock Legends, Poco @ 8:00PM - $50.00
Mon. Sept. 29th - Maria Muldaur @ 8:00PM - $20.00 -
Sun. Nov. 30th - Professor Louis & The Cromatix @ 4:00PM - $15.00

Fri Aug. 1st - The Steam Donkeys @ 5:30-8:30PM - Happy Hour - - Sneaky Pete featuring Pete Howard @ 9:30PM
Sat. Aug. 2nd - John & Mary & The Valkyries @ 9:30PM -
Sun. Aug. 3rd - Hellbound Glory from Reno NV @ 5:00PM -

Outlaw country is alive and kickin'! Just listen to the raw country twang of Hellbound Glory and you will feel like you're rubbing elbows with the likes of Merle, Waylon, David Allen Coe and Hank III. The band formed in 2004 and has since played with such notable acts as David Allen Coe, Jessie Colter, Junior Brown and Wayne Hancock. Hailing from Reno, NV Hellbound Glory is shakin' things up in honky-tonks and dive bars bringing the gospel of scumbag country to any who will listen as they roll through town after town.

Mon. 8/4, 11, 18, 25 - Open Mic w/ Dee Adams @ 9:00PM -
Tues. 8/5,12, 19, 26 - The Insiders featuring John Culliton Mahoney
Thurs. 8/7 - Gretchen Schultz & The Morvels @ 8:30PM
Fri. 8/8 - The Insiders featuring John Culliton Mahoney @ 9:30PM
Sat. 8/9 - Royal Tease @ 9:30PM
Wed. 8/13 - The John Noto Quintet @ 8:00PM -
Fri. 8/15 - Stone Country @ 9:30PM
Sat. 8/16 - Flatbed & All Hank Band @ 9:30PM -
Sun. 8/17 - Private Party Series show w/The John Cowan Band @ 4:00PM - $25.00 - Give a listen to the John Cowan Band live @ the Sportsmen's Tavern
Wed. 8/20 - Private Party Series show w/ The Project featuring Jimmy Calire @ 8:00PM - $10.00 -

Jimmy Calire
Musician, Composer, Arranger & Teacher, Piano, Hammond B3, Saxophones

Jimmy Calire has had an extraordinary and versatile career. In the late 60’s he was a member and principal writer of the legendary “Raven” a Buffalo, New York based band that went on to become a favorite of musicians all around the country.

Playing keyboards and saxophone, he toured world wide for several years with the group “America”. Jimmy, his wife Donna and three young sons moved to Ojai, California in the late 70’s.

He studied composition and arranging with his mentor, Leroy Holmes, who was renowned as an arranger for Harry James, Della Reese, and as a founder of Everest Records.

Jimmy has recently worked as musical director for the Ojai Art Center, and has received rave reviews for his work in several productions including “My Fair Lady”, “Guys & Dolls”, “Big River”, and “Beggars, The Musical”, which featured his original songs and played to packed houses.

He has served as band leader and arranger for the Bowlful of Blues All Star house band, backing many of the headliners who appear there.

In 2003 Jimmy was named a “Living Treasure” by Ojai Rotary Club.

A musician’s musician, Jimmy is at home playing or writing in all styles from tough roadhouse shuffling and Boogie Woogie to string quartets and straight ahead jazz.
He is equally at home in piano trios Hammond B3 groups, guitar based blues bands, Orchestra, Big Bands or solo. His unique voice is evident in any setting. Raven (almost famous) going over the set list prior to the big gig

Thurs. 8/21 The Hillbilly Hellcats rockabilly from Denver CO. @ 8:00PM -

The life and sounds of the new millennium come crashing into those of the fifties in the songs of this modern rockabilly trio. Coming from a state known for its tie-dyed bands, Colorado's Hillbilly Hellcats tell stories of skateboards and hippies, as well as white trash, whiskey and trailer parks. Both of the bands CD releases have received extensive college airplay, charting for weeks in the College Music Journal's lists. The disks both feature the guest drumming of Taz Bentley, known for his playing on the first three Reverend Horton Heat albums.

Take one part Reverend Horton Heat, one part Southern Culture on the Skids, one part Stray Cats, one part Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps and one part Dick Dale, put it all in a tall dirty glass and add a few shots of Everclear, then swallow The Hillbilly Hellcats if you dare. The Hellcats' chops and energy levels rival - and in some cases best - the sum of their influences.

Where the majority of rockabilly acts are simply nostalgia merchants, The Hillbilly Hellcats, fronted by Chuck Hughes, do something more: they write songs that use vintage elements to touch on contemporary topics. Better yet, the combo's awesome riffing and pedal-to-the-metal rhythm section inspire rockers and swingers alike to shake their tail feathers.

Guitarist Chuck Hughes and bassist Lance Romance formed the band in 1994, after previously playing rockabilly standards together. They also write all of the band's material. Building on these influences, along with all the other music that has come since the rockabilly heyday of the 50's, the band has created a sound that is a "well rounded mix of rockabilly, swing, bluegrass and a bit of punk". Many songs in MP3 format are available from the band's website.

The Hillbilly Hellcats are:
Chuck Hughes - Guitar, Vocals
Lance Bakemeyer - Bass, Vocals
Chris Karlen - Road Drummer

Fri. 8/22 The Slags from Seattle WA - Happy Hour @ 5:30-8:30PM - - The Sportmen @ 9:30pm
Sat. 8/23 Pete Worden & The Hard timers @ 9:30PM -
Wed. 8/27 Private Party Series show w/ Tom Hambridge & the Rattlesnakes @ 8:00PM - $20


A native son of Buffalo, New York, Tom started playing drums at the age of 5 and was in his first band, Undertow, in the 3rd grade. Tom's formal education began with a scholarship at Boston's world famous Berklee School of Music, where he frequently returns as a guest lecturer. After years of touring the world and performing with many of the biggest names in the business (Chuck Berry, Roy Buchanan, Boston, Hank Williams Jr., The Drifters and many more), Tom set his sights on Nashville where he lives and works today as a producer, songwriter, and performer.

Soon after arriving, Hambridge signed a publishing deal with international giant EMI, and he's enjoyed remarkable success with countless songs used in major motion pictures, television and by many legendary recording stars including: Buddy Guy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, Gretchen Wilson, George Thorogood, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Van Zant and Johnny Winter. Tom wrote four songs on Delbert McClinton's Grammy award winning CD, "The Cost of Living". He also received the 2007 ASCAP Song of the Year for co-writing Keith Anderson's smash hit "Every Time I Hear Your Name". His drumming can be heard on the Ashley Cleveland's 2008 Grammy Award winning album "Before the Daylight's Shot".
As a Producer, he's worked with many of the best in the business. He received a 2005 Grammy® nomination for his role as Producer of Johnny Winter's newest recording "I'm a Bluesman." His most recent project involves producing a star-studded group of musicians including Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks and Robert Randolph on the latest Buddy Guy CD, Skin Deep released in July, 2008 .

In addition he produced Susan Tedeschi's Platinum-selling, Grammy®-nominated "Just Won't Burn" CD. Tom wrote her Top 10 Triple A hits "Rock Me Right" and "It Hurt So Bad." He has co-produced and written songs on George Thorogood's last three CDs, one of which debuted as #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Charts. Much to his kids' delight, Tom has recorded vocals on tracks for two smash DISNEY hits, "Cars" (2006) and "Ratatoulie" (2007.)

If that's not enough, Tom's released 4 critically acclaimed solo CD's (Still Running, Balderdash, Bang 'n' Roll and Tom Hambridge and the Rattlesnakes Live!) and actively tours with his solo band, Tom Hambridge and The Rattlesnakes.

Thurs. 8/28 The Mark Winsick Band @ 8:00PM -
Fri. 8/29 Chilblains @ 9:30PM
Sat. 8/30 The Hi-Risers from Rochester NY @ 9:30PM -

The Hi-Risers play energetic, song-oriented rock'n'roll. Formed in 1997, the founding members are Greg Townson (vocals, guitar) and Todd Bradley (vocals, bass). Jason Smay joined the band on drums in 2002. The band has recorded six CD'S, "Panic", "In The Spotlight", "Lost Weekend", "That Rock & Roll Beat", "The Fine Art Of Making Mistakes" and their latest "Once We Get Started". They also collaborated with Kaiser George (leader of The Kaisers) on the recent release "Transatlantic Dynamite" and Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets/The Neanderthals) on "Eddie Angel Meets The Beatles." In addition, they've contributed recordings to numerous compilations.

The Hi-Risers have played to enthusiastic audiences in a wide variety of venues, including upscale niteclubs, country joints, blues clubs, punk dives, and outdoor family oriented festivals. They've toured the US frequently and have been well received in Europe. Although The Hi-Risers consider themselves a rock & roll band, you will also hear rockabilly, rhythm and blues, country, doo-wop and surf in their music.

Todd Bradley and Greg Townson began their musical partnership nearly twenty years ago. In addition to playing hundreds of shows together and releasing two records with The Essentials and The Salamanders, they've recorded with Rock'n'Roll Hall-of-Famer Hank Ballard, jazz legend Bill Doggett, James Brown's bandleader Pee Wee Ellis, and soul great John Ellison. On stage they have backed up everyone from Bo Diddley to Delbert McClinton. They have shared bills with such diverse acts as NRBQ, The Ramones, and many, many others. Todd and Greg's recordings have been reviewed favorably in Billboard, Guitar Player, Option, Cool and Strange Music, Blue Suede News and many other music publications.

The appeal of the Hi-Risers is probably best expressed by a bar patron who, after hearing the band for the first time, declared "you would have to be a total jerk not to love this band!"

Friday, July 18, 2008


CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. – Chautauqua Institution is pleased to welcome JoAnn Falletta as the guest conductor of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra on August 7. Maestro Falletta has been hailed by the New York Times as “…one of the finest conductors of her generation”. Falletta will be leading the CSO at 8:15 in the Amphitheater.

Falletta currently holds the positions of Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She also held the position of Artistic Advisor to the Honolulu Symphony. Falletta has been praised by the Washington Post as having, “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Berstein.”

Falletta has been invited to guest conduct many of the world’s finest symphony orchestras. Highlights of her recent and upcoming guest appearances include the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, featuring a world premiere of Talbot’s Trumpet Concerto with Alison Balsom, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal in Germany, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Shanghai Philharmonic, among others.

Joining Falletta on August 7 is William Wolfram. A versatile recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, American pianist Wolfram has garnered the respect of musicians and the acclaim of critics across the country. Past appearances include concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra to name a few. Abroad, Wolfram has appeared with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Budapest Philharmonic, and the Capetown and Johannesburg Symphonies of South Africa.


The repertoire for the evening is as follows:

Seven Passages………………………………………..……………………Behzad Ranjbaran 10’
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. S.124..……………………………Franz Liszt 19’
Scheherazade, Op. 35…………………………………………Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 42’

Chautauqua Institution welcomes Maestro Falletta and William Wolfram to the Amphitheater stage on Thursday, August 7 for an 8:15 p.m. performance. Tickets are $16.00 and can be purchased at the Chautauqua Box Office in the Turner Community Center on Route 394. They may also be ordered by phone at 716.357.6250 or on the Web at

Monday, July 14, 2008

Two of Western New York's top local Drum Teachers will be holding a, free for all ages, Drum Clinic in July!

When: Tuesday July 29th 6:00 PM

Where: Guitar Center1092 Niagara Falls Blvd. Tonawanda, NY 14150(716) 833-8200

Who: Nick Mason (Drum Teacher at The Buffalo Music School and Touring/Recording Professional) & Nick Plant (Drum Teacher at Crossroads Music Center and Local Drummer)

Sponsored by: Guitar Center, The Buffalo Music School, Crossroads Music Center, Zildjian, Peace Musical, Factory Metal Percussion, Aquarian Drumheads, Ahead Drumsticks, Latin Percussion, MacEachern Drum Company & Eliptical FX (FREE GIVE-AWAYS BY ALL SPONSORS!)

This is the second clinic Mason and Plant have organized together and is sure to be a huge success!For more information please visit or

Friday, July 11, 2008

Remember Quincy Street the Bar

Click the Link Below to Watch "Quincy Street the Bar Part 1"

Click the Link Below to Watch "Quincy Street the Bar Part 2"

It's a Zoot Suit Riot at Artpark on July 23!

Cherry Poppin' Daddies Headline "Wednesdays on the Gorge!"

(Lewiston, NY) The Cherry Poppin' Daddies, the indefinable, horn-heavy octet best known for their late '90s hit "Zoot Suit Riot," will be the featured attraction of the July 23 installment of Artpark's "Wednesdays on the Gorge" free outdoor concert series. Presented by HSBC Bank and HSBC Mortgage Corporation, all "Wednesdays on the Gorge" events begin at 6:30pm and include hands-on art workshops for children.

The eight-piece ska/swing revival collective Cherry Poppin' Daddies formed out of several groups around the University of Oregon in Eugene. Vocalist/guitarist Steve Perry (aka MC Large Drink) and bassist Dan Schmid originally played in the Jazz Greats and the Hucks, then formed Cherry Poppin' Daddies in 1989 with a lineup which gradually encompassed guitarist Jason Moss, drummer Tim Donahue, trumpeter Dana Heitman, Sean Flannery on tenor saxophone, Ian Early on alto and baritone, and keyboard player Dustin Lanker.

The group released their debut album, Ferociously Stoned, in 1990 and followed it up four years later with Rapid City Muscle Car. The Pacific Northwest was in the grips of the grunge wave during the early '90s, though, so the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' live show puzzled quite a few fans of alternative rock. By the mid-'90s, the fascination with formerly neglected musical styles (including easy listening and swing) had increased the band's prominence, along with bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers and Royal Crown Revue. After their third album, Kids on the Street, was picked up for distribution by Caroline Records, the group compiled the most swing-oriented tracks from their back catalog for release on Zoot Suit Riot.

Now in their 19th year, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies are poised for a whole new phase, starting with a brand new record, entitled Susquehanna. Named after a muddy, flood-prone river in upstate New York on which frontman Perry grew up, the album is a story of memory and time, a tale of losses, love, doubt, and fatigue. But as the end of the record approaches, there is grace and gratitude.

The evening's opening act is The Headers.

Like all of Artpark's free concert events, each evening includes a wide variety of free family-friendly hands-on art workshops, including drawing, face-painting, dress-up, self portraits and more.

The July 23 concert at Artpark is sponsored by Regional Waste Solutions.

"Wednesdays on the Gorge" is also supported by Certo Brothers Distributing Company, Modern Corporation, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

Artpark's Outdoor Amphitheater opens to the public at 2pm on event nights, and can be accessed via the Upper Park's Portage Road entrance off of Center Street or through South 4th Street nearest the Mainstage Theater.

Carry-ins (food and beverages) are prohibited at all of Artpark's free concert events while on-site parking is $6.

For a full schedule of 2008 events, call the Artpark Box Office at (716) 754-4375 or visit

The Earl W. Brydges Artpark is being operated by Artpark & Company, Inc. for the New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation under a license agreement.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Greg Klyma Returns Home

Nationally recognized musician Greg Klyma returns to his hometown of Buffalo on Friday, August 1, 2008. A modern folk troubadour with a rock and roll heart, he will play an 8:00 p.m. show at Broadway Joe’s (3051 Main Street, Buffalo, 837-3650) with special guests Sick, Tom Bianchi (Boston, Mass.), The Finer Things (Austin, Texas), and Ookla the Mok. The concert marks 10 years of being on the road and is the official CD release party for his fifth studio album, Rust Belt Vagabond, which includes Buffalo-themed songs “Two Degrees in Buffalo,” “Father Baker,” and a fresh new version of “Erie Canal.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Frontier Volunteer Fire Co. presents "A Magical Tribute to Elvis"

Feed The City Benefit Concert

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Blue Rodeo Moseys Back Into Artpark!

Canadian Favorites Headline July 15 "First Niagara Tuesday in the Park!"

(Lewiston, NY) Artpark's 2008 Summer Season reaches the midway mark by welcoming back eight-time Juno Award winning Canadian favorites Blue Rodeo on July 15, as part of the venue's "First Niagara Tuesday in the Park" free outdoor concert series. All of Artpark's free concert events begin at 6:30pm and include hands-on art workshops for children.

The evening's opening act is another Ontarian, Toronto-born singer/songwriter Melissa McClelland. Artpark's July 15 concert event with Blue Rodeo is sponsored by Compu-Mail.
Other high-profile Canadian acts that either have, or will, grace Artpark's Gorge-bordering Outdoor Amphitheater stage this summer include David Clayton-Thomas (July 1), the Cherry Poppin' Daddies (July 23), the Sam Roberts Band (July 30) Celtic rockers Leahy (August 12), former Max Webster frontman Kim Mitchell (August 13) and songstress Sass Jordan (August 27).

Formed in Toronto in the early 1980s by frontmen Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, Blue Rodeo's debut album, Outskirts, was an instant smash hit in Canada, selling over 200,000 copies and featuring the hits singles "Try", "Outskirts of Love" and "Day After Day." The band's 1989 follow-up, Diamond Mine, sold even better and garnered the first of several Juno Awards for the band. That same year, they appeared in the Meryl Streep film Postcards From the Edge.
The 1990s brought more success for Blue Rodeo as they made a conscientious effort to sell more records in the United States. From '90-'94, the band released a trio of albums "Casino, Lost Together and Five Days in July" which introduced several fan favorites including "Til I Am Myself Again," "Trust Yourself," "After the Rain," "5 Days in May," "Bad Timing," "Dark Angel" and "Lost Together." In the years since, Blue Rodeo has gone on to release a number of acclaimed records, both collectively and individually.

Blue Rodeo's current lineup includes original members Cuddy (lead vocals/guitar), Keelor (lead vocals/guitar/drums) and Bazil Donovan (bass), along with drummer Glenn Milchem (who joined the band in 1991) and steel guitarist Bob Egan (2000).

Like all of Artpark's free concert events, each evening includes a wide variety of free family-friendly hands-on art workshops, including drawing, face-painting, dress-up, self portraits and more.

All "First Niagara Tuesday in the Park" events are also sponsored by Certo Brothers Distributing Company, Sevenson Environmental Services, Modern Corporation, S&S Lawn Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY, Mark Cerrone, Inc., Tim Horton's (Niagara Falls), DiMino's Lewiston Tops, Pine Pharmacy, Frey Electric Construction Company, Bison Construction Corp., Empire Dismantlement Corp., Lawley Insurance, Generations Music, Time Warner Cable, and The Talking Phone Book.

Artpark's Outdoor Amphitheater opens to the public at 2pm on event nights, and can be accessed via the Upper Park's Portage Road entrance off of Center Street or through South 4th Street nearest the Mainstage Theater.

Carry-ins (food and beverages) are prohibited at all of Artpark's free concert events while on-site parking is $6.

For a full schedule of 2008 events, call the Artpark Box Office at (716) 754-4375 or visit

The Earl W. Brydges Artpark is being operated by Artpark & Company, Inc.
for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation under a license agreement.

Solé presents Djambossa, gypsy jazz and latin music.

Fri. July 4 th, 7:00PM
Sun. JULY 6th, 11:30AM-2PM BRUNCH
Fri. July 11th, 7:00PM
Fri. July 18th, 7:00PM
Fri. July 25th, 7:00PM
Fri. AUGUST 1st, 7:00PM
Sun. AUGUST 3rd, 11:30AM-2PM BRUNCH

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.

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