Thursday, April 30, 2009

We Invite You to an Evening of TANGO DANCING!!

The Argentine Tango Society of Buffalo and Orquesta Equinox invite you to an evening of TANGO DANCING!!

2nd Cup Café
36 Broadway at Ellicott (across from the downtown library)
tel. 840-0048.

Wednesday, May 6th, from 7 to 9pm, it's free! Come to dance or just to watch how it's done......(but you won't stay on your seat for too long!) So, please spread the word and we hope to see you there! Viva el tango y hasta luego! Muchas gracias!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

“Carnivals 4 a Cause”

Community CarnivalDate(s): 06/20/2009

“Carnivals 4 a Cause” presents A Community Carnival to raise money for Brother's Keeper Outreach. This carnival will be FUN for all ages. Music, Games, Arts & Crafts, clowns, Prizes (Such as tickets to Skateland, Darien Lake, Lasertag, and much more). Meet Local hero and Astronaut William Gregory - He will be signing autographs.

LOCATION: IDA FRITZ PARK (near Walgreens on West Ave.) Lockport, NY
DATE: June 20th 11-6

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 716-433-0775 View Website

Evangola State Park 4TH Annual Pirate Fest

Saturday & Sunday July 25 & 26, 2009

Sponsored by the Friends Of Evangola State Park, a not for profit corporation
and registered charity dedicated to improving the park.

TREASURE HUNTS: Saturday & Sunday 12:15, 2:15. 4:15.

Daily Best Looking Pirate Contest Don yer pirate garb if you dare & be in by 11 AM so you don’t miss a thing.

Thieves’ Market – get yer pirate stuff.
Pirate Camp – talk with the pirates.
Photos with live parrot – bring yer camera.
Pirate’s workshop - make Pirate crafts.
Pirate Zoo – see a collection from around the world.
Salty Dog Eatery – bring yer appetite.
Cannon and weapon firing - cover yer ears.
More Pirate Action – keep an eye out

Call 716-549-1802 or visit for more info.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


The Wunderland (mach IV) REUNION shows continue this year:

Ric Stave-Bass, B.Vox, Keyboards, Programming
Michael McGuire-Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Bass
Dan Vanderzyden-Drums, Percussion
Garrett Lechowski- Guitar, B.Vox, Memotron, Synth

After last year's health issues, the band is back up and running with a completely new setlist. Debuting on stage with them this year is the MEMOTRON...the German digital version of the glorious Mellotron. And the best part: It will stay in tune and "tapes" won't coming flying out of the back of the damned thing during the course of the show.

The schedule is filling up fast:

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009 @ 10PM
5827 Broadway St-Lancaster, NYPhone: (716)683-7767

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009 @ 10PM
3700 Southwestern Blvd-Orchard Park, nyPhone: (716)662-0555

FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009 @ 10PM

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009 @ 8PM

For more information:

For booking:
Tom McGill/Starstruck Productions: 716-896-6666

Sean Patrick McGraw returns to the Sportsmen’s Tavern April 29th

The show marks McGraw’s first appearance at “The Sport” in several months. In that time the singer songwriter has toured heavily, venturing through the Midwest out to Wyoming and California. He’s also made time to release a new CD, “Long Way From Slowin’ Down,” film a video for his song “When a Dollar Ain’t Worth a Dime,” and forge a deal with new Los Angeles based imprint Little Engine Records. Born and raised in Dunkirk NY, McGraw has called both LA, and Nashville home since leaving Chautauqua Co in the nineties, proof that an overnight success can take well over a decade to happen. After years of close calls; Nashville Star, CMT’s “Ten Days On Tour,” endless touring and five self-released CD’s the singer is eagerly awaiting the premier of his new video on CMT within the month. A radio tour will follow. This Sportsmen’s appearance will be filmed as part of “a making of” DVD, in anticipation that the theme of “Dollar”—a regular Joe weighing his options in a tough time–will resonate with the larger audience that McGraw and band (featuring local guitarists Barry Edwards and Joe Dalimonte, Dr Randall Hofgren on bass, and Derby’s Jim Isula on drums) are about to be presented to.

Who: Sean Patrick McGraw
Where: The SPORTSMENS TAVERN, 326 Amherst, (716) 874-7734
When: Wednesday April 29th 8pm
Cover: FREE

Saturday, April 18, 2009


John Németh, who's fast become one of the most-talked about newcomers on the scene, will be bringing his riveting show to Buffalo as follows:


Tickets - $8.00

Brimming with energy, Németh's new CD Love Me Tonight re-visits the inspired sounds of the 1950's and 1960's, when Chicago Blues was adding Funk and Rock to the mix. While reinvigorating the sound of vintage American R&B with his spine-tingling vocals and considerable songwriting skills, John has crafted a timeless slice of American music. AllMusic said of the album: "Németh never sounds less than committed to this material and often pushes the performances into the red zone with assistance from a sturdy backing quartet. Whether he's singing or working the harp, Németh is one of the finest young additions to the soul blues scene." Frequent collaborator Elvin Bishop guests on two tracks.

The 2007 release of his national debut CD, Magic Touch, on Blind Pig Records, immediately established Németh as a rapidly ascending star to be reckoned with. Blues Revue called the album, "one of the most exciting blues debuts of the past year." Tom Mazzolini, who's seen generations of blues luminaries as promoter of the San Francisco Blues Festival, called Németh "an incredible talent, one of the new generation of blues that's carrying us on for a long time. This is a major talent in your presence." Blues icon Elvin Bishop, who enlisted John to perform on four tracks on Elvin's Grammy-nominated CD, said, "He's my idea of an up-and-coming blues singer. I don't see a lot of them out there, but I know one when I see him." To hear samples or order the CD, click HERE. Promotional photos are available HERE.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Hayseeds Debut in Buffalo, NY

Grab your corn cob pipe and head on down!

Rochester's urban rustic hick band, The Hayseeds, will hillbillify that haven of hedonism known as Allentown in their first Buffalo appearance at Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., Buffalo, NY on May 21, 2009 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Familiar with the phenomenon known as "Nietzsche's Time", The Hayseeds show will start on time.

These accomplished players eschew their amplifiers and strip down to acoustic basics. Americana, Roots, Bluegrass, Gospel, Blues, Cajun and foot-stomping good time C&W classics are delivered with a joy that is infectious and jubilant, transforming any venue into a family back-porch jamboree.

The love and excitement the Hayseeds bring to their show is contagious and riotous. Part hootenanny and part theater (complete with costume), they bring warmth and musical craftsmanship, belying their disarming and cheeky stage appeal. With ample winking and backwoods irony, they draw audiences who pull up a chair and stay because of the reverence and soul they breathe into forgotten standards, authentic originals and their unplugged rearrangements of modern tunes.

The Hayseeds will also be performing songs by local artists The Jazzabels and Alison Pipitone as a special nod to Buffalo's rich music scene.

With their lush arrangements, comic timing and vivacious, good time sound, the Hayseeds make quite an impression wherever they play.

Take a dip in the shallow end of the gene pool! Visit

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Djambossa live at Solé

5110 Main Street.
Williamsville, NY 14221.
(716) > 362-0356.

Friday April 17, 2009 - 8:30P-11P
Friday April 24, 2009 - 8:30P-11P
Friday May 1, 2009 - 8:30P-11P
Friday May 3 2009 - 11:30A-2P
Friday May 8, 2009 - 8:30P-11P
Friday May 15, 2009 - 8:30P-11P
Friday May 22, 2009 - 8:30P-11P
Friday May 29, 2009 - 8:30P-11P

DjamBossa (jam-boss-a) -Djambossa is inspired by the late great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. We start our name, like he did. Djambossa is highly improvisational, we love to "jam". Djambossa infuses latin styles like bossanova into our set. A sometimes soft and sometimes scathing acoustic mélange. An eclectic mix of ethnic folk - gypsy jazz, bossanova, flamenco and even blues Coming soon to a bar stool near you. NEW CD OUT NOW! Available at

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Universe Records is Proud to Announce the Upcoming Worldwide DVD Release of:

Life’s A Long Song – 40th Anniversary Tribute to Jethro Tull

Living with the Past began performing Jethro Tull tribute shows in the NY area some years back to pay homage to the boys’ favorite all time band, the mighty Tull. Despite the band members living in various locations around the US, the band continued to evolve, and they decided to perform a 40th anniversary tribute to Tull, inviting long-time Tull bassist Dave Pegg to join them in this celebration. Inspired by the great music of Jethro Tull, the excitement of Tull’s 40th year, and the added level influence of “Peggy”, the band put on this memorable performance that they decided to share with Jethro Tull fans around the world. Through the masterful audiovisual efforts of LWTP guitarist Erin Ward, a respectable production resulted, capturing the spirit, energy, and intensity of a band of Tull fans showing the world just how much this great music has meant to them. Please enjoy! Release date coming soon....stay tuned.

The DVD will be initially available only through the Universe Records website for an introductory cost of $10 plus shipping, and it will also be available in the local WNY area exclusively at Record Theatre.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Jimmy's Jam at Club Paradise

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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra’s Chattanooga Choo Choo to Stop in Springville

A band that many music enthusiasts feel it one of the greatest bands of all time will be gracing the stage of Springville-Griffith Institute High School on May 4th at 7:00 p.m. The World Famous, Glenn Miller Orchestra, is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. Under the music direction of trombonist Larry O’Brien, the 19-member band will perform upbeat melodies that have been thrilling audiences for over four decades.

During the Swing era of the ‘30s and ‘40s, bandleader Glenn Miller recorded and performed a string of hits including Tuxedo Junction, In the Mood, and Chattanooga Choo Choo and became a huge sensation with the era’s dance crowd. Miller’s musical heritage lives on with the Glenn Miller Orchestra continuing to draw flocks of fans who can’t get enough of the unique and special Miller sound. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

The concert is a production of the Business of Music Class at S.G.I. High School and the course teaches students about the practical aspects of the business world using the music industry as its central focus. The students study such topics as artist management, business and entertainment law, accounting and finance, concert promotion, and current trends in the industry. The Glenn Miller Orchestra project is used as a ‘final exam’ where students can demonstrate their learning through a hands-on learning experience.

Don’t miss an evening with one of the most popular bands ever as they make a stop in Springville. The students have even arranged for a dance floor to be installed so you can relive those memories from long ago. Tickets are recession-priced at $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors over 60. They are also available online at

Appleby - Reinhardt - Mahfoud CD Release Party

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Western New York German American Heritage Festival 2009

Culture is the spice of life! We invite you this Labor Day Weekend, September 5 & 6 to immerse yourself in German Heritage and celebrate Gemütlichkeit! People from across the Greater Buffalo-Niagara region with cultural roots reaching back to the countries of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland will be in attendance with many more festival goers who simply have an interest in musik, food, and culture. “Gemütlichkeit simply means, “being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, with the right people.” Where else would you rather be than at Cheektowaga Town Park eating and drinking authentic German beer and cuisine, listening to five different authentic bands, participating in contests and games, and partying for a weekend with nearly 5,000 of your friends and family!

Only $3.00 per person each day, children 14 and under free; $3.00 Kinder Park Day Passes available. Proceeds benefit the local German cultural heritage organizations.

Festival Highlights:
The Brothers Grimm Kinder Park - with a bounce house, games, prizes and more
The Annual Sauerkraut-Eating Contest
The Annual Waltz Contest
The Hummel Look-a-Like Contest
Authentic German Entertainment – Die Auslanders, The Bergholz Blaskapelle, The Buffalo Zither Club, The Frankfurters, The G.A.M. Blaskapelle, and the S.G.T.V. Edelweiss Schuhplattler Gruppe
The Weinstube – Wine & Cheese Tent!
The Marktplatz – Our Vendor and Heritage Midway!
Plus Lots of German food, nearly 10 varieties of German Beer, and a beer tapping ceremony!

The Federation of German American Societies of Greater Buffalo-Niagara is an organization of thirteen cultural groups all dedicated to the mission: “To preserve, promote and advance within American society the traditional culture of German lands. The Federation strives to facilitate collaboration among member organizations and to collectively promote and foster relationships throughout the Greater Buffalo-Niagara area. Member organizations include: The Bavarian Singers, The Bergholz Blaskapelle, The Buffalo-Dortmund Sister City Society, The Buffalo Schwaben Chor, The Buffalo Zither Club, Club Lorelei, The Cremation Society, The German American Musicians Assoc. The Kolping Society, S.G.T.V. Edelweiss Schuhplattler Gruppe, Sport Club Germania, and Spring Garden Association.

Cultural traditions are so very important. They are the spice of life! Whether it is food, drink, literature, dance, music, or just fellowship, life is simply better by celebrating the past and the present! We look forward to meeting you! We offer cultural events year-round! Contact us to learn more!

For more information contact Festival Chair Herbert “Hansi” Schmidt III
(716) 864-1965,

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Jony James Blues Band Newsletter

Hello again Blues Buddies!

The recent spring Hard Times " Survival Tour" was a resounding success. A big thanks to all the festival promoters, club owners, and show promoters that had us as their guests. *Blue 5, Darwin's, Blues Tavern, Paradise, Green Parrot, Back Room, Bonita Springs Blues Festival, Ft. Pierce Waterside Blues Concert, The Schooner, The Hurricane, and last but not least, Dirty South TV Productions.

We had a bit of a mechanical problem with the new slightly used band van while in Pensicola Fl. Thanks to a sharp mechanic that put some of his magic on us we were on our way and didn't miss any tour dates for about 60 bucks! We did have one mishap though.Our Roadie A.K.A. our production and marketing man "Brother Bill" forgot where he was one morning while awakening in a Close Quarters Bunk bed at the Green Parrot in Key West. He quickly rose up and busted his head open on the next bunk above him. After a little clean up, some butterfly bandages, and aspirin he was on his way to recovery![Oh! don't forget the beer he drank]

We had the honor of having the entire show broadcast live over Internet T.V. @ Darwin's in Marietta Ga. You can view it by checking" and searching for the Jony James Show. We received national and world wide coverage to thousands of fans.

Our first ever appearance at The Green Parrot happy hour and evening show was well attended.

A couple of highlights of the tour were The Bonita Springs Blues Festival attended by 3500 fans and the Fort Pierce Waterside Blues concert attended by over a thousand fans! Thanks to Brother Bert Lawton from Bradenton Fl. He came out to help us take care of technical stuff and man the merchandise. booth.

The two hours of NEW SONGS! that the band was showcasing were very well received. These new songs are currently in production on the new c.d. that is scheduled to be available in the fall. Everyone is real excited and can't hardly wait for it to come out.

If the success of the tour wasn't enough you wouldn't believe what happened the first show back in Buffalo N.Y. At the famous "Four Aces Club" while playing their first set , in comes Devon Allman and his band Honeytribe. [Greg's Son] Devon and Jony got to jam together while doing a show at Eagles Nest in N.C.a while back. When Devon came to Buffalo on tour he looked up Jony and the band. Of coarse they jammed again and blew the roof!! What a treat. Thanks Devon.

We're still working on the trip out to Texas in July to do some shows for a minor league baseball team in conjunction with a motorcycle run or two. More on that as details arrive.

Check out our sch. on the web or myspace [] and don't forget Fred Fest at the Ellicottville Brewery in Fredonia N.Y. on May 1 st.


Just signed Vet Fest. (Festival to benefit war veterans) N. Tonawanda N.Y. May 24th Beat Fest, Albion N.Y. June 5th (fourth time at this festival)

Peace and Love -The Jony James Band by Vision Entertainment

Friday, April 03, 2009

Cyclists Team Up to Kick Off The Ride For Roswell 2009

Riders, teams, volunteers and sponsors encouraged to support June 27 event

(BUFFALO, NY) Team captains and top fundraisers today gathered to celebrate the kick-off event for The Ride For Roswell 2009, presented by Wegmans and Wellness Sponsor Praxair, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. New and returning riders, volunteers and supporters are encouraged to again join The Ride and raise funds in support of cancer research and patient care programs. Last year’s Ride raised $2 million for Roswell Park.

More than 8,500 riders, volunteers and supporters are expected to attend The Ride For Roswell 2009 on Saturday, June 27 at the University at Buffalo’s Baird Point in Amherst. Eight routes are available, including the 12-mile Peloton ride, sponsored by Sahlen’s, that travels from Roswell Park to UB, and a brand-new 3-mile “Family Fun Ride” ideal for families with trailers, kids’ bike seats and tricycles. The Ride For Roswell is Upstate New York’s largest one-day biking event.

Individuals of any age are encouraged to register, or to form teams of at least four members. Tips and tools are provided on to make fundraising easy, including customizable Web pages, letters and support materials. Learn more fundraising tips and share advice with other riders and volunteers at the Ride’s new social networking site

“The Ride is a great way for businesses, schools, families and community groups to make an impact for cancer research that will save lives,” said Mitch Flynn, founder and chair of The Ride. “More than ever, we depend on the support and dedication of riders, volunteers and donors from Western New York and across the country to help Roswell Park in its mission to cure cancer.”

Top fundraisers again can enjoy benefits as members of the Extra Mile Club. Anyone who raises at least $1,000 by the day of The Ride will enjoy rider privileges including preferred parking on Ride day and admission to the Extra Mile Club tent (which offers bike check-ups and adjustments, exclusive food selections, professional massages and more). Extra Mile Club members also receive access to invitation-only recognition events.

Those who cannot or choose not to ride on June 27 can still support Roswell Park by raising funds as a “virtual rider.” Virtual riders receive the same benefits as riders, including a Ride t-shirt, fundraising assistance, admission to the post-Ride picnic and party, and the opportunity to compete for top fundraising honors and prizes.

Register today (save $5 online) or read how-to tips and stories to help you fundraise or get a team started at, or call 716-THE-RIDE. In-person presentations and recruitment kits also are available for any group interested in 2009 team participation. Current and prospective riders also can attend a Ride Rally, part of a series of community events held throughout Western New York this spring that will offer information, fundraising tips and the chance to meet other riders.

Other sponsors joining Wegmans, Praxair and Sahlen’s include Big Wheel Sponsors: Talking Phone Book, WGRZ-TV Channel 2, and the University at Buffalo; Breakaway Sponsors: Berrafato's Catering, New Era Cap Company, United Graphics, DuPont, New Buffalo Shirt Factory; FedEx Trade Networks, 97 Rock, 103.3 The Edge, and Mix 104.1; and 10 Speed Sponsors: Rich Products and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Buffalo.

The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, founded in 1991, is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization formed to receive and administer funds supporting scientific and clinical research, state-of-the-art medical care, and patient-related activities at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center. The Institute was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or e-mail

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Buffalo MARK Program Artists Opening

Members of the freshman class of the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) MARK Buffalo program will hold an exhibit of their artwork at Artspace, 1219 Main Street in Buffalo, with the opening to be held from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

The artists who will be exhibiting are Val Dunne, Lukia Costello, Jax Deluca, Iris Kirkwood, Connlith Keogh, Kara Daving, Kevin Kegler and Dennis Bertram. The Artspace gallery hours are from noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment, and the show runs through April 28.
MARK is the (NYFA) new statewide six-month program, started in late 2007, for visual artists who want an opportunity for individualized focus on the professional side of their creative practice. MARK addresses the concerns of artists living outside of New York City while providing them with a new network statewide. Participating artists can expect MARK to spark goals and help to define concrete steps while providing individual and group feedback on how to better present themselves.

The MARK Program includes focus on how artists can expand their visibility, emphasizes goal setting and includes using the Internet effectively, strengthening grant or project applications, improving writing and speaking about their work and identifying exhibition opportunities. Between seminars, artists will be assigned projects related to their specific goals and individual feedback given to all participants. The first class of Buffalo MARK artists traveled to New York City as the conclusion of the program to present themselves and their at to curators and gallery operators there.

The following are artists’ descriptions:

Kara Daving: Kara Daving's work represents a marriage of two contradictory worlds: the natural and the synthetic. She explores the similarity between jellyfish and plastic bags while examining the ramifications of when they are commingled in the oceanic abyss. Recently her work has been shown in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Kentucky, Ontario and New York.

Kevin Kegler: This past year, Kevin Kegler had solo exhibits of his recent paintings and mixed-media constructions at the 10th Street Community Garden and at Chow Chocolat, both in Buffalo. He is preparing for two more exhibits in Western New York this year at Art Dialogue and the Meibohm Gallery

Lukia Costello: Lukia Costello is an award winning local exhibitor and arts volunteer working to local artists and arts organizations via board membership of Artspace Buffalo Alliance, The Urban Canvas project and volunteer with the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Arts Council of Buffalo. She also donates artwork and photographic services to non-profits.

Dennis Bertram: Dennis Bertram is currently completing a large 60 by 72 inch painting at the Buffalo Arts Studio, one of his "flying" series of paintings. Dennis Bertram will be giving a painting demonstration and artist talk at the East Aurora Art Society on April 17.

Val Dunne: Is currently working in both traditional black and white photography, as well as digital color formats. The resident photographer and artist member of the board of the directors at the Buffalo Arts Studio has shown her work at the Buffalo Arts Studio, CEPA, Hallwalls and the Olean Public Library, and recently had a successful solo show at Betty’s. She has donated her work to various charities, including AIDS research and the SPCA.

For more information, people can contact Lukia Costello at 880-9324.

Photo: "Wall," by Val Dunne

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