Friday, October 29, 2010


NIAGARA FALLS, U.S.A. --The RAPIDS THEATRE in conjunction with the Back II Back Entertainment Group are proud to Partner with ROBBY TAKAC’S MUSIC IS ART to bring Former BOSTON Vocalist FRAN COSMO & Former BOSTON Guitarist ANTHONY COSMO to the newly renovated State of the Art RAPIDS THEATRE on Main Street in Niagara Falls, NY on Sunday November 7th, 2010.

Joining COSMO will by Very Special Guest Guitarist DEREK ST. HOLMES the Voice of the TED NUGENT Bands Classic Rock Hits “Just What the Dr. Ordered”, “Hey Baby”, “Stranglehold”, “Cat Scratch Fever” & many more which will be performed on this Special Evening.

ST. HOLMES will join forces with the QUEEN CITY ALL-STARS led by Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Inductees Guitarist MICHAEL HUND (Widow Maker) & Bassist GUY NICHOLS (Hit ‘n’ Run). Joining the Jam for this Very Special One Time Performance will be HEADSTONES Drummer DALE HARRISON along with MIKE McQUIRE (Wunderland),The Voice of Legendary LED ZEPPELIN Tribute Band Coda.

Opening the Benefit Concert will be the Pride of Niagara THE BRASS MONKEEZ winner of this Years RAPIDS THEATRE Battle of the Bands Competition.

Don’t be MiA on Sunday November 7th for an Unforgettable Evening of Classic Rock to Benefit MUSIC IS ART as these Artists give back to the struggling Programs that helped each of them realize their Dreams as Aspiring Musicians.

Doors Open at 4pm tickets are only $20 dollars with portions of the proceeds being donated to MUSIC IS ART. Tickets can be purchased at, Wal-Mart & the RAPIDS THEATRE Box Office.

Please Be Sure to Visit:

For More Information Contact:
1711 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Patron info number: 716-852-2860
Venue address: 622 MAIN ST. BUFFALO NY
Date: NOVEMBER 19, 2010
Ticket price: $26.50 PRESALE $29.50 DOS

Tickets available at: 1-800-745-3000, 716-852-2860, all ticketmaster locations and at the Tralf Box Office
Also, in case you need it, I have posted their current bio and weblinks:

Donna the Buffalo's eclectic and often socially conscious music has it's base in traditional mountain music and is infused with elements of Cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country. The group’s core are vocalists Tara Nevins, who plays fiddle, guitar, accordion, and scrubboard, and guitarist Jeb Puryear. Keyboardist Dave McCracken, bassist Kyle Spark, and drummer Vic Stafford complete the ensemble.

Donna the Buffalo represents one of the most respected brands in the world of touring roots acts. For 21 years DTB has performed feel good, infectious music that often moves listeners physically and spiritually. In the words of a longtime fan, "Their songs are well known to contain lyrics offering poetry and sage commentary on the attractions and struggles with love and politics in this life. Their magnetic musical mix has often been described as dance music, and, for sure, there is everything from foot-tapping to get-up-and-feel-ecstatic moving in their sound; but there is also some deeply satisfying solace in what DTB has to say and how they say it. The dynamic songwriting tandem of Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have penned over 140 songs in their collaboration with DTB."

Their fervent fan base, self-named The Herd, follows the band with zeal and has created a unique and supportive community online and at DTB shows across the nation. As an extension of this community and the band's own dedication to live roots music, Donna started, and are still the driving force behind, the Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, NY. 2010 marks the festival's 20th year. Stemming from its success, a second Grass Roots Festival was started in Silk Hope, North Carolina in 2002: the now biannual Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival.

Over the years, Donna the Buffalo has had the opportunity to collaborate and/or record with musicians such as Jim Lauderdale, Preston and Keith Frank, Bela Fleck, Mamadou Diabate, Claire Lynch, David Hidalgo, The Duhks and Amy Helm, just to name a few. In 2009, Nevins also toured with former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's band BK3.

The band's 2008 release Silverlined, on Sugar Hill Records, rose to #8 on the Americana Music Chart. With a twenty-one year tenure to celebrate, hundreds of gigs ahead of them, and an ever-evolving grassroots sound; it looks like Donna the Buffalo is riding a cloud that is truly Silverlined.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

WNY / Niagara Frontier Singles Meetup

Thursday, Oct. 28 2010 - 6pm - 8pm
Singles mingle at
Cozumel Mexican Bar and Grill
153 Elmwood, Buffalo, NY 14201

Business attire, Halloween or nice-looking casual dress

Come and enjoy Happy hour drink specials and free hors d'oeuvres and meet other singles.

Entrance $5 per person.

Friends are welcome as long as they are single and they mingle
and meet other people. We want everyone to meet others. All ages welcome with most atendees in the 25-45 range
"Vamos a Cozumel!"


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund Cordially Invites You To…

The 2010 Annual Fall Musicale
Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 7:00PM

Parkside Lutheran Church
2 Wallace St.
Buffalo, NY

Love, Hope & Prayer in Opera
Featuring - Danielle DiStefano, Soprano
Accompanied by - Paul Hartley, Pianist
Reception will follow the performance
Promote Opera in Western New York!
Help build an Arts Center for opera and ballet.
Tickets - Donations accepted ($20.00 suggested)
RSVP encouraged

For information & reservations - call 884-2477

Mail donations - Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund Musicale/Concert
PO Box 566, Buffalo, NY 14207-05
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010



The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and Jamestown’s Country music station, 101.9, WHUG, My Country, will host the New York State Finals of the 29th Annual Colgate Country Showdown, America’s largest country music talent search. The show will be held in the Arena Club; Saturday, October 16th doors open at 7pm, and show 8:00 p.m.

Jamestown’s WHUG, My Country, 101.9, local winner, Emily Arnold will compete with other New York State Final contestants representing radio stations 98.1theHawk of Binghamton, Y93.9 of Dansville, 99.5 of WOKN Elmira, Thunder102 of Liberty, Big Dog103.5 of Newark, Bee104.7 of Syracuse and KZ 102 of Wellsville for a prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to compete in one of five regional events. Regional winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the National Final in Nashville, TN to compete for $100,000 and the coveted title of “Best New Act in Country Music.”

Doug Yeomans and Lo Blue Flame will perform as the backup band. The judge’s panel includes Jillene Crause, Ed Smith, Matt Maloof and Sean Patrick McGraw!!!

“This is a proud addition to our lineup of arena events”, states Mike Ferguson, General Manager of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. “And everyone with a paid ticket will have the chance to win an authentic LeAnn Rimes autographed Gibson acoustical guitar. The guitar is currently on display in our Arena lobby.”

Past local, state and regional winners include Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, and Billy Ray Cyrus. For more information about the Colgate Country Showdown visit

For more information visit and to purchase tickets call the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena at 716.484.2624 or visit

Friday, October 08, 2010

Upcoming Stone Row Gigs:

Friday October 1st: Shannon Pub
2250 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Tonawanda NY 14150
8:30 PM-12:30 AM

Sunday October 24th: Benefit Concert
Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye
Elkdale Country Club
4676 RR 353
Salamanca NY 14779
Multiple bands and more!
Stone Row plays at 3:30 PM

Saturday October 30th: Fitzgerald's Pub
Halloween Party! Costumes, prizes and more!
392 Ohio Street
Lockport NY 14094
8:00 PM-12:00 AM

Saturday November 13th: Shannon Pub
2250 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Tonawanda NY 14150
8:30 PM-12:30 AM

Saturday November 20th: Fitzgerald's Pub
392 Ohio Street
Lockport NY 14094
8:00 PM-12:00 AM

Friday November 26th: Buffalo Irish Center
245 Abbott Road
Buffalo NY
The BIC is having a tough time. If you want to continue to have
entertainment at this great venue, please make a point of coming out!

Friday December 3rd: Shannon Pub
2250 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Tonawanda NY 14150
8:30 PM-12:30 AM

Saturday December 4th: Private Party

Thursday December 9th: Live on the air WBNY 91.3 FM
On the evening show with Greg Burt
Also listen online at:

Friday December 31st: Fitzgerald's Pub
New Year's Eve Party!
392 Ohio Street
Lockport NY 14094
Times TBA

Log on to for other upcoming dates.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Tralf Calendar Listings 10/14 - 10/30

10/14 - 930pm - Joe Squared @ Finnans

10/15 - 930pm - Kick Start Rumble @ 800 Maple

10/16 - 10pm - Joe Squared @ Trattoria Aroma (Bryant)

10/16 - 8pm - Gretchen Schulz and Doug Morgano @ Paddock Grille

10/16 -830pm - Nite & Day @ Sonoma Grille

10/21 - 930pm - Off The Cuff @ Finnans

10/22 930pm - Carl Motyka @ Dwyers

10/22 - 930pm - Joe Squared @ 800 Maple

10/23 - 8pm - Nite & Day @ Paddock Grille

10/23 - 830pm - Gretchen Schulz @ Sonoma Grille

10/23 - 10pm - Scott Celani @ Trattoria Aroma (Bryant)

10/23 - 830pm - A-List Band @ Salvatores Italian Gardens

10/27 - 930pm - Off The Cuff @ Dwyers

10/28 - 930pm - J. Ride @ Finnans

10/29 - 930 - Scott Celani @ Dwyers

10/30 - 830 - Joe Squared @ Sonoma

10/30 - 10pm - Vinnie DeRosa @ Trattoria Aroma (bryant)

10/30 - 8pm - Strictly Hip @ Crazy Jakes

10/30 - 930pm - Roar84 @ Finnans

10/30 - 8pm - Bilson @ PAddock Grille


Patron info number: 716-852-2860
Venue address: 622 MAIN STREET BUFFALO NY
Date: OCTOBER 18, 2010
Time: 6:30 DOORS 7:30 SHOW & 9:00 DOORS 9:30 SHOW
Ticket price: $27.50 PRESALE $30 DAY OF
On sale date: ON SALE NOW

Tickets available at: All Ticketmaster Locations 716-852-2860 1-800-745-3000 The Tralf Box Office

A true favorite in Buffalo, NY ,For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music."

Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage. Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Tower is truly blessed to have a dedicated following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around an appearance of TOP.

Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold out crowds all over the world. 2009 will see the release of the “Great American Soulbook”, a collection of classic soul tunes, and the 40th Anniversary Concert DVD. Tower has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages. We hope you enjoy this new website, which will be growing and evolving continually to include more band history, information on alumni members, and regular updates on Tower of Power

Please welcome Emilio Castillo, Stephen ("Doc") Kupka, Francis Rocco Prestia, David Garibaldi, Larry Braggs, Roger Smith, Tom E. Politzer, Adolfo Acosta, Mark Harper, Mic Gillete to The Tralf Music Hall: Monday, March 22, 2010 : TOWER OF POWER


Saturday October 9
1:00 to 3:00 PM

To benefit both the beginner and the experienced musician. Mr. Ali will cover many aspects and approaches to playing the instrument and will demonstrate some of his amazing techniques

Saturday, October 02, 2010

“Note-worthy” Music Students to Receive Scholarships at “Concert from the Heart” from Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

Buffalo, New York: No doubt you’ve heard of Buffalo’s 27 year-old Music Hall of Fame. They’re most noted for inducting professional regional musicians who have achieved success in the music industry, often on an international scale. This year, however, BMHOF is increasing its community outreach efforts by doubling the number of scholarships given to outstanding music students in Western New York.

Michael Tumiel, 16, of Cheektowaga, is the winner of the $500 First Place for his performance on clarinet and guitar. Julie Sonne, 18, of East Bethany, has been named recipient of the $250 second scholarship for her performance on cello. The announcement was made today by Rick Mathews, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame President, and will be presented September 26th at the BMHOF-sponsored “Concert from the Heart” at Kleinhans Music Hall. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Western New York. “Scholarship applicants submitted essays,” explained Mathews, “and all were scored without judges’ knowledge as to the applicants’ names. We received a record number of applicants, so we are especially pleased to be able to increase our funding for future musicians.”

Michael Tumeil was first exposed to clarinet when, he explained: “Our elementary school band director and a few high school students walked into my third grade classroom to recruit students for band the following year. I didn’t think I’d be interested... but as soon as the clarinet began to play, I looked up, listened intently, and watched her fingers. I knew then that I did want to play, join the band, and play the clarinet.”

That was Michael’s enthusiastic start. Two years later, in fifth grade, he was accepted into the school band, the jazz band, and his first All-State competition. The next year, he discovered guitar. “Today in my house,” he added, “there are eight guitars, a ukulele, a mandolin, harmonicas in various keys, a drum kit, an alto flute, bass clarinet, my beloved B-flat clarinet, a sousaphone (that drives my mother crazy) and a piano.” Guess who pays them all. Well. Michael aspires to attend the Eastman School of Music and to becoming a professional clarinetist in an orchestra.

Julie Sonne is a classically trained musician who began her studies at age 3. An admirer and student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki whose philosophy that anyone at any age can learn the universal language of music, Julie put Suzuki’s teaching to work at age 6 when she traveled to Japan. There, although she attended a class of mostly Japanese children with a Japanese-speaking teacher, she was able to participate without any trouble. Her music had become, indeed, a universal language!

Julie has played with the Buffalo Youth Orchestra, Buffalo Suzuki Strings and other musical groups, and has traveled with the Buffalo Suzuki String Ensemble to Italy in 2006, Spain in 2008, and will tour in Argentina in 2011. “In the future, I want to take the stage and solo with orchestras around the world,” stated Julie. “Performing exhilarates me; it is something I have dreamed of for a long time. I also envision using the stage to somehow better the world through music.”

“It’s particularly fitting that Michael and Julie will receive their presentations during our ‘Concert from the Heart’,” added BMOH 1998 Hall-of-Famer, Van Taylor of Taylor Made Jazz. “In March, 2009, the local 92 American Federation of Musicians, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, BMHOF and Taylor Made Jazz featured a first-time Spotlight ‘Concert from the Heart’. It was at this time that we were able to present our first scholarship in an outreach concert that combined the Philharmonic with some of the area’s greatest jazz musicians. We’re going to do that again on September 26th, but more musical genres and musicians than ever before!” he added.

“Concert from the Heart” tickets are $25.00 with lower prices available for groups. Sponsorships are available at the Presenter, Titanium, Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels that range from $10,000 to $250. “Angel” sponsorships to purchase individual tickets are encouraged to help attendees who might not otherwise be able to attend, and/or for those who may have never heard a Philharmonic Orchestra perform.

General ticket Information is available through the Philharmonic Ticket Office at 716-885-5000. For Corporate Sponsorships, contact BMHF President, Rick Mathews at 716-400-8934. Checks should be made payable to “Concert from the Heart, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. P.O. Box 256, Buffalo, NY 14205.

For Group Tickets, contact Ron Daniels at 716-912-1365. Checks should be made payable to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra c/o Kleinhans Music Hall, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo NY. 14201

Angel Sponsors should contact Van Taylor at 716-855-1754. Checks should be made payable to: “Concert from the Heart, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.” P.O. Box 256, Buffalo, NY 14205.
Induction to the 2010 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Gala will be held on October 7, at 7PM at the Tralf, 622 Main Street, Buffalo. Tickets for this event are available by calling 852-2860.


Headliner: El DeBarge
Support: support TBA
Patron info number: 716-852-2860
Venue address: 622 MAIN STREET, BUFFALO NY
Date: OCTOBER 8, 2010
Time: 7pm Doors 8pm Show
Ticket price: $29 Presale $34 DOS
On sale date: NOW!!!
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Tickets available at: All Ticketmaster Locations 1-800-745-3000 716-852-2860 The Tralf Box Office

The bi-racial family group DeBarge had the looks, the vocal talent and the backing of Motown that vaulted it quickly to the top of the Pop and Soul worlds in 1982. However, its label as a "teen act" made DeBarge only as durable as its most recent hit, and the group disappeared in the mid 80s nearly as quickly as it came.

Formed in conservative Grand Rapids, Michigan, the five member group (consisting of sister Bunny and brothers James, Mark, Randy and Eldra) was signed by Motown in 1981, thanks in part to older brothers Bobby and Tommy, who were part of the popular Motown group Switch ("There'll Never Be," "I Call Your Name"). The quintet was quickly groomed as heir to the family group throne occupied by the Jackson 5 a decade earlier, and its second Motown album, 1982's All This Love, appeared to deliver on the promise. Boasting two top ballads, the title cut and "I Like It," All This Love featured smooth group harmonies behind El DeBarge's attractive first tenor and light Pop/Soul arrangements.

DeBarge's next album, In A Special Way, continued the string, with "Love Me In A Special Way" and the pretty "Time Will Reveal" topping the Soul and Adult Contemporary charts, and 1985's Rhythm of the Night became the group's biggest yet, as its dance-oriented title cut went gold, and the follow up single, "Who's Holding Donna Now," hitting top 10 Pop and Soul. However, like the Jackson 5 ten years earlier, the group found itself with a shallow fan base and a singles-oriented popularity that would necessarily limit its longevity.

By 1986, El DeBarge was clearly becoming the first among equals in the group, and he recorded solo the upbeat main cut from the movie Short Circuit, "Who's Johnny." The cut went to number one, and he soon left the group to begin a solo career. His eponymous debut later that year was a solid disc and featured compositions by a number of the biggest Pop and Adult Contemporary writers of the time. The album included "Who's Johnny" but consisted mostly of very listenable ballads and mid-tempo numbers such as "Love Always" and "Lost Without Her Love."

El's three subsequent albums were far less popular than his debut (none hit the Soul top 20), and his solo recording career stopped after 1994's Babyface production, Heart, Mind and Soul. He found moderate success serving as a guest vocalist on the albums of other artists, especially on the sultry ballad "The Secret Garden" from Quincy Jones' Grammy Award winning Back On The Block and a cover of Marvin Gaye's "After the Dance" with Fourplay.

Without Eldra at the lead and with its teen fan base aging, DeBarge the group disintegrated pretty quickly. Bunny left the group soon after El and recorded one album, 1987's "In Love," which was largely ignored. Then a reformulated group, consisting of four of the DeBarge brothers, signed with Striped Horse Records and released the dance album Bad Boys in 1988 before breaking up. Brother Chico also gained some notoriety as a solo singer, but his career was interrupted by a conviction for drug-related offenses. Sadly, several family members similarly ended up in trouble with the law, with four DeBarges (including El) being arrested for various offenses.

As the 1990s arrived, a number of DeBarge family members reunited for a single, well made Gospel album (The DeBarge Family) that served as the coda for a talented but only briefly popular family act.

In mid-2010, following his release from prison for drug-related offenses, El DeBarge began his own personal rehabilitation, performing on The Brian McKnight Show and beginning work on his first album in 16 years, Second Chance. Slated for Fall release on Geffen Records, the disc has an all-star cast of producers, including Jam & Lewis and Babyface.

A Salute to the Golden Age of American Television TWILIGHT ZONE REDUX

A Salute to the Golden Age of American Television
Adaption by Drew McCabe

Oct14th through Oct 30th
Buffalo East, 1410 Main Street, Buffalo

Adapted by Drew McCabe

Jeffery Coyle; Jacob Albarella; Lisa Dee; Lindsay Salamone; Brian Patrick Stoyle; Lauren Cichon
And Darryl Hart as Rod Sterling

Directed By
Drew McCabe
Kristin Bentley

Buffalo, NY--Proud to be entering a fourth season, American Rep Theater of WNY is saluting the Golden Age of American Television with a theatrical rendition of the classic TV Sci-Fi meets Morality Play series, Twilight Zone. Adapted for stage by Drew McCabe, Twilight Zone Redux takes a fresh look at three stories from the mind of Rod Serling with McCabe's careful attention to both the underlying pathos of characters and the unique style of writing which made this series and Serling legendary.

Three stories to be feature include "Nick of Time", "Denton on Doomsday" and the timeless "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".

"Nick of Time" features a newly-wed couple stuck in the middle of nowhere when their car breaks down. Their stay at a local diner with badly burnt cheese-sandwiches turns more bizarre when the couple discovers a fortune-telling machine that becomes strangely accurate.

"Denton on Doomsday" presents us with a wash-up cowgirl with aspirations to make something of herself. After she encounters the odd whistling Dr. Fate and receives a mysterious potion, she becomes the fastest gunslinger in the West.

Perhaps the most well-known and most intense story (that featured in the original TV program William Shatner) "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" has a salesman, Bob Wilson, recovering from a nervous breakdown who finds himself on a plane face to face with terror.

American Rep Theater of WNY is excited about the season and will be working in a new space as the company partnerships with Buffalo East. Matthew LaChiusa, Executive/Artistic Director had this to say about the alliance. "Working with Verneice Turner owner of Buffalo East, will provide stability to ART as we enter into our 2010-11 season." LaChiusa continued. "The vision in which Ms. Turner has for Buffalo East and the path ART is following are similar and through this we hope to build upon in seasons to come." American Rep Theater of WNY plans to have two more productions in the space throughout the 2010-11 season.

Scheduled Dates for Twilight Zone Redux
Oct 14th, 15th & 16th; Oct 21st, 22nd & 23rd; Oct 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th.

All Showtimes are 8 PM

For further information on tickets or show information please call 716-884-4858 (9 am- 4:30 pm) or please visit the website at For further information about ART you may also visit the blog at

Celebrating PINKTOBER Women that Rock


This week’s Free Music Friday Celebrating PINKTOBER Women that Rock With music by Gretchen Schulz and Doug Morgano - Friday, October 1 at 8PM

Friday, October 8th at 8PM - JOYRYDE
Friday, October 15th at 8PM - THE ALISON PIPITONE BAND
Friday, October 22nd at 8PM - THE KATE ENGLER BAND
Friday, October 29th at 8PM - THE DIVA SHOW

Five For Fighting with Special Guest Tone Damli
Also Featuring More Than Me
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Living Ribbon at 7PM
Free Outdoor Concert at 8PM

Concert on Old Falls St. adjacent to Hard Rock Cafe - Rain or Shine. International Pinktober® Living Ribbon Demonstration on the Rainbow Bridge spanning Niagara Falls. Benefiting the American & Canadian cancer societies.

For more information or to register for the Living Ribbon, visit

Also on October 16 at 8 PM an All Ages Show
$10 presale/$15 at the door.
Tickets available at or at the HRC Rock Shop

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