Friday, August 26, 2011

Local Listings for ESI Events

9/1 - 7pm - Jeff Elliott @ Cabana Sams (Dance/Acoustic/Pop)

9/2 - 830pm - Steve Amuso @ 800 Maple (ACoustic/Pop)

9/2 - 9pm - Kate & Corey @ Center Street Smoke House in Batavia (Acoustic/Pop)

9/2 - 9pm - SpeakEasy Three @ TAboo (Acoustic Trio/ Pop)

9/2 - 10pm - Strictly Hip @ The Lighthouse Bar and Grill in Olcott NY (Rock)

9/3 - 9pm - A-List Band @ Wilson Boat House (Rock/Pop/VarietY)

9/3 - 10pm - Vinnie DeRosa @ Trattoria Aroma (Pop/Rock)

9/3 - 8pm - Strictly Hip @ Youngstown (ROck)

9/3 - 10pm - Carl Motyka Band @ Dwyers (Pop/Variety)

9/4 - 3pm - Zach Ward @ The Lighthouse Bar and Grille (Acoustic/Pop)

9/4 - 7pm - Tom Sartori @ Cabana Sams (Acoustic/Pop)

9/4 - 10pm - Strictly Hip @ Sunset Bay Beach CLub (rock)

9/7 - 7pm - Joe Squared @ Crazy Jakes (Acoustic Pop)

9/9 - 7pm - Party of Nine @ FrogHair (Pop/Rock/Variety)

9/9 - 10pm Strictly Hip @ Sunset Grille (Rock)

9/9 - 10pm - Kickstart Rumble @ Center Street Smokehouse in Batavia (Pop/Rock)

9/10 - 830pm - KickSTart Rumble @ Creekview Restaurant (Pop/Rock)

9/10 - 9pm - Carl Motyka Band @ Finnan's (Pop/Variety)

9/10 - 9:30pm - Strictly Hip @ The Aud (Rock)

9/10 - 10pm - Murphy's Law @ Shennanigans (Rock/Pop)

9/10 - 10pm - Off The Cuff @ Lighthouse Bar and Grille (ACoustic/Pop)

9/10 - 10pm - Square Circle @ Trattoria Aroma (Rock/Variety)

9/11 - 3pm - SpeakEasy Three @ The Lighthouse Bar and Grille

**********LISTINGS BY VENUE*********************

9/2 - 10pm - Strictly Hip
9/4 - 3pm - Zach Ward
9/10 - 10pm - Off The Cuff
9/11 - 3pm - SpeakEasy Three

9/3 - 10pm - Vinnie DeRosa
9/10 - 10pm - Square Circle

9/1 - 7pm - Jeff Elliott
9/4 - 7pm - Tom Sartori

9/2 - 830pm - Steve Amuso

9/4 - 10pm - Strictly Hip

9/3 - 9pm - A-List Band

9/9 - 10pm - Kickstart Rumble

9/3 - 10pm - Carl Motyka Band

9/10 - 830pm - KickSTart Rumble

9/9 - 10pm Strictly Hip

9/10 - 9pm - Carl Motyka Band

9/10 - 9:30pm - Strictly Hip

9/10 - 10pm - Murphy's Law

9/9 - 7pm - Party of Nine

Rapids Theatre Events

AUG 27th - All Time Low w/ Cartel, The Cab, and We Are The In Crowd (Doors @ 6 pm)
SEPT 7th
- 103.3 THE EDGE Presents: Stone Temple Pilots w/ Special Guests (Doors at 6:30 pm)
SEPT 23th-24th - Ray of Hope Inc. Presents: Youth With a Vision! Workshop and Concert starring Coffey Anderson (7 pm Friday nightand 10 am Saturday morning)
OCT 5th - Mac Miller w/ Casey Veggies and The Come Up (Doors @ 7 pm)
OCT 14th - Brantley Gilbert w/ Special Guests (Doors @ 7 pm)
OCT 15th - Fran Cosmo (Former Lead Singer of Boston) & Hurtsmile (Featuring lead singer of EXTREME Gary Cherone,
formerly of Van Halen) w/ Special Guests Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent Band) and The Queen City All-Stars (Doors @ 6 pm)
NOV 2th - Colt Ford w/ Special Guests (Doors @ 7 pm)
NOV 11th - Phil Vassar w/ Special Guests (Doors @ 7 pm)
NOV 30th - City and Colour w/ Hacienda (Doors @ 6:30 pm)
DEC 3th - Easton Corbin w/ Special Guests (Doors @ 7 pm)

For more information please go to

American Rep Theater of WNY Presents FLOYD COLLINS

Music & Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Book by Tina Landau

Sept 16th through Oct 2nd

Buffalo East
1410 Main Street
Buffalo, NY

Featuring Steve Copps; James R Finan; Courtney Weather; Pamela Rose Mangus; Adam Yellen; Gary Darling; Josh Synder; Victor Morales; Dudney E Joseph; Erin Brignone; Christopher Andreana; Richard Kraemer; Steven E Sitzan

Directed by Jeffrey Coyle
Musical Director Allan Paglia

Buffalo, NY--As part of the Curtain Up! celebration and kicking-off the 2011-12 season, American Rep Theater of WNY proudly presents the musical FLOYD COLLINS from September 16th to October 2nd at Buffalo East, 1410 Main Street, Buffalo. With music and lyrics by Tony Award winning composer, Adam Guettel and book by Tina Landua, this true American story brought to life through music is compelling, uplifting and intense as patrons witness the events surrounding "The Greatest Cave Explorer Ever" attempts to find fortune, glory and "no more ploughing a hard-gravel field" luck.

Director Jeffery Coyle described FLOYD COLLINS as being "a show, at it's core, about dreams and family relationships. It is at times touching, funny, and exciting. It is a local premier and an excellent example of what modern musical theatre is." An BFA graduate in musical theater from UB and no stranger to WNY stage, FLOYD COLLINS marks Jeffrey Coyle's debut as a director. "Besides acting, I have stage managed, worked behind the scenes, and recently wrote and produced my own stage work," said Coyle, "FLOYD COLLINS marks my first journey into professional theatre direction. It is my first time behind the wheel, so to speak, and I couldn't ask for a more beautiful, exciting piece to cut my teeth on."

The true story of Floyd Collins begins in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky where Collins set-out to discover and easier way of entering these caves from his family owned Crystal Cave tourist attraction. On his way out he became trapped in a narrow-passage and after numerous attempts to rescue him was cut-off from rescue after the cave collapsed. After 17 days of failed rescued attempts, Floyd Collins died as a result of exposure and starvation.

The rescue attempts became an overnight media sensation and with this a circus-like tourist attraction setup around the cave's entrance. Steve Copps, who portrays Collins in the musical, explained that "the story of Floyd Collins is actually one of the most noteworthy news stories of the (early) 20th century behind WWI, WWII, and Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic." Copps said. "Audiences should expect some beautiful music, charm and charisma from the actors, and even some laughs. FLOYD COLLINS is truly the great, American (story) musical."

Copps, embracing the challenging role of Collins explained that "whoever is fortunate enough to play Floyd has a dream role put into his hands. It's very 'meaty' as they say and has a lot to it as far as emotional range, depth, and singing go." As for producing FLOYD COLLINS as a whole, Copps highlighted that "the biggest challenge facing any production of FLOYD COLLINS is the fact that it's set in a cave. It's almost like doing an improv scene in a fishbowl (I've had to do that), you can't go anywhere! It really makes you put your thinking cap on. I think designers are free to explore realistic sets or go for the abstract. Either way, something great is allowed to come from that."

In 1979, cave-explorer and author Roger Brucker wrote TRAPPED! THE STORY OF FLOYD COLLINS. This novel inspired playwright Tina Landeu and Adam Guettel to produce FLOYD COLLINS at NYC's Playwrights Horizons in 1996. The musical went on to win the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and a 1995-96 Obie Award for Best Book. "Floyd Collins is a dynamic mix of folk and classical music."Show director Jeffrey Coyle explained. "Every member of the cast needs a solid background and understanding in how music works, how to meet the high demands of it, and of course, come across like they are sitting around the camp fire making it up on the spot."

Copps added "much like THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Guettel's 2005 Tony winning monster) this show has some really great ensemble songs. There is something for everyone on the cast/creative side. And the songs are truly beautiful. Guettel has written some of the most haunting, pretty music I've ever heard."

FLOYD COLLINS marks the first production in American Rep Theater of WNY diverse 2011-12 season. Patrons can purchase tickets online by visiting or by calling 716-634-1102 (Mon-Fri 9 am to 4:30 pm & Sat 11 am to 4 pm). ART reminds patrons that the Curtain Up! performance and the following Saturday production begin at 8 pm.

Sept 16th-17th, 8 pm; Sept 18th, 3 pm
Sept 22nd-24th, 7:30 pm; Sept 25th, 3 pm
Sept 28th-Oct 1st, 7:30 pm; Oct 2nd, 3 pm

General Admission $20
Student & Military $15

Buffalo East
1410 Main Street
Buffalo, NY

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