Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The Buffalo Shuffle reconvenes at The Tralf Music Hall on Thursday June 21st as part of the city wide Citybration festivities. Showcasing the development and foundation of the Buffalo style of traditional rhythm and blues. This performance features Buffalo musicians Billy McEwen, Doug Yeomans, Mick Hayes, Pete Holquin, Joe Girardi, and Al Monti.

Additionally, as part of of the city wide Citybration festivities, attendees will see a preview of the feature film, 'The American Side' that is being shot in Buffalo, NY.

Like many other aspects of the Queen City, Buffalo has always been under-appreciated as a music city. To a certain extent, it can’t be helped. The nerve centers of the music industry are elsewhere. But Buffalo has a sound. It's a feeling. It's gutsy. Like its residents.

Fifty some odd years ago, a rock-n-roll boogie woogie blues style band called Stan and the Ravens started playing the local bar circuit with a sound influenced by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles . Many local musicians worked with pianist and band leader, Stan Szelest, following his pounding left hand. When Stan and the Ravens broke up, bassist Tommy Calandra and drummer Gary Mallaber joined a band called The Rising Sons with vocalist Tony Galla, guitarist John Weitz, and pianist/keyboardist Jimmy Calire. This line up became the now legendary Raven.

Many Musicians have followed in the footsteps of these players, all recognizing the feel, the sound, and the energy that is The Buffalo Sound. Sometimes referred to as the Buffalo Shuffle, the drum beat is a shuffle best described by drummer Gary Mallaber (Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Steve Miller):

“If you boil a shuffle down to something you go to a Jimmy Reed record. That’s what I go to, or I go to the song Honkey Tonk by The Bill Dogget Quartet. Between those two, anything Jimmy Reed does and “Honkey Tonk,” you have the absolute shuffle the way it should be. If you play it the right way, that's Buffalo and it’s gusty, earthy."

The Buffalo Shuffle is the realization of ESI President, Tom Barone's, vision to keep the Buffalo sound alive for generations to come. A rotating cast of musicians both celebrate the history of the tradition and develop the sound at once. It's a sound. It's a feeling. It feels like Buffalo.

ESI Events presents - a Citybration Event

Thursday June 21
Tralf Music Hall - 622 Main St. Buffalo NY
Featuring a preview of "The American Side" feature film

Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster.com / Wal-Mart / Tralf Box Office 716.852.2860

22nd Annual Macedonian Festival

July 13, 2012 - July 15, 2012

Location: Sts. Cyril & Methody Macedonian Orthodox Church
Address: 4785 Lake Avenue, Blasdell, NY 14219
Times: Fri 5pm - 1am, Sat 11am - 1am, Sun 1pm - 11pm
Phone: 716-823-9292
Website: http://stscyrilandmethodymoc.com/

The people of Western New York and Southern Ontario are invited to celebrate the rich heritage of Buffalo's Macedonian community. We thank all of our past Festival guests for your continued support and invite you and your friends back to join us this year! If you haven’t been to the Macedonian Festival, we invite you to give us a try! The Festival will feature entertainment by Macedonian Bands and Fold Dancing Groups from the United States and Canada. Everyone is welcome!

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