Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BestofWNY.com Ticket Giveaway - J Geils Band

Best of WNY.com is giving away a pair of tickets to the J. Geils Band show at the ErieCanal Harbor on August 31st, 2012.

The classic rock band headlines a summer closing weekend of Rocks the Harbor shows. The band known for such hits as "Centerfold", "Musta Got Lost", "Whammer Jammer", "House Party" and more are going to turn the waterfront into one funky dance party.

All you have to do is send an email to webmaster@bestofwny.com with "J. Geils tickets" in the header. One winner will be chosen at random and announced no later than 5:00 PM on August 24th, 2012.

One entry per person please.....

M&T Bank is the proud sponsor of Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor concert series.
Our thanks to our friends at Buffalo Place for providing the tickets.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jefferson Grizzard Impresses Legends in Buffalo

On Friday, August 17, 2012, 9:30 p.m., national recording artist Jefferson Grizzard will be returning to the Sportmens Tavern at 326 Amherst Street in Buffalo, New York.
A completely free show, Jefferson’s return engagement is an expression of appreciation for the overwhelming reception he received by the Buffalo community at his first appearance at the Sportmens back in April of this year. Returning on stage with Jefferson will be Bobby Jones on Hammond B3 organ, John Caruso on bass, Ken Kaufman on piano, Ken Peterson on steel guitar, Ben McRee on guitar and in from Nashville, Tennessee, Buffalo native and Buffalo Music Hall of Famer, Mike Caputy on drums. Special guest musician will be Sandy Konikoff on percussion.
Singer/songwriter, Jefferson Grizzard is from Rome, Georgia. The Back Porch Syndicate Records artist is currently in the process of recording his second CD. Listening to Jefferson, it’s easy to hear the stylistic murmurings of such artists as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Kris Kristofferson as well as many others that echo the tonality of 60’s and 70’s rock and roll Americana music.


Thursday, August 02, 2012

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Festival Celebrates 5th Anniversary with “Roots of the Blues” Theme

Niagara Falls, NY (August 1, 2012) – The 5th Annual Niagara Falls Blues Festival, hosted by the Niagara Festival & Entertainment Group, returns to the Global Spectrum-managed Old Falls Street, USA, Sept. 6 through 9, 2012. This year’s festival carries a “Roots of the Blues” theme, while featuring more than 20 acts, nine of which are nationally-recognized including James Cotton, Donnie Walsh, Richard Ray Farrell, The Nighthawks, John Primer, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, Tas Cru, The Forty Fours and Shrimp Daddy. The weekend celebrates the music of harmonica players and is free and open to the public.

“We are proud to continue to collaborate with the Niagara Festival & Entertainment Group to hold the Blues Festival on Old Falls Street, USA again this year,” said Global Spectrum’s Ryan Coate, general manager of Old Falls Street, USA and the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. “This three-day event has become a staple in our Downtown area, while attracting thousands of music enthusiasts to Old Falls Street.”

"The Blues is the music that never grows old, it keeps you young at heart,” said Toby Rotella, founder and president of the Niagara Festival & Entertainment Group. “As my friend Muddy Waters used to say, ‘The Blues had a baby and they named it Rock & Roll.’ “

The festival begins on Thursday, Sept. 6, with the Annual Pine Avenue Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise to Old Falls Street, USA. Participants are asked to assemble at Sal Maglie Stadium in Hyde Park, for a police-escorted cruise to the festival’s Kick-Off Party at Legends Bar & Grill, located on Old Falls Street. The party features music by the Coupe de Villes, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday’s activities, including live music and food and beer vending, are planned from 4 to 11 p.m. on Old Falls Street, USA, featuring the following line-up:

 Billy’s Blues Band (Home Town Blues)

 Reflector (Classic R&B)

 Electras with special guest Tommy Z

 Richard Ray Farrell

 Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues – Mac Arnold’s music career reads as a “Who’s Who” of Blues/R&B legends including collaborations with James Brown, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, The Temptations and B.B. King

Saturday’s “Roots of the Blues” activities are planned from 11:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. and feature:

 Roots Percussion

 Richard Ray Farrell – Mississippi Delta Blues

 Shrimp Daddy

 Double Take Blues Band

 Nickel City Pimp Choir (Jive/Swing)

 The Amazing Dr. Zarcons Breathing Machine (Jug Band)

 The Bravuras (Old School Blues)

 LeeRon Zydeco

 The Forty Fours (West Coast Roots Blues)

 John “The Real Deal” Primer – Grammy Award and Handy Award nominee, Primer began his career at the age of eight and has collaborated with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks and Muddy Waters.

 The Nighthawks

 Donnie “Mr. Downtown” Walsh

 James “Mr. Superharp” Cotton – Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master, who celebrates 68 years as a professional musician and has recorded nearly 30 solo albums, including the famed “Harp Attack!” with Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch, in 1990.

The Blues Festival wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. with performances by:

 Zark and the Sharks

 Junkyard Dogs

 Aces & Eights

 Tas Cru

The weekend also features an autographed electric guitar raffle, signed by all performers, which will be given away on Saturday evening. Proceeds benefit next year’s Niagara Falls Blues Festival. Also raffled off will be a specialty Blues Basket, including a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka, signed by Dan Aykroyd.

The 5th Annual Niagara Falls Blues Festival is sponsored by Certo Brothers (Coors), Global Spectrum and Old Falls Street, USA, Modern Corporation, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, Assemblyman John Ceretto, Quality Hotel & Suites Downtown, the Niagara Gazette, EconoLodge North, the City of Niagara Falls, Attorney Craig Touma, Key Bank, the Committee to Re-elect Judge Angelo Morinello, Allentown Music, Generations Music, and MistyThunder Limo Service

For more information, visit www.niagarafallsbluesfest.org or http://www.FallsStreet.com

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