The BloodThirsty Vegans are one hard-working band of Buffalonians. The self-described “most funnest band in the universe” skillfully blends elements of hip-hop, ska, funk, and rock into a jumpy musical stew with a positive message—which can be hard to come by these days. Some of their mantras beckon you to “keep on keepin’ on” and to know that “we’re all winners here, fighting to be free from fear.” Buffalo needs a good confidence boost sometimes and the Vegans generously provide that pat on the back. The group consists of My Rap Name is Alex (raps), Janna “Vendetta” (rap, trumpet), Dave Harter (drums), Bryan Lohr (guitar), Ben Sachs (bass), and Kaitlyn Marie (keyboards). Recently, the band was nominated in three categories for this year’s Artvoice Best of Buffalo contest: Best Original Music Act, Best Hip Hop Act, and Best Band Name. Two members were also individually nominated in the Best Poet and Best Spoken-word Artist categories. This Friday (April 30) will see the release party of their debut album Let the Feast Begin. The show takes place at the Gateway Gallery at 7pm. It’s an all ages, “toddler friendly” show. Come out and support the power of positive local music. Raise your carrots to the air.
7pm. Gateway Gallery, 141 Elmwood Ave. (886-6888 /www.myspace.com/gatewaygallery2)