Steam Donkeys Gig Seen as Economic Engine
by Buck Quigley - posted 10:57 am, March 18, 2011
Officials in the local honky tonk community are praising this Saturday’s scheduled performance by the Steam Donkeys as the “silver bullet” that could turn the area’s economic fortunes around.
“For years, we in the legislative branch have tried in vain to reverse decades of decline with massive construction projects paid for with taxpayer money,” said one local animal control officer, on condition of anonymity. “It’s about time we realized that the key to upstate’s revival isn’t tied to healthcare or education, but rather to good live music in gin mills.”
Pointing out the 9:30pm show scheduled for Saturday night (March 19) at the Sportsmen’s Tavern, Steam Donkeys lead singer Buck Quigley calls it “an exciting time for western New York.”
For years, the band has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring about the kind of change that is now at hand.
“I think you’re seeing it now in the fact that the moon will be closer to the earth than it has been in 18 years, on the very night of the gig,” Quigley added. “But aside from this gig’s effect on celestial bodies, it still boils down to job creation.”
“This one show has the potential to create 20,000 good paying jobs in the cowboy boot and brewing sectors for decades to come,” he added.
When pressed for details, Quigley shifted the focus to bringing more visitors to the area. “For example, former lead guitarist Charlie Quill, who left Buffalo for Manhattan a few years ago, will be returning to play this gig. That doesn’t just happen by accident. It’s the result of everyone in the band—especially the drummer—doing the heavy lifting in and out of venues.”
Researchers also note that communities with a strong honky tonk scene benefit from a shorter—but more meaningful—lifespan, in addition to a much more exciting love life.