Steam Donkeys Occupy Sportsmen’s Tavern
by Buck Quigley - posted 7:38 pm, October 14, 2011
In solidarity with struggling Americans everywhere, members of the local honky tonk community are praising this Saturday’s (10/15, 9:30pm) performance by the Steam Donkeys at the Sportsmen’s Tavern as an opportunity to create real, meaningful change.
“It’s been a slow train coming, but fans are beginning to realize that when they buy a drink at the Sportsmen’s, they usually receive change,” said Steam Donkeys frontman Buck Quigley.
“Change is what Buffalo, Erie County, and America needs more than ever right now, and what better way to generate it than by coming together, listening to great live music, ordering a beverage, and leaving that change on the bar in support of entrepreneurial private-sector contractors like the dedicated bartenders at the Sportsmen’s Tavern?” Quigley observes.
The Steam Donkeys (a locally-based original music act and global think-tank) pioneered the concept of a private company that makes no profit. Yet somehow, their enterprise has managed to survive for over two decades.
Economists are puzzled. “If a representative of the Steam Donkeys were to walk into my office with their business plan—if we can call it that—asking for seed money, I’d probably call security,” said one Angel Investor, on condition of anonymity.
Quigley says they are missing the point.
“Look, it’s never been about the money. It’s all about the honest exchange of ideas, emotions, beliefs…in the context of trying to make a good impression to your partner on the dance floor,” Quigley explains.
“Or simply sitting together in a darkened corner, sharing a basket of grilled hot Myron wings. Quiet revolutions can be downright romantic,” Quigley adds, “and in occupying Sportsmen’s Tavern, we can send our message loud and clear without the need for a sleeping bag.”
In addition, this Saturday’s show is serving as a birthday celebration for Malinda and Penny.
One hipster, speaking anonymously, said that was all she needed to know. She’ll be there.