Steam Donkeys Stage Americanarama Happy Hour Tonight
by Buck Quigley - posted 1:52 pm, May 10, 2013
Responding to the summer concert tour dubbed “Americanarama“—featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Ryan Bingham—the Steam Donkeys, a Buffalo NY-based musical quartet and global think tank, are reviving the catchy name they used for their music festival dating back to 1997.
“Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery,” says Steam Donkeys front man and spokesperson Buck Quigley, “but everybody in Buffalo knows that we were the originators of the Americanarama music festival.”
For eight years, the popular event featured some of the best regional and national acts on the Americana music scene. In fact, the Steam Donkeys CD entitled Cosmic Americana predated the use of the term “Americana” as a musical genre, so the band has always been way out in front with these kinds of things.
“I will say I’m a little surprised at Dylan for blatantly stealing the name of our music festival,” Quigley observes. “I’d expect it from (Wilco front man) Jeff Tweedy, but Bob really ought to be more sensitive to this, being as widely imitated as he has been in his career.”
Quigley is referring to the tendency of music critics in the 1970s to label up-and-coming singer-songwriters as “the Next Dylan.”
“I guess that by his doing this, we should be calling Bob Dylan “the Next Steam Donkeys,” Quigley adds.
In light of these developments, the Steam Donkeys are calling their 6:30pm performance tonight at Nietzsche’s their “Americanarama Happy Hour.”
Music lawyers are hailing the controversy as an “economic engine.”