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Steam Donkeys with Terry Sullivan at Sportsmen’s Tavern

The Steam Donkeys—a Buffalo, NY-based music act and global think tank—will be welcoming back original member Charlie Quill this Saturday (5/17) for one night only to cap off what many are hailing as the greatest evening of entertainment in western New York since Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel on October 24, 1901.

More fun than a barrel of monkeys

More fun than a barrel of monkeys

The extravaganza takes place at 8:30pm at the Sportsmen’s Tavern with a performance by Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Terry Sullivan and Band—featuring noted local luminaries serving up a bold and eclectic mix of country rock chestnuts by artists ranging from the Flying Burrito Brothers to Neil Young.

“Some may say it’s unfair to other venues in town, that we’ve put together such an incredible double-bill,” says Steam Donkeys front man and spokesperson Buck Quigley, “but that’s tough. We can’t help it if we’ve planned a show that will draw 95 percent of local music fans. The only shame in it will be for the five percent who decide not to attend, and will forever after be forced to lie and say they were at the gig.”

The event marks the first time original lead guitarist Quill will be playing with the Steam Donkeys since 2011. He will be sitting in with the full current lineup of John Brady on drums, John Weber on bass, Dave Kimball on lead guitar and John Allen on sax.

“It’s totally unfair that the Sportsmen’s is doing this to us,” said one local bar owner who has cut back on his liquor and beer orders for the weekend. “We usually look forward to Saturday nights for a decent crowd, but we simply can’t compete with Terry Sullivan AND the Steam Donkeys. The fact that they’re only charging $5 at the door is like throwing salt in the wound.”