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Steam Donkeys / Maniacs Stage Grateful Dead Snowstorm Extravaganza

Local music act and global think tank the Steam Donkeys will perform an opening set for legendary local Grateful Dead purveyors the Maniacs, upstairs at Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Avenue) at 9pm Saturday night (11/22).

The Steam Donkeys (circa 1967)

The Steam Donkeys (circa 1967)

“While many people are unaware of the Steam Donkeys beyond their global think tank role in shaping world policy, those who do know of our music tend to pigeon hole it as merely ‘honky tonk’ or ‘Americana,'” says Steam Donkeys front man and spokesperson Buck Quigley. “The fact is, the band’s roots are as deeply planted in Nudie suits as they are in tie-dyes. What a long, strange trip Saturday night is promising to be.”

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“We’ve been looking forward to this event for months, ever since the Maniacs asked us to play,” Quigley adds. “I haven’t been as excited about a show since that time I let a guy stash a ream of blotter paper in the trunk of my car in the parking lot at the Grateful Dead Hampton gig in ’89. I’d forgotten all about the blotter until weeks later, crossing into Canada. Boy, was I relieved when they ran the test and it turned out the guy was selling blanks. Good times!”

As Buffalo recovers from this awful snowstorm and rushes headlong toward Thanksgiving, Quigley is mindful of one thing: “It’s important that we give thanks, but this time of year it may be even more important that we be Grateful.”

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