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Steam Donkeys to Play Crew Fundraiser this Saturday

Filed under: Announcements, Events, Music

The Steam Donkeys—a Buffalo, NY-based musical act and global think tank—will be using their regular monthly gig at the Sportsmen’s Tavern this Saturday (2/20) as a platform to promote awareness and raise much needed funds for the City Honors Crew Team. The event is open to the public and will feature a 50/50 raffle and chances to win cool Buffalo Bills gear. The event runs from 9pm to midnight. Admission is only $3.

Steam-Donkeys-at-Pollywogg-holler-sepiaWhile some see incongruity in a honky tonk band/global think tank lending its support to a rowing team, Steam Donkeys front man Buck Quigley disagrees. He points out the fact that modern, competitive rowing dates back to 1829—the same year the Steam Donkeys were founded.

“There are many similarities between the crew members in a boat and the musicians in a band,” Quigley observes. “In both cases, people have to pull together to get anywhere. In a crew, if a rower gets out of sync it can result in what’s called an ‘ejection crab.’ In a band, one member can screw up the vibe so much that they wind up as objects of ridicule on YouTube.”

“City Honors is the only Buffalo Public School with a crew team, so they’re kind of de facto underdogs,” Quigley says. “And they compete against private and parochial schools in regattas all over New York State and Canada. These are dedicated athletes who wake up at 4:30am to practice year-round. People say that high school hockey is expensive, tough, and demanding. But when is the last time you saw a hockey team dealing with agitated Asian carp?”

Proceeds raised will go to defray costs associated with travel, lodging, event registrations, facility fees and other expenses.

In solidarity with these dedicated high school athletes who practice and compete on a near-constant basis, the Steam Donkeys will be doubling their typical number of live appearances for the month of February by performing Friday night’s (2/19) happy hour at Nietzsche’s, starting at 6pm.

Both shows will feature guest appearances by the fabulous Dee Love, whose occasional guest spots with the band have sent crowds into paroxysms of delight.


Michael Moore Needs Your Help

Filmmaker Michael Moore is recovering from pneumonia and a stint in the ICU, forcing him to cancel several promotional appearances for his latest work. Click here to find out how you can help promote his new movie Where To Invade Next.


Juini Booth Celebrates Birthday with Solo Bass Performance

Filed under: Announcements, Events, Music

Legendary bassist Juini Booth will play a solo performance at Rhythms Cultural Club, 1380 Jefferson Avenue, from 7-9pm on Friday (2/12).

The event is in celebration of his and other Aquarians’ Birthdays. The evening promises to be highly creatively energetic in thought provoking spirituality . In addition, it will be a celebration of Black history month with readings of historic Afro American Poets and writers such as Langston Hughes, Sun Ra and Amiri Baraka.

Also , this event highlights an opening of a new venue—Rhythms—on Buffalo ‘s Eastside, featuring delicious international cuisine as well as serving as a new Cultural center that will present local and world renowned artists.

Children are invited and honored here “for it’s them who will hold the future.”

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Steam Donkeys Host Winter Carnival Saturday

Mail AttachmentSpendthrifts, barflys, n’er-do-wells, and beautiful losers are unanimous in their praise for this Saturday’s Winter Carnival hosted by the Steam Donkeys at the Sportsmen’s Tavern. The event will include traditional snowball fights, a King of the Mountain contest on an icy snowbank, a donut-spinning challenge in the Tops parking lot with separate divisions for front and rear-wheel drive vehicles, and a freestyle pogeying competition with extra points awarded for dragging behind a cop car. Festivities begin at 9pm.

The event was conceived by the Steam Donkeys—a Buffalo-based music act and global think tank—who just wanted to put some old fashioned fun back into the winter season. 

“Renting a pair of ice skates and pretending you’re Hans Brinker on the faux canals at Canalside is all well and good,” says Steam Donkeys spokesperson and front man Buck Quigley. “But when I was growing up, winter activities were more spontaneous and challenging. It takes considerable skill to grab onto the bumper of a police cruiser, unnoticed, and maintain that aerodynamic tuck while sliding along on your boots. Couple that with the aerobic workout you’d get running through backyards and hopping fences when the cops discovered you—there’s nothing quite like it today.”

Local business leaders, wealthy philanthropists, elected officials and all of their appointed staffs voiced their strong opposition to the event.

“I don’t know where to begin,” said an influential mover and shaker, on condition of anonymity. “When you think of the massive amounts of public money that have gone into all the infrastructure at Canalside, not to mention the sweetheart deals that have been given out to connected vendors—you quickly realize the place is too big to fail. I don’t care if people are down there pedaling ice bikes through the slush. And I don’t care if they get frostbite weathering the freezing spray from the lake. They need to come and smile and talk about Buffalo’s renaissance. It’s important they continue to come by the thousands. The future of Buffalo depends on it. And here, we have this loose cannon Quigley urging otherwise rational people to loiter on street corners waiting to go—what does he call it? Pogoing?”

“The term is pogeying, which is essentially the same thing as skitchin,” Quigley retorted, “which my esteemed critic would know if he hadn’t been forced to spend his childhood winters packed off to a boarding school near St. Moritz because his parents found him to be an overbearing blabbermouth.”

The Steam Donkeys Winter Carnival at Sportsmen’s Tavern will also feature a performance drawing from the band’s vast catalog, plus several choice covers, sprinkled with lots of their trademark wise-cracking stage banter. Carnival admission is only $3. Participants are responsible for any legal issues they may incur before, during and after the event.





No limits Poker Tournament to be held in Niagara for Diabetes Research

Filed under: Announcements
A poker tournament on January 9 will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Western New York.
“Team In For a Penny” will host the event at 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Town of Niagara Community Center, Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.
The event is being hosted by the JDRF fundraising team that’s named for Niagara Falls resident Penny Lane, a juvenile diabetes patient.
The event will be a no-limit hold ’em tournament, with half the winnings being split among the winners and JDRF getting the other half. Blinds will double on a regular basis until a winner is crowned. Pizza will be provided for free; alcohol will be sold.
For more information, e-mail or look up “In For a Penny” on Facebook.A_Mess_Sergeant_Can_t_Win1

Fruit Belt Coalition Christmas Event Saturday

Filed under: Announcements, Events

The Fruit Belt Coalition invites all to attend its annual Christmas in the City event at the Moot Senior Citizens Center (corner of Orange and High Streets/893-6428) this Saturday (12/12) from 12-3pm. Free!

Click here for more information.

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New single by Wolf

Filed under: Announcements, Music

Local singer-songwriter Wolf (aka Chelsea O’Donnell) is joined by a full band on her new single “Spark.” Click here to check it out.


Steam Donkeys Host Global Think Tank Fundraiser Saturday Night

Filed under: Announcements, Music

The Steam Donkeys, a Buffalo-based musical act and global think tank, will be hosting a fundraiser for the organization this Saturday night (11/21) at the Sportsmen’s Tavern. The event will begin with a performance by Akron, Ohio-based Americana group Hey Mavis.

The Steam Donkeys

The Steam Donkeys

“From time to time we ask our supporters to chip in to help fund the think tank,” says Steam Donkeys front man and spokesperson Buck Quigley. “People don’t understand the expenses involved in running a think tank—and a global one, at that. But when we remind them of just some of the mind bending ideas that have been generated as a result of all the thinking we do, they’re happy to reach for their wallets.”

Not everyone agrees.

“Why should I pay $10 to see two great bands at an intimate, acoustically-perfect venue with great food and drinks, friendly staff, and outgoing music lovers when I could—as I did last Wednesday—shell out $100 to see the Dead & Company in the vast echo-chamber that is the First Niagara Center?” So asked one slightly baked hippie, under condition of anonymity. “I find comfort in buying $10 cans of Yuengling and getting harassed by zealous, skin-headed security guards while I’m getting my freak on.”

“To each his own,” Quigley observes. “We’re very excited to be sharing the stage with a band as cool as Hey Mavis—who will be kicking off the evening at 8pm—and we’re sure our fans will be wowed by their hip take on bluegrass.”

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Hey Mavis

Fans of the global think tank—commonly known as Steam Heads—are urged to arrive early and stay late. “They can park their vans in the Tops parking lot and do whippets or whatever it is they do all day,” says Quigley.

The Steam Donkeys take the stage at 10pm.


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