by Buck Quigley - posted 4:46 pm, February 18, 2016
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.
While 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.