In this week’s show Pete talks with comedian and HBO talk show host Bill Maher, who’s performing at Shea’s Performing Arts Center this weekend. Maher talks about his roots in standup comedy, and the politically correct culture we live in. We also have a ticket give away to his show! Also in the show Cindy Batista talks about her project to bring a hospitality house to families with loved ones staying at Mercy Hospital, Willard Brooks talks about the Buffalo craft beer bubble, and Artvoice BOOM Winners, Uncle Ben’s Remedy is in our music spotlight.
The 9th annual Artvoice Battle of Original Music (BOOM!) Grand Finale takes place tomorrow! In anticipation of tomorrow night’s show, we thought we’d share some clips from three of our prior winners. Catch these $5000-winning performances from Folkfaces, Randle and the Late Night Scandals, and The Tins.
Tomorrow’s show will feature Intent to Sell, Erica Wolfling, Luanjie, and Uncle Ben’s Remedy. It all takes place at The Tralf Music hall on Main St. downtown. The show starts at 8pm, it’s an 18+ event (w/ID), and is $7 at the door. Everyone through the door gets a vote – come on out for a night of local original music, hand picked over the course of six months by Artvoice readers, and have your say in who this year’s $5000 grand prize winner will be!
Artvoice’s annual Battle of Original Music (B.O.O.M! for short) is back for a 9th annual installment. We have another $5,000 to give away to one talented local act. The contest begins with the December 4th edition of Artvoice – less than two weeks away!
If you’re in a Buffalo area band, you won’t want to miss this chance to gain some valuable exposure in print and on-line, opportunities to play packed local venues, and for one hard working and talented local act a significant prize package. Band sign-up remains open throughout the duration of the contest, but there’s nothing to be gained by waiting! All music acts are welcome, regardless of your genre or even if you’ve participated in BOOM before – we only have two main requirements: that you’re local, and you play original music. (If you’re not in a band – chances are you know somebody who is – pass this on and help us spread the word!)
Visit the BOOM website (boom.artvoice.com) for information on how the contest works. Be sure to glance through the rules (there is some fine print!) and take a look at the registration help for some tips on how to submit the best possible bio for your band.
Fans of local music will find several year’s worth of contest archives on the website as well – it’s a treasure trove of band bios where you can look and listen to well in excess of 100 talented local friends and neighbors who have participated throughout recent years. Good luck to this year’s bands – and be on the lookout for our first contestants on December 4th!
It’s been a good year for Buffalo indie-rock outfit The Tins. The band was fortunate enough to raise money through a Kickstarter campaign to fund their debut album and work with acclaimed rock producer Joe Blaney. In early September, they opened for Sam Roberts Band at Artpark. In March, the trio traveled down to Austin to play at the South by Southwest Music Festival. Just a few short weeks ago, they took home the grand prize in Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music at the Tralf. Tonight at Nietzsche’s, the undisputed BOOM champs are celebrating yet another milestone with the release of their first full-length album, Life’s a Gas. Joining the Tins will be local talent Canary Girls, Bryan Johnson and Family, and Early Attic. Show starts at 10pm.