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1st Annual SAM Foundation Awards ft. Jim Lauderdale

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Come down to Sportsmen’s Tavern on Monday evening (9/21 @7pm) to enjoy live music by Jim Lauderdale, Bill Kirchen, Kim Lenz, and Stone Country for the 1st annual SAM Foundation Awards.

The Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation has had a highly successful first year as the premier non-profit music organization in WNY.  A variety of events have been held, and they’re consistently increasing their membership and  moving full steam ahead to make Buffalo the equal of Austin and Nashville.  Therefore, it is with great pride and excitement that the SAM Foundation announce their 1st annual Awards Night, which will be a very prestigious event showcasing the best of the WNY music scene along with distinguished and influential national Americana music stars.

For fans of Americana music, Lauderdale needs no introduction. He’s a musician’s musician and a great American storyteller. He’s been making hits long before some of you knew how to walk. His career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. He won “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the first Honors and Awards Show, which was held by the American Music Association in 2012. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.

Lauderdale is one of Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, and George Straight. This clearly isn’t his first rodeo. He just released his 26th studio album, I’m a Song, which features an all-star cast of friends and contributors like Elvis Costello and John Oates. Despite the 20-song track list, I’m a Song never wears out its welcome, thanks to Lauderdale’s immaculate talent and diversity. His style is sweet but not oversentimental, “Today I’ve Got The Yesterdays” represents country music as it is and should be, with effective fiddle and Patty Loveless on backing vocals. The entire album is a reflection of Lauderdale’s entire career and any fan of country/Americana/bluegrass will not be disappointed.

$25 members, $35 non-members, $50 reserved seats on 1st floor and 2nd floor first balcony.


Uncle Ben’s Remedy: What to Expect from our 2015 Art Boom Competition Winners By Nina Lapres

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For an alternative pop-rock concert like 107.7’s Kerfuffle, one of the least likely genres to see coming out of the Buffalo Festival would be a band with an overwhelming Country/Bluegrass sound. Yet even with these odds in mind, the five men in Uncle Ben’s Remedy were able to do just that by being named the Grand Finale Winners of the 2015 Artvoice Boom Competition and are set to take their Outlaw Country sounds to the masses on the Kerfuffle stage. With their first album only 10 months old, the band is more than happy to see all of their hard work pay off.

Uncle Ben’s Remedy started out as a gang of friends from the South-towns that usually enjoyed singing the songs of Lynyrd Skynerd and the Allman Brothers at family gatherings and parties among friends. When the band decided to become something bigger and hit the studios, their sound of familial intimacy and personal sincerity shined through to add even more of a unique tune to the masses.

After talking to the band’s singer/guitarist Harmony Griffen, I could tell that the band their definition of family included their tight-nit fan base just as much as their blood relatives. The band is even going as far as renting out school buses in order to give their fans from the South-towns a safe ride to their shows in the city.

When a local band wins a competition like the Artvoice Boom Competition, music fans would expect their favorite group to become more arrogant and proud as soon as their music is thrust in the spotlight, but according to Griffen their BOOM win “has been incredibly humbling for the band.”

The band played in the final two rounds and they were more blown away by the amount of fans at the show than the thought of the grand prize at their fingertips. “To see the response at the 2 live rounds is something that will stay with us for a long time,” Griffen says.

As far as the financial grand prize goes, the group says that the money will go directly to the production of their next LP, which they had already begun creating when they were announced the BOOM Champions.

So now that the competition is won and Kerfuffle 2015 is just around the corner, what should the festival goers expect from UBR’s opening performance? Harmony Griffin has a few predictions in mind:

“You are gonna be dancing and likely drunk when it’s all said and done. We are still debating an internal bet to wear daisy dukes on the kerfuffle stage. We’ll see how that goes.”

Even though their sets are usually seen as carefree fun, the heart and hard-work will still be very prevalent.

“For Kerfuffle, I like to think new fans will get a chance to see what got us here in the first place.” Said Griffen.

You can see Harmony and the rest of Uncle Ben’s Remedy perform their grand prize opening set at Kerfuffle 2015 at Canalside on Saturday, July 25.

 

~ Nina Lapres


Just Announced: Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness (11/27/15)

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Seven albums, three bands, and 15 years into his career, Andrew McMahon continues to reinvent and reinvigorate his music.

The Southern-California singer/songwriter’s latest album, the self-titled first release of his new Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness project, was released in October of last year and finds McMahon spreading his wings into new sonic and thematic territories while retaining his penchant for deeply personal lyrics and confessional melodies.

Reinvention, though, is nothing new for McMahon, who started out fronting emo band Something Corporate before breaking off for a solo project under the name Jack’s Mannequin. McMahon recently made a change again with the release of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. “I think I was ready to move on from Jack’s Mannequin,” he said. “A lot of that music was so closely attached to a really difficult time in my life that spiritually I was ready to cleanse myself of that and move into a new, exciting chapter that didn’t have to be so closely attached to my cancer,” referring to his diagnosis and battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

With a newly born child, McMahon was ready to look forward and felt a new name, his own name, was a necessary step to take in his career. “I felt like I was in a new moment in my life where so many things were changing and my emotional and spiritual headspace was so much more grounded. In that it was like this is the moment to step out and say, ‘Yeah I am a guy in a band but my name is Andrew and I’d like you to hear my new songs.’”
 

Still, though, the inclusion of “in the Wilderness” in his moniker adds a layer of disconnect he felt it was important to have. He explained, “One, this was such a collaborative process. Even though I consider myself a solo artist, I can’t deny the fact that there are so many people whose hard work factors into these songs, and this was an extremely, if not the most, collaborative process I’ve ever been a part of. The other side of it, when I hear the word ‘wilderness,’ that’s really what I was feeling. This sort of strange moment where I was on this adventure, I was stepping into new territory, I was maybe a little afraid but also very excited to walk into this new world.”

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness finds McMahon co-writing songs more than at any point in his career, working primarily with Mike Viola (of Candy Butchers fame) and James Flannigan to flesh out his more pop-centric songs. “I didn’t want to rest on my laurels if I was gonna make a new record under my own name. I wanted to find new melodies and find new changes and find new rhythms to set those songs to. Certainly I learned that by getting into a space with other people and being open to that, you can find your way to new sounds.

“There’s so much spiritual and physical energy that it takes to make a record. I just dug in really deep and got into my corner and said, ‘I’ve gotta make a great record for me.’ I had to make all these collaborations I was stepping into about making a great record for myself. I think, like anything, you can’t take for granted what you have and you also can’t get too set in your ways. You gotta just keep moving and keep your eye on the future. I’ve been really blessed, there’s no question about it. I’ve been very lucky to be supported by a lot of great people who believe in my career and believe that it deserves to keep moving forward.”

 

On Friday, November 27th, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness will be performing at Town Ballroom with New Politics. Tickets go on sale this Friday (6/26 @10am) and can be purchased here.

 

 


Happy Hour w/ American Low

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It was 6pm on the first Friday in March when Michael Brady and I walk into Just Vino Wine Bar located on the cozy, “SoHo-esque” setting of Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

He’s about to tell me about his new music venture that he’s been working on this past year, but first, I put in an order for 2 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon by Ferrari Carano. “I won’t lie to you,” I tell him. “I only order the wine I can pronounce.”

Luckily for me, the bartender didn’t hear my ‘entry level’ remark.

I am by no means a wine enthusiast, and it’s now become vividly clear.

Michael begins to tell me about the vibrant aromatics of cassis, cedar, licorice and other spices that attribute to the flavor. “You just have to know what to look for when drinking a fine wine,” he says before going through the appropriate steps of wine tasting.

Once he’s satisfied with his explanation and the fact I won’t embarrass him in front of the crowd of happy hour winos, we get started.

“We only have two goals as a band: To be on Ellen, and to be able to say ‘thank you Milan.’” Michael says with only a half joking tone.

He’s just a week away from launching his debut song “Cloud” as well as gearing up for the first show with his three-piece indie/rock band, American Low.

“We’re about to put out everything we’ve been working on the past year,” he says. “I had around 40-50 song ideas just laying around with no direction.

“I showed a good friend of mine some of the material and he really pushed me into turning them into something real.”

With the drive and passion to complete his unfinished songs, Michael went into the studio to record his ideas with fellow band-mates Ben Gigone and Jeremy Shields.

“We started tracking at Quiet Country Audio and it soon turned into something I’ve been waiting for. We now have a lot of content that we’re finally ready to put out there.

“American Low will be releasing a music video for the single along with our website on Sunday, March 15th

The group has their first show coming up this week at the Bug Jar in Rochester before heading to the Studio at Waiting Room this Friday (3/13 @6pm).

“We’re opening up for a band called Royal Tongues for a hometown show,” he said. “I honestly don’t know how it’s going to go. We haven’t even played live as a band, but I know we’ll encompass the honesty of the songs as well as the sincerity we bring to the table in a live setting.”

As a songwriter, Michael strives on his brutally honest lyrics and earnest melodies.

“I always want to come from a place of sincerity,” he tells me. “A good song is one that is honest and catchy. You can have a really honest song, but if you want it to be marketable, it has to be catchy as well.

“I’m confident to say we have a nice hybrid of the two.”

We begin to move on to our second bottle of wine, and I notice there’s something about drinking wine that makes you feel smart and pretentious at the same time.

As the glasses flow, the confidence in Michaels voice follows.

“I honestly think that by the end of the year, we’ll be signed,” he says.

I tell him it’s a bold statement, but can’t help but to be intrigued.

“A lot of bands fail when they don’t have their own identity and attitude,” he said.

“These days, bands just borrow from others and fail to remain unique. With the right songs and a professional attitude, anything is possible. We have the songs and we have our identity”

You can tell he has the same ‘I-don’t-give-a-shit’ attitude and confidence of the English rock band, Oasis. Similar to Liam Gallagher, Michael Brady isn’t afraid to name names and stir up some controversy.

“It’s tough being in a band from Buffalo,” Michael says. “I’ll be honest, I don’t think the scene has been relevant or as sincere as it was when I was growing up and going to shows.

“I’m excited to help revive that spark. I think we have the ability to do that.”

Buffalo has always been known for immense amount of artistry and cultural, but above all, music.

“When I was younger, there were a group of bands that had a collected vision and support for one another. People were engaged and it was interesting.

I’d like to see that happen again. Back around 10-15 years ago, random bars and restaurants with no affiliation to music started putting on shows because there was such an overflow of good music and bands.”

The tone of his voice has the perfect amount of cockiness that you can’t help but to admire.

“The Release of American Low will be my proudest musical moment thus far,” He says. “I’ve only played in two acts my entire musical career and both were successful in different ways.

I’ve seen the country a few times over, but I’ve never produced something so pure. These songs are the most honest thing I’ve ever created.”

 

 

~ Jeffrey Czum

 

 

 


The Rolling Stones in Buffalo: Could It Really Be True?

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According to a recent post on Songmango.com:

“Look for an official Rolling Stones tour announcement coming up, maybe as soon as Wednesday, March 11th. The legendary band will be announcing the re-issue of their classic 1971 album, Sticky Fingers, in addition to a 14-city North American trek.

Reportedly, the band will play the entire Sticky Fingersalbum each show. Tracks include: ‘Bitch,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ ‘Moonlight Mile,’ ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ (video below), ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘You Gotta Move’ (video below) and ‘Dead Flowers.’

The tour is to kickoff in late May at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and then head down to San Diego (though that could be in reverse order as the schedule has yet to be finalized).

Reportedly – without being officially confirmed – The Stones will play Milwaukee on June 23rd and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4th. Other stops are said to include Red Rocks in Colorado, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and somewhere in NYC. There will be Canadian cities on the tour, which could include a festival.”

Although it still seems to be just a rumor, we can still hope.

 

For more details on this, check out the article here.


Your ’80s Workout Playlist

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As an ’80s baby, I often like to brag about how ‘tubular’ this decade was. From track suits and aviators to Frogger and Rubik’s cubes, the ’80s were filled to the brim with awesome. But what brought this decade of rad to an unforgettable level was, undoubtedly, the music. Whether we’re talking about the epic training montage scenes from Rocky or the synthpop trakcs that dominated the radio waves, it’s clear that these songs will get your adrenaline pumping. Now that it’s starting to warm up – crank up the volume on your walkman, grab your posse, and book it to the gym. Each beat will fuel you with the drive of Arnold, the ambition of Ren, and the wisdom of Mr. Miyagi.

 

10. Huey Lewis – The Power of Love

 

 

9. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

 

 

8. Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf

 

 

7. Talking Heads – Burning Down The House

 

 

6. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again

 

 

5. a-ha – Take On Me

 

 

4. Survivor – Burning Heart

 

 

3. Joe Esposito – You’re The Best

 

 

2. John Parr- Man in Motion 

 

 

1. Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

 

 

 

 

 


8 Questions w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime – By Katie Coleman

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The ska-punk-reggae scene is living on through Badfish, Sublime’s most acclaimed tribute band, who will perform on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m at Town Ballroom in Buffalo.

Taking their name after a song on Sublime’s 40oz to Freedom album, original Badfish members were inspired after Sublime’s lead singer died in 1996, leaving behind a huge fan-base, many whom never got to see them perform live.

Badfish has spent the past 14 years replicating Sublime’s music, and has cultivated a huge fan base from around the nation.

Bass player Joel Hanks has been with the band since day one.

 

 

AV: Can you talk about the evolution of Badfish as a tribute band over the past fourteen years?

Hanks: “I guess it’s evolving as a business more than a tribute band. It started out as kind of a giant party, and now it’s very professional in terms of touring, and the life-on-the-road aspect.”

 

Badfish is on tour this time for two months, with an eight-day break in the middle. The band members are at their respective homes in Rhode Island now, leaving on Friday to finish the tour around St. Patty’s day.

 

AV: What’s it like playing at Town Ballroom?

Hanks: “The venue’s great, the staff’s great- we like going there. There are a lot of places we look forward to, and plenty that we don’t look forward to playing at. Some of these venues are really well run and professional. And some are just not, you know?”

AV: Anything Badfish is working on right now?

Hanks: “Last month, we played the 40 oz. album for first time… for the first time in long time we had to practice and learn a few songs we had never played before.”

AV: Can you talk about life in a tribute band, as opposed to creating original music?

Hanks: “Well, there’s less stuff to fight about. It’s much harder dynamics when there’s creation involved, and it’s a whole diff thing. It’s definitely easier on that end. I mean, look, when we started the band, it was just like, wow, there’s so many sublime fans, and most of them never got to hear sublime play. Let’s just play some sublime songs, and see what happens. We like this music, so it’ll be fun either way.”

 

From there, Badfish started growing a fan-base and gaining credit for their Sublime replication.

 

AV: How’d the band form?

Hanks: “I started playing when I was 16 or 17, and the decision to play bass was a classic case of too many guitar players. The band started in college; the original lead singer and I went to high school together, and in college I met the drummer in class. We were kind of all in different bands that weren’t really doing anything, and had this idea a long time ago and started revisiting it.

AV: What’s the hardest part of being part of a band?

Hanks: “The interpersonal dynamics are very difficult. Communication is such a big aspect of any relationship. When you start touring, it really changes things when you have to live with these people seven days a week and really get to know them. It’s not always so fun when you’re on the road. It’s mentally tiring. It’s difficult. I think overall, we have it really good. We get along really well, and that’s why we’ve been able to continue to do it for as long as we have.”

AV: So what’s Buffalo like for you?

Hanks: “I hope its not cold. I hope it doesn’t snow. It just makes me wonder what people

AV: What’s your favorite song to play?

Hanks: “Songs that groove really well with the drummer, and are really fun to play: Badfish, Don’t Push, and Garden Grove are a few.”

AV: Any personal goals as a musician right now?

Hanks: “You’re always trying to get a little better. Its great now that there’s a lot of Youtube stuff out there if you want to learn a different technique. We didn’t have that twenty years ago when I started playing bass, so people have a lot more tools out there to get better and improve. Even some of these apps they have, it’s pretty cool stuff.”

 

~ Katie Coleman

 

7pm Town Ballroom, 681 S. Main St. (852-3900 / townballroom.com) $17.50-$20

 


Breaking Down “Irony” With Alanis Morissette

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Let’s talk about Alanis Morissette.

For all you neon-fanny-pack-wearing, Legends of the Hidden Temple watching, Topanga-crushing, Beanie Babies-collecting ’90s kids who witnessed the rise of angry/feministic/rock first hand, I’m sure the song, “Ironic” holds a very special place in your hearts.

When I was in 10th grade, my English teacher was somewhat obsessed with teaching the class a list of “literary devices.” As you know (at least you should), one of these devices is irony.

I can’t remember the exact definition she used with the term, but I’m pretty sure that it was close to how I would define sarcasm: the act of someone meaning the opposite of what they say.

To give our class a prime example of the concept, my teacher gleefully handed out copies of the lyrics to Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic.”

We read through the song, line by line, tasked with identifying which lines, if any were “truly” ironic. What a totally “cool” and “hip” teacher we had.

Now I’ll admit, I struggle with identifying anything as “truly” anything, so the experience was a little traumatizing. I still can’t listen to that song without picturing my teacher slowly shaking her head with disappointment while saying “try again, Mr. Czum.”

Before we start picking apart Morissette like most of her ex-boyfriends did in the 90s, let’s take a look at the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of the word:

A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what was or might be expected; an outcome cruelly, humorously, or strangely at odds with assumptions or expectations.

This accurately and uncontroversially describes almost all of the song’s situations. For everyone I know, rain on one’s wedding day would indeed be cruelly, humorously, and strangely at odds with expectations.

This sort of irony is usually called “situational irony” and while I’m somewhat opposed to breaking irony apart into discrete kinds, the phrase works pretty well here to describe the many ironic examples that Alanis describes.

Both that 98-year-old-man and Mr. Play-it-Safe possess fates that are truly ironic; they struggle to create a meaningful narrative in the face of a world that thwarts their intentions.

The only moment in the song that doesn’t easily fit into this definition of irony is one of the last, with the “man of my dreams” and “his beautiful wife.” There is certainly a contrast there, but it doesn’t seem to be one of expectations. In general, though, the song evokes the disparity of meaning that comes from the difference of expectation and actuality.

Just because no one is being sarcastic doesn’t mean the song isn’t ironic.

Maybe I’m looking way too far into this, or maybe (just maybe) Alanis has a much deeper, more radical, and philosophical concept of irony.

It seems to me that Ms. Morissette is remarkably well versed in the theories of irony from Erasmus to Paul de Man; if she hasn’t read their works herself, then she has certainly internalized much of the theory of irony not only as a trope but as a question of philosophy.

For example: “It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take.” This is the vaguest line in the song, and it seems to pose a challenge to the ironist. Actually the situational irony here is that the listener didn’t expect the advice to apple, whereas it did after all. But why didn’t ‘you” take that advice?

It’s possible that you thought the advice-giver was being ironic, and didn’t intende for you to heed the advice. Or you simple thought that the advice wasn’t “good” when it was; either way you don’t take it “seriously”.

The Irony here is one of misinterpretation.

Paul de Man addresses this difficulty of interpretation in his essay “The Concept of Irony.” He states: “what is at stake is irony is the possibility of deciding on A meaning or an a multiple set of meaning or on a controlled polysemy of meaning.”

Doesn’t Alanis provide the perfect example of living in a world where we’re unsure of what to take seriously, and what not to? And who, if anyone, would have though it figures?

So, what is “Ironic” really about, anyway? Let’s take a look at the bridge/outro: “Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you/ Life has a funny, funny, way of helping you out.” How is life helping you out?

It seems that this songs, like many of the other songs on Jagged Little Pill, is describing the wistful emotional reflection that a Gen-Xer feels when distanced from their own experience.

Take a look at the music video. It features three Alanises taking a road trip: Alanis sees herself from the outside. That 90’s attitude can be labeled as “the meaningfulness of meaninglessness.” Similar to every T.S. Eliot poem you’ve ever read.

So, was it ever plausible that she could have successfully written a song which would not have created such mockery? Could the song have ever identified truly ironic situations? Does anyone actually agree on a good definition of irony anyway?

We’ll just have to leave this one up for interpretation.

Figures, right?

 

~Jeff Czum

 

 

 


Valentine’s Night Playlist (NSFW)

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If you want to impress your SO/date/stranger or whatever you want to bring home, be prepared to be judged on the music you play. You’re going to want the perfect soundtrack for when you’re….you know….doin’ your thing. Here’s a list of  the 14 best songs to get down to (and trust me, they all work):

 

 

 

14. Akinyele – Put It In Your Mouth

 

 

13. George Michael – I Want Your Sex

 

 

12. Salt-N-Pepe – Let’s Talk About Sex

 

 

11. Bad Company – Feel Like Making Love

 

 

10. Rihanna – S&M

 

 

9. Madonna – Like a Virgin

 

 

8. R. Kelly – The Zoo

 

 

7. Eazy E – Gimmie That Nutt

 

 

6. Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle

 

 

5. Divinyls – I Touch Myself

 

 

4. Jeremih – Birthday Sex

 

 

3. Limp Bizkit – Nookie

 

 

2. Aerosmith – Love in an Elevator 

 

 

1. Nine Inch Nails – Closer

 

~ Jeff Czum


Clarence Center Café Open Mic

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open-mic-3-001-840x560When talking about open mics in the Buffalo area, the conversation eventually turns to one of the most popular and successful open mics in the area: the Clarence Center Open Mic, Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10:30.

The facility is a little on the small side, and the parking is sometimes at a premium. Yet I have always felt drawn to this open mic. It has a very folksy, intimate feel. As a performer, you are literally on top of the audience, but that creates a connection here rarely duplicated at other open mics. The sound system is flawless. It was a sound system built from the ground up to accommodate the unusual shape of the coffee shop. Part of the charm is the staff and the unique food and drink offerings here.

Since the start of this open mic going on ten years ago, this weekly open mic has been supported very strongly by musicians, music lovers and locals alike. This is why a large number of musicians show up to play here each week.

This open mic has, in this writer’s opinion, displays consistently the highest number of performers every week of any area open mic. Not surprisingly, more performers get on stage here per week on a regular basis than any open mic I have ever seen. This means it almost always has a 3-song limit; on some occasions, a 2-song limit. The recent record for performers in one night is 19, almost double what many “wildly successful” open mics have when they are having a good night.

They have the most diverse age groups, from families with children to high school students to senior citizens. This open mic has a very wholesome, family oriented feel to it. The hosting is in good hands with Stuart Shapiro, affectionately called “Doc” Stuart. Doc Stuart has been running this open mic for the past 8 years. Doc encourages collaboration, and, among others, has 2 very apt and capable collaborators who will often gladly accompany anyone who would like another musician to join in. These 2 musicians are Alyssa Wainwright and Lucas Honig, playing violin and bass respectively. Not surprisingly, they got their start here- honing their skills every week- and now they come to often add to other people’s music. Although sometimes changes at work or schedules get in the way, it is an added treat when the two of them are here to add to the great music.

As you would expect from an open mic like this, the talent level is from beginner to expert. It adds to the excitement, since you never know who is playing next or what or how they will play. Because of this fact there are often marvelous surprises here. The performers play a variety of different genres of music, given the wide range in ages in the performers and the crowd. The entertainment at the open mic is not limited to music. At one recent open mic here there were 6 poets who came. All of these performers were captivating, with very topical, cutting edge and exciting material.

During the summer season the open mic is held on the patio, which always seems to raise the level of play and enjoyment on everyone’s part. What is truly unique about this open mic is they have released 2 CD’s in order to raise money for charity. This has allowed more than a few local musicians to put their original songs out for all to hear to help raise several thousand dollars each time. This turned out to be a very special thing when one of the members who recorded a song for the first CD passed away. Having them immortalized on this CD made the recording of the CD all the more special.

A recent website rating of local open mics has rated this open mic – the Clarence Center Café Open Mic in a tie (with Moonshiner’s in Hamburg) for the honor of being regarded as the best open mic in Erie/Niagara Counties. This is no small feat with over 35 weekly open mics to choose from locally. If you are in the Clarence Center area on Tuesday night, or looking for good musical entertainment in the area, there is no better place to be.

For more information on open mics in Western New York, go to; www.openmicreviews.com.

 

Tuesday Nights

7:30PM – 10:30PM

Clarence Center Café 

9475 Clarence Center Road

 

 

~ Tim Weir




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