Monday, January 23, 2017

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for Jan. 26 - Feb. 1

This week's featured event is the two-day Live Alive Fest Series / Hope For Tomorrow on Thursday at Mohawk Place and Friday at Sugar City.

For those who knew Max, she was full of life. Caring for those who could not care for themselves and caring for those in need. All she wanted to do was spread her love for music, animals and love.

Starting out with her passion of Photography, she photographed Warped Tour in 2011 and 2012. Bands she has worked with include The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Blood On The Dancefloor, Black Veil Brides, The Ready Set, Less Than Jake, Go Radio, Vanna, The Word Alive, We Came As Romans, Suicide Silence, Pierce The Veil, Miss May I, Bless The Fall, Breathe Carolina, Mayday Parade, Motionless In White, Sleeping With Sirens and many more.

In 2013, she landed a job as a Merch Assistant with Chiodos as well as continuing her job with Warped Tour.

In 2014, while still working with Warped tour, Max stood as Manager Merch Assistant and Street Team Advisor of Buttons (acoustic singer/songwriter). Touring with Courage, My Love in late 2014.

In 2015, Max joined Warped Tour yet again as Buttons was playing the entire tour. While managing the entire tour, Max got married on Warped Tour and created A New Hope: Animal Sanctuary and Education Center.

But her dream this time was to spread her love for animals. As a vegan activist, she started focusing on saving exotic animals. Her first rescue, Griffin (a Red Fox), joined her on the road during 2015 Warped Tour. Still a baby, Griffin stole the spotlight and landed himself on the cover of Emarosa's album VS.

A New Hope: Animal Sanctuary, A New Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal sanctuary in Athens, Ga. that promotes animal rights by educating the community and offering opportunities for hands on experience with animals. They offer a home to animals rescued from the exotic pet trade, non-releasable wildlife, and the victims of animal agriculture. At A New Hope, they believe all lives are created equally. They also believe the best way to share that message is by bringing the public closer to the animals that are exploited and abused. Education is essential. They believe that the next generation can be the generation to end animal cruelty, and that’s why they will work heavily with youth to grow a more compassionate culture. Through volunteer and donor support, we can build a place where animals can be safe and humans can learn kindness.

Anyone who was able to know her, got the best of her. Teaching those who aspired to do things in the Music Industry, Tips and Tricks she knew and learned to be successful. Caring for those who seemed sad or not themselves, by simply saying hello and talking to them for 15 minutes, or giving them a free CD as well as her contact info. She had a heart of gold that she just wanted to share. Helping those who could not help themselves. When little did any of us know, the struggles she was facing herself.

On Nov. 9, 2016, friends and family lost Max to suicide.

On Thursday and Friday, the Buffalo music scene is coming together in remembrance and support for an event titled "Hope For Tomorrow." This will feature artists from the area and beyond performing to raise funds for Max's organization A New Hope along with Hope for the Day which is well known in the Warped Tour community, often being an active part of the tour.

Hope for the Day focuses on suicide prevention and mental health education through self-expression platforms to achieve outreach, education and prevention. As their slogan states "It's OK not to be OK, have hope."

All proceeds from these events will be donated to these two charities and we would like to also remind you "If you're struggling, please talk to someone."

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Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at Greg@FTMPEvents.com. For the full FTMP show calendar, visit www.FTMPEvents.com.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

NEW MUSIC: Donna Dutchess: Try

Tonight's new track on All WNY Radio is the second contribution from Angola songwriter Donna Dutchess and can be found on her album, "The Songs of Donna Dutchess."

The track, "Try," as performed by Nashville recording artist Kalii Palmer, will air at 8 p.m. only on All WNY Radio.

Tune in at listen.allwnyradio.com or via the All WNY News & Radio Android app.

All WNY Radio is featuring a new track at 8 p.m. every night in 2017. Artists may submit their work to submit.allwnyradio.com.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Blackened Heart Ball to show no love

TONAWANDA -- The All WNY Radio Blacked Heart Ball slated for Feb. 12 promises three bands and no love.

The anti-Valentines Day show at Stamps will feature Lower Town Trio, Scathed and Final Decline in All WNY Radio's return to hosting local concerts after taking a hiaitus from doing so for several years.

Joe Kent, host of the ThinkSoJoe Show and lead organizer for the event said, "It's been great talking to artists about performing not only at the Blackened Hearts Ball, but at upcoming All WNY Radio events as well."

Kent called the lineup of Lower Town Trio, a rockabilly band from Lockport; Scathed, a four-piece punk band from Buffalo; and Final Decline, a thrash metal band from Buffalo "a very strong lineup for this first show back, with a great range of sounds."

"This show is still weeks away and I'm already looking forward to booking the next one," Kent concluded. "Hope everybody can come out and have a great time with the All WNY Radio family."

Kent originally proposed a "second-Halloween" anti-Valentines Day affair in 2016 but the arrangement didn't work for All WNY Radio management. This year, owner Scott Leffler along with For The Music Productions owner Greg Burt pushed to make Kent's vision a reality.

While the original plan of the show being a masquerade ball has fallen by the wayside, organizers are encouraging attendees to dress in costume as though it were Halloween Part 2.

"Valentines Day sucks anyway," Leffler said. "Who wants a Hallmark holiday when you can have great music?"

Couples will be permitted. But no mushy stuff.

Tickets for the show are a mere $5 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Jan. 18, 2017

It's an all new ThinkSoJoE Show on All WNY Radio with your hosts, ThinkSoJoE and Muller! There's music from Marquee GrandRitual WalkThe Search and Find, and Axed and Smashed, plus details on the upcoming All WNY Radio's Blackened Heart Ball.

Monday, January 16, 2017

PODCAST: Here's the Thing for Jan. 16, 2017

Scott discusses Donald Trump's appointments, his recent press conference and his "landslide" victory, plus Alexa horror stories and tipping.

Here's the link to the "Alexa Gone Wild" video.

NEW MUSIC: First Ward: I am a Winner

Tonight's new track on All WNY Radio is "I am a Winner" by First Ward, a four-piece calling Buffalo home. The band is composed of Dave Harris, Josh Mullin, Zak Ward and Peter Metzler.

"I am a Winner" comes for the group's first EP, "Live at Raven," which was given rave reviews by Ryan Gurnett earlier today.

To hear the track, tune in at listen.allwnyradio.com or via the All WNY News & Radio Android app at 8 p.m.

All WNY Radio is featuring a new track at 8 p.m. every night in 2017. Artists may submit their work to submit.allwnyradio.com.

GURNETT: 'Live at Raven' a strong introduction by First Ward

In May of 2016, singer/songwriter/guitarist Zak Ward (of Son of the Sun) was offered a gig at 12 Gates Brewery. Deciding not to go it alone, he asked Buffalo music scene veteran Josh Mullin (of The Last Conservative) to accompany him on bass and recent transplant Dave Harris to join him on guitar. Shortly thereafter, drummer Peter Metzler joined too, and First Ward was born.

Their debut EP, "Live at Raven," is a strong introduction to one of the best bands in Western New York. Released while First Ward works on an upcoming album for 2017, Live at Raven is more than just a placeholder; it contains some of the best local music put out in 2016.

The songs have the warm, fuzzy inspiration of early '90s alternative rock. Ward's howling vocals call to mind a powerful combination of Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell and Tom Petty, while the guitars push the songs ahead with beautiful, chorus-filled splendor. Often when listening to an album, I find myself picking out places where perhaps something should be different, but everything on First Wards' debut, from part to instrumentation, sounds perfect where it is. The two guitarists interact with intricate parts that slide together seamlessly in a way reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie. The bass thumps at just the right frequencies, with a small amount of warm fuzz giving it character and making the bass lines feel extra smooth. The drums are sturdy, uncomplicated and hold the whole thing together. Overall, the music has a great groove, with solid interplay between the drums and bass.

The first track, “I Am A Winner,” is a strong start to the EP. It clocks in at only a minute and a half but feels so complete you barely notice how short it is. “Simple Things” is a blues song at heart, with a dirge-like guitar and a smooth, sliding bass line. The chorus picks up with beautiful guitar parts that help highlight the thoughtful lyrics (“Used up and broken like words from my past/You make me feel like I did when I was 14/Simple rhymes and simple chords help me to say/All that I wanted but I didn’t know how to throw in your face.”)

“Lost,” a song about getting lost together, sounds like a Tom Petty B-side with modern flair. The haunting vocals and interwoven guitars take center stage, with keyboards adding a swirling feeling. You really feel every word of Ward's lyrics. Lines like “We’ll take a drive where satellites can’t reach us/'Cuz when you don’t know the way/That’s when you find the bits of life that make it all right” feel like they're coming right from his soul.

“You're Not Alone,” the final track, is the star of the EP. It's a straightforward song with a little flair of country, a la Rilo Kiley. The track (and EP) ends with a fantastic guitar solo.

First Ward's debut shows them exactly as they are: a group of experienced local musicians who've got the chops and creativity to create something beautiful and unique. I look forward to seeing what they have in store for us in the future.

Ryan Gurnett has a B.S. in Music Industry from The College of St Rose. He has worked as a studio engineer, live sound engineer, producer and sound editor and has been a musician for 25 years. He is currently the bassist for The Lady, or the Tiger?. Email him at never_really_been@hotmail.com or find him on Twitter @SirWilliamIdol.

Editor's note: All WNY Radio will play a track from First Ward's EP, "Live at Raven" at 8 p.m. as our new track for today.

Leffler back on the air tonight

All WNY Radio founder Scott Leffler will return to the airwaves tonight with what will most likely be 60 minutes of nonsense disguised as talk radio.

The talk-radio veteran and publisher of All WNY News will focus on politics and current events in a new weekly show he's calling "Here's the Thing." Leffler spent seven years as a talk show host with WLVL-AM 1340 in Lockport, as well as a much shorter stint on WECK-AM 1230.

Leffler aired a "beta test" of the show Jan. 2 with intentions of making a more public debut on Jan. 9. That more public debut was thwarted due to a mix of sleep deprivation and illness. He assures us that tonight, he'll be rested and healthy.

"Here's the Thing" will air immediately following the new track of the day, which will play at 8 p.m. on All WNY Radio.

Listen online at listen.allwnyradio.com, via the All WNY New & Radio app for Android or via the TuneIn app on Android, iPhone and Amazon Echo (say "Listen to All W.N.Y. Radio" after your wake word.")

Interact with the show via Twitter @scottleffler.

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for Jan. 19 - 25

This week's featured event is the Buffalo Blues Benefit For Veterans, 7 p.m. Saturday at Mohawk Place.

The Buffalo Blues Benefit for Veterans is a music campaign to serve veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in Western New York. This show follows a sold-out launch event, on Nov. 16, celebrating the release of the Home CD to benefit the WNY Veterans Housing Coalition, a charity serving veterans in need of housing and other help. The disc, produced by area musician and educator Bob James, includes contributions from Peter Case, Dave Constantino, Mick Hayes, Savannah King, Caitlin Koch, Grace Lougen, David Miller (Miller and The Other Sinners), Robert "Freightrain" Parker, Randle and the Late Night Scandals, the Love Parade, and Doug Yeomans.

Along with selling copies of the Home disc, they are releasing a very special, limited edition album building a bridge from Buffalo 1988 original music scene to 2017.

We Killed McKinley … Again?

No, not the president (he bit the dust here in 1901), but the album. There have been a lot of sampler albums of Western New York music over the years, but few have ever come close to matching 1988’s We Killed McKinley album.

The LP had a title to catch your ear and a line-up of high quality recorded (a rarity at the time) tracks and talent that would prove stellar as well (think Goo Goo Dolls, Mark Freeland, SplatCats, David Kane’s Decay of Western Civilization, the Ramrods, The Rain and the Pinheads).

Now the Buffalo Blues Benefit for Veterans music campaign is bringing back the same title and theme with a new CD featuring a similar lineup of young, dedicated independent Buffalo talent worthy of challenging those on the original album.

The CD, We Killed McKinley: Music from Buffalo, New York 2017, (Buffalo Rock Hall Records) will see the light of – well, night – on this evening. The recording will feature emerging standouts Sixties Future, Sara Elizabeth, the Mallwalkers, TJ Zindle, Stress Dolls, Mom Said No, Dreambeaches, First Ward, Jaw Bone, So Far So Good, The Love Parade, Bethany Fonda and The Naturalists.

The album is co-produced by Bob James, who created the original “We Killed McKinley” with the late Tim Switala, a media and music visionary who came up with the title and concept. This time he’s produced the album with Chelsea O’Donnell, who has featured many of the performers on her local music show on 107.7 FM. As a tribute to the early stars of Buffalo’s indie music scene, the tracks on the new disc includes a pair of covers: Sara Elizabeth performing “What Do I Do” by Bob Kozak (Jumpers and a bevy of other bands) and Bethany Fonda covering "Judy," a song by Bernie Kugel and the Good.

So come on down to Mohawk Place this Saturday starting at 7 p.m. to enjoy some of the best music Buffalo has to offer (including performances from Caitlin Koch, Stress Dolls, Patti Parks, Mom Said No, and Love Parade) while also supporting this great cause.

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Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at Greg@FTMPEvents.com. For the full FTMP show calendar, visit www.FTMPEvents.com.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

NEW MUSIC: Diggin' Roots Band: Muddy Water

Tonight's new track on All WNY Radio is by the All WNY Music Award-winning Diggin' Roots Band. The Olean three-piece took second place in the Best Blues Band/Act category.

The new track being played at 8 p.m. on All WNY Radio is "Muddy Water."

Tune in at listen.allwnyradio.com or via the All WNY News & Radio Android app.

All WNY Radio is featuring a new track at 8 p.m. every night in 2017. Artists may submit their work to submit.allwnyradio.com.

Friday, January 13, 2017

NEW MUSIC: Thatcher Edwards ft. Mark Lee: M&M's

Tonight's new track on All WNY Radio is "M&M's" by Thatcher Edwards featuring Mark Lee. It will air at 8 p.m. only on All WNY Radio.

The song was released on YouTube on Thursday. Hip hop artists Edwards and Lee both live in Buffalo.

Tune in at listen.allwnyradio.com or via the All WNY News & Radio Android app.

All WNY Radio is featuring a new track at 8 p.m. every night in 2017. Artists may submit their work to submit.allwnyradio.com.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

NEW MUSIC: Donna Dutchess: Just Go

Tonight's new track on All WNY Radio was written by Angola songwriter Donna Dutchess and can be found on her album, "The Songs of Donna Dutchess." The track, "Just Go," as performed by Nashville recording artist Jon Scott, will air at 8 p.m. only on All WNY Radio.

"Just Go" is one of two songs Dutchess recently submitted to All WNY Radio. Another will be featured in the future.

Tune in at listen.allwnyradio.com or via the All WNY News & Radio Android app.

All WNY Radio is featuring a new track at 8 p.m. every night in 2017. Artists may submit their work to submit.allwnyradio.com.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Jan. 11, 2017

The award-winning ThinkSoJoe Show returns to the All WNY Radio airwaves to crow about their third-place finish at the All WNY Music Awards, and to play local music from PA LineThe Lady, or the Tiger?Exham Priory, and Supermassive. Joe and Muller also discuss Joe's homework -- watching Jaws.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NEW MUSIC: Ally Marella: Take Me With You

All WNY Radio's new track for the day is "Take Me With You" by Ally Marella, which will air at 8 p.m. only on All WNY Radio.

"Take Me With You" is one of two songs recently released by the 12-year-old singer/ songwriter/ pianist/ dancer/ acrobat/ martial artist. It can be found here.

Tune in at listen.allwnyradio.com or via the All WNY News & Radio Android...

Monday, January 09, 2017

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for Jan. 12 - 18

This week's featured show is Sunday's Ritual Walk's Return Show at Mohawk Place.

Formed back in 2010, Ritual Walk became very active in the local scene starting in 2012. For many years you could catch these guys rocking stages such as Club Infinity, The Town Ballroom, Riviera Theatre, Xtreme Wheels, The Forvm, and more. But all good things must come to an end sometimes, and due to creative differences the original crew fell apart. Some members started new projects that are still playing out, but frontman Lelan Allen's attempts never seemed to lead to what he envisioned.

Now, with a new year, comes a new crew that Lelan has recruited together which is going back to the roots that he loves. Ritual Walk is back after almost 3 years, and they mean Business. Catch them at Mohawk Place this Sunday, January 15th as they play some of your old favorites alongside some brand new rocking songs! They will be joined by Exham Priory (frontman Nick Lucido is celebrating his birthday at this event), Mojo Stone, Gods Creatures, The Rangeclips, & The Cage Kings! Doors open at 6 p.m. and it's only $5 presale / $8 at the door. Don't miss your chance to welcome back Buffalo's favorite Heavy Metal Gentlemen!

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The Falling Birds: 6 p.m. Thursday at Mohawk Place
The Blues Daddios: 7 p.m. Thursday at Sportsman's Tavern
Dylan Toole & Lite: 6 p.m. Friday at Evening Star Concert Hall
Poetry Slam for Saving LGBTQ Lives: 8 p.m. Friday at Mohawk Place
The Hip Hop Connection Series: 4 p.m. Saturday at Artspace Buffalo Gallery
StarWars Cantina Party (Dreamland Fundraiser): 7 p.m. Saturday at Dreamland
Malarchuk & Governess: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tralf
Brassband, Dixieland, Americana & Burlesque 4: 9 p.m. Saturday at Mohawk Place
Continental Drift: 10 p.m. Saturday at Nietzsche's

Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at Greg@FTMPEvents.com. For the full FTMP show calendar, visit www.FTMPEvents.com.