Wednesday, February 22, 2017

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Feb. 22, 2017

An all new episode of All WNY Radio's ThinkSoJoE Show with guest co-host Dan Twist of Exham Priory and music from bands playing at FTMP Events Burtfest this Sunday, including Improbable CauseThe Orange Friction, and So Far So Good! Plus, Lexxi Raine was in studio to promote and play songs off of her new EP, #MOXIE, which will be available this Friday!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Artpark gets early jump on concert announcements

LEWISTON -- Saying the "spring-like weather has got us in the mood to announce some summer shows," Artpark announced four concerts today via its website and Facebook page.

Opening the Tuesday in the Park series on June 6 will be ZZ Top. Brit Floyd will play the park on July 18. Blondie and Garbage will co-headline a bill on July 25 on their "Rage and Rapture Tour." And Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson will perform on Aug. 22.

Advance tickets start at $12 for all of the announced shows with the exception of ZZ Top which offers advance tickets for $17. Tickets increase to $17 and $22 respectively the week of the show.

Tickets for the four announced shows -- as well as season passes -- go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through artpark.net, tickets.com, by phone at 1-888-223-6000 or in person at the Artpark Box Office.

The park promises more concert announcements later this spring.

Monday, February 20, 2017

PODCAST: Here's the Thing for Feb. 20, 2017

Scott discusses the ongoing Bird War and how it seems to be ravaging Great Britain. Sadly, the audio cuts out around 51 minutes into the show when Scott gets attacked by a wild osprey.

Here's the links he mentions in the show:

Beware birds. They hate us for our chips.

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for Feb. 23 - March 1

This week's features show is BurtFest 2017 Sunday at 2 p.m. at Showplace Theatre.

FTMP Events has hit the 5 year mark, and they have their biggest celebration planned yet! With a stacked line up of 15 of Buffalo's Best Bands rocking Showplace Theater all day! Get into this ALL DAY CELEBRATION OF LOCAL MUSIC!!!

Greg Burt started his venture into the local scene during his time at 91.3 FM WBNY (Buffalo State College's Radio Station) where he was handed The WBNY Local Show and decided to run with it. From his time there the show grew to feature multiple live interviews and performances every week from local artists and had a strong following. He also grew more involved in WBNY by taking over Music Director and Webmaster duties for a couple years until he graduated with a Computer Information Systems degree.

During his time there he started to dabble in booking as a part of Incite A Riot which was lead by the hard working Nick Ramirez. After a couple years of trying to keep it afloat, and bringing acts like Twenty One Pilots and Hawthorne Heights through, Incite eventually folded due to the workload and financial strain.

But Greg wasn't done, along with some help from the disbanded Incite A Riot crew, For The Music Productions was born. It all started as a humble group of music lovers showcasing local music at small stores on Elmwood such as Filigrees and Guerilla Gallery/Allentown Music Too under the "For The Music Productions" banner. During this time he became the Program Director for All WNY Radio along with the Buffalo representative for Eat Here Records as well.

Greg Burt has continued to push FTMP to grow, and grow it has thanks to all the continued support from the local scene! Greg was then hired by The Forvm/Maple Entertainment Complex, a concert venue in the Amherst area, where FTMP based it's operations for a couple years. Showcasing all kinds of events such as weddings, boxing matches, and of course a TON of concerts. The Forvm brought performers such as Aaron Carter, Da Mafia 6ix, Frankie Muniz, The Ataris, Red Dragon Cartel, & so much more to the WNY area! But after a while it couldn't keep up with the rising rent and pressure from the landlord and eventually was sadly forced to close it's doors.

Now freelance, For The Music Productions rebranded as FTMP Events and presents shows all over WNY at venues such as Mohawk Place, Evening Star Concert Hall, Stamps, & Sugar City. Greg Burt, Ashley Hoffman, and Cory Coleman continue to make it happen and are proud to say FTMP is here to stay. But, FTMP Events wouldn't exist without all the bands, fans, and support which we could never thank everyone enough for over these years.

FTMP Events (For The Music Productions) is a booking/promotion agency organizing concerts & other events in the Buffalo, NY area. Through offering opportunities for bands to perform, they continue to enrich the music scene around Western New York while also pushing to bring some of your favorite bands & musicians to town. FTMP prides themselves in presenting enjoyable events for both young adults & bar goers along with opportunities for performers to hone their skills, build friends & connections, and continue to grow!

Tickets are only $10 in advance, or $15 at the door for the 5 Year Anniversary of FTMP Events : BurtFest 2017! A $25 VIP Ticket is also avaialble which includes access to the upstairs lounge which overlooks the room & stage along with a separate bathroom, seats, & a small BurtFest merchandise package. Crooked Gener8ion, As Summer Dies, Gods Creatures, So Far So Good, The Second String, Exham Priory, The Rifts, Improbable Cause, PA Line, The Odds Are, The Good Neighbors, Orange Friction, Bighorn Sheep, THE NIGH, & Slaves To Sound are set to rock the iconic & newly reopened venue Showplace Theater! Come early, stay late, rock out, and keep supporting your local music!

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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, February 19, 2017

Get a spot on Buffalo Hip Hop All Stars 2.0

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Hip Hop All Stars 2.0 show at Mohawk Place on May 26th is looking for two final acts to fill out the bill -- and it could be you our your group.

Already booked in this incredible show is DeeZ, Code Red Global, Nemesis Poe, King Jester, Consciouss, and Lumberjack Matt ... and it's hosted by Bigg Rich. If you think you are capable of sharing the stage with these incredible musicians, nominate yourself in the link below. Be sure to include artist's name, contact information and a link to a song or performance for the public to hear or view your work.

Nominations will be open until March 14. Voting will begin March 16 and run through March 31. The two acts that get the most votes will get a spot on the show.

All WNY Radio 11th Anniversary Party lineup announced

TONAWANDA -- Joining Exham Priory onstage at All WNY Radio's 11th Anniversary Party will be The Search And Find, Magic Honey, and Digital Afterlife.

The 11th Anniversary Party will be hosted by All WNY Radio talk show host and event coordinator "ThinkSoJoe" Kent beginning at 6 p.m. on March 25 at Stamps with music set to begin at 7 p.m.

Exham Priory, consists of Nick Lucido, Luke McCarty, Dan Twist, Anthony Vigue. The Niagara Falls-based rock veterans came together in late 2015, bringing their varied influences to create a sound harkening back to some of the golden ages in music.

The Search and Find is a five-piece alt-rock outfit from Buffalo composed of Allie Burns, Blair Ganoe, Jake Morgan, Chris Oliveras and Eric DeJesus.

With influences ranging from Eric Clapton to Alice in Chains, Magic Honey crosses genre boundaries, although they refer to themselves as "alternative soul rock." The Buffalo-based band consists of Sebastian Martin, Vo-ece Haygood, Eric Manke, Thomas Walsh and Glenn Papp.

Last but not least, Digital Afterlife, is an alt-electronic duo from Buffalo comprised of brothers Paul and Greg Burt. Greg also serves as event promoter for For the Music Productions and writes the weekly column "HEaRD in WNY" for All WNY News & Radio.

The party is 21+ with a $7 cover at the door or $5 in advance through Kent, Greg Burt, All WNY Radio Program Director Scott Leffler or online through All WNY Deals.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

LEFFLER: Let's have a party

It's really hard to believe that All WNY Radio is going to turn 11 in just over a month. But since it is, we should probably have a party.

What started as a means of getting airplay for local musicians way back in 2006 has evolved, grown, changed hands, changed hands again, and grown some more -- a lot more, actually -- over the course of the past 11 years.

Ever wonder about the history of All WNY Radio?

Back when All WNY Radio started, I was a talk show host at WLVL AM 1340 in Lockport. A couple bands had given me CDs and asked if I could get them air time. We were a talk radio station. We didn't play music. But I offered to use it as "bumper music." That's the music you hear on talk radio going into and out of commercials. That, of course, led to me getting more music. So I actually started bringing bands in and interviewing them ... and letting them play some tunes live -- or off a CD if they couldn't get all their members together for a 12:30 p.m. Friday gig. That, of course, led to me getting more music. Too much music. More music than I could use.

So in March of 2006, I approached my boss, Dick Greene, and asked if he minded if I set up an online radio station to play local music. Being the genuinely good guy that he is, he said, "sure." With the help of my friends Tom Christy and Joe Speer, I got All WNY Radio off the ground.

Myspace was king of social media at the time and their focus on bands -- and ability to search for bands by genre or location -- made it easy to get music in the early days. Most musicians at the time asked how much it would cost them; We thought that an odd question. Some asked how much we'd pay them; An equally odd question. We wanted to promote the scene.

Over time, we added a talk show. And another. There have been several over the years. We sponsored shows at local watering holes. And we held parties. The best parties -- believe me. We got ourselves a studio in Buffalo thanks to our friend Ted Powell and had way too much fun there.

In 2009, I transferred ownership of All WNY Radio to Corey Hagstrom -- aka Noah Gokey. He built his own partnerships and added Greg Burt to the mix as program director. Greg brought with him the All WNY Music Awards.

In 2015, Corey handed the reigns back to me. I got "ThinkSoJoe" Kent involved again and he started the ThinkSoJoe Show in early 2016. On April 1, 2016 -- 10 years to the date of All WNY Radio's official launch in the UAW Hall in Lockport -- we added All WNY News.

So actually, April 1 is the 11th anniversary of All WNY Radio and the first anniversary of All WNY News. We definitely need to have a party.

Our last shindig was at Stamps. I thought it went over well.

So did Joe: "It feels like a really friendly place, the stage area was set up really well, and the sound was great."

So let's go back on Saturday, March 25. We'll get four bands -- and all our old friends -- add in some cake and maybe some banter from Joe. We'll remember old times and look to the future. It'll be awesome.

We're still working on the lineup but we've confirmed Exham Priory already -- with three more bands to be announced shortly. We'll charge $7 at the door, but offer advance tickets for just $5 through All WNY Deals or through myself, Joe or Greg.

Eleven years. Still hard to believe.

+Scott Leffler is the founder of All WNY Radio and publisher of All WNY News. He's proud of what he's created and excited about what's next.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Feb. 15, 2017

Exham Priory's Dan Twist returns to the co-host seat this week on an all new ThinkSoJoE Show on All WNY Radio, where we will be playing music from Machine Gun EnglishMark LeeInherent Vice - band, and The Long Cold Dark

Monday, February 13, 2017

PODCAST: Here's the Thing for Feb. 13, 2017

Scott talks about Donald Trump's handshake, anti-protest laws across the U.S., anti-vaccers and more.

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for Feb. 16 - 22

This week's featured event is the Dredneks CD Release Show 8 p.m. Saturday at Evening Star Concert Hall.

What do you get when you take punk rock roots, heavy metal riffs, country pickin', and circus tent stage antics?.....STEP RIGHT UP to the Dredneks! An amalgam of musical styles shambled into a gracefully awkward, ceaselessly entertaining, yet surprisingly impressive, array of musicianship and live debauchery. A creative mess of acrobatics and lyrical absurdity assure an enjoyable show every time! From 40 minutes to 4 hours the energy doesn't stop and the performance never dull. Mixing cover music and originals, written by legitimate crazy people, puts the Dredneks in a league of their own. See you in the pit.

Ripping their way out of Olean, DredNeks are considered by many to be a Buffalo staple and always bring a show. They will be performing the finale of their four-show album release party at the Evening Star Concert Hall in Niagara Falls with special guests The Long Cold Dark, The Scarecrow Show, Inherent Vice, and Wyatt Coin. This will be a truly unique show with a mass of surprises in store! Doors open at 8 p.m, and it's only a $10 cover for this wild time.

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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.

PODCAST: Lower Town Trio at the All WNY Radio Blackened Heart Ball

TONAWANDA -- Lower Town Trio closed the night out at the All WNY Radio Blackened Heart Ball at Stamps. Entertaining as always.

PODCAST: Scathed at the All WNY Radio Blackened Heart Ball

TONAWANDA -- Scathed puts in an impressive effort as the second band at the All WNY Radio Blackened Heart Ball at Stamps on Feb. 12, 2017.

PODCAST: Final Decline at the All WNY Radio Blackened Heart Ball

TONAWANDA -- Final Decline opens the All WNY Radio Blackened Heart Ball at Stamps on Feb. 12, 2017.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

REMINDER: All WNY Radio / FTMP Blackened Heart Ball is tonight

TONAWANDA -- Two days from now happy couples will be sharing cards, eating chocolate and dining on escargot to prove their love for one another on Valentine's Day.

Meanwhile, you just wanna rock.

Have no fear, the All WNY Radio Blackened Heart Ball is here for you. The anti-Valentines Day show presented by For the Music Productions at Stamps features some good old-fashioned metal from Final Decline at 7 p.m., followed by punk from Scathed at 8 p.m. and finally rockabilly to end the evening by Lower Town Trio beginning at 9 p.m.

Organized by All WNY Radio's (ThinkSo) Joe Kent and FTMP's Greg Burt, the show should strike a perfect balance for those who prefer their poetry in the form of great music -- without the need to buy flowers or spring for a fancy dinner.

To add some intrigue to the already great lineup, Kent suggested making the gig a "second Halloween" with the bands and their fans encouraged to come in costume. We promise you won't be the only one.

3 bands - $5 - 0 love. We'll see you there.

Friday, February 10, 2017

NEW MUSIC: 'When It Rains, It Pours," by Mike Zogaria

All WNY Radio's new track for the day is "When It Rains, It Pours" by Mike Zogaria, which will air at 8 p.m. only on All WNY Radio.

Zogaria is a rock guitarist from Buffalo. He was awarded the distinction of "Best Original Male Pop/Indie Vocalist" in the 2016 All WNY Music Awards, as well as "EP of the Year," and was the second-place winner in the "Best Original Male Rock/Metal Vocalist" category.

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

If you enjoy the song, consider catching Zogaria out live. He's playing Mac's on Hertel at 9 p.m.

Local musicians: We're looking for new music from every genre in order to be able to air a new track every night this year. To submit yours, visit submit.allwnyradio.com.