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Utica: Handsome Jack & King Buffalo at the DEV, UTICA NY

December 10, 2016 at The DEV in Utica.

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Handsome Jack will make their first return to UTICA since the release of ‘Do What Comes Naturally’. It is available everywhere and is receiving much acclaim. Handsome Jack’s unique brand of boisterous blues rock has been popping up in nationally televised TV shows and movies.

Rolling Stone – “This record is probably more fun than the first Black Crowes record—which from an influence/aesthetics standpoint, it oddly evokes—and were it to bear a Harvest Records imprint and a 1970 copyright date, no one would bat an eye. Which must mean it’s really good.”

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King Buffalo http://bnds.in/1mpVTWw

Address: 37 Devereux St, Utica
Handsome Jack & King Buffalo at the DEV, UTICA NY

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Peekskill: US – 12 Grapes New York

December 03, 2016 at 12 Grapes in Peekskill.

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12 Grapes is honored to present Blues vocalist extraordinaire Sari Schorr, as part of her “A Force of Nature” World Tour.

Sari Schorr’s Manhaton Records debut, “A Force of Nature” (produced by legendary producer Mike Vernon of Fleetwood Mac), has been described as, “A hailstorm of an album sure to go down in blues history.” — Blues Rock Review

Sari is described as a modern-day hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. “Schorr’s voice is…rich, melodic, engaging, powerful, mesmerizing and — above all — harmonious.”

A NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Sari took the international Blues scene by storm as the powerhouse lead vocalist for Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Louis Walker. She’s appeared on Conan O’Brian & toured worldwide, receiving critical acclaim for her blustery vocals and emotionally-charged performances.

Come hear what the critics are calling “a voice not of this world.” Sari truly is A Force of Nature!

Address: 12 North Division St Main St & Central Ave, Peekskill
US - 12 Grapes New York

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Rochester: Violet Mary plays 3 Heads

August 26, 2016 at Three Heads Brewing in Rochester.

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Violet Mary has been gracing the stages of NY for a few years now. They give a great spin on original blues rock that harkens back to glory days of the 70’s and beyond. This will be one we are looking forward to and you should be too.

$5 cover starts at 7pm

Address: 186 Atlantic Ave, Rochester
Violet Mary plays 3 Heads

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Bemus Point: Bemus Blues, Brews, & BBQ

July 28, 2016 at Bemus Bay Pops in Bemus Point.

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We’re excited to announce the Bemus Bay Pops will be hosting a Bemus Blues, Brews & BBQ event on Thursday, July 28 from 7:00PM – 9:30PM in honor of Steve Swanson.

Steve Swanson was instrumental in organizing the Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra and was a featured performer each year. Steve will be dearly missed.

In Steve’s memory, the Bemus Bay Pops has put together this Special Event Scholarship Fundraiser.

Address: 61 Lakeside Dr, Bemus Point
Bemus Blues, Brews, & BBQ

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Bethel: Sat. 5/21 at the Dancing Cat Saloon in Bethel, NY- Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Live!

May 21, 2016 at Dancing Cat Saloon in Bethel.

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Living Blues Magazine calls Erin “one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene… she has it all – a golden voice and the guitar chops that dazzle.”

Saturday May 21st Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers bring their red-hot, fun and danceable “Charles River Delta Blues” to Dancing Cat Saloon in Bethel, NY! Come on down for a rockin’ dance party, and get your copy of the band’s new debut album, “Love Whip Blues”, out on VizzTone!

2037 State Route 17B Bethel NY. $5, All Ages, 8pm.

Get your copy of our brand new debut album “Love Whip Blues” (out on VizzTone) plus other new merch – hats, t-shirts, girly t’s, lighters, stickers and tote bags!

What the press is saying about the new album:

“(★★★★) Avoiding the perils of predictability, these four New Englanders craft a fresh, genre-crossing group sound…” –DownBeat Magazine

“Erin Harpe is a hot mama blues singer” says Sing Out! Magazine!

“Erin describes the sounds on Love Whip Blues as a Blues/Roots/Americana cocktail. Once you have tasted Erin’s unique Delta Blues cocktail, you will be asking for a second round.” –Gregg Saur, WYCE (Grand Rapids/West Michigan)

“They won me over with a sound that harkens back to the time of juke joints, with some modern funk and rock woven in. Erin Harpe’s got a righteous set of pipes and plays a mean guitar and the rest of the band has a whole lot of awesome going on.” –Aimsel Ponti, MaineToday’s Face the Music

“I saw the band this summer at the Northampton Summer Concert Series and I can’t overstate how impressive they were. The group blasts out a singular brand of blues that is anchored in an old time Mississippi delta soundHarpe is an amazing talent and the band is a revelation.” –George Lenker, MassLive.com

“The vocals and writing are on point and the result is charmer. She even gives “Angel from Montgomery” that certain Delta thing you never heard in it before that gives the song a certain sass and twist that brings it back to the future. Well done.” –Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Listening to Love Whip Blues, one appreciates why this group has been developing a large following around Boston. In fact, they won the Boston Blues Society’s Blues Battle and will be competing in Memphis at the 2015 International Blues Challenge. One certainly expects more will be heard from them.” –Ron Weinstock, In A Blue Mood

“Love Whip Blues is a good time album, full of retro touches, fine musicianship, and a lively vocal performance from Erin Harpe… If you like blues music, which is well played and sung, with an eye on keeping the feet tapping, then this album should be on your list.” –Blues Matters (UK)

“An electro-dance diva in another incarnation, Boston-based vocalist/guitarist Erin Harpe’s precocious vocals mesh well with the blues, imbuing this set with a most appealing personality without overtaking her obvious flair for the roots.” –Duane Verh, Roots Music Report

The album’s also doing great on the radio charts, worldwide!

For music, news and more info go to www.erinharpe.com.

Address: 2037 State Route 17B, Bethel
Sat. 5/21 at the Dancing Cat Saloon in Bethel, NY- Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers Live!

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Peekskill: Dylan Doyle Band ~ An up-and-coming Blues sensation!

April 22, 2016 at 12 Grapes in Peekskill.

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Dylan Doyle is creating a stir in the Hudson Valley music community. The Dylan Doyle band includes NY Blues Hall of Famers Vince Leggiere on bass and Papa John on drums.

Touring since he was 15, Dylan’s influences include everything from Robert Johnson and Townes Van Zandt to Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Hendrix. From this comes a unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the delta of Rock, Rockabilly, and the Blues. Attesting to his musical versatility, he has been invited back to the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR — one of the most prestigious in the Country — for the 3rd straight year. He’ll also be a featured artist at this year’s Grateful Garcia Gathering where he will be closing Friday night following Melvin Seals with the Jerry Garcia Band. The Dylan Doyle band performs at prestigious venues in and around the Hudson Valley, and has performed with great many great Blues artists, including Slam Allen and others. The band joins us tonight right before departing on their Spring Midwest Tour.

“As we say in the the south, ‘this boy boy has the real goods’.” Butch Dener – Manager of “The Band”

Ben Cauley, (Otis Redding band) said after playing with Dylan in Memphis, “Dylan sounds like a young Jimi Hendrix.”

$5 Cover for all, including diners

Call for Dinner & Show reservations: 914-737-6624

Address: 12 North Division St Main St & Central Ave, Peekskill
Dylan Doyle Band ~ An up-and-coming Blues sensation!

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Kingston: The Slackers / Big Takeover / Los Thujones | BSP Kingston

June 11, 2016 at BSP Kingston in Kingston.

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Output Agency Ltd. + Ranger Rick present

The Slackers!
with special guests The Big Takeover + Los Thujones!

**TICKETS GO ON-SALE FRI 10AM**
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$15 adv / $20 door | 18+ | 7:30 Doors

The Slackers are a classic American band that is equal parts grit and grace. Their slow rise against the odds is a story of perseverance and a belief in their musical vision, what Vic likes to call, “Jamaican Rock N Roll.” While they have been influenced, and even personally taught by Jamaican Ska/Reggae originators, like the Skatalites and the Upsetters (Original backing band for the Wailers), the band sees its music as an extension of the traditions of the United States. This band is equally appreciative of old Blues, Country, 60s Soul, Rock, and Rn’B as it is of Reggae, Rocksteady, Dub, and Ska. It is as if the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds had grown up on Bob Marley as well as Muddy Waters.

Smashing the stereotypes of “Ska” as happy, uptempo, and shallow music, the Slackers play with an aggressive edge and their songs veer in themes from the personal to the political. They can out jam any hippie band and outwrite most singer songwriters. From their 1996 release, Better Late Than Never through to 2010 with The Great Rocksteady Swindle, they have established themselves as America’s premiere interpreters and innovators of Jamaican music and a pretty good rock band to boot. The Great Rocksteady Swindle (release date 4/20/10) is a songwriting tour de force with all band members contributing to its gutsy muscular sound. “Mr. Tragedy” references the Specials while “Boll Weevil” references Sam Sham & the Pharaohs. “Cheated” seethes with bitterness while “Thank You” offers the possibility of hope. As the band has matured you can’t even tell anymore where the rock begins and the reggae ends, its become The Slackers.

Address: 323 Wall St, Kingston
The Slackers / Big Takeover / Los Thujones | BSP Kingston

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Buffalo: Live at Larkin – Dive House Union + Jony James Band

August 10, 2016 at Larkin Square in Buffalo.

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Live music, food trucks, community groups – free parking & admission thanks to sponsors First Niagara Bank & Independent Health!

Week 11 brings back the only Live at Larkin pairing to appear together in each of the series’ first five seasons, as blues-rock powerhouse Dive House Union will once again reunite for the occasion of playing with survival blues beacon Jony James Band.

With more theme nights and more acts than ever including 24 of 38 making their Live at Larkin debut, Larkin Square will celebrate its fifth summer of free Wednesday concerts with another diverse collection of Buffalo-bred musical acts.

Beginning earlier than ever with a wild June 1st kickoff, Live at Larkin will again offer 14 Wednesdays of at least two bands, complete with its signature collaborative encore in which the acts perform together for a uniquely fun finale. Each event also features food trucks, beverages for purchase and displays from community groups, with free admission and parking thanks to sponsors First Niagara and Independent Health.

“We’re excited to welcome the public to a new chapter of Live at Larkin with this most ambitious lineup to date for our original flagship event,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky. “We continue to be amazed at the depth and quality of the Buffalo music scene – I can’t wait to hula hoop to these sounds of summer!”

For more information on Live at Larkin and other events in Larkinville, please visit www.larkinsquare.com.

Address: 745 Seneca St, Buffalo
Live at Larkin - Dive House Union + Jony James Band

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