Welcome to the January 2016 edition of the SAMF Members’ Newsletter. Read the news about our Membership drive, along with Kenny’s Korner and Buffalo Bob Sez. Our usual ticket give away is in the Buffalo Bob article, so be sure to take advantage of it. Our Vice President, Don Nelson, announces our Guitar Club for Kids at The Valley Community Center. Scroll down and read these articles below, and let’s have a Happy New Year!
Buffalo Bob Sez:
Right off the bat, I want to direct you to the articles submitted by two of our Board members. Angela Hastings is letting you know that we’re in the process of distributing the membership card, and we’ll be adding more discounts as time goes on. Vice-President Don Nelson has a great article about the SAMF Guitar Club for Kids. This is our second effort at the Valley Community Center. This fall, we’re planning on doing an educational program at The Studio at 330 Amherst Street, right next door to the Tavern. The back of the studio is in the process of getting ready for our programs and a theatre group; more details in the coming months. Another initiative I’d like to mention is we will be coordinating with Fredonia University where students will come to the studio and do editing and archiving of some of the great music the Hall family has collected. They will receive college credit for the effort. We’ll report back when all the details are ironed out.
The First Annual Musicians Christmas Party was held at the Tavern on December 23rd, led by Billy Sheehan and Bobby Lebel. This was a sold out event and a great time was had by all. We were selling Foundation merchandise at the upstairs store and the musicians donated all proceeds to SAMF, which totaled $3,254.00. If you see any of the musicians out somewhere else, thank them for their contribution to the WNY music scene.
Our next Board meeting is on January 25th and one of our agenda items is to solidify all our committees in the Foundation. We need some help, and we want you to have the opportunity to get more involved as a member. There will be Education, Membership, Merchandise and more. Watch for more info in the February newsletter. Another way for some of you to participate is to contribute to our newsletter. Very often we tell you about shows in WNY that we’re excited about, and if you’re like me, when you can’t make a show, you wonder sometimes about how the event was. If you’re out at a show, at The Sportsmen’s or another venue, send us a brief review and a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can start running some of your viewpoints and photos in the newsletter.
SAVE the DATE!
You’ll be hearing a lot more about this real soon but February 28th will be our 2nd Annual SzelestFest, honoring the late, great Buffalo musician Stan Szelest. Last year was nearly a sell-out. Get your tickets early.
June 25th will by the 1st Annual Tom Hambridge Americana Music Festival. Tom has played the Tavern and his partner Buddy Guy came to see his show. Tom’s from Hamburg and now he’s well known in the national music scene. Recently, he received the key to the City from Mayor Byron Brown. This will be a very exciting event; watch for details.
And on September 19th, we’ll have our 2nd Annual SAMF Awards Show. This show will be bigger and better than ever. This year, all members will get the chance to nominate and vote for the winners.
The Felice Brothers; Tuesday, February 12th – The Tralf
The Sadies; Tuesday, February 19th – Buffalo Ironworks
John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band; Thursday, February 21st – Sportsmen’s Tavern
Dan Baird (formerly of the Georgia Satellites) and Homemade Sin Wednesday, February 27th – 189 Public House
Last month’s concert ticket winners were Nathan Montague for Driftwood at The Sportsmen’s Tavern and Judy DeWald for Donna The Buffalo at Buffalo Ironworks.
Membership Update from Angela Hastings:
By now, most of our members who signed up during our Foundation kickoff event at Riverside in September of 2014 and through January 2015 have received a letter requesting that they renew their membership. I say “most” because our Membership Spreadsheet has been going through the process of becoming super efficient in that we have all members’ information correct. Only YOU can let us know if your email address, mailing address, spellings, date of membership and renewal, and phone number are correct. If you are reading this and have not received correspondence from us, please email email@example.com with your information. If you have a friend who is a member and not receiving this newsletter, please let us know.
We will be issuing membership cards – that’s right! The membership card will enable you to take advantage of discounts at many venues such as Record Theater, Allentown Music, Ironworks, and… there’s more to come. AND when you show your membership card at the door of the Sportsmen’s Tavern for a local show, your admission is free!
You may renew your membership for $35, or $50 which includes a T-shirt or hat, by visiting Sportsmen’s Tavern (cash or check only please), preferably on a Tuesday night from 7 pm to 9 pm. There will be someone at the merchandise desk on the second floor to help you. Other options are to go to our website, www.sportsmensamf.org, and join via credit card, or send a check to 330 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY 14207 payable to SAMF.
I’m looking forward to meeting each and every one of you so if you know who I am and I don’t know you, please introduce yourself.
GUITAR CLUB FOR KIDS!
The Sportsmens AMF is pleased to announce that we are again partnering with that wonderful community asset and resource, The Valley Community Center at 93 Leddy Street in South Buffalo, to sponsor an after school guitar club for Kids!
Kicking off with the first licks on January 25th and running through mid May, the club will be meeting on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30. The club is open to interested students from fourth to sixth grade although space is limited. Beginners are welcome and the Foundation will see to it that guitars are made available to all students.
Heading up the club is David Internicola. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, David has been teaching guitar full time for the past sixteen years. Since 1992 when Dave first picked up a guitar, he has run the gamut of musical experiences that range from Jazz, blues, contemporary, Christian and heavy metal. Dave has played with several bands, both original rock and cover bands, and is currently a member of the local surf rock band, The Freshwater Four.
Dave enjoys teaching beginner guitarist as well as more advanced students and is looking forward to getting the club up and running. As David states, his goal is to, “Teach students the basics of guitar in a fun way while learning to appreciate the style and history of Americana music, with a focus on the song heritage of Buffalo and Western NY”.
Throughout the club season, our goal is to have other artists stop by and work with Dave and the students. Based on the response from the students we’re looking forward to an exciting program with a great season ending recital. We’ll keep you up to speed with progress reports and photos!
As the year comes to a close, I thought I’d make a short list of things to be thankful for in 2015 & beyond, in no particular order……………………………
1. Americana Music Association http://americanamusic.org/
2. Woodsongs http://www.woodsongs.com/
3. WDVX http://www.wdvx.com
4. Sportsmen’s Tavern http://www.sportsmenstavern.com
5. Ameripolitan http://www.ameripolitan.com/
6. No Depression http://nodepression.com/
7. Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation http://www.sportsmensamf.org/
Over 30 years ago, i became familiar with John Jorgenson. I was first drawn to him due to his Telecaster talents, playing the Bakersfield twang ala Buck & Don. Over the years, John has demonstrated his overall guitar talents by playing Gypsy Jazz, Country, Bluegrass & Rock.
Do a bit of homework & enjoy his 2/21 performance @ Sportsmen’s Tavern.
SAMF Board Member
Senior Executive Director of Entertainment Procurement