Dear Members:

I have a request. I’d like to start a member forum in our newsletter. We want to hear from you about your ever-so-great experiences being a member of The SAM Foundation. It could be a picture or just a little blurb. Smart ideas on how we could improve would be considered! How about your appreciation of winning tickets to one or your favorite shows or using a discount that is offered to you as a member?

We have 398 active members as of 3/31/17. Wow and thanks! Many have renewed their yearly membership twice already. Thanks for your dedication. If you’re not sure you are an Active Member, please email me at

The above email should also be used for our new Member’s Forum section of our monthly newsletter. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Please be sure to frequent live music venues, especially our musical partners: Sportsmen’s Tavern, MusicalFare Theatre, 189 Public House, Ironworks, Babeville, ArtPark, UB Center for the Arts, Arts at the Bakery, Buffalo History Museum, Flying Bison Brewery.

There are a few tickets left for the Million Dollar Quartet show at Musicalfare Theatre on May 20th. Call Bob McLennan (find his phone # in the email version of the newsletter). $45 tickets for $30.

Thanks and cheers!!

Angela Hastings

Director of Membership



I’ve told many of you what a great time the Cayamo Americana Cruise is; Rose and I just went last month to our fifth in a row. I won’t bore you with a long story about our musical vacation; just a short version. Look up Cayamo and you can see all the past artists and the details of the cruise. It’s really an incredibly good time. It’s like a floating music festival, five stages going from 10 AM to at last 1, maybe 2, in the morning, and you’re floating around the Caribbean in beautiful weather right in the middle of a Buffalo winter with a couple thousand other Americana music fans from all over the world.

There are great collaborations among the artists who are normally off on their own tours and don’t get this chance very often. The closing show in one of the lounges was Rodney Crowell doing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” with Steve Earle, Buddy Miller and several others. Gretchen Peters led a protest songs set that included Gurf Morlix, from Buffalo, and Amy Helm doing Alan Toussaint’s “Yes We Can.” You get to meet the artists while you and they are hanging around the boat. I had a chance to talk with Paul Thorn, Rodney Crowell and Amy Helm among others. Past cruises included Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt and more than I can include right now.

Paul Thorn
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Just to let you know, the cruise sells out quickly. If you’re interested at all, I’d sign up for pre-sale right now. It’s not real easy getting on the ship; you have to move quickly and early, and seniority has its privileges. Next year is February 4th through the 11th and it leaves out of the port of New Orleans. One of the organizers of the cruise told me that he could assist in getting a group from the SAM Foundation on the boat if I let him know how many cabins were needed and he would set up a block of rooms for us. No deadlines were shared but the earlier the better. I’m not auditioning to be a travel agent or a salesman but if you’re seriously interested, let me know within the next couple months.


I thought I’d tell you about some of the music I’ve been listening to this past month that I’ve really gotten into. For future issues, SAM Foundation members can return the favor. Send us a message and tell us what music you’re excited about. First, I’ve never been a real big Emmylou Harris fan but I came across “Wrecking Ball” from 1995. It’s an awesome collection of songs by some great songwriters and this album really makes her voice sound great. The key to this album is the producer, Daniel Lanois. He has a sound you recognize almost immediately, it’s familiar from his work with U2, Bob Dylan and others.

Next is Steve Earle, yeah I’m going into the archives, for “El Corazon”-1997, “Train a Comin’” -1995 and “The Mountain”-1999. I hadn’t heard some of these recordings before, although I do remember hearing some of it live. The guy is amazing, just when you think you have his talent and his career output placed in your head, he blows you away with more outstanding music. I especially enjoyed The Mountain, done with the bluegrass greats, The Del McCoury Band. I’ve heard that title track done by Levon Helm and I was unaware that Steve Earle wrote it. In fact, on my way in to see Professor Louie at Arts at the Bakery, Steve Earle doing The Mountain was playing on the sound system.

Buddy Miller-1995-Your Love and Other Lies…I knew a lot of these songs from seeing him on Cayamo. Jim Lauderdale’s new album, “This Changes Everything.” I’ve been listening to Paul Thorn’s many albums, Shawn Mullins and his entire calalog; Gillian Welch,“Revival”, Rodney Crowell’s new album,“Close Ties.” Amy Helm’s “Didn’t It Rain.”

From a performance at The Sportsmen’s, I bought the new Chuck Prophet, “Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins”. I like that a lot, along with all of his previous work. That was an excellent show on March 22nd. There’s more, but now it’s your turn. Tell us what’s been turning you on.

Bob McLennan
SAM Foundation


1 – RYAN ADAMS Prisoner
2 – OLD 97S Graveyard Whistling
3 – NIKKI LANE Highway Queen
4 – SON VOLT Notes of Blue
6 – MAVERICKS Brand New Day
8 – VALERIE JUNE The Order Of Time
9 – ALISON KRAUSS Windy City

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Guitar Clinic for Adults

Coming Soon

Bobby LevelFor all of us who always wanted to learn to play guitar but could never fit it in between kids and careers and that crazy thing called life, don’t despair! It’s not too late to sign up for Bobby Lebel’s beginner guitar clinic for Adults.

A member of the Buffalo music Hall of fame, guitar virtuoso and one of the area’s best instructors, Bobby Lebel will introduce you to the guitar, the strings, chord, popular chord progressions have you strumming along to tunes that you know and love within a few short weeks!

The workshop will run for ten weeks starting Tuesday May 9th, 6:30-8:00 in the ART Theater behind the Sportsmen’s Studio. Where else can you learn something you’ve always wanted to do while having a great time? Check it out!

$150 members, $200 non members

For more information,
call/text or email Don Nelson 716-553-0564
Or email The Foundation at


If you are an Active member and do not have a SAMF membership card, please email me at If you are unsure if you’re an Active member, please don’t hesitate to ask.

NOTE: To receive discounts, you must show your membership card. To enter to win tickets, you must be an Active member. And as always, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the email address above.


The discounts we’ve arranged at this time are:

  • Sportsmen’s Tavern – The first Tuesday of every month, all members who show their card at the door will get free admission to The Twang Gang.
  • Buffalo Ironworks – 10% off all food items
  • Record Theatre – 10% off all regular priced items
  • Allentown Music – 10% off all regular items
  • Smolen/Bonghi CPA – 10% off all tax preparation and accounting services
  • Korona Jewelry – 2 discounts
    • Watch batteries installed for $5 instead of $7.
    • 25% off the regular price of anything in stock.
  • Ellicott Small Animal Hospital 30% off regular exam
  • Flying Bison Brewery – 10% off
  • Buffalo History Museum – buy one regular admission and get one free.
  • American Reperatory Theater – $10 tickets (1/2 price)
  • Red Thread Theater – $15 ticket (regularly $25)
  • MusicalFare Theater – $5 off General Admission online. Enter SPORTSMEN in coupon code. Limit 4
  • Byrd House Restaurant – 10% off food
  • Arts at the Bakery – 10% off admission

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  • Tim Krawczyk says:

    Where can I buy your apparel?

    • bernadettekwalsh says:

      Hi Tim, Our store is located outside of Sportsmens Tavern on Amherst Street. If you go to the second floor and across the balcony you can’t miss us. We are open on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 and some fridays. You can also catch us at our events. Thanks for the support!

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