By Elmer Ploetz

June 22 is Emerging Artist Day at the Sportsmen’s Tavern, presented by the SAM Foundation. The matinee show starts at 2:30 p.m.

The performers will be playing in this order: Jonah Krull, Russ Vesci & Texas Revolver, Fuzzy & the Rustbelts, Vincent Bonelli. Here are some details about each:

Jonah Krull is an indie artist whose style blends the soul of folk and country with the energy of pop and blues. Krull has been performing for over a decade, and has played shows in multiple states. He says he’s driven to inspire other people to chase their dreams, and he uses his music as an outlet to inspire other people. He is currently releasing a single every month, and plans to continue playing shows and working with artists both locally and nationally. For more information, go to

Russ Vesci and Texas Revolver are a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute/Texas-style blues band. The band was formed in March of 2017 after the release of Vesci’s “Comin’ Home” CD. The band comprises Vesci on guitar and vocals, Joel Slazyk (yes, the man once known as Meat Cleaver in the New Toys punk band!) on bass, Dave Mokhiber on keyboards and Ralph Lariviere on drums and vocals. The perform regularly at clubs and events throughout Western New York. You can check out their promo video here:

Fuzzy & the Rustbelts describe themselves as “born from a place where lyrics and music form an all-American experience. Where stories take center stage and transport listeners to another place.” Drawing from influences focused within the genre of Americana, folk and country, Fuzzy & The Rustbelts have created a sound that chugs along like a freight train and attempts to lift you up and offer hope and a chance to begin again. Check out them out here:

Vincent Bonelli is a singer and songwriter. He performs with his band and as a solo act at various venues throughout Western New York. Still a teenager, Bonelli recorded and released his first record at age 15, playing guitar, piano, drums and bass For more info, go to

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