Welcome Members!

As of today, we have 410 Active dedicated members. You’ve enabled us to keep the Foundation as a high profile not-for-profit organization that serves our community not only in the education of Americana Music, but by bringing together a community of people who are dedicated to keeping the Americana Music genre growing by leaps and bounds.

We would like to thank all of you by hosting our 2nd annual Membership Appreciation event at the Flying Bison Brewing Company: Same theme as last year: Beer and Chocolate – what’s not to like! Active and Renewing Members receive two beer tickets, chocolate and snacks. Another objective to this event is bringing in new members to sign up. So bring your friends and family!! If they become members, they will receive the same perks. Below is our Save the Date Notice.

Call for volunteers: We need about 16 people for this event – short 1.5 hour shifts for various stations. Email me at angelahastings7@aol.com if you’d like to volunteer.

As always, thanks so much for your support and dedication!

Angela Hastings, Director of Membership

Buffalo Bob Sez

We hope all our members are starting off 2018 with love and peace in your life. And for many of us, that’s where music comes in as one of the key components in making for a happy life. I hope to see all of you out there this year supporting live music in WNY. There is so much going on, you could go out every single day to see some great music at a wide variety of venues. The next Foundation shows will be some great music at our Beer and Chocolate membership drive on February 12th at Flying Bison Brewery and our fourth annual SzelestFest at the Sportsmen’s Tavern on March 11th. Beyond that, we’re working on SAM Foundation/Kentucky Derby day at Flying Bison. Also, we’re meeting this month to plan our budget and activities for 2018, so you’ll be hearing more in the near future.


On December 8th, 2017 at The Tralf, Bobby Lebel put on the Musicians of Buffalo Christmas show. It was a great show with a big crowd and many musical guests, including Billy Sheehan, Jesse Galante, Talas, Carina and the Six String Preacher, Phil Sims’ Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Lebel’s Orchestra, Mick Hayes, Rishon Odel Northington, Donna Kerr, Lucy Bell and more. The party was designed as a fundraiser for the SAM Foundation. After the show, Bobby Lebel donated $5,000 to the Foundation. The Board and the members of the SAM Foundation are incredibly appreciative of the efforts of Bobby and all the musicians. This is what helps pay for all the programs Don Nelson is telling you about in his article in this JAM.


Email me by Wednesday January 24th at 11 PM and tell me which drawings you’d like to be entered into to win a pair of tickets:

  • Tinsley Ellis Buffalo Ironworks January 28th
  • Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band Buffalo Ironworks February 9th
  • Parsonsfield Babeville-9th Ward February 11th
  • CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band with The Twang Gang Sportsmen’s Tavern February 13th
  • Tommy Z Sportsmen’s Tavern February 17th
  • Andrew Bird UB Center for the Arts February 24th

Bob McLennan, President
SAM Foundation


Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation Educational Program Update

We are very pleased to report that 2017 saw the significant expansion of The Foundation’s educational activities. Launching Six multi-session youth workshops and one half day youth workshop, The Foundation provided young Western New Yorkers with close to 1,000 hours of musical instrument and vocal lessons (on an individualized basis) from some of the most talented, award winning artists and instructors in the region. Joining our instructional team in 2017 were Helen Butler Ceppaglia who headed up a terrific summer program at the Old First Ward Community center, The multi-talented Bobby Lebel, lead a group of enthusiastic adults in a highly entertaining ten week program, and last but certainly not least, Doug Yeomans launched an Americana music appreciation summer program at the Boys and Girls Club in Holland NY, capping it off with a very entertaining and fun recital for family members and staff.

Helen, Bobby and Doug have been great additions to a phenomenal team of instructors that has included Katie Clark, Mark Panfil, Alan Whitney, Tim Pitcher and Jim Brucato all of whom will be entering into their 3rd year of making a difference and enriching the lives of Kids throughout the region.

As we’re well on our way into 2018 the goal of the Foundation is to keep our educational activities going and growing. The Foundation looks forward to working with new partners and will be looking at launching new educational programs. To that end, we have established a relationship with The Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo and are planning to launch a program with them sometime this winter.

As for new programs, we will be kicking off the first ever, 10 week ukulele workshop at the Holland Boys and Girls Club. Led by Doug Yeomans, we expect that we’ll be following up with a date for the session ending recital that should take place sometime in late April early May. We’ll keep you posted!

In addition to new endeavors we’re already set to kick off the popular Americana music appreciation program with Katie Clark at the Valley Community Center. And we’re very pleased that once again, Tim and Alan will be leading the kids at I-prep in their Rock ‘n roll workshop this spring. Last spring Tim and Alan’s Rocker’s performed at the Buffalo public multi-school talent show in late May; the first time ever since its inception a decade ago that a band performed at the popular event.

For more details on The Foundation’s educational programs and instructors, be sure to stop by the Merch store and pick up one of the Educational Initiative’s brochures that are hot off the press.

Don Nelson, Vice President SAMF


Ameripolitan Music Awards nominates The Sportsmen’s Tavern

There’s still time to put in your vote for the Ameripolitan Music Awards for the best Honky Tonk Venue.

Follow the link – vote with all your email addresses.


The Sportsmen’s Tavern thanks you!!!


Thanks to all who voted for Sportsmen’s Tavern as Best Venue in the Ameripolitan Music Awards. Let’s keep our fingers crossed knowing that we truly do have the best Honky Tonk Venue this side of the ocean!

Save the Date

Beer and Chocolate Party

  • Membership Appreciation/Drive


WHEN: Valentine’s Eve Eve, Monday, February 12, 2018
From 6:00 to 9:00 pm

840 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14210 / 716-873-1557

Members receive free: two beer tickets, chocolate and snacks

**Which is also a gift for any membership renewals and new members!**

Please bring friends to sign up and party with us!



On behalf of the board of SAMF, we thank all for reaching out & participating in the inaugural Emerging Artist Showcase.

We don’t have to remind any musician how difficult it is to build a fan base and get gigs, It becomes more difficult when your genre might not be the flavor of the month. The Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation wants to help by offering showcase opportunities to those supporting the Americana genre / format. Beginning on Monday Jan. 15 and periodically, we will be offering a showcase to help build a fan base, perform on a professional stage with lighting and full sound production and in some cases develop stage presence.

7 pm-7:15pm: introduction of the series, artists

7:20pm -7:50pm: Tom Callahan

8pm-8:35pm: Porcelain Train

8:40pm-9:15pm: Meet The Bacons

9:20pm-10pm: Nick Kody duo

If you’re interested in performing as an emerging artist, and have an established repertoire for performing, please contact Ken Biringer at : kbiringer@roadrunner.com


Ken Biringer, SAMF Music Maestro

SAMF Mission Statement

To foster, promote and expand community appreciation for Americana music from Buffalo and Western New York through the production and sponsorship of performance and broadcast events and presentation of seminars and workshops on Americana music.


Americana Airplay Chart Top 10 Albums for 2017

courtesy http://americanamusic.org/

  1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound
  2. Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
  3. Nikki Lane, Highway Queen
  4. Ryan Adams, Prisoner
  5. Steve Earle & the Dukes, So You Wannabe an Outlaw
  6. The Band of Heathens, Duende
  7. Justin Townes Earle, Kids in the Street
  8. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  9. Son Volt, Notes of Blue
  10. Old 97’s, Graveyard Whistling


Moonsville Collective
Moonsville IV

The Oh Hellos

Shovels & Rope
Busted Jukebox Volume 2

Chris Thile
Thanks For Listening

Member News

If you are an Active member and do not have a SAMF membership card, please email me at samusicfoundation@gmail.com. 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
  • 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 Admiss. online. Enter SPORTSMEN in coupon code. Limit 4
  • Byrd House Restaurant – 10% off food
  • Arts at the Bakery – 10% off admission
  • Buffalo Distilling – 10% off food and drinks
  • Kissing Bridge Discount Pass – look for emails from SAMF for discounts throughout the year.

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