Happy Summer to all SAMF members!  There is more great music going on in Buffalo that you can keep up with so but hang in there, support live music and you’ll be rewarded with some incredible times and great memories.  This month, Ken Biringer is back with his Kenny’s Korner article, in which he mentions some upcoming events and provides some great links to check out.  We have the next opportunity for members to win free tickets, this time at the 189 Public House in East Aurora.  I’m going to recap some highlights from this past month and provide some tips for the rest of the summer.  There is an important date for you to set aside and save for a big SAMF event.  And, there is a mention about both Facebook and emails.

Next month, we’ll include a report on the great progress we’re making on the educational side of the SAMF.  We’re coordinating with the Valley Community Center and the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.

Kenny’s Korner

Not too long ago I discovered St. Paul & The Broken Bones on my favorite radio station www.wdvx.com, not long after that I attempted to book them.  Scheduling simply didn’t work out for the north east, but fear not, they can be seen Sat. July 11 opening up for some band from England.  Check out the Letterman performance of what might be your new favorite band:

Dale Watson performed for a very enthusiastic nearly sold out crowd last Sunday.  Traffic delays coming in from an overnight drive from Chicago slightly delayed the show, but Dale certainly made up for their tardiness with a block buster show, it didn’t suck.  If you haven’t seen Dale live, do yourself a favor & see him asap. Check out www.dalewatson.com .

I have a Dale story about a show from several years ago, worth sharing.  Dale was playing a 4pm @ Sportsmen’s Tavern. Several patrons in attendance also had tickets for a show across town that started @ 6pm.  They thought the Watson show would be nearly over before they had to head out for their next concert.  These patrons car pooled from Sportsmen’s leaving several vehicles in the parking lot across the street.  They made their second show on time & had a wonderful experience.  When they returned everyone to their cars near Sportsmen’s they were knocked out because they could hear Dale still performing @ Sportsmen’s Tavern, they rushed back in to hear the last few songs.

The Town Ballroom is presenting Whitey Morgan & The 78’s wsg The Steam Donkeys on Sat. July 18 @ Sportsmen’s Tavern.  This might be your last chance to see them in a smaller venue as they are climbing fast


Chuck Mead, Rosie Flores, Les Dudek, Ray Bonneville, Bill Kirchen, are all appearing in the area this month and are worthy of your support.

The Buffalo Philharmonic will be performing w/ Grateful Dead tribute band “Crazy Fingers” as part of an all day salute to the GD’s 50th anniversary Sunday July 12 @ Artpark.


Sportsmen’s Tavern regulars, The Grass Is Dead & The Maniacs will also be part of the festivities, do not miss !

I had many friends that attended the Steve Earle show last night and by all accounts everyone was smiling.  I had the good fortune to see Steve Earle & The Dukes, with Harry Stinson on drums open for Los Lobos @ Uncle Sams in 1987.  Check out this review from his shows this weekend in Cleveland http://nodepression.com/venue/music-box-supper-club

I recently came across this documentary of the legendary country music club, The Palomino.  This was obviously recorded before hi def, but certainly work watching:


Support live music, local & national acts all deserve our attention!

Ken Biringer

SAMF Board Member


189 Public House

189 Public House at 189 Main Street in East Aurora is one of Western New York’s music clubs that is helping to expand and showcase the wide variety of Americana music that is coming through our area.  Clark Crook, the owner, recognizes the commitment the members of SAMF are making to the Americana scene in WNY and he’d like to show his appreciation by providing two pairs of free tickets to each of three different upcoming shows at his establishment.  Chuck Mead will be there on Friday August 7th, Greg Brown on Sunday September 6th and Fred Eaglesmith on Sunday October 18th.  To be entered into the drawing for tickets, follow these instructions.  Send an email to me at rjmcl14@gmail.com and tell me which shows you’d like to go to and we’ll draw the winners.  Do not simply hit reply to this email, send to rjmcl14@gmail.com.

Stan Ridgway


I wrote last month about the Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo) show as part of the Spirit of the 80’s weekend in Lewiston on August 7th.  Stan will be playing with one of the Niagara frontier’s greatest musicians, drummer Rob Lynch.  The chairman of that event donated two free tickets for SAMF members and the winners were Dale Metzger and Linda Zippier.  We’ve been given another pair to be offered to our membership.  Follow the same instructions as above.  Send an email to rjmcl14@gmail.com telling me you want Stan Ridgway tickets.

East Aurora, Lewiston, downtown Buffalo, South Buffalo, Black Rock and more; we are creating a musical foundation that reflects all of Western New York.

Music and Craft Beer Festival on June 20th



This event at Kissing Bridge was a very successful fundraiser for the SAMF.  It was presented by Buffalo’s Best Grill and a significant donation was made to the Foundation.   Music was by Mike Nugent, The Heritage, The Willies, The Twang Gang and Billy McEwan and the Soul Invaders.  This was a great success due to our SAMF members who volunteered their time to help serve beer or work at the Foundation table.  Thanks to:

  • Ron and Mari Kosobucki
  • Rose McLennan
  • Dale Metzger
  • Sue Jaworski
  • Jaci Jaworski
  • Bernie Walsh
  • Dan Winkler
  • Joe and Cindy McLaughlin
  • Rick Kibler
  • Cookie Ling
  • Angela Hastings
  • Alan Hastings
  • Pam Logue
  • Diane Friedlander
  • Mark Panfil
  • Collette Schoellkopf
  • Kevin and Jo Cleary
  • Dee Gesel
  • Michelle and Jeff Golfarb
  • Dwane and Denise Hall
  • Don Nelson

Last Month’s Highlights



Summer is flying by and there is great music almost every night.  Most recently, Steve Earle put on a great show at Ironworks.  One blog going around the internet even said, “Steve Earle turned Ironworks into a Sportsmen’s-esque honky tonk.  That’s right; the Sportsmen’s sets the standard for great music!  John and Mary and the Valkyries opened Larkinville for the season, The Swamp Donkeys from New Orleans did a great show with Black Rock Zydeco at Larkinville,  Katie Panfill and Rear View Ramblers played with Yonder Mountain String Band at Canalside.  The Sportsmen’s had outstanding shows from The Balalaika Brothers (from Igor and the Red Elvis’), The Hillbenders, Delta Moon, Asleep at the Wheel, a double bill of Driftwood and The Skiffle Minstrels and The George Caldwell Quintet with Bobby Millitello.  This isn’t meant to be all inclusive; these are just my personal favorites.

Mark Your Calendar


Kenny’s Korner listed several upcoming artists playing in WNY in the next month.  On Sunday, July 12th SAMF will have a presence up at Artpark with the BPO and others performing the Grateful Dead.  Additionally, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Tedeschi Trucks Band will be in town this summer.  At The Sportsmen’s a couple of the highlights will be Ray Wylie Hubbard on August 13th and Albert Lee with Cindy Cashdollar on August 15thThe Dusty 45s will be at the Sportsmen’s on August 27th.  I’ll write more about them next month.  I saw them on an Americana cruise and they were fantastic.  I guarantee it will be one of the best live shows you’ve ever seen.  On September 9th at Larkinville, The Twang Gang will be the headliners at a big event to showcase various music foundations, including SAMF.  Peter Case will be at The Sportsmen’s on September 11th.

And finally, SAVE THE DATE! On Monday, September 21st there will be the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation’s first Annual Awards Show and Concert.  Many more details will be coming soon.

Contact with the Membership

If you haven’t already, I strongly encourage you to regularly check out the Facebook pages of both the Sportsmen’s Tavern and the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation.  There is a lot of information on these pages about what just happened, what’s coming up, artist profiles, videos and all things music.

As we increase our membership, we want to be sure we have all the contact information we need.  If you change your email address, make sure you notify us.  We’re giving out perks to the members and that’s the way we’ll get in touch with you.  We‘d prefer to have everyone’s mailing address and phone number as well and I know there are gaps in that data.  If you want to email me with your address and phone number, we’ll update our records.  Also, we have some members who didn’t give us an email address.  If you know members who are not getting these emails, tell them to get in touch with us with an email address where they can be reached.

Keep On Rockin’

Bob McLennan


Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation


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