Upcoming SAMF Events at a Glance

  • July 17th 7 pm – Buffalo Jazz Collective, Floyd Fried Memorial Scholarship Award of $1000 given by SAMF at Sportsmen’s Tavern
  • August 1st 6 pm – Foundation night at the Sportsmen’s Tavern
  • August 9th 5 pm – Twang Gang and SAM Foundation at Larkinville
  • August 18th 5:30 pm – Tim Franczyk CD Release Party at Sportsmen’s Tavern with proceeds donated to SAMF
  • September 16th 2 pm – Annual Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation Festival at Riverfest Park
  • October 16th – 3rd Annual SAM Foundation Awards Show
  • November 17th – The Last Waltz at Babeville

WELCOME to the July 2017 Issue of the JAM newsletter of the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation

We’re still in post revelry of our Silo City Alive event that took place on July 2nd. And we’d like to thank all of our volunteers and coordinators that made it happen! I’m going to list the volunteers here with hopes that I’m not missing anyone.


Rose McLennan, Dale Metzger, RC Cooney, Lee Franzcyk, Bob Mortimer, Michelle Stevens, Peter Stevens, Joe Korona, Maureen Korona, Ron Kosobucki, Maria Kosobucki, Andrea Duncan, Malcolm Duncan, Joan Kumor, Kevin Kumor, Norm Murray, Steve Gross, Mary Sullivan, Jim Becker, Sandra Maday, Jacki Brooks, Leslie Gordon, Joe Giroux, Diane McFarland, Kevin Kassey, Ann Marie Cusella, Kevin Cox, Rita Gallagher, Ivi Woelfel, Rich Woelfel, Lucy Bell, Denise Hall, Corey McLennan, Chrissie McLennan, Cailyn McLennan, Susan Brown, Lynette Parker, Alan Hastings, Jeff Carballada, D Harrington, Ken Hynes, Susan Jaworski.

Band Member Organizers: Beave Sorenson, Bill Smith, Jerry Hall, Jeff Schaller.

It’s fun to volunteer for our events and we realize it is also work – We appreciate all of you spending time helping out. We will soon be coordinating volunteers for our SAM Foundation Festival that takes place on September 16th. Looking forward to working with our dedicated members again!!

Peace and Love,

Angela Hastings, Director of Membership

Dust Bowl RamblersThe SAM Foundation will present six shows this summer at different locations around WNY featuring The Dust Bowl Ramblers. DBR are Tom Naples, Maggie Zindle, Cirtis Ahrens and John Brinkman. They will present a program of songs written & played during the Great Depression, a multi-media presentation created with video producer Jason Hall. In addition to informative descriptions & historical narration, the music will be accompanied by archival photos projected on a screen. All shows are free.

-Wed, July 26-Clarence History Museum

-Friday, July 28th-Buffalo Irish Center

-Friday, August 11th-Hamburg Library

-Monday, August 14th-Sportsmen’s Tavern

Two more to be announced.

Dust Bowl Ramblers









I want to thank everyone who came out and joined us at Silo City Alive! for a very successful event on Sunday, July 2nd. We had over 1400 people in attendance for a great day of music, art, dance, biking and Flying Bison. Thanks to all our volunteers; we couldn’t have done it without you, especially Rosemary McLennan for keeping all the funds in order. Thanks to Mr. Conrad for opening the show and Leroy Townes and Ten Cent Howl with the Buffalo Brass Machine for closing it out on the outside stage. In the middle of the day, at peak attendance, Shaky Stage and Black Rock Zydeco kept the party going. And thanks to the performers who played inside the Silo in the very cool artists section, Tyler Westcott, The Brothers Blue and The Legendary LongJohns. Thanks to Matt Daggett for the brilliant art display. Thanks to Erica Cope and the dancers. Thanks to Beave Sorensen, Jerry Hall and Jeff Schaller and Bill Smith for the inspiration. Thanks to Silo City, GObike, Slow Roll, Buffalo’s Best Grill and SAM Foundation photographer Peter Sloane. We’ll have more coverage coming on Facebook and the August issue of The JAM.


Mr. Conrad with Dwane Hall & Randy Bolam

Mr. Conrad with Dwane Hall & Randy Bolam



On Wednesday August 9th at LIVE at LARKIN in Larkin Square, our very own Twang Gang will be appearing for two sets of music with many guests joining them onstage. The SAM Foundation will also be there at a table to sign up members, provide information and sell our newest merchandise. This will be a great night for Sportsmen’s Tavern Tuesday night Twang Gang fans, as well as the wider music community in WNY. Thanks to SAMF member Seamus Gallivan for inviting us to participate.


Here are your choices this month from four of our musical partners.

Sportsmen’s Tavern:

Lee Harvey Osmond Sunday, July 30th

Tarbox Ramblers Thursday, August 10th

Buffalo Ironworks:

Dead Letter Office Saturday, July 29th

189 Public House:

The Yayhoos Sunday, August 20th


Gov’t Mule Tuesday, August 8th

Lee Harvey OsmondThe great Tom Wilson of Lee Harvey Osmond and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings has been to The Sportsmen’s a few times recently. If you haven’t seen him, look him up at whatever site you use, or just take my word for it. He is a world class artist; singer, songwriter, guitarist, and he has a book coming out in November. You might not get many more chances to see him and his band any time soon.

Tarbox RamblersMichael Tarbox describes his Ramblers as “a primitive blues and jug band.” From their website: Taking listeners to a place where Appalachian music and backwoods blues meet in powerful, unexpected combinations, The Tarbox Ramblers have drawn raves from Rolling Stone, All Things Considered and more. The Washington Post calls The Tarbox Ramblers “a force of nature”; The New Yorker says “Between the fiddle, string bass, drums and slide guitar, you won’t know what hit you.”

Dead Letter OfficeDead Letter Office: “We are going out there and putting on a high energy show! We do songs from any point in the R.E.M. Timeline. Not only the hits, but plenty of deep cuts for the die-hard fans!! Our focus is to create the live R.E.M experience!”




YayhoosThe Yayhoos: The Yayhoos are an American rock group. The band was once described as the “Harlem Globetrotters of Roots Rock”,”a genuine, supergroup of southern-rock and alt.country heavyweights” and just “supergroup.” The four bandmates share singing, songwriting and playing duties.



Gov't MuleI don’t think I have to tell you anything about Gov’t Mule. But just in case, they are an American southern rock jam band, formed in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody. Fans often refer to Gov’t Mule simply as Mule.





Get out and support live music this summer in WNY: Among many other great shows, Mountain Run and Folkfaces at 189 Public House, Black Rock Beatles at The River Grille, Rearview Ramblers at Larkinville, McCarthyizm at Bidwell and music at Sportsmen’s Tavern seven days per week.

Bob McLennan
SAM Foundation

Tim Franczyk Donates Proceeds from his CD Release Party to SAMF!

Tim FranczykA simple matter of TWANG is a 12-song compilation of classic country songs recorded at the Sportsmens Recording Studio on Monday nights from the summer 2016 through the Spring 2017.

The songs, performed by Tim Franczyk on vocals and rhythm guitar and the Twang Masters:Kenny Petersen steel pedal, Doug Yeomans lead guitar, Willie Schoellkopf harmony vocals, Jack Freedenberg piano, Jim Sweet bass and Randy Bolam drums, include:

Are You Sincere, She Thinks I Still Care, Streets of Baltimore, Today I Started Loving You Again, Rose Marie, Change of Heart, Here in the Real World,The Last Word in Lonesome, In Dreams, The Cold Hard Truth, Fair to Midland and Farewell Party.

Dwane Hall produced the record with some help fron Carl Petersen.

The CD Release Party will be on Friday August 18th 2017 at 5:30pm at Sportsmens. All proceeds will be donated to the Sportsmens Americana Foundation.


Buffalo Jazz CollectiveIn collaboration with the Buffalo Jazz Collective and Buffalo Public Schools, the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation will award a $1000 scholarship to an outstanding student in the All City Jazz Ensemble. The All City Jazz Ensemble is a big band comprised of the top instrumental music students from across five Buffalo Public High Schools (Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, City Honors, Hutch Tech, Olmsted, and South Park). The all-star group has performed around Buffalo for various events such as the All City Jazz Festival, Second Sundays Jazz Series at the Buffalo History Museum, International Jazz Day Celebration, Buffalo YIMBY Festival, Allentown Arts Festival, and Queen City Jazz Festival.

The scholarship is given in memory of Floyd Fried, a passionate music educator who taught for over 30 years in the Buffalo City School District. The scholarship application is open to all participating students and is intended to be used for music-related expenses such as college tuition, private lessons, summer camp tuition, and instrumental purchases.

The first annual scholarship will be presented at the Buffalo Jazz Collective Repertory Orchestra performance at the Sportsmen’s Tavern on Monday, July 17th at 7:00pm.

SAM Foundation Board of Directors


Floyd Fried was born and raised in Buffalo and was a proud, lifelong resident. Floyd studied music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and was a talented cellist. He began teaching instrumental music when he was only 22, often getting asked if he was a student, and continued teaching for over 30 years. He began his teaching career at Southside Junior High School where he met his wife, Micheline. Floyd and Mickey were married for nearly 40 years and raised 3 children. After many years at Southside, Floyd began teaching at Hutch Tech High School. Floyd was a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher with a great sense of humor. He was especially passionate about jazz. Floyd devoted countless hours to his programs and students. He was constantly trying to develop new strategies and methodologies to get kids excited about jazz and to strengthen their talents. He was never afraid to think outside of the box or to try something new. More than anything, Floyd was proud of his students and their accomplishments. After many years at Hutch Tech, Floyd continued teaching music at several other Buffalo city schools until his retirement. Sadly, Floyd died at the age of 62.

Mark Filsinger, Ph.D.
Artistic Director

Update on Education

This summer SAMF expanded our educational activities, starting up two new programs with two terrific organizations, The Boys and Girls Club of Holland NY and the Old First Ward Community Center.

Doug YeomansOn Monday July 10th we kicked off a four session Americana Music Appreciation program at the Boys and Girls club of Holland NY. Headed up by Doug Yeomans, the workshop is designed to introduce the kids, with discussions, singing and playing, to the origins of classic Americana music. Estimates of participation prior to the start of the workshop were in the 6 to 8 range. In fact, there were 15 students, ages 8-11 who attended the first session, several of whom brought instruments and had a chance to play with Doug.

While we are starting with an abbreviated program of just four meetings, talks have already started about continuing the program throughout the school year. Brian Tavernier, Chief Professional Officer and Chad Marczewski, Program Director of the club have been doing a fantastic job running in what is clearly a tremendous resource and asset to the Holland community.

Doug YeomansWhat’s been lacking in their program offerings however is any kind of ongoing, quality musical component. Consequently, Brian and Chad were really excited when they heard about the programs that The Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation could offer. We’re looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

We’re also thrilled that Doug Yeomans is officially on board as one of our Educational Staff Advisers. Doug as most of you know has been in the music making business for over four decades. A 2004 inductee into the Buffalo music Hall of Fame, Doug has won national guitar competitions, has been named Buffalo’s best blues guitarist, Buffalo’s best country guitarist, and the best bluegrass guitarist by Buffalo NY Music Awards. Doug has done national tours and Broadway shows. Of course Doug is also a member of that legendary Sportsmen’s Tuesday night tradition, The Twang Gang, along with at least two other bands, Lo Blu Flame and Mountain Run. And when he’s not performing Doug is teaching. So is it any wonder why Doug has been referred to as one of the best musicians ever to come out of Buffalo?! Again we’re delighted to have Doug as part of our educational team!

Helen Butler-CeppagliaThe second new summer program and partnership with the old First Ward Community Center on Republic Ave (a block away from Gene McCarthy’s – a landmark many of us may be more familiar with!) kicks off on Wednesday July 12th. As with the Boys and Girls club, we are very pleased to be partnering with another tremendous community resource and excited to announce that Helen Butler-Ceppaglia has agreed to join our team of instructors and will be heading up the workshops for us. And that is workshop(S) plural as Helen will be conducting two programs at the Old First Ward Center: First will be an Americana Music Appreciation program where through singing, playing, art and games Helen will be providing the kids, ages 6-8 with awareness of and appreciation for classic Americana and folk songs. Helen will then shift gears a bit my meeting with students 9-11 for an introduction to guitar! Through this workshop, the kids will learn the basics of the guitar, the parts, string names, notes, chords and hopefully have a couple of tunes under their belt by the end of summer.

Helen Butler-CeppagliaAs with Doug, we are so very pleased that Helen has joined our team of educators. With a resume’ and a list of accomplishments far too long to capture here, suffice it to say that Helen has established herself as a versatile and passionate artist and teacher; the consummate professional musician. While perhaps best known as a violinist and five string electric fiddle player, Helen is also a talented violist and cellist. Holding a Permanent Certification in Music for grades K-12, Helen as taught throughout the Buffalo public school system, holds the position of Director of Orchestra at The Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts where Helen has directed three string orchestras, teaches instrument technique and music theory. Helen also teaches privately and of course is a key member of the awesome band McCarthyizm. Helen’s programs will run through the end of August with a recital to be planned for the final session. The kids are in for a great experience!

Finally, we have a one day presentation on Americana Music scheduled for August 18th (tentative) at the Kids day Camp at the Valley Community Center. Katie Clark and at least some of the members of her band, The Rear View Ramblers will be performing classic Americana songs and talking about the music and its origin.


The Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundaton is proud to sponsor these programs and will continue to develop and grow in our education endeavors.

Don Nelson

Vice President, SAMF


We were very pleased to accept a grant of $1000 from ASI and the NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) in support of the SAMF’s two educational programs, the Rock ‘n Roll workshop and the Americana Music appreciation program, both of which just wrapped up their 10 week spring sessions.

ASI’s Mission is promote Western New York’s cultural sector’s vital role in economic and community development through capacity building, collaboration and advocacy. Thanks in part to ASI’s grant along with the financial support from our incredible members, we will be able to continue on our mission to expand and perpetuate awareness and appreciation for the great talent that resides in Buffalo and Western NY.

Through live performances, broadcast events and of course our educational programs that are bringing the thrill and joy of music to kids from all over the region, our goal is to insure that our great musical heritage and traditions don’t just survive… but thrive!


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.

DISCOUNTS FOR MEMBERS: 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 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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