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4th Annual Sportsmen’s Americana Foundation Music Festival

September 15, 2018

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4th Annual Sportsmen's Americana Foundation Music Festival

4th Annual Sportsmen's Americana Foundation Music Festival

Welcome Members!

Did you attend Foundation Night this month? What a night it was. The Twang Gang was outstanding as usual and along with our usual suspects of guests, there were many new talented guests who graced the stage. For New Members, Foundation Night takes place at the Sportsmen’s Tavern the first Tuesday of each month and active members get in free!

And…12 new members signed up along with 12 members renewing! thank you :))

Please stop in our store across the balcony at the Sportsmen’s Tavern. New Merchandise is arriving soon.

The SAM Foundation would like to welcome and thank Fowler’s Chocolates as our newest Corporate Sponsor.

As always – there are good reads below so read on!

Thanks – Angela Hastings


Buffalo Bob Sez


Silo City Alive 2

Last summer was the first time we did an event at Silo City and it was one of the SAM Foundation’s most successful days. An incredibly good time was had by all, and the music and art inside and outside the silos was very cool. Artists and vendors and food trucks and great beer. We’re doing it again on July 1st. Admission is only $10 to see 10 bands and two different dance groups. Kids are free. We’ll have additional food trucks and a large tent in case we’re not as lucky with the weather as we were last year. July 1st starts off the holiday week with a bang. Last year we drew 1500 people but there’s still plenty of room at our site. See you there, Happy Sum


We’re offering a wide assortment of free ticket opportunities for SAM Foundation members again this month. Email me by Monday June 25th at 9 PM and let me know which drawings you’d like to be entered into.


  • Heybale – July 8th
  • Jim Lauderdale w/The Twang Gang – July 19th


  • Greg Klyma – June 29th


  • Suitcase Junket – July 8th


  • Kinky Friedman – July 6th
  • Poor Man’s Whiskey – July 12th
  • Billy Bob Thornton – July 31st


  • Tedeschi Trucks Band Wheels of Soul Tour with Drive By Truckers – July 17th
  • Gov’t Mule with Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real – July 24th


  • Blues Festival with the David Bromberg Quintet – July 14th
Jim Lauderdale
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There’s great music in WNY seven days per week, starting with the Sportsmen’s Tavern and all of the above venues and many more. Get out and support live music!

Bob McLennan


SAM Foundation

The Chicago Authority

The Chicago Authority will be at the Sportsmen’s Tavern on June 23rd starting at 9:00 pm. Please attend this fantastic show which is “a tribute to the music of one of the most popular and prolific bands of all time” Chicago!”

The show is $20 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation.

Chicago Authority


“One of the key goals of the Foundation is to promote and expand awareness, appreciation and even passion for Americana music. Getting instruments into the hands and great music into the ears of kids throughout Western New York will help insure that the flame continues to glow.”

Summer has arrived and with it the start of new SAMF educational programs in Western New York. I have the honor of stepping into the large shoes left behind by Don Nelson in continuing our educational initiatives and increasing the exposure of Americana music. With a dozen years of teaching in schools, museums, and community centers, I am looking forward to this new unique opportunity of pairing our talented teaching artists with the curious youth in our local communities.

We are happy to announce that the Old First Ward Community Center has invited us back for their Guest Artist program. Following the success of last summer’s violin class at the OFW, Helen Butler is returning this July with Ukulele 101. This “gateway” instrument is perfect for young audiences and Helen is sure to have our participants playing popular songs almost immediately. SAMF has happily purchased 10 ukuleles to conduct this program and will be looking to bring Ukulele 101 to new audiences in the coming months.

Moving down the Buffalo River, we are once again returning to the Valley Community Center for a two part Americana Appreciation Program. With two groups of 25 elementary and middle school students, our teaching artists will be introducing these kids to new instruments used to sing old favorites like “I’ve Been Everywhere” and “This Land is Your Land.” Several Valley students have previously participated in SAMF programs and are eager for this summer’s programs.

We are continuing to find new audiences and new ways of engaging our community’s youth. I’m looking forward to sharing our experiences with our membership and, of course, keeping the flame lit.

Patrick Gormley, Director of Education


Silo City Alive

Silo City Alive is a celebration of Buffalo’s cultural renaissance and its impressive industrial history. Set among the grain silos along Ohio Street, the festival brings together art, dance, and music for its second year on Sunday, July 1st from 2 to 8pm. The silos are impressive structures and function as amazing amplifiers for the acoustic Americana music inside. The concrete walls are transformed into a gallery for the work of local artists. Outside, the old canals are full of kayaks and floating tiki bars (there’s even a launch where you can park your kayak for the day on the grounds of Silo City) and the concrete towers serve as a backdrop for aerial dancers while a handful of Buffalo’s best original bands perform on the main stage. This year’s bands are the Steam Donkeys, Folkfaces, First Ward, Leroy Townes Band, Ten Cent Howl, Mom Said No, The CPX, The Rust Belt Birds, Dee Adams, Uncle Ben’s Remedy and so much more. Returning for our second year is GoBike, Buffalo’s premier cycling organization, offering valet parking for your cycle. Some of the region’s best breweries will be offering locally brewed refreshments and a number of food trucks will be on hand offering everything from savory to sweet. No matter how you get there, whether it’s on two wheels or four or with a paddle, it’s going to be a great afternoon of the best that Buffalo has to offer.

Beave Sorenson, SAM Foundation Member and leader of Leroy Townes Band

Schedule: *indicates Indoor Silo Sets:

  • Mom Said No 1:45 – 2:25
  • *Dee Adams 2:25 – 3:00
  • The CPX 2:40 – 3:20
  • *Center Dance 3:50 – 4:15
  • First Ward 3:35 – 4:15
  • *Folkfaces 4:15 – 4:50
  • Leroy Towne 4:30 – 5:10
  • *Rust Belt Birds 5:10 – 5:45
  • Uncle Bens Remedy 5:25 – 6:05
  • *Center Dance 6:00 – 6:25
  • Ten Cent Howl 6:20 – 7:00
  • Steam Donkeys 7:15 – 8:00

Buffalo Aerial Dance – Outside throughout the day.

Ten Cent Howl
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New Music To Check Out This Month

Courtesy of

Twisted Pine Dreams

Twisted Pine

David Starr South and West

David Starr
South and West

Shannon Shaw Shannon In Nashville

Shannon Shaw
Shannon In Nashville

Romantica Outlaws


Erin Rae Putting On Airs

Erin Rae
Putting On Airs

Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence Two People

Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence
Two People

Ana Egge White Tiger

Ana Egge
White Tiger

Jesse Dayton The Outsider

Jesse Dayton
The Outsider

Mike Aiken Wayward Troubador

Mike Aiken
Wayward Troubador

Ruen Brothers All My Shades of Blue

Ruen Brothers
All My Shades of Blue

Tami Neilson Sassafrass!

Tami Neilson

The Mulligan Brothers Songs for the Living and Otherwise

The Mulligan Brothers
Songs for the Living and Otherwise

Member News

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
  • 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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