The Last Waltz LiveWere you able to go to San Francisco to see The Band’s final concert, The Last Waltz, in 1976? Were you even born yet? Now is your chance to see this concert, which is considered one of the greatest rock concert movies ever made. Several generations of music fans love this concert. And The Band, as much as any artists, started the Americana music movement before it even had that label attached to it.

On Friday, November 17, 2017, the legendary final concert by The Band on Thanksgiving Day in 1976 in San Francisco will be reenacted by an all-star cast of Buffalo and Western New York’s greatest musicians and performers. This theatrical performance will include all the music and the special guest stars from the beloved film directed by Martin Scorsese. This is a Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation event, presented in cooperation with Babeville.

Doug Yeomans is Robbie Robertson and the band leader for the concert. The rest of The Band are: Jim Whitford as Rick Danko, Pete Holquin as Levon Helm, Ron Davis-Garth Hudson and Jim Ehinger-Richard Manuel.

Special guests for the evening will include Buck Quigley, Tom Makar, Dan Delano, Jerry Hall, Sharon Bailey, Rod Nickson, Michael McGuire, Leah Zicari, Ted Cacciatore, Eric Crittenden, Frank Grizanti, Joelle Labert, Mark Norris, Kevin Cox, Bill Smith, Matt Harris, Joe Parisi, Al Jaenecki, Harry Fackelman, Phil Knoerzer and The Brothers Blue.

Tickets may be purchased at the Sportsmen’s Tavern, the Babeville Box Office or online at babevillebuffalo.com for an additional fee.

Bob McLennan

President, SAM Foundation

3rd Annual SAM Foundation Awards Show

Please join us for an evening of celebration and music. Break out your best duds because the red carpet will be awaiting your arrival!

A big thank you to our membership base for nominating and voting for their favorite artists. We had a great response and as a result there are some pretty amazing talents up for awards.

Bernadette Walsh
Secretary, SAMF
Chair, SAMF Awards Show

Monday, October 16th at the
Sportsmen’s Tavern
7-10 PM
$10.00-general admission
$20-reserved seating

Pick up tickets at Sportsmen’s Tavern or go to https://www.showclix.com/event/samf-3rd-annual-awards-night or you can pay at the door.

Winners to be announced at the show.

Members nominated in four categories:

Best Band:

  • Ten Cent Howl
  • Leroy Townes
  • Freight Train
  • McCarthyizm

Best Male Singer:

  • Mr. Conrad
  • Alan Whitney
  • Tim Andrews

Best Female Singer:

  • Kate Panfil Clark
  • Sue Kincaid
  • Mary Ramsey

Jim Lauderdale Songwriter of the Year:

  • Bill Smith
  • Davey O
  • Willie Schoellkopf

We will also be announcing Pioneer of the Year and Member of the Year!

Our 3rd Annual SAMF Festival was a success! and so much fun. Thanks to all who came and supported us. We’re sending out a really big thanks to our volunteers. Below is a list and I hope I have all the names!

Bob Mortimer, Malcolm Duncan, Andrea Duncan, Cookie Ling, Kay Czechowski, Wilber McBurney, Gayle Hoover, Bernie Medige, Michael O’Sullivan, Kay Dzechowski, Mari Kosobucki, Ron Kosobucki, Leslie Gordon, Nick Whitman, Chris Whitman, John Merrilees, Amy Steiner, Susan Jaworski, Laurieann Stephan, Nancy Hefron, Sandra Maday, Jacki Brooks, Glen Armstrong, Ted Chown, Bill Hutchinson, Margie Htuchinson, Norm Murray, Thuy Murray, Dan Ganoe, Blair Ganoe, Bernie Walsh, Dales Metzger, Mario Nunez, Bob Mortimer, Bruce Supernault, Jeff Carballada, Dick Donovan, James Hall & Melanie, Kaily Winnett, Tim Harvey, Desi McManus, Alan Hastings, Jim Becker, Larry Pernell, Ron Wakefield, Ken Habberfield Theresa Habberfield, Jane Roach, Maggie Roach, Ron Pokorski, Rita Gallagher, Chris Smolen, Rose McLennan, Anna Laba, Lynn O’Meara, Mary McManus, Mary Bell, Dan Harrington, Midge Harrington, Mary Armstrong, Ann Chown, Donna Ganoe, Tina Ganoe, Mary Sullivan, Sarah Wakefield, Rich Woelfel, Ivi Woelfel.


A BIG THANK YOU also to the bands that donated their time and music:

Rearview Ramblers, The Willies, The Skiffle Minstrels, The Kensingtons, Ten Cent Howl, Leroy Townes, Uncle Ben’s Remedy

♫♫ NOTE (no pun intended): Go to our Facebook page and website to see photos from the Fest.

Angela Hastings, Director of Membership
P.S. The SAMF Board Members did a pretty great job too!


Five pairs of tickets will be raffled off this month. Three shows at the Sportsmen’s Tavern and two at Buffalo Ironworks are being offered.

  • On October 20th, Joe McCarthy has once again organized a Tribute to Steve Earle with an all-star group of local Americana bands to interpret and present the songs of one of America’a great songwriters. Joe has been doing this show for several years and it’s always a great night. All proceeds will be shared by the SAM Foundation and Friends of Night People. Thanks to Joe for his kindness, generosity and compassion. Come out for a great time and a donation to two worthy causes.
  • October 22nd at Buffalo Ironworks: Guitar Shorty
  • On October 27th, the Sportsmen’s presents Zuma: A Tribute to Neil Young
  • On November 3rd at The Sportsmen’s: Stoneflower & Friends perform The Traveling Wilburys
  • November 5th at Buffalo Ironworks: BoneramaGuitar Shorty ZumaTraveling Wilburys aka Stoneflower & Friends Bonerama
Traveling Wilburys
Guitar Shorty
Traveling Wilburys

Email me by 11 PM on Tuesday October 17th and tell
me which shows you’d like to win.

Bob McLennan


Musicians of BuffaloThe 3rd Annual MOB (Musicians of Buffalo) Christmas Party date has moved to December 8th, 2017 at the Tralf Music Hall.

Tickets can be obtained at the following link: goo.gl/SwHPCU
$25 general seating
$45 platinum seating
All ages admitted with parent or guardian…
Come and help us celebrate this wonderful event.

Doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm.

All previous tickets sold for the Dec 15th will be honored on Dec 8th and ticket holders will be notified by Ticketmaster via e-mail.

Proceeds to benefit the Sportsmen’s Americana Foundation.

Performers include:

  • Bill Sheehan
  • Bobby Lebel Orchestra
  • Jessie Galante
  • Carina and the 6 string Preacher
  • Phil Sims 19 piece Mob Christmas Jazz Orchestra
  • Talas V2

Acoustic Blues Guitar Workshop

Peter Asher and Albert Lee show at the Sportsmen’s Tavern on October 2, 2017

by Lucy Bell

Peter Asher and Albert LeeWith pink Converse sneakers, black skinny jeans and a t shirt with thinning red hair, you would think that Peter Asher was just another regular at The Sportsmen’s Tavern. Standing at about 5’6 tall with an inviting smile across his face, Asher is anything but what you might expect of a British Invasion titan.

But he doesn’t seem to think so.

“Well, The Beatles took about 90% of [The British Invasion] and 10% everybody else,” he said in an interview with Variety three years ago.

If that isn’t humble, then I don’t know what is.

Of course, when talking about The British Invasion, he’s referring to his duo, Peter and Gordon, who had a US number 1 hit, “A World Without Love” penned by Paul McCartney. The tune is peppered with obvious Beatles flare- a cavity sweet melody with beautiful changes that would make your dear mother blush.

However, Asher just wasn’t on the stage his whole musical career, but also worked as an A&R representative for Apple Records, a manager for countless artists, including James Taylor, and a successful Grammy Award winning record producer.

But that’s not all the talent that graced the stage that Monday night. Albert Lee, a long white haired musician, took the stage with Asher.

Asher, although not part of the British Invasion, was successful in his own right, playing with Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton and The Everly Brothers, just to name a few.

On the small Sportsmen’s stage, Peter Asher and Albert Lee sat side by side with acoustic guitars in hand, recanting their beautiful and fantastic stories to a room full of attentive music lovers who craved to blow the dust off of timeless memories with them.

Colorful stories of tours with The Everly Brothers and their brotherly feuds, Albert Lee singing in front of a party with Vince Gill and Joni Mitchell in attendance, Peter Asher and James Taylor having a first ever listen of Carol King’s, “You’ve Got A Friend” during a soundcheck.

But the most anticipated story was left for the end. Asher’s relation to former Beatle Paul McCartney has played a big role in his career but not one he profits from. Asher and Lee could’ve easily used the relation to The Beatles as an advantage, basing their whole tour off of it.

But instead, “A World Without Love” and the story of its legacy was left for the very end, with the crowd of music lovers singing the 60s hit in harmony, bringing old memories back through the childlike but sincere lyrics of the 60s British Invasion.

“Please lock me away…” Yes, I’ll lock these memories away for safekeeping. Until the next British Invasion, I’ll hold onto these stories.


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 Admission online. Enter SPORTSMEN in coupon code. Limit 4
  • Byrd House Restaurant – 10% off food
  • Arts at the Bakery – 10% off admission
  • River Grill – 20% off food til September 24

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