Here’s what some SAM Foundation board members and friends have been listening to lately:

Bob McLennan:

Summer 2020 Listening:
I’ve continued making playlists to enjoy while quarantining.  My recent favorite is called ’90s Approximately … Tears For Fears, James, Woodentops, St. Germain, INXS, Tragically Hip, Violent Femmes, David Byrne and many more.
Another playlist I made is a collection of the songs you’ll hear when Buffalo Music Coalition can finally put on the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” show that was planned for April at The Cave.  Thirty-four songs by 34 different artists.  You’re gonna love this show!
  • World Party-Goodbye Jumbo … more ’90s
  • Keb Mo-Peace … Back by Popular Demand
  • Iris DeMint-The Way I Should
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard-Co-Starring
    and much more …


Bernadette Walsh

  • Jim Donovan and The Sun King Warriors – We See Through It
  • Black Lips – Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart
  • Grace Potter – Daylight
  • Jim Lauderdale – When Carolina Comes Home Again
  • Mavis Staples – We Get By

Jeff Griffin
Perhaps this puts a bit of closure on the lost concert season of 2020, but I thought an interesting spin on “what we are listening to” might be the other side of that coin regarding “what we are not listening to”.
Every few days within this lost season my mobile phone calendar dings with concert reminders for shows I “had” tickets for.  A sad reminder of what might have been.
Here lies my Lost Summer Concert calendar list of broken dreams and an empty concert ticket drawer.  RIP.
  • Dweezil Zappa at The Music Box, Cleveland OH
  • Tab Benoit at The Tralf
  • Tierney Sutton at the Flickenger Center
  • Asleep at the Wheel at Sportsmens
  • Artimus Pyle and Blackfoot at The Riviera Theater
  • Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush at The Tralf
  • Sass Jordan at The Showplace Theater
  • Atlanta Rhythm Section at The Riviera Theater
  • Allman Betts Band at Rochester Jazz Fest
  • Rolling Stones at New Era Field
  • Taj Mahal at Rochester Jazz Fest
  • Buddy Guy and Los Lobos at Artpark
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band at CMAC Canandaigua
  • Steely Dan at Rochester Jazz Fest
  • Molly Hatchet at Batavia Downs
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band at Artpark
  • Saints and Sinners Tour featuring Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and the Tea Party at Artpark
  • Earth Wind and Fire at Artpark
  • Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald at Darien Lake
  • Johnny Lang at Batavia Downs
  • Bruce Katz at Sportsmens
  • Black Crowes at Darien Lake
  • Norah Jones and Mavis Staples at CMAC Canandaigua
  • Chick Corea at Artpark
  • Billy Joel at New Era Field

On a more positive note I have been able to attend  these smaller local music offerings:

  • Grace Stumberg Band at Sportsmens
  • Geno McManus and Frank Grisanti at River Grill
  • Zak Ward at Osteria 166
  • Doug Yeomans and Sue Kincaid at Remington
  • David Michael Miller and the Other Sinners 50th Bday Buffalo River Cruise on the Harbor Queen
  • Mark Winsick and Sue Kincaid at a Private Party
  • Garden Party featuring Jamie Holka, Peter Vincent and Sue Kincaid at Sportsmens
  • The “Combo” featuring Doug Morgano, Ray Hangen, Sue Kincaid, Ed Croft and Jim Bohm at Sportsmens
  • My Cousin Tone at Tappo

Mark Panfil:

  • Laurie Lewis and guests on “and Laurie Lewis”
  •  The New Grass Revival, “Good Woman’s Love”
  • Dukes of Dixieland, “New Orleans Jazz Collection”
  • Special Consensus “Route 10”
  • Steve Gully and New Pinnacle
  • Rockabilly Steve and BR3
  • Country Joe Ells Family Album
  • Grasstowne, “The Road Headin’ Home”

Elmer Ploetz:

  • Gurf Morlix – Kiss of the Diamondback
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard – Co-Starring
  • Wet Willie – At the Bottom Line  1977
  • Burning Ambitions punk comp



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