Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Old School B Boys: A Closer Look (New York)

The Old School B Boys (B for Butler Avenue) have been an R&B group since March of 1999. They have been invited to Rochester, New York and events such as: Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, The Annual Pine Grille Reunion, The Taste of Buffalo, M&T Bank Concert Series and televised on Time Warner's "Crossroads." They have had the fortune of opening up for National acts such as: The Manhattans, The Delfonics, Goodman and Brown and Roy Ayers.

The Old School B Boys are:

Marcus Brown: Bass vocalist from Buffalo, New York. Marcus began in 1962 with church and R&B groups. Performances include: The Tennessee State Chapel Choir, The Omnipotent's and The Elegants. Marcus earned his B.A. Degree from the University at Buffalo and his Master's from Buffalo State College.

Allen Carrier: lead and first tenor, Allen began his musical career in 1968 with the Soul Searches, The Premiers, The Fabulous Innervisions and The Uncle Funk Klan. Allen has his Associates Voice Major Degree from Villa Maria College in Western New York.

Duane Madyun: Duane began his love for singing in 1965. His baritone voice brings a soulful sound to the musical background of the group. Duane sang with The Four Flames in the 60's and has enjoyed R&B for nearly 40 years. Duane is the owner of a Financial Service Company and resides in Buffalo, New York.

Chalma Warmley: lead and second tenor with over 40 years musical experience, Chalma sang with The Tennessee State Chapel Choir. The highlight of his musical career was an opportunity to play drums with R&B singer, Shirley Brown and blues extraordinaire, Chic Willis. Mr. Warmley teaches the basic rudiments of percussion to youth daily at The African Culture Center in Buffalo.

Chauncey Northington: with a fantastic voice, Chauncey is a wonderful addition and the youngest member of the group. Chauncey has performed with various artists and hails from a strong musical background.

For booking info: Duane Madyun 2288 Main Street Buffalo NY 14214 (716) 583-3482 F: 716- 884-2526 www.oldschoolbboys.com and oldschoolbboys@msn.com

You can see them perform March 17, 2009, 7pm at Kleinhans Music Hall Symphony Circle during a benefit performance, "Concert From The Heart." Proceeds to assist the Food Bank of Western New York and The Buffalo City Mission. For ticket info: Doris Records (716) 883-2410 and Kleinhans Box Office: (716) 885-5000

To take a closer look at The Old School B Boys, visit the website above, get a hold of Duane and contact Kleinhans to attend on the 17th of March.

Susan Marie
Public Relations
New York USA 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Lance Diamond: Lancification (New York)

Entertainer and Showman - The Incredible Lance Diamond is a legend in Western New York. There aren't many entertainers that can boast of fans from more than one generation. People remember Lance from shows at the Executive in the mid 70's. Today's generation know him as the guest vocalist with the Goo Goo Dolls. All generations still go to see him perform today and consider him the best dressed and the hardest working showman in Buffalo Music.

Lance has one thing on his mind and that is to entertain beyond the best of his ability. Lance started performing in the 70's with the New Breed. During the 70's and 80's he traveled across the U.S. and Canada. He also traveled to Japan with Isaac as The Lance Diamond Show. During this time he opened for such national artists as James Brown, The Righteous Brothers and many others.

He came to the attention of a new generation of fans when he recorded with the Goo Goo Dolls on "Down on the Corner" and "Never Take the Place of Your Man" with the Goos for Metal Blade, Warner Brother Records. In 1995, Lance was featured on MTV with the Goo Goo Dolls to raise AIDS Awareness for the "No Alternative Album", along with Soul Asylum and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, performing the Rolling Stone's classic: "Bitch". This song has made an appearance online International.

Lance has also recorded his own CD's, "Gold", "A Lance Diamond Christmas", and is currently in the studio recording his CD of originals titled "Lancification." Lance engages his audience like no other. His shows are highly charged non-stop motion, his golden voice and platinum wardrobe have won him a devoted following of which he so lovingly refers to as his family. People travel from miles around to be taken in by the warmth and the style of a Buffalo Legend. Lance can be seen at The Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel every Friday 6 - 9:30 pm and The Elmwood Lounge every Saturday 11:30 pm - 2am.

Lance has entertained in every major club in the WNY area and toured the world with the USO entertaining troops. He has been a featured artist at Buffalo's Thursday at the Square, the Buffalo New Years Eve Ball Drop, and the Taste of Buffalo. Lance has been featured in Time Warner commercials and made a national appearance on A&E's (Arts & Entertainment Television) show " Confessions of a Matchmaker during 2007. " Lance also has the # 1 radio show on Saturday night in WNY. "Saturday Night Fever with Lance Diamond" airs every Saturday night on WJYE 96.1 FM from 6pm – 12 mid. Lance received the Al Tinney Award for Outstanding Career Achievement, Top Male Vocalist, 2009 Radio Personality of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and The Legends Award.

You can see Lance perform on March 17, 2009 at 8pm Kleinhans Music Hall to Benefit The Food Bank of Western New York and The Buffalo City Mission for "Concert From The Heart. Tickets at box office Kleinhans 716-885-5000 and Doris Records 286 East Ferry 716-883-2410.

For more info: www.bpo.org, www.newyorktalent.org, www.myspace.com/lancediamond, lance24kdiamond@hotmail.com and 716-885-4848 for bookings and entertainment. Lance is an inductee of The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and The City of Buffalo named November 23rd as Lance Diamond Day. This is one performer you most certainly do not wish to miss.

Susan Marie
Public Relations
New York USA 2009

Type Relevant: A Closer Look (New York)

For nearly a decade, Type Relevant has been captivating audiences leaving them mesmerized and wanting more. Type Relevant is a powerhouse trio that can impress a wide range of crowds with a blend of jazz, funk, blues, and hip-hop, increasing revenue and patronage at any venue. Originally a duo, the group formed in 1999 featuring Brian Herlihy (Relevant) on bass, guitars, and vocals, along with John Hunter (TypeNice) on drums. The two met while playing in Hutch-Tech High school's jazz ensemble and quickly meshed their sounds to create a fresh style of their own. Type Relevant's first shows were in 2000 in South Buffalo and Downtown Buffalo. During this time, the band acquired a wealth of local and regional support. As their unique sound blossomed, so did their networking skills and community activity. As a result, Type Relevant is well known for both their musical and promotional abilities.

In 2007, during a show at Broadway Joes, the band asked a local lyricist by the name of Mamaudu Kargbo (Mad Dukes) to come on stage to improvise with them. There was an instant connection as his lyrics correlated naturally with the live instruments. After their third amazing performance together, the duo offered Mamaudu an official position as Type Relevant's new front man. In 2008, Type Relevant featuring Mad Dukes began a successful year playing over 50 shows during many weekly and monthly performances. Sponsored by Deep Thinka Record's and Scion USA, the trio ran a successful weekly showcase at Merlin's of Buffalo for 20 straight weeks. Although most of these shows took place during the cold winter months, an exceptionally large crowd always turned out for the highly energetic performances. Later, the group was invited to perform on the main stage at Buffalo's own "Music is Art" festival, organized by Goo Goo Doll's bassist Robby Takac.

Type Relevant also opened the first day's events at the 15th annual, three day long, "Blind Baby's Holiday" festival in Heartland, NY. Highlighting the band's networking ability; Type Relevant booked every single hip-hop act for Buffalo's Infringement Festival during the summer of '08. The trio also founded the "Biannual Battle of the Hip-Hop Bands" at Nietzsches on Allen Street in the city of Buffalo.

John and Brian are available for all jazz, blues, and funk gigs, and can be seen playing around the Buffalo area at their monthly jazz spots. During these shows at Mode Urban Bistro, and Papaya, the original duo is accompanied by classically trained vocalist Gabriella Carlo, and concert pianist Richie English. Type Relevant is available for booking at the above score.

For booking info: Brian Herlihy 716-
563-3078, typerelevant@gmail.com

Susan Marie
Public Relations
New York USA 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

illuminatus: The Wrath of the Lambs UK

Straight from Ministry's UK Final World Tour, followed My Ruin's UK and Ireland Tour, illuminatus brings us their new release, The Wrath of Lambs. Nationwide on Anthill/Pinnacle Records, illuminatus has a 2009 European Tour beginning in Italy, then DarkFest in Bologna. illuminatus made their way to the finals of FameCast and were flown to Austin, Texas broadcast live to millions. Illuminatus to date, is the only non U.S. band to achieve this.

illuminatus is: Julio Taylor: Vocals/Guitar, Felix Rullhusen: Percussion, Jon Martin: guitars and Leo Giovazzini on Bass. Their mass of loyal fans, high energy performance, and driving rhythm allowed them to share the stage with: Children of Bodom, Dragon Force, NightWish, Paradise Lost, and Saxon and Skindred.

They have appeared live at UK's Bloodstock and Bulldog Bash, and collaborating with producers such as Harvey Birell (Therapy?, Ministry) and Pete "Pee-Wee" Coleman (AC/DC, Black Sabbath) drew them comparison to bands such as Anathema and Paradise Lost. illuminatus is the ultimate National/International Alternative Band.

A lover of both metal and rock, this 9 track CD is a must have. Every single tune is a power play. Dark sarcasm is present in guitar riffs with maddening percussion reminiscent of 1970's metal rock. The title track, The Wrath of Lambs is a stadium anthem. Julio and Jon keep the starkness alive with Leo on one mean bass. Felix brings it full circle keeping everyone in check. This is a rock instrumental.

Emotion Sickness brings me right back to days of Megadeath, Metallica and System Of A Down. This is by far, my favorite tune. illuminatus manages to intertwine vociferous instrumentals with vocals ranging from soft spoken to wailing. It begins full force and lays it low in between surprising you when you least expect it. This is a hit, standing only behind The Wrath Of Lambs.

Captive State
is a tune that deserves video behind it. illuminatus paints a picture of the state of all nations. They present here the essentials that enforce all famous rock bands. Simplicity and perfection.

This a CD you never wish to cease listening to. Recorded in Nottingham, The Wrath Of Lambs is innovative, raw and what the entire music scene is in desperate need of. Check the guys out my space: www.myspace.com/illuminatusuk and: www.illuminatus.uk.com.

Melodic, heavy and intellectual, illuminatus threatens to change the face of music. Join the Revolution, before it passes you by.

Susan Marie
Public Relations
New York USA 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Michio: Así nada más (Germany)

Michio has performed at renowned flamenco and guitar festivals in Germany and abroad. He also performed at the world-famous Festival de Flamenco in Jerez de la Frontera in 2007, the first non-Spanish guitarist ever to be invited there. In May 2007, Michio went back to his classical roots, from The Vienna Conservatory, where he interpreted the famous Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo. His latest CD Así nada más was released with Alameda Production in 2008.

Michio is a guitarist and sought after composer coming to us from Düsseldorf, Germany. He tours Europe and Japan with his Michio Flamenco Project (guitar, bass, vocals, shakuhachi, percussion). He wrote and performed stage music for contemporary dance adaptations of Federico Garcá Lorca's Das Haus der Bernarda Alba and VergissMeinNicht, both directed by choreographer Mei Hong Lin. To date, Michio is the only German artist nominated for The Hollywood Music Awards World Category for his single, Ignition.

Así nada más, Michio displays a global flamenco style in Ignition. He has an absolute understanding of his art in this song. The vocals are a beautiful addition to his playing. Michio manages to go from basic chords to energized strumming to a rapid fire flash of chords in seconds. His playing is magnificent, new, fresh and meditative.

Patito feo is an upbeat classical acoustic tune. The 2nd track on this CD, this is one to get you up and dancing. It is reminiscent of romance, the night. His playing is insurmountable here, speed is redefined through the harmonics and chord structure of Michio.

Viento de cara is beauty. The soft slow progression of acoustics is peaceful. Michio, although playing quite rapidly, manages to bring his guitar down low. The vocals here are in direct response to his playing, much like opera. Listening to this is akin to a conversation between one voice and a guitar, not knowing which is which.

This entire CD is beyond typical guitar playing, let alone flamenco. This is music to relax to, drive for hours with, dance to, work alongside, love with, and most importantly; to soak up the gifted presence of Michio.

If you play, wish to or are an aficionado of music at all, you need to get this CD. Please go to: www.michio-world.org. Michio is well aware of the difference between playing and feeling. He is one with his guitar, allowing the listener to become an active part of his 12 track dreamscape entitled, Así nada más.

Susan Marie
Public Relations
New York USA 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

MENEW: Of The Future (Canada)

Menew comes to us from Toronto, Canada where they began their study of music. Pronounced Men-u, they have shared the stage with U2 on their Vertigo Tour, worked with Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi), and Scott Mathews (Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton), as well as shooting a video with Hans Uhlig (George Lucas' cinematographer) while still in their twenties.

Menew is: Shade: Vocals/Guitar, Key: Piano/Synth and Nathan Samuel Philip: Percussion and backing vocals. They released their latest CD Of The Future on the RedCore Label while kicking off the NxNE Music Fest in Toronto. The NARAS Committee placed Of The Future on the short list for 4 Grammy awards including: Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Performance by a Duo or a Group and Best Video for their single, This Isn't Real.

The title track, The Future, begins with an eclectic mix of driving percussion and mean guitar riffs that transcend into perfection with the additon of vocals. The harmonizing is pristine. Shade's guitar and Nathan's drums meld, only to rise then fall with Key stepping in with subtle piano. This tune is a hit, this is the one that will have people grabbing this CD, seeing them in concert and on the radio. It is simply . . . what music is bleeding for.

The first single, This Isn't Real, manages to take that perfect mix of pop and rock and make it their own. This tune is reminiscent of the early days of MTV where music was raw and unfiltered. Upbeat, pure and thunderous, Menew thrives on reviving an endless sound, one that the industry is in desperate need of. Check out their YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/menewmusic. Video is top notch and absolute.

Heaven Knows, enters with a military drum roll continuing throughout. Keys march in much like an organ or harpsichord. Vocals join the two in this requiem of sorts. Heaven Knows is a testament to something lost, left behind, a look to the past. The funeral march technique applied is sufficient for the content of the tune. It sets you up for melancholy yet is far from sad. A harmonica cries during the end. The diversity of Menew is outstanding.

The Official 2009 Of The Future Tour is under way with an appearance on David Letterman. Check the website for more information: http://www.menew.com and myspace: http://www.myspace.com/menewmusic. I am in awe of these guys and their music. I have not stopped listening since they sent me the CD. This is what music is meant to be, contrary to the title of the first single. Menew IS . . . 100% Real.

This IS . . . Of The Future.

© Susan Marie 2009
New York USA

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Music of Michael Horsphol (Australia)

Lu'Ella Unveiled: A New Earth Rising

Michael Horsphol brings us originally composed music in his 8 track CD entitled: Lu'Ella Unveiled: A New Earth Rising. He gives his inspiration to nature, the countryside of Northern Tasmania, Australia. Michael is inventive, using digital multi sampling of acoustic orchestral, ethnic instruments and choirs. Artwork, composition, mixing, and production is done solely by Michael who has completed soundtrack work for film productions.

The first track Lu'Ella Unveiled is an orchestral vocal journey seated in a dimly lit theatre simultaneously roaming the wilderness. Michael incorporates that soundtrack "feel" with additions of flutes, orchestra and vocals. It is reminiscent of nothing I have heard.

Gloria Natura is by far my favorite. This is a modern twist to the classical Ave Maria. This is the most calming peaceful song. Instead of taking away from old themes, as most modern does, Michael ADDS to this, bringing forth a "New World" quality that is missing in the original.

Blue Wings is stunning. This IS the gift of flight through music. The bass is full and rich, with a surround sound quick tempo as if you are in front of an orchestra. Listening to this sets me faraway over craggy embankments, on turbulent seas; to transcend this plane, inside a science fiction film, a forest glen, the sky. Blue Wings is a masterpiece.

Visit Michael by going to: http://www.michaelhorsphol.com/ and check out Lu'Ella Unveiled: A New Earth Rising. The jacket is phenomenal, emblazoned with a majestic sunset overlooking the vast sea. This CD is multi educational/cultural. It can be used for meditation, education in schools, college level digital track courses, and most definitely, for all spiritual enlightenment.

Lu'Ella Unveiled: A New Earth Rising is THE next soundtrack for a Major Motion Picture. This is fresh, exciting. It IS . . . Earth meets Cinema.

© Susan Marie 2009
New York, United States

Monday, September 29, 2008

Melissa Kate ~ Blind Faith (New York)

The next up-and-coming jazz and blues artist with a little bit of soul can be heard on "Blind Faith" by Melissa Kate. TM International produced this 8 track solo debut. Recorded at Pharoah studios through Van Taylor Production, this compilation showcases various renowned artists.

Melissa studied Barbershop, Classical, Opera and Musical Theatre. She was trained classically by Mr. Robert Wells and studied with Mr. Amuso who provided her with the basics of Jazz. Melissa became engulfed in the NYC Jazz scene and has performed at the World Trade Center, Swing 46, Pops Is Tops, the American Lindy Hop Championships, and at Louie Armstrong's house.

Melissa Kate is an international vocalist and began her artistic development with the award winning Taylor Made Jazz through Van Taylor Production. She is a powerhouse in Jazz, Blues, R&B and pop. Melissa now performs with The George Scott Big Band, travels internationally with Taylor Made Jazz, and has now come into her own with The Melissa Kate Project. Melissa has performed for the Armed Forces Entertainment, The Langston Hughes Institute, the M&T Plaza Concert series and the Buffalo Music Awards and continues to enlighten crowds internationally.

Melissa gives thanks to the musicians who have helped her artistically and support her such as:

Van Taylor, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Inductee: keys/lyricist/production/manager, Walter Kemp III: keys, Jerry Livingston, 2008 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Sampson and Richie Valentino on bass, Jeff Nixon, Ron Walker, David Comtois and Nelson Thomas on guitar, Will Holton on Sax, Mike Crimes and Tim Webb on percussion and Flick Williams on vocals and keys.

A jazzy blues backbeat is apparent on the title track, "Blind Faith." Sultry vocals rise with percussion and bass keeping time behind her with the addition of horns. "Midnight Blue" is pbeat with traces of 80's discotheque to get you up and dancing. Her lyrics are in depth, her presence shining and her vocal range is to be envied. Accompanied by The Melissa Kate Project, this CD is a must for all music aficionados.

Melissa Kate can be found at: Melissa Kate . Grab her solo debut at: CD Baby. I had the pleasure of experiencing Melissa with Taylor Made Jazz and the Melissa Kate Project as she belted out vocals with a stage presence that invites you in like a warm embrace. Melissa is a positive light in this world and continues to support charitable causes. You can catch Melissa performing every Monday evening at The Historic Colored Musicians Club with The George Scott Big Band. The Melissa Kate Project on November 7, in NYC to benefit Artfully Aware. Please access her website above for more information.

I suggest you do not miss her. She is a star, following shadows . . . trying to see her way to the light.

Buffalo Select Chorus 2008 CD Release Righteous Babe Foundation (New York)

The Buffalo Select Chorus performed their 3rd Annual Concert June 4 at 7PM in Asbury Hall at Babeville. The recital and reception was free and open to all wishing to participate in the upcoming 2008-2009 Buffalo Select Chorus. This concert was recorded by the Righteous Babe Foundation and is now available on CD.

Sponsored by the Righteous Babe Foundation, it is the only chorus made up of Buffalo high school students, with nine different schools represented. The Buffalo Select Chorus is a talented, dynamic group that has persevered despite challenges for funding in the arts in the Buffalo schools.

In the spring of 2005, Linda Appleby (creative director and vocal instructor), along with Susan Mann Dolce (executive director) and other interested community members and parents set out to create a citywide Buffalo Public High School Chorus to begin that fall. The group would have weekly practices, play in a variety of venues over the year, have a final concert and reception, and produce a professional recording for use in the college application process. What resulted from their efforts was a selection of eight talented individuals from three Buffalo Public High Schools who gathered to rehearse once a week for six months.

The Righteous Babe Foundation took notice of these amazing singers and the need for more support to grow this fledgling group. The use of the restored Asbury Hall at The Church (now Babeville) was made available for weekly rehearsal and as primary performance space. Asbury Hall has become a Monday night "home" for Buffalo Select Chorus!

The Chorus has grown exponentially to thirty students, and in partnership with the Righteous Babe Foundation, will continue its mission: to provide a venue for Buffalo High School students to expand their vocal skills while offering actual performance experience under the tutelage of certified music teachers and professional musicians. This program of excellence will also be saying goodbye to many graduating seniors.

Please visit: http://www.buffaloselectchorus.com/tester/Index.html to get a hold of this outstanding performance composed of Buffalo High School students and musicians. Buffalo Select Chorus was showcased on Think Twice Radio: http://www.thinktwiceradio.com/sue-marie/sue-marie.html Click the link to hear them rehearse, view pictures and connect to the mentors, musicians and students who make Buffalo Select Chorus a much desired investment.

Amanda Nagurney - Gettin' Out Of This Town (New York)

Raised in Western New York, Amanda Nagurney began vocal lessons at the age of seven. Her previous band, Copperhead Road, released a six track CD, entitled, "Gettin Out Of This Town" in 2008. Copperhead Road consisted of: Amanda Nagurney: main vocals and lead/rhythm guitar, Sarah Baumgarden: vocals, Tim Webb: percussion, Shpike McLean: bass and vocals, Joe Childs: lead guitar and vocals, Kevin Hatton: steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, acoustic and vocals, and Buffalo Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Ehinger, on keyboards.

The first track lays down some country and western roots. "Gettin Out Of This Town," blends folk with electric guitar and percussion creating a rock-pop sound. The lyrics speak of Amanda's travels to Nashville and this tune will get you out of your seat and onto the floor when you hear: "Nothin's gonna stop me in my cowgirl boots."

"Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever" is a ballad that has a background country flavor in the slide that mimics the soaring vocals. "Rock That Country" is a track that jolts you alive. Guitar riffs and percussion can be picked up alongside undertones of R&B. "Don't Ask Me To Love You" takes the listener back to 80's pop which then gets blended with a jazzy back beat. The vocals are perfection as Amanda sings: "I'll dance with ya baby, but don't ask me to love you." In "Never Break My Heart," there is a lovely slide intro with soft-spoken vocals.

Amanda has toured the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and recorded at the infamous Ryman Auditorium. She has opened for The John Corbett Band, The Locash Boys, Sammy Kershaw, Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar, and Miranda Lambert.

She is a rising star waiting to get out of this town.