Saturday, July 25, 2009

Music Is Art Needs Volunteers Sept 2009

MiA is looking for volunteers to help out at the Festival Sept 12. With 30 bands, 3 stages, 50 artists, DJs, dancers, non-profits, a Kid's Village, beer tent and everything else involved, we need your help to make sure this year's festival is another success. If you want to be involved in Buffalo's biggest free cultural festival, please reply to:

Caroline Barry
Music Is Art
450 Masten Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
p 719-816-4224
f 716-888-7136

Friday, July 24, 2009

The 4th Annual Queen City Jazz Fest

The 4th Annual Queen City Jazz Fest

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Historic Colored Musicians Club

Broadway and Michigan Ave
145 Broadway Buffalo NY
716- 855-9383

1 - 9pm


Larry Salter Big Band
Melissa Kate Project
Sharon Bailey
Jenny May Quartet
Joyce Wilson Nixon
Will Holton

The Colored Musicians Club is located at 145 Broadway between Elm and Michigan Streets in Downtown Buffalo.

Click here for a map and directions to the Colored Musicians Club from MapQuest.

From Canada: Take QEW to the Peace Bridge. Take the NY 190 South to Exit 6, Elm Street. Turn right on Broadway go to 145 Broadway. From Interstate 90: Take Exit 53 Kensington Expressway (Route 33) West into downtown Buffalo. Turn left onto Broadway go to 145 Broadway.


Susan Marie
New York USA

Stop The Violence Foundation Community Center: Cheektowaga, NY

Buffalo, NY – While most are enjoying their summer, going on vacation with their families and basking in the sunshine, one Bishop in Buffalo, Bishop Perry Davis and his wife, Pastor Gina Davis are working hard to create a better future for the young people of the city of Buffalo and Cheektowaga.

Bishop Perry L. Davis, President of the Stop the Violence Foundation and Bishop of New Life Harvest Ministries at 575 Humboldt Parkway are opening a new Community Center at

10 Century, on the corner of Century and Cleveland in Cheektowaga. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 25th at 1 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Bishop Davis began his vision to create a safe haven for children more than three years ago and wanted to open a community center that would give children a safe environment to go to after school and would offer activities that would help teach the children and community ways in which to help stop violence from happening in our city.

“My goal for this new center is to offer educational resources to children that will help with their learning problems and promote the value of education” says Bishop. “Education is the key to stopping ignorance, and ignorance breeds hate and violence.” I also plan to offer programs that deal with the aftermath of violence for the families of victims already lost to violence in our cities,” he continues. Bishop Perry is passionate about keeping our children off drugs, eliminating hatred and human rights violations and helping our youth to lead a non-violent lifestyle. Bishop Davis and his wife, Pastor Gina Davis continually hold Peace marches spreading the message of non-violence in neighborhoods throughout the city, often ravaged by violence. This community center another way the Bishop Davis is reaching out to further that effort. Everyone is invited to attend this grand opening.

Bishop Perry Davis –(716) 715-1375

Susan Marie
New York USA

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Celebrate 35th Anniversary

To mark Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s 35th anniversary this year, in August and September there is a rare two-part benefit art auction. Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is one of Buffalo’s oldest artist-formed organizations; its mission—to bring the newest and most challenging work in the contemporary arts to the interested public, whether in painting and sculpture, conceptual art, film, video art and activism, performance, fiction, music, or any number of other art form—has long been upheld in creative and collaborative ways.

The first part of this historic auction will feature works by 79 artists associated with Hallwalls over the past 35 years. It takes place in Buffalo on Thursday, August 6. The second part will be at Christie's on Wednesday, September 23, as part of its fall 2009 First Open Sale, featuring Post-War & Contemporary Art. That sale will feature donated works from a select few of the many art world luminaries who either got their start at Hallwalls, or who had important exhibitions here early in their careers.

The August 6 auction in Asbury Hall at Babeville will be only the third auction Hallwalls has undertaken for its own benefit in its entire history. Like the earlier efforts, this event will feature numerous donated works by local, national, emerging, and established artists—the number totals 79, and they represent all periods of Hallwalls' illustrious history. That includes the time from its founding in late 1974 up to visiting artists and artists living and working in Buffalo today.

The August 6th gala affair in Asbury Hall will feature both live and silent auctions, food, drink, and entertainment. The live auction will be conducted by Sara Friedlander, Specialist, Post War & Contemporary Art, Christie’s. There will be a full-color printed catalogue with images of all the works in both auctions. The Hallwalls website also has digital views of the works for sale.

The silent auction begins at 6:00 pm, and the live auction will start at at 8:00 pm. (The silent auction will continue past the conclusion of the live auction.) Hors d'oeuvres and open bar from 6:00-10:00 pm. Pre-event tickets may be purchased at Hallwalls during gallery hours or at the website.


Note: Hi-res images are available, as well as artist and organizer interviews. Full list of participating artists below.

WHAT: Hallwalls 35th Anniversary Art Auction – Part I (Sponsored by Hodgson Russ LLP)

WHEN: Thu., Aug. 6, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Asbury Hall, Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

TICKETS: $35 general admission, $25 Hallwalls members, may be purchased at

INFO: or 716-854-1694

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center 35th Anniversary, Part I (Buffalo Auction)

August 6, 2009

The 81 artists participating are:

Bruce Adams, Chuck Agro, Laylah Ali, Julio Alvarez-Perez, Meredith Allen, Joanna Angie, Deborah Aschheim, Mary Begley, Roberley Bell, Diane Bertolo*, Kathe Burkhart, Ellen Carey, Carlo Cesta, Millie Chen, Charles Clough*, Kara Daving, Josh Dorman,Wayne Edson Bryan, Jackie Felix, A.J. Fries, Hans Gindlesberger, Mike Glier, Maria Elena González, Lee Goreas, Megan Greene, Duayne Hatchett, Biff Henrich, Tom Holt, Jenny Holzer, Ani Hoover, Bryan Hopkins, George “Afedzi” Hughes, Richard Huntington, Bruce Jackson, Jed Jackson, Eric M. Jensen, Jacob Kassay, Kevin Kegler, Becky Koenig, Catherine C. Koenig, David Kramer, Suzy Lake, Mark Lavatelli, Daniel Levine, Joan Linder, Polly Little, Joshua R. Marks, Jennifer McMackon, Gerald Mead, Lillian Méndez, Julian Montague, Nathan W. Naetzker, Gary Nickard, Nancy J. Parisi, Ester Partegàs, John Pfahl, Ann Pibal, Alberto Rey, Kelly Richardson, Alicia Ross, Barbara Rowe, Christy Rupp, Kathleen A. Sherin, Catherine Linder Spencer, Chrysanne Stathacos, Ellen Steinfeld, Peter Sowiski, Kara Tanaka, Rodney Taylor, Mark Dean Veca, Siebren Versteeg, Virocode, Alfonso Volo, Kurt Von Voetsch, Patty Wallace,
Jesse Webber, Adam Weekley, William Wegman, Barbara Weissberger, Jacqueline Welch.

Christie’s First Open Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale – Part II

September 23, 2009

The nine artists Included in the Hallwalls benefit portion of the sale are:

Laylah Ali, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Nancy Dwyer*, Robert Longo*, Sol LeWitt, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman*.

* Indicates founding artists of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.


Polly Little, Development Director
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Radio 8 from Studio 8

The July Radio8 Show is up online featuring a variety of great music and spoken word, including music by the infamous Holy Modal Rounders, Woody Lissaur, singer-songwriters Jym Ponter, Michael Bonanno, and Mr. Troll, Texas musicians Lightning Rod, Barry Kooda & Jenni Mansfield Peal, jazz & spoken word vocalists Carolyn Malachi, Theda Spracklin, & Linda Joy Burke, spoken word by Luigi Monteferrante, Judih Haggai and Susan Marie, plus the awesome blues guitarist Tom Principato and some rockin' Jugglers Ink.

Here's the playlist -

No Reggae in Texas - Lightning Rod
Lazy Bones - The Holy Modal Rounders
Texas' Newest Millionaire - Barry Kooda
I Ain't Gonna Hang For This - Jym Ponter
Goa - Lasse Dahl & Jugglers Ink
Palm of the Creator (a Satire) - Carolyn Malachi
Give Seven - Barry Gremillion
Buckshot - Luigi Monteferrante
Walkin' - Carolyn Malachi
Ego Sandwich - Judih Haggai
Linctus Starlet Coughs up Her Leading Role - Jym Ponter
Leaving Suburbia - Linda Joy Burke
Somebody To Love - Woody Lissauer
River - Susan Marie
Green Streak - Jenni Mansfield Peal
Too Far - Doreen Peri
If You're Hurt I'm Sorry - Michael Bonanno
Let You Go - Mr. Troll
Coldest Woman - The Holy Modal Rounders
In the Middle of the Night - The Tom Principato Band
Loverman - Theda Spracklin


hit it HERE and listen!


Thanks to all the artists who participated! I'm honored to present your material!
-Doreen Peri

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Naval/Military Park to Host Unique Weekend Events

Sunset Celebration, a free 18-minute extravagant sound and light celebration timed to the evening’s sunset, will be staged on Buffalo’s flourishing waterfront each Friday and Saturday beginning July 10 and continuing through Sept. 5.

The unique celebration to showcase Buffalo’s beautiful sunset across Lake Erie will be held at the bow of the USS Little Rock and the submarine, The Croaker. It will feature specially themed music as guests relax on the large grassy area adjoining the walkway at the Naval & Military Park.

“Western New York has never had the opportunity to see and hear something like this. It will be a memorable experience for all and this will clearly be another unique weekly waterfront experience,” said Anthony P. LoRusso, chairman emeritus of the Naval & Military Park. “We encourage everyone to come down to the waterfront to be entertained while watching our sunsets on Friday and Saturday evenings,” he said.

For more information, contact Buffalo Naval Park - Anthony P. LoRusso at 818-3683.

One Hour Interview: Ray Manzarek (The Doors)

One Hour With Ray Manzarek

I am just so pleased - this was amazing. Please click below to check out One Hour with Ray Manzarek (of the Doors) its an amazing conversation, Ray is a beautiful spirit and I am honored to have spoken to him. Check out the websites, grab his books, CDS and check out the history and most importantly, listen.

Thank you Ray and Steve . . . and to all the Doors . . .
Jim, Robby, Ray and John . . . you have created something sacred for us all.



Susan Marie
New York USA

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tunes 4 Food On Think Twice Radio

On June 22 at 11am to July 23rd at 12pm, Western New York gathered for a 2 day, 25 hour non stop free music event in Niagara Square, downtown Buffalo, NY where local musicians performed to support The Food Bank of Western New York for For this first time event, we collected 1,959 pounds of non perishable food and $440 which gives the Food Bank power to distribute 3,923 meals to the needy in the four counties they serve in WNY. A heartfelt thank you to all musicians who performed, everyone who donated food and the media coverage we received. 50 - 1/2 hour slots were filled, I recorded as much as I was able.

Click below, second show down, for pictures and live audio:

Thank you to everyone who was involved and supported this event.



Monday, July 13, 2009

The Drepung Loseling Monastery Buffalo New York

The monks visited Unity Church in Buffalo, NY to perform and share the sacred ceremony, Lama Chopa, through The Mystical Arts of Tibet. The Buddhist monks travel to raise awareness about Tibetan tradition, the history and hardship of their culture in Tibet and India, to secure educational funding, and to acquire sponsorship for individual monks. The only support for the continuation of all of this is through donations, sale of handmade items by Tibetan refugees and the kindness of communities, business and organizations. To support any of their initiative's and Unity Church, please access the links provided above. The Lama Chopa Ceremony below is a musical guided meditation in Tibetan language.

Please click HERE or live audio and photo of the event

Susan Marie
New York USA