Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Free Henry!: Summers on Neptune In Buffalo Rising

Free Henry!:  Summers on Neptune

Buffalo Rising

By Susan Marie

"Sometimes, everybody's getting in my mind / Oh Lord, I can't break through this time / sometimes, there can be no reason or rhyme / for the things I cannot rewind."

"Smoke," the first tune on Free Henry's! new release, "Summers On Neptune," embodies everything currently void in the music industry. Poetically, artistically, and lyrically, "Smoke" is radio ready. "When you're there you know / you gotta swim towards the waterline / scrape for the waterline / swing on a vine to a canopy / it cannot be these senses around." Press play and listen to "Smoke" when defining perfection.

"Summers on Neptune," produced and arranged by Free Henry!, is an 1o track masterpiece recorded at Introspec Studios. Featuring the finest Visual Art Design of Michael LaDuca, (The Corporate Jesters, Inc), mastering by Audio Magic Studios (Mike Rorick) in Buffalo, NY, and guest saxophonist, Nate Feder. The entire CD is 100% USA made down to the recycled paper and plastic. Photography credits include: Matthew Buckley and Ryan Richards, (Richards also engineered and mixed), causing this entire release to be created by Buffalo based business and artists.

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Free Henry! Is made up of Bob Buckley: vocals, lyrics, acoustic guitar, piano / Derek Presti: bass guitar, piano / Alex Foote: electric/acoustic guitars, piano and Pat Mannella: drums and percussion. Free Henry! has begun a revolutionary intensity redefining rock and roll, jazz, blues and pop. They take what was, create what needs to be, melding that into their own sound.

"Sailboat Senses" is intuitive and cohesive. "Spirits are so high, and we're walking through the next day / we're searching for a brighter way to get a little bit more sunshine / and all of these good people have an open invitation to this happy conversation." Bob soars with a spectral vocal range while Pat is driven with his military-neo rock percussion. Alex just makes his Fender wail with a groovy wah wah rock pop retro that compliments Derek on his jazzy back beat bass lines that bring them all full circle.

Listen to a live one-hour interview with the band on Think Twice Radio. The 2009 Buffalo Music Awards has nominated Free Henry! for Best Original Rock Band and Alexander Gavin Foote for Best Original Guitarist, vote here. Summers On Neptune", the 2009 release by Free Henry!, is available now available here. And go here for a free mp3 download of "Sailboat Senses". Free Henry is in constant flux.

They have performed with The Guess Who, Rusted Root and most recently in NYC. They are positive, uplifting, raw honest energy and continuously seek new places, cities and musicians to perform with and at. Every tune on "Summers On Neptune" is fantastic. Like every single song on this CD, each member of Free Henry! holds a gift, a surprise, insight and God given talent. Free Henry! may stand side by side, but each of them, like their songs, are complete, a work of art, divine.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Artists United For Human Rights On Think Twice Radio

Artists United For Human Rights

A global initiative beginning in Buffalo, NY where musicians, artists, business and community donated their time at Pearl Street Grill to educate and create awareness on all human rights focusing on the prevention of child abuse, violence and trafficking during Violence Awareness Month. This event supported two organizations: Prevent Child Abuse NY and Maiti Nepal with a focus on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Click below to see press, pictures and PSA videos of the event with live audio.


From my heart I wish to thank WNY's finest musicians, WNY's finest artisans, Natalie DeSilva (Pearl Street Grill), Colonel Patrick Cunningham (Buffalo Naval Park), Charles, Darryl Hopkins, Lemuel Bryant (sound & stage), Van Taylor Production, Richard Wicka (Think Twice Radio), Nomad Magazine, Poet Tree Magazine, Noa Bursie (this was her idea), and ALL people subject to defamation of human rights. May they one day be legal and binding.


Noa Bursie, Emile Latimer
Joni Russ
Lenny Revell, Tim Webb, Zuri Appleby
Buffalo Select Chorus & Linda Appleby
Derek McKeith & The Exoutics (Ron Walker)
Van Taylor Project (Tim Webb, Van Taylor, Jery Livingston)
Joyce Wilson Nixon Band
Lance Diamond
Sons of The King
Rob Falgiano
Free Henry!
The BloodThirsty Vegans


Nomad Magazine
Poet Tree Magazine
Memorable Creations
Bass Reeves
Tara Nova
Allen Street Connection
MB Originals
Max Cruz
Artfully Aware
Egg Art
ee Photography
Friends of Maiti Nepal
Marti Gorman
Dr. Mark Donnelly



Thursday, October 22, 2009

One Hour With Free Henry!

One Hour With Free Henry!

These guys are awesome, music impeccable, please take a listen they play live and the tunes are just out of this world, (blues, jazz, rock, pop) check out www.bestofwny.com to vote for the Buffalo Music Awards and grab this CD because it is perfection.


Alex, Derek, Bob and Pat, thank you so much, I love this interview, I had so much fun and have fun in NYC!
These guys are definitely going upward and onward.

Buffalo New York Rock Band, Free Henry!, joins Sue Marie in the studio to talk about touring, song writing & performing live. Free Henry! is a very diverse band who can mix stylings and celebrate their love for performing. For all official news updates and free download of their single "Sailboat Senses", please visit their website.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Joyce Wilson Nixon: In Flight (NY)

Joyce Wilson Nixon has come into her own with the release of her first CD, "In Flight." Recorded through Pharaoh Productions, Joyce's vocals soar on this compilation ranging from classic R&B, Blues, Funk, Rock and R&B crossover into pop.

"Come Fly" begins with smooth vocals and keys leading to, "Come fly with me / come to my arms / let me take you there / tonight . . ." This is recognition of self through another. Joyce displays wide vocal range alternating between throated melody to choir. The harmonies are angelic, with a repeated theme of: "Let me take you there." This is a mix of jazz, blues, pop and contemporary, meditative in nature.

"Envy" is back beat funk rock with strong musical roots. Joyce belts out "I was born with a twinkle in my eye / I always knew I was going to touch the sky / Nothing ventured and nothing gained / My confidence is my claim to fame." This tune IS Joyce Wilson Nixon. The lyrics correspond to her appearance and performance, as well as her confidence in herself as a performer and person.

Besides being one of Western New York's top notch entertainers, Joyce is also the CEO of NICYO (National Inner City Youth Opportunities), and a model and spokesperson for Ralph Lauren, Inc. Joyce has implemented strategic funding opportunities through the State of New York, with the aid of her staff, for programs such as: The Randy Smith, Jeff Nixon and Ted Washington Basketball Leagues, The Buffalo Wings Track Program, and The Crusaders Marching Units.

Joyce Wilson Nixon performs Internationally with award winning Taylor Made Jazz for the USO, as well as her own band, The Joyce Wilson Nixon Band (JWN), and consistently donates her time at local, national and global events such as: The Rick James Annual Memorial Concert, The Historic Colored Musicians Club, The M&T Plaza Concert Series, The Queen City Jazz Festival, Students Against Violence, Buffalo Bills Alumni Fundraising, The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and Artists United For Human Rights.

In addition to her numerous and ongoing accomplishments, the only way to experience Joyce Wilson Nixon is through live performance. Joyce has the innate ability to pick the crowd up, bring them into her embrace, touch every single spirit, completely energize and reverse the mood in a single second and put a show on like no other entertainer I have witnessed.

Joyce Wilson Nixon is In Flight and this CD is just a portion of the talented, devoted business entrepreneur and woman. "In Flight" can be purchased at Cd Baby or through Joyce HERE.

Joyce Wilson Nixon is ready to take off again so grab this CD now. Live performance is a must, you will never forget it. Joyce (including members of her band, JWN) have just been nominated for Best Blues Female Vocalist and Best New Band for The Buffalo Music Awards Nov 2009.

Crowds gather when Joyce sings along with the expansive seasoned musicians behind her. She is a gift to the music industry, Western New York and the world through her devotion to helping others and initiating music to entertain, uplift and produce positivity in a world that is in desperate need of change.

© Susan Marie
New York USA 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Power of Giving: St. Adalbert's & Outer Limits Recording

Ken Rutkowski, Owner of Outer Limit Recording Studio has donated 64 full thanksgiving meals for shut-in families of Buffalo's community in conjunction with The Response To Love Center and Sister Johnice on behalf of an annual giving tradition he started 7 years ago that he calls the “Thanksgiving Giving.” He started with one meal. He donated one turkey, stuffing, a gallon of milk, a carton of orange juice, a box of potatoes, yams, coffee, tea, pies, whipped topping, carrots, corn, and rolls with butter. This year Ken will deliver more than 128 full meals on Thanksgiving to in support of the program, “Response to Love.”

In 1985, the The Response to Love Center was founded to begin a ministry to the East Side of Buffalo. Sr. Mary Johnice, CSSF, a core of Felician Sisters and countless volunteers transformed the first and second floors of a former parish school building into a compassionate haven for the poor. The Center is dedicated to helping poverty-stricken individuals and families. We empower people to take responsibility for their lives and encourage self-sufficiency through dignity and compassion. We develop relationships with individuals and introduce them to people and programs that will assist with their individual problems and needs.

The compassion of Ken Rutkowski helps whole families would not have the means to celebrate Thanksgiving, but moreover his compassion overwhelms and inspires many others to experience the powerful feeling, meaning and great value of true giving. Tops Markets have been cooperative with this tradition for 6 of the 7 years. Corrin Matthews and Rutkowski family members have joined him for the second time this year. Rich Products, Starbucks, Wegman's, Fresh Salon, Print Tek, “Greatest American Dog Host” Jarod Miller, Attorney Kelly Zarcone, Rick Smith of Kick Some Pigs Music, Dick Murray School of Dance, The Path, Rick Matthews, Al Hury and a number of Outer Limit Recording Studio clients and friends have joined in for the first time this year.

Ken Rutkowski started out with just one full meal 7 years ago. He doubles the donation every year and will continue to do so infinitely. Outer Limit Recording studio is a small business operated by just 2 people. So the purpose of this annual “Thanksgiving GIVING” is all about THE POWER of giving, especially when you don’t have much to give. It has become a moving experience for so many people who depend on it now for nourishment, holiday spirit, and faith in the kindness of others, ability to not have to turn anyone away and most of all for those who seek a sense of goodwill. You get when you give… and Ken hopes to have that this become contagious for all of us in Buffalo, NY.

Contact Ken to donate, assist, and corporate sponsorship/press: Ken Rutkowski, Outer Limits Recording Studio and My Space or by phone: 716-886-0554.

Even one dollar will help this campaign against hunger at Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Local Artists Support Human Rights

Buffalo, NY) - On Oct 4, 2009 Musicians and Artists gathered to support human rights in Buffalo, New York during Violence Awareness month. This event was in direct support of two organizations that deal with violence on separate levels: Prevent Child Abuse NY( including the Erie County Task Force On Child Abuse & Neglect Erie County) and Maiti Nepal (including the U.S. Affiliation, Friends of Maiti Nepal.)

12n - 7pm Sunday, this non stop music and art festival (originally slated at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval Park aboard the USS Little Rock) was rescheduled by event coordinator, Susan Marie due to inclement weather. Natalie DeSilva, director of catering at 76 Pearl Street, donated 3 floors of the venue to "Artists United For Human Rights."

Prevent Child Abuse NY is a growing movement to prevent child abuse before it occurs. The Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect is a grassroots child abuse prevention coalition in Erie County. "Buffalo Musicians and artists are proving to be strong advocates for children.", said Christine Deyss, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse NY. "With our colleagues from the Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, we are tremendously excited and grateful for their coming together to help prevent child abuse and victimization." The Citizens Task Force seeks to provide a unified voice for children, "Because the voice of the community is louder than the voice of a child."

Maiti Nepal is a social organization that works to find justice for victimized girls and women by engaging in criminal investigation and waging legal battles against criminals. It has highlighted the sexual trafficking issue with its strong advocacy from the local, national to international levels. Ms. Anuradha Koirala, founder and director of Maiti Nepal added, "They [women and children] are working to help their sisters and they know the horror of the victims. Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life."

Susan Marie, event coordinator of "Artists United For Human Rights" is pleased and grateful for the tremendous support from the Buffalo, WNY and Erie County communities. "Noa Bursie (Buffalo musician) and myself formulated this event in late June 2009 after viewing a PBS documentary, The Day My God Died", by Andrew Levine. It propelled us to wish to do something to aid the sexual trafficking and abuse issues highlighted in the film." An outpouring of support from Buffalo and WNY musicians and artists fell into place immediately, as well as support form local business and organizations. "I literally had to turn down musicians because the slots filled that quickly. Local and National artisans were joyed to donate 20% of their sales from the event to both organizations while all the musicians agreed to perform for free.", said Marie. "On Oct 4, when I entered Pearl Street Grill, I was humbled by the dedication and support of our community."

Susan continues, "Considering the sudden onset of extreme rain, wind and cold, the away Buffalo Bills game and the venue change within a day, the event was a huge success. The most important thing to me was to bring awareness to human rights focusing on sex abuse issues that are rarely recognized or spoken of. All parties involved have gone not only local, but national and international as far as recognition by the United Nations in Geneva. The monies are still coming in, but the support came directly from the WNY community. It is integral that our sponsors, musicians and artists gain recognition. If not for their support, this event would never have come to fruition."

Musicians who donated their time: Noa Bursie, Emile Latimer, Lance Diamond, The BloodThirsty Vegans, Joni Russ, Van Taylor Project, Gruvology, Ron Walker & The Exoutics, Rob Falgiano, Derek McKeith, Mandrill, Joyce Wilson Nixon, Free Henry!, Buffalo Select Chorus, Lenny Revell, and Sons of the King.

Artists who donated: Bass Reeves, Tara Nova, Memorable Creations, Artfully Aware, Nomad Magazine, Poet Tree Magazine, Eco-Scents, MB Originals, MB Originals, Allen Street Connection, Heritage Press, Cultural Niagara, Max Gabriel (Nami-NYS) and Egg Art.

Organizations/Volunteers: Youth for Human Rights International, National Center for Domestic Violence, Sisters of Mercy, International Justice Mission, NAMI-NYS, Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect Erie County, Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps Vista, Free Henry! street team, World March for Peace & Non-Violence, Serve.Gov, Million Voices Campaign and Euphraxia Dance.

Event sponsors/silent auction: Buffalo & Erie County Naval Park, Pearl Street Grill, Think Twice Radio, Van Taylor Production, Nomad Magazine, Poet Tree Magazine, Teresa Reile, Electric Life/DIOS Music, Laverne Edmond Enterprises, Rose Salley Photography, Righteous Babe Records, Einat Aigmon Jewelry, Lonnie B's Beads, ee Photography, Olmstead Parks (ParkSide Lodge), Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Ilio DiPaolo's, Blackthorn Restaurant, Tops Markets, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Road Less Traveled Productions, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tara Nova, Eco-Scents, Memorable Creations, The Metal Shop, MP2 Design, Regal Tip DrumSticks, Outer Limits Recording Studio, Syracuse Cultural Workers, Bass Reeves, Stylin Tattoo, Bishop Perry Davis, Z Pilatez, Rand & Jones, Crown Collision, Ron Daniels (President Local AFM # 92), Tara Gift Shop, UB Center for the Arts, Cultural Niagara, Buffalo Heritage Unlimited, Three2Go Music, Hyatt's, and over 40 musicians that donated their own CDS for a silent auction.

Media Sponsors: WBFO, WBNY, WBLK, WUFO, 97 Rock, 103.3 The Edge, WKBW AM Buffalo, Channel 7 News, Nightlife, YNN Time Warner, Buffalo Rising, Arts Council Erie County, Susan Marie Public Relations, Think Twice Radio, as well as numerous National and International networks.

"I need to search for a new definition of "humble.", says Marie. People have asked me when are we going to do this again?" This shows the heart of this community and that people do indeed wish to be a part of positive global change. I applied for approximately 30 corporate grants that were denied over 3-4 months. It is through the musicians, artists, local business and community of Buffalo, WNY and Erie County listed above that the organizations in need are able to be supported at all. When considering everyone involved did this for free, that gift alone is worth more than anything material."

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Susan Marie
New York USA 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

One Hour With Ben Fong - Torres: Rolling Stone

9/24/09 One Hour With Ben Fong - Torres (Rock journalist, author, broadcaster, best known for his association with Rolling Stone Magazine (through 1981) and The San Francisco Chronicle (from about 1982.)

Ben speaks of his new book, "The Grateful Dead Scrapbook", currently in stores, publishing and broadcasting fields, his first assignment with Joni Mitchell, challenges in the current field of media, and advice for aspiring journalists. Ben allowed me to broadcast several personal interviews with Jerry Garcia and Jim Morrison. Ben was the last American based journalist Morrison spoke with before Jim's death in 1971.

Ben Fong - Torres can be heard on KYA Radio, check out his columns at The Red Room - Asian Connections , and his radio column at The San Francisco Chronicle.

Archived clips by Ben Fong Torres included in this interview:
Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead)
Jim Morrison (The Doors)

Click HERE to Listen:

Oct 4, 2009, Buffalo Naval Park & Pearl Street Grill

Join The Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, along with Pearl Street Grill & Brewery as they sponsor and celebrate "Artists United for Human Rights" on October 4, 2009, aboard the USS Little Rock. A free festival open to the public.

12n-7pm Sunday, this festival features non-stop live music, local artists and business selling their wares, and directors of task forces and organizations that support human rights focusing on education, awareness and prevention of child abuse and trafficking. This all day event is to support: The Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Erie County (CTFCAN), Prevent Child Abuse NY and Maiti Nepal for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The event is a gathering of local artisans, musician and organizations to cause awareness and support The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Musicians: Noa Bursie, Emile Latimer, Lance Diamond, The BloodThirsty Vegans, Joni Russ, Van Taylor Project (AFE-USO), Rob Falgiano, Gruvology, Derek McKeith (NYC), Joyce Wilson Nixon Band, Free Henry!, Lenny Revell, Buffalo Select Chorus, and Sons of the King.

Artists & Installations: Artfully Aware (International), Nomad Magazine Community Painting Project (local), and Poet Tree Magazine (International.) There will be 15-20 different artists and business donating 20% of all sales to both organizations. A silent auction will be held featuring Buffalo's finest restaurants, golf courses, jewelry, artwork and musicians.

"Buffalo musicians and artists are proving to be strong advocates for children," said Christine Deyss, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse New York. "With our colleagues from the Citizen's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, we are tremendously excited and grateful for their coming together to help prevent child abuse and victimization."

Ms. Anuradha Koirala, founder and director of Maiti Nepal added, ""They [women and children] are working to help their sisters and they know the horror of the victims." "Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life."

The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, is a museum on the shore of Lake Erie. It is home to several decommissioned US Naval vessels, including the Cleveland-class cruiser USS Little Rock, the Fletcher-class destroyer USS The Sullivans, and the submarine USS Croaker. All three are open to the public for free self guided tours at this event only.

The park is located near the HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo. The Naval & Military Park is located very close to downtown Buffalo, on Buffalo Place at the foot of Pearl and Main streets, across from HSBC Arena. You can take any transportation to visit the park. One Naval Park Cove • Buffalo, NY 14202 • (716) 847-1773.

Pearl Street Grill was born in the Erie Canal District, is one of Buffalo's finest restaurants, with a full micro brewery on premises. Located at 76 Pearl Street, the building is home to 7 historically distinct spaces, a virtual game room, 3 outdoor patios, 4 floors, an art gallery and a cellar bar gallery. The menu is diverse ranging from chicken wings to portabello mushroom ravioli. Pearl Street Grill: 76 Pearl Street Buffalo NY 14202 716-856-2336.

Come on down to the marina for a day of family related events, artisans selling their wares and live music all day long with Pearl Street Grill aboard to feed you. Support our local artists, musicians and organizations while supporting two organizations essential to the well being and lives of women and children.

For more information: Susan Marie.

Create the world you wish to live in. Be a part of positive global change.

© Susan Marie 2009
New York USA 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Artists United For Human Rights Event Listings

Google Search
(20 pages)


World March
(NY) & International

Buffalo Place

CNN iReport

Buffalo Me

Catholic.Org Pr Wire

Americans For The Arts

The Human Rights Campaign

Prevent Child Abuse NY

Mamapalooza, Inc.


The Examiner


Buffalo.com Video

Taylor Made Jazz

Buffalo Me

Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County

Nomad Magazine

eStudent Network Buffalo


South Buffalo News

Yahoo Video

MySpace Video

Tube Mogul

MTV Think Bright
(Human Rights)
- Noa Bursie
-BloodThirsty Vegans
- Mandrill

MTV.com Videos

PR.com PR Wire

Pub Articles PR Wire

My Space Videos

Buffalo.com 1

Buffalo.com 2

Buffalo Me Video

Tube Mogul

Yahoo Videos

MTV Think Bright



VOA News (Voice of America)

MTV's "Do Something" Campaign

All About Jazz

Black Planet

Cultural Niagara

*Blog Talk Radio
Harlem World
Global Jazz Network
The Jazz Network Worldwide
The Original Musicians4Life*
(thanks to Sandra Trim-DeCosta)

Buffalo Rising

An Interview With Friends Of Maiti Nepal: Sexual Trafficking

An Interview With Friends Of Maiti Nepal: Sexual Trafficking


Brigitte Calize-Collins and Joe Collins, founders of "Friends of Maiti Nepal" speak of their own organization stemming from a sister organization, "Maiti Nepal" founded by Ms. Anuradha Koirala. Joe and Brigitte present both missions, the horrors of sexual trafficking, abuse, rape, torture, and what traffickers seek in potential victims. Positive preventative (mental, physical, emotional, spiritual) care, border control, education, awareness, legislation, and the strength of the survivors of sexual trafficking and trade are positive measures in the lives of women and children.
In the words of Anuradha, "Please tell the world about my girls."

To contact Joe & Brigitte click here.

(A mere $50 can change the life of one human being.)

To view the PBS Documentary, "The Day My God Died"

This organization is one organization being supported by Artists United For Human Rights




Susan Marie
New York USA