Thursday, November 19, 2009

One Hour With The BloodThirsty Vegans

Check out this awesome clip on the BTV website  

One hour interview with The BloodThirsty Vegans: Alex Mead, (My Rap Name Is Alex), Janna Willoughby, (MC Vendetta), Dave Harter, Bryan (Brrrn) Lohr and Kim. A rotating musical family based on having fun, making music, creating peace and speaking the truth through music.

Their new CD, "Let The Feast Begin" is fantastic and due for release December 2009. Please listen as we talk about how they came about, storytelling, Nickel City, Dave's drum set, Brrn's anti Christmas and spectacular versions of "Do You Even Know", "Class War", and "Buffalove."

Thank you Alex, Janna, Brrrn, Dave, Kim and Ben (who is off creating his own world peace.) I had so much fun and you are raising consciousness with your music. Keep going, don't look back, laugh, and keep dancing.

Listen HERE

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ken Rutkowski: Response To Love Center: the ThanksgivingGIVING

Eight years ago, the owner of Outer Limit Recording Studio, Ken Rutkowski, recalled a story told by his mentor of a Thanksgiving tradition of giving that he started years before, based on his poor childhood. Despite his own financial struggles, the power of the story inspired Ken to start his own tradition, now called the Thanksgiving GIVING.”

Following his mentor’s advice Ken contacted Sister Johnice and The Response To Love Center, an organization in an impoverished area. Ken asked if a meal could be taken to an individual or a family in need. He literally scraped together enough money to deliver a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, yams, corn, pies, whipped cream, juice, coffee, milk, etc. - everything one could possibly need for a bountiful Thanksgiving meal. This began an annual tradition between Outer Limit Recording Studio and Sister Johnice.

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.

Since Ken began this in 2002, donations have doubled each year. It has become a moving experience for so many people who depend on it now for nourishment, holiday spirit, and most of all a renewed sense of goodwill. It is Ken’s deepest desire not to have to turn anyone away. Last year his commitment doubled to 64 meals amounting to over $3,200, much of it coming out of his own pocket. Close friends and family, a large number of Outer Limit Recording Studio clients, and corporate sponsors also made contributions to help reach that goal. Keeping with that tradition, Ken is committed to giving 128 Thanksgiving meals for 2009, requiring roughly $6,400.

This year, Ken is asking for help from anyone willing to join in and participate through a donation. Outer Limit Recording Studio is offering a recording incentive for anyone willing to help. If interested, you can contact Ken at the studio at 886-0554 for more details. Please join Ken and Outer Limit Recording Studio in this year’s donation and share in capturing the wonderful feeling of a “Thanksgiving GIVING!”

Families provided with Thanksgiving Dinners: 2002: 1 Family 2003: 2 Families 2004: 4 Families 2005: 8 Families 2006: 16 Families 2007: 32 Families 2008: 64 Families.

How you can help:
Food and drink list to fulfill the goal: 128 turkeys (28 - 20lbs. or more, 100 - 20lbs.), 128 cans of cranberry sauce, 128 small boxes of stuffing, 128 cans of corn/carrots, 128 large cans of yams, 128 boxes of instant mashed potatoes, 128 half-gallon milk containers, 128 half-gallon juice containers, 128 desserts, 128 tubs of whipped topping, 768 servings of coffee (6 per family), 768 servings of tea (6 per family), 128 packages of dinner rolls, 128 packages of butter, Some susbstitutions are fine. If money can be saved, then more families can get what they need. Generic/store brand/name brand products are all fine.

Contact: Outer Limit Recording Studio 1313 Walden Avenue Buffalo NY 14211. To catch Ken and his volunteers in action before Thanksgiving or during delivery, please call him at: 716.886.0554.

Help a small local business with a very big heart spread goodwill this Holiday Season.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Texas Homos: Buffalo United Artists: Premiere Nov 13

(Buffalo, NY) - On Friday, November 13, Buffalo United Artists (The BUA Theatre) located at 119 W. Chippewa Street Downtown Buffalo, premieres "Texas Homos" by Jan Buttran. This production runs from November 13 - December 5, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Directed by Javier Bustillos, the cast features: Eric Rawski, Chris Kelly, Kurt Erb, Darryl Hart, and Caitlin Coleman.

The production:
Cecil and Jim Bob have been caught engaging in gay sex in a police sting at a public restroom in Tyler, Texas. Since one is the town doctor and the other a preacher, and since both have wives, and children, this creates more than a few problems. A third man caught in the sting complicates matter further: he thinks they should all enter a guilty plea and become gay heroes. Comic and compelling!

Tickets: $23.00 general admission, $20.00 for seniors, $18.00 for members, $15.00 for students. Group rates are available. Cash only please, no credit cards. Check accepted from BUA Angels only. Check out the BUA's 24 hr reservation line at: 716- 886-9239 and visit them online. Directions.

Buffalo United Artists is a self-supporting collective of professional theater artists working constantly to create accessible, professional-quality theater consistent with the great passion we feel for our art. We do not shy away from controversy, nor do we direct our production choices towards mass appeal or popular opinion. We believe one of the greatest endeavors we can pursue is to use our craft to play an active and visible role in the service of our community. We aspire to present theater that entertains, enlightens, and captures the imagination.

The BUA (1992-2009) has produced more than 120 diverse shows in theatres all over the area. They are very proud to have brought some of the most challenging theater to Buffalo, and to be able to claim a number of firsts for our area. Some highlights include: The Boys in the Band , Last Summer at Blue Fish Cove , Ten Percent Revue , The Baltimore Waltz, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love , Poor Super Man , Jeffrey , and Love! Valour! Compassion! BUA is committed more than ever to uniting the finest performers in the city to bring you a provocative array of plays.

BUA does not produce plays for the goal of making money. They produce theater they feel has a message that needs to be heard in our community. BUA uses theater as a vehicle for social change, outreach, and a means of communicating important aspects of the human experience that Buffalo audience members might not otherwise view and explore. They do so with attention to artistic excellence, an eye on what is current and pertinent in today's world of theater, a passion for achieving and maintaining the highest possible standard of artistry and integrity, while constantly challenging themselves to strive for even greater goals.

BUA is a proud member of The Theater Alliance of Buffalo. They are also recipients of Artie Awards in numerous varied genres. To support BUA (as a Buffalo Angel for $25): Buffalo United Artists P.O. Box 687 Buffalo, New York 14205 (716) 886-9239. Angels will receive production announcements and discounted ticket prices for almost all BUA productions (fund-raisers, special presentations and co-productions may not be included). Angels are also entitled to two tickets for the price of one for the first weekend of most of our productions with a listing in programs as a BUA Angel. Join their mailing list here: feedback form.

Support our local theatre, actors, artists, organizations. It is an integral part of Western New York.

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Susan Marie Public Relations
New York USA 2009

© 2009 Buffalo United Artists, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Buffalo, New York U.S.A.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Give Local: WNY Artists & The Buffalo City Mission

On Friday December 11th, 2009, at 7pm, NOMAD Art & Lit Magazine will be hosting a "Give Local" holiday fundraiser for Buffalo City Mission, in conjunction with Salvatore's Italian Gardens, The Buffalo Downtowner, Starlight Gallery and Sweetness 7 Cafe. "Give Local" is an incentive to support art, music, business and organizations of Buffalo and Western New York.

This event, free and open to all public, combines donated artwork from area artists, (including photographs, paintings, drawings, small poetry books, jewelry, sculptures), local music and holiday gift buying on December 11 at Starlight Gallery. Food and beverage provided by Sweetness 7 Cafe and Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Music and sound donated by by WAM (a group of local writers/artists/musicians that hold monthly events, showcasing new talent and connecting the Buffalo creative community.

Those who make a $20 donation to The Buffalo City Mission on December 11, will be given a ticket upon donation. At 8:30pm, after dinner and beverages, ticket numbers will be called and ticket-holders will be invited to select a piece of original Buffalo art, on a first-come-first-serve basis, ticket sale (donation) begins at 7pm.

The Buffalo City Mission
founded in 1917, is a not-for-profit organization that provides preventative, emergency and long-term recovery services to thousands of men, women and children who are homeless or impoverished. The Mission includes: Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor); the Men’s Community Center; the Mission Motors Vehicle Donation Program; and two thrift store locations to better serve our community.
Contact: 854-8181.

NOMAD Magazine is an art and literary magazine functioning as a portable gallery focusing on local talents and will be celebrating the release of their second issue at this event. NOMAD Magazine, created by Editor Erica Eichelkraut, gathers, packages and shares art and literary works with the public distributed for free around Buffalo. Contact: Erica Eichelkraut,

Starlight Studio & Art Gallery
, (across from Babeville and Hallwalls) 340 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202, provides an open art studio environment with individual guidance for the cultivation of artistic expression for people who have disabilities. Created by Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, artists at Starlight have the opportunity to work with a variety of mediums and artists. Contact:, 716-842-1525.

Salvatore's Italian Gardens, open since 1967, earned the coveted Triple A 3 Diamond Award and the “Millennium International Award of Excellence” in Las Vegas Nevada as one of America’s top 100 restaurants of the 20th century. Located at 6461 Transit Rd, Depew NY 14043, Joseph and Russell Salvatore are responsible for one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world. Contact: Joseph/Russell Salvatore,, 716 - 683-7990.

The Buffalo Downtowner is a monthly newspaper published in Buffalo, NY directed to the people, events and the city of Buffalo and its environs. Distributed monthly to over 100 venues in Downtown, Allentown & Elmwood Villages and Duty Free Canada. Contact:, 716-771-9450.

Sweetness_ 7 Cafe/Grant Street Gallery, located at 216-220 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213, is cheerful, comfortable neighborhood cafe and local artists community. Prish Moran, owner, provides a fine coffeehouse for the people while continually providing support for the communities of Buffalo that are less fortunate. Contact: 716- 883- 1783.

For event information, view/download flier, and donate artwork to this cause, contact : Erica Eichelkraut, The donated artwork is due Dec 1st, a gallery preview will be on display Dec 4 at Starlight and the event is on Dec. 11 at 7pm.

Come on down to Starlight Gallery on Dec 11, 2009 at 7pm to support our city, enjoy fine food and beverages, listen to great local talent and purchase a holiday gift for a loved one while supporting The Buffalo City Mission. $20 dollars feeds 10 people. Make a difference. Keep the money in our city. Support local art, music, business and organizations. WNY Artists are giving tiny gifts to make a big difference. Be a part of the art. Give Local.

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Susan Marie Public Relations
New York USA 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Nomad Magazine Winter Submissions/Starlight Gallery

A message from The Editor of Nomad Magazine, Erica Eickelkraut:

Thank you again for another wonderful round of submissions to NOMAD! Don't miss our release party, 12/11 at Starlight Gallery! Free food, live music and a chance to walk with a piece of original, local art for a donation to The Buffalo City Mission. More details to follow but please save the date!

Also, there are still a few advertising spots available for this issue, rates start at just $55! Reach a creative/interested audience with a full-color ad in a booklet they will hold on to. More info:

As always, you can follow us at to keep up with events and updates.

Please find the list of accepted artists/writers below:

Alexander Brunner

Ashley Smith

Christine Serchia

Chuck Tingley

David Pierro

Geraldine Liquidano

Kaitlin Friscaro

Len Kagelmacher

Luke Copping

Lukia Costello

Mark Donnelly

Matt Buckley

Megan Szeliga

Patrick Willett

Peter Vullo

Roberta Schwartz

Ryan McGhee

Salvatore Scrivo

Sean Madden

David Kowalczyk

Oliver Morse

Rebecca Wilcox

Lynn Ciesielski

Raymond A Sherry

Matthew Crane

Susan Marie

Daniel Dorociak

Kyle Natoli

Susan M. Hutton

Peter Vullo

Charles D. J. Case.

Josh Smith

Michele Rose

There were several artists/writers who had multiple pieces that are a great fit for the style of the magazine, therefore a specific list of accepted works/titles will be released after layout is complete and final selections are made.

Thank you & continue to spread the word!


Erica Eichelkraut, Editor
NOMAD Magazine
Art + Word from the Buffalo Herd

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

ARTISTS: Call for Work: Give Local

We’re seeking tiny gifts, to make a big impact
Donate your art to make a difference in our community


Every winter, thousands of people face the Buffalo weather without adequate shelter, food or clothing. NOMAD Art & Lit Mag is determined to help. During our winter release party on 12/11, guests who donate $20 to City Mission, an organization housing, helping and feeding Buffalo’s homeless, will be invited to select a piece of local, original artwork to take home.
A gift for a gift!


Simply, donate a small piece of your art. Photographs, paintings, drawings, small poetry books, jewelry, small sculptures... anything sized 6x6” or less. All work will be suspended and should be mounted or ready to hang for window display, as part of a large collection of small works. Will be on display at Starlight Gallery, 340 Delaware Avenue.
Public preview beginning 12/04.

Think fundraiser. But a fun, up-for-grabs, exciting holiday fundraiser with live music & great food, celebrating local talent for an incredible cause, keeping money in Buffalo...
Be a part of the ART!


Starlight Gallery
340 Delaware Avenue
Monday 12/01, 12pm-5pm

Opens Friday 12/04

Friday 12/11, 7pm

Sponsored by: NOMAD Art & Lit Publication, Susan Marie Public Relations. Food graciously provided by Salvatore's Italian Gardens Restaurant

Erica Eichelkraut, Editor

NOMAD Magazine
Art + Word from the Buffalo Herd

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 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