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16 Ellicott Place
Depew, NY 14043

Every 3rd Saturday Starting Oct 17 2015
2:00-5:00 PM

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Weekly Abbey Square Blues Jam Every Monday 8 - 10:30 PM
Bring your talent and have some fun ! NO COVER CHARGE

784 Wehrle Dr., Buffalo, NY 14221

(716) 634-8050

Open Blues Jam Hosted by Harvey Murello, Paul Iannello Paul Siwula and Joe Zappo Dr. Z.

Musicians, Dancers & Drinkers welcome! You never know who is going to show up! The only guarantee is that the music will be great, the drinks will be cheap.
1st, 2nd, 4th Fridays, 7:30PM

with Robert "Freightrain" Parker, Jeremy Keyes, Kenny Parker, Jony James & Shannon Street...
and a Special Guest each week

335 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY

VIZZI's Blues Every Friday 10 PM to 1 AM
Great food too - Home of the Monster Burger

967 Kenmore Ave.
Kenmore, NY 14217

(716) 871-1965
Thursday Night Blues Armor Inn Tap Room Sep 24 thru Apr 28
Thursday Night Blues Fall 2015 & Winter/Spring 2016 Series 7:30 PM - No cover
Hosted by Anita West

5381 Abbott Road
Hamburg, NY 14075
Son House Blues Night every Thurs, 7:30-10:30
Each week a different host & theme:
1st Thu, Genesee Johnny hosts, Delta & Acoustic Blues Night
2nd Thu, Old Time Hoedown host, Old Time & Bluegrass Night
3rd Thu, Genesee Johnny & The River Rats host, All Blues Night
4th Thu, Ross Brocco hosts - Standards Night
5th Thu, Bob Bunce hosts - Americana Night
Ron Davis aka LeeRon Zydeco on New Orleans Blues Piano at Shango Bistro
Every Thursday 7 PM

3260 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

(716) 837-2326

Thank You!

From the President of the Blues Society of WNY on the 2015 Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival

Another great blues festival! Our second annual Blues Festival doubled attendance from last year with over 5,000! The mission of the Blues Society of WNY is to preserve and support Blues Music through educational endeavors and promotional events, and nowhere has that mission been better addressed than at Silo City on July 11, 2015. 

As you entered the site, our education booth displayed artwork from Blues in the Schools (BITS) events and showcased talented young musicians reached by our BITS program. Fran Denk has done an amazing job with the program and talented youth entertained us between festival acts. The youth is our future and, if this is any indication, the future of the blues is solid. All profits from this festival will help us to continue our programs such as Blues in the Schools, AmJam, Blue Thursdays, our new Mentor Program and other support programs for the future of the blues.

As we make our way to the stage, we are greeted by an assortment of vendors, with a widely varied selection of food and merchandise, from hot dogs to crawfish to alligator meat, and from jewelry to natural dog treats. Of course, there was ample cold beverage available to beat the heat. 

As president of the Blues Society of WNY, and a committee member, I had firsthand knowledge of all the hard work that went into producing this festival. I can’t say enough about the dedication of our Committee Chair, Chuck Laedke. He gave so much time and talent to this festival, much more than we could have asked for. He was assisted by a very active committee, Kim Alessi, Nancy Remington, Kathy Meihs, Fran Denk, Adrienne Thompson, Jack McArdle and me. We also had the support of over 150 volunteers, organized by Adrienne. Without this committee and all of our volunteers, we wouldn’t have been able to do it. 

Most important are our sponsors and the folks who bought ads in our program book. It takes a lot of money to put on a show like this and we depend on sponsors, ads and vendor fees to pay the talent and rent all the equipment we need. Our biggest sponsor was the Erie Canal Harbor Development Grant administered by Arts Services Initiative. We also had a lot of help as in-kind donation by Raging Wolf for the stage, Avalon printing for all our banners, WBFO for advertising and Colton RV supplied an air conditioned RV backstage use. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, GFY, Georgetown Capitol, Morris Masonry Restoration, M/E Engineering, TryIt and Labatt provided financial assistance to get this off the ground. Without our sponsors, this never would have happened. Most importantly, without YOU it wouldn’t happen.

I hope you enjoyed the festival this year, and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Daria Sterner
President, Blues Society of WNY

What's Happenin.on the Blues Scene...

  AmJam - Playing With Others

Your Blues Society Supports AM JAM

Every 3rd Saturday beginning Oct 17, 2015

2:00 to 5:00 PM


at RAFFERTY'S (formerly The Ellicott Manor)
16 Ellicott Place,  Depew, NY 14043

All Welcome ! - Door Donation:

Blues Society Members - $3

Non Members - $5
Students Under 21 with Valid ID - FREE
Students Over 21 with Valid ID - $3

Guitar Workshop


Enjoy an afternoon of Live Blues Music

Come To Play, Listen, Dance & Have Fun




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  Blue Thursday at Sportsmen's Tavern Oct 8, 7 PM


Kicking off our BLUE THURSDAY season at Sportsmens Tavern


2nd Thursday of each month (Oct-April)

brought to you by the WNY BluesSociety

become a member today!!! EVERYONE WELCOME!!!!!



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Created by  Don Rutter 10/2/2015 9:40:22 PM 

  Bruce Katz Band at Sportsmen's Tavern on Sun Oct 4

Sportsmen's Tavern
326 Amherst St.
Buffalo NY 14207

Sunday October 4

Bruce Katz Band


$15 adv. $20 dos


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  Maria Muldaur at Sportsmen's Tavern on Wed Oct 7

   Sportsmen's Tavern
326 Amherst St.
Buffalo NY 14207

Wed. October 7 @ 7:30 pm

Maria Muldaur



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  Harmonica Acoustic Blues 2 Locations

$12 cash at the door. /$10 WNY Blues Society and Niagara County Historical Society discount

2 Great Concert Locations


Friday Oct 9 7-9pm
DHU Strand Theater
540 Oliver Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Saturday Oct 10  7-9pm

Flight of Five Winery

2 Pine Street

Lockport, NY 14094

Doors open at 6pm




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Created by  Rick Nicotra 9/30/2015 6:46:22 AM 

  Alexis P Suter Band at Armor Inn Tap Room on Thursday Oct 15



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Created by  Don Rutter 9/3/2015 6:25:16 AM 

  Legendary Bluesman "Harmonica John" Wielgus Passes on Sunday August 30, 2015

Copied From Niagara Gazette

Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 12:57 pm

John Wielgus, 60, of Niagara Falls, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at his home, following a courageous yearlong battle with cancer. John was born December 6, 1954 to Edward and Mildred (Bechtel) Wielgus. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Niagara Wheatfield High School, Class of 1974.

John made his living as a house painter who worked side by side with his father but his true love and passion was music, Blues Music. Known to most as "Harmonica John," John was a member of a number of formidable Blues Bands, including The Buffalo King Snake Band, The Excellos and The Electras. John was one of the regular house musicians at the Imperial Garage in the 1980's that hosted several famed old time blues bands. Within this time his true success was with Stevie B and the Rhythm Rockers, they recorded an album "The Real Thing" and played live at Attica State Prison. In the 1990's John went on tour with James Peterson. John was honored by Buffalo Music Award for top blues Harmonica player in 1994 and again in 1995. In 2004 Blues Beat Magazine presented him with the Muddy Waters Award for excellence in the field of blues "Class Act Award".



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  The Nighthawks at Sportsmen's Tavern Fri Nov 20th at 9:30 pm

   Sportsmen's Tavern 
326 Amherst St.
Buffalo NY 14207

The Nighthawks

Fri. Nov. 20 th. @ 9:30 pm



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Created by  Don Rutter 9/2/2015 2:46:49 AM