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Blues Music Reviews and Interviews

The 2023 WNY Blues Society Festival

By Ida Goeckel Although Saturday, September 9th, 2023 was a soggy one, it surely did not dampen the blues enthusiasm of those who braved the weather conditions to attend this year’s Western New York Blues Society Festival at the Hemlock Fairgrounds in Hemlock, N.Y. The covered Festival Pavilion provided adequate shelter and space for the enjoyable day-long event. This event benefits the WNY Blues Society which supports projects like Blues in the School, The Memphis Bound Competition, and Nurs ‘n Blues. The first band to… Read More »The 2023 WNY Blues Society Festival

The 2ND Annual Buffalo Blues & Roots Festival

By Ida Goeckel On April 22nd, 2023, Barry Entertainment, sponsored by Three Chord Bourbon, organized and successfully implemented the 2nd Annual Buffalo Blues & Roots Festival at Buffalo RiverWorks. Spanning the entire afternoon into the evening from 1:00-11:00 p.m., the festival featured ten musical acts, highlighting both local and national artists. The lineup from the WNY-based contingent included Henry’s Summer Kitchen, The Growlers, The X-Statix featuring Sharon Bailey, The Patti Parks Band, Ray Barry and Friends (a tribute to The Band), Tommy Z., and Miller & the… Read More »The 2ND Annual Buffalo Blues & Roots Festival

Stratcat Willie & the Strays

Stratcat Willie & the Strays at Blue Thursday Presented by the WNY Blues Society, sponsored by Three Chord Bourbon, March 9, 2023 at the Sportsmen’s Tavern By Ida Goeckel I wasn’t going out that Thursday. Typically, it was my band’s rehearsal night, but we were off that day. I noticed I had a voicemail from a friend, who had plans to go to the Thursday Night Blues series at the Sportsmen’s Tavern, sponsored by the WNY Blues Society, and wanted to know if I was interested… Read More »Stratcat Willie & the Strays

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