Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dave Lundy: Backstage Buffalo Radio Show

Dave Lundy: Backstage Buffalo
mission statement

9/29/10 Eileen Dugan and David ButlerA conversation with two of Buffalo's hardest working actors about plays, venues and funding. Should Buffalo and Erie County support the arts?to listen (58:57)  or click here.....for direct download right click here

Monday, September 27, 2010

Danny Hull Newsletter
Musically This Week Vol XIII, No 3

Hullo friends.  Watching the Bills game whilst writing this update...  I don't always agree with Jerry Sullivan, but he's my first read on the sports page.  He called the move to Fitzpatrick desperate.  I think 
Trent Edwards has a place in the NFL, but more likely as a career back-up.  Ryan Fitzpatrick has a feel for the game, is less deliberate than Edwards, and like a confident musician, comes to play.  We may be looking at 5 & 11 this season, but our Bills will improve as the season unfolds.

So what's happening?  The rumor mill is working overtime.  But that's out of sincere concern and interest in the fate of our twelve year jazz experiment.  Here are the facts:  At the close of business last Tuesday, we had a week to go.  The new Bobby McGee's was essentially a failure.  We simply did not generate enough business to cover the overhead and turn even a humble profit.  With Ernie Krivda and Bobby Jones we were enjoying our penultimate performance in what has been a surprising run, and one of growth and opportunity for this fortunate local musician.  

So while considering how to compose a respectful epitaph and thank you to Mike Milkie, our audience, and the musicians, the phone rings.  Life.  It seems that the reports of our demise have been premature!  Last week Mike had a meeting with an interested party who wants to come in and take over.  Will the music policy be saved under new ownership?  Hard to say.  I've had no conversation with anyone but Mike, but he says it looks good for a deal.  

So here's where we're at:  We're on for this week with the multi-talented Joe Rozler, the incomparable Dave Schiavone, and the singular Buddy Fadale.  If we don't get a deal, we're done after this Tuesday.  If we do get a deal AND the new ownership wants to continue the music policy, there will likely be a Tuesday interruption.  Here's what I'm thinking:  If I'm the new interested party, I'll be there Tuesday night to survey the possibilities.  And being as that this is our ONLY opportunity to make an impression, I need you there.  If we're done, we're done, and thank you.  And if that's the case, this weekly treatise is done as well, until we find another venue.  That brings you up to speed.  You know what the stakes are.  See you Tuesday?

Tuesday, 9/28 at Bobby McGee's 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Joe Rozler - piano, guitar & vocals     Dave Schiavone - saxophones & flute     Buddy Fadale - bass     your host - drum set

Friday, 10/1 at Wegman's Sheridan     6:00 - 8:00
Dave Scott, guitar     Buddy Fadale, bass     yours truly, drum set
In speaking with Dave Scott about the Bobby McGee's situation, Dave mused that "it's a good thing for the Wegman's gigs."  And though one does not replace the other, I see his point.  The curious thing is that the Wegman's venues have it's audiences.  This week we're at the Sheridan Drive store in Williamsville.  Stop in.  By week's end I'll likely have an update on that other gig ;)

upcoming at Bobby McGee's?


Whatever awaits us...

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.  But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.  There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

 - Alan Cohen



and Peace.