Over the past five years or so, the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) has grown from a fun and funky hole in the wall, where you just might catch an intimate show from one of the finest roots musicians in the country, into a beautifully remodeled and expanded central hub forAmericana music.
Roots music helped to make the Sportsmen’s Tavern, and owner Dwane Hall – a fine musician in the idiom himself – knows it. Now, the Sportsmen’s has a plan to give back to the musicians who have helped make the club the first stop for local and national roots music. The Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation Inc. will launch soon, its goal to foster the talent of Western New York roots and Americana musicians by organizing high-profile gigs, seeking broadcast partnerships and generally working to raise the profile of the music and the musicians who make it.
At 7 p.m. Jan. 22, the Sportsmen’s will host an inaugural event for the SAMF, designed to raise "seed money" for the foundation’s launch. Scheduled to perform are Stone Country, the Informers, Mr. Conrad and the Excellos, and Fair Forgery with guest Willie Schoellkopf. Tickets are $20.
-- Jeff Miers