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Saturday's 'Healing Mary Moser Benefit' at Town Ballroom to be headlined by Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip


Mary Moser & Bruce Moser

(Mary & Bruce Moser, snapped at Home of the Hits, way back when. Mary is holding a  copy of Roxy Music's 'Stranded" album. Bruce is holding a copy of something by the Canadian pop-metal band Loverboy. Any questions?)

Here's the full schedule for Saturday's Healing Mary Moser benefit at the Town Ballroom.  My Soundcheck column on the event is right here. You can learn more about the event, and purchase tickets, over here

- Jeff Miers

Healing Mary Moser

The Town Ballroom, Saturday, April 5th

7:00 - 7:15 Gretchen Schulz

7:15 - 7:30 Alex Pulec

7:30 - 7:45 Ellen's Degenerates

7:45 - 8:00 Randall & The Late Night Scandals

8:00 - 8:15 Gord Downie

8:15 - 8:30 Vinnie DeRosa

8:30 - 8:45 Pauline And The Perils

8:45- 9:00 The Good

9:00 - 9:15 The Vores

9:15 - 9:30 Peter Elkas

9:30 - 9:45 Paige Cora

9:45 - 10:15 Jefferson Grizzard

10:15 - 10:30 Terry Sullivan

10:30 - 10:45 David Miller And Richie English

10:45 - 11:00 Doctor Z And The Brothers Blue

11:00 - 11:15 Cowboys of Scotland

11:15 - 11:30 After Hours

11:30 - 11:45 Bulletproof Claudia


Lance Olsen and Shane Jones to read at launch of Buffalo Small Press Book Fair tonight

'Progressive' fiction writers Lance Olsen and Shane Jones will the featured readers at tonight's debut event of the 2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair beginning 8 p.m. at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street ( at Mohawk Street) in Buffalo.  The event, which is co-sponsored by Medaille College's The Write Thing Reading Series, is free and open to the public.

Olsen is the author of over twenty books of metamodernist fiction and non-fiction, 'anti-textbooks'  and hyperfiction, including the recent novel "Theories of Forgetting" (Fiction Collective Two, 2014), story collection "How to Unfeel the Dead: New & Selected Fictions" (Teksteditions, 2014) and nonfiction collection "There" (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2014).  He teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.

Jones, a native of Albany, NY, is a fiction writer and poet best known for his debut novel "Light Boxes" (Penguin, 2010), a fantasia about a small New England town in which a group of balloonists wage war against the endless month of February.  The Baltimore-based small press Publishing Genius originally published the book in 2009 in an edition of 600, before Jones sold filmmaker Spike Jonze movie rights to the book (the project has subsequently been dropped), and Penguin Books stepped in to reissue the novel in the U.S. and Europe.

His other novels include "The Failure Six" (Fugue State Press, 2010),  "Daniel Fights a Hurricane" (Penguin, 2012), and the soon-to-be-released "Crystal Eaters" (Two Dollar Radio Press), from which he plans to read tonight.

--R.D. Pohl

Thursday Theater Roundup: 'Robin Hood,' 'Mud' and 'Trojan Women'

Patrick Moltane, Willie Judson, and Bonnie Jean Taylor appear in Torn Space Theater's production of "Mud." 

"Robin Hood," through April 6 in Theatre of Youth's Allendale Theatre. ★★★½

"Mud," through April 13 in Torn Space Theatre's Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library. ★★★

"The Trojan Women," through April 19 in TheatreLoft. ★★★

Bloody Beetroots to play Town Ballroom in June


Electronic Dance Music sensation the Bloody Beetroots - nom de plume for mastermind Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo - will play the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 5th. Rifio is touring behind a new Bloody Beetroots album, "Hide," and has been garnering acclaim for his ability to break down genre barriers within EDM, by bringing elements of punk, pop, rock and soul to the party. The new album features collaborations with the likes of Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, and Chromeo.

Tickets for the Bloody Betroots June 5th appearance go on sale Friday, April 4th, at 10 a.m., through, at the town Ballroom box office, or by calling 1-877-987-6487. They're price $25 advance, $30 day-of-show. - Jeff Miers

'Lion King' cast gives surprise performance on a plane

In this video that's in the midst of going viral, the Australian cast members of "The Lion King" surprise their fellow passengers with a rendition of "The Circle of Life." It's almost definitely a Disney viral advertising stunt, but a beautiful moment nonetheless.

--Colin Dabkowski 


Final round of Hard Rock Cafe's Hard Rock Rising set for Thursday

Four finalists in the Hard Rock Cafe's Hard Rock Rising conetest will do battle at the regional final round, set for Thursday evening (April 3rd) at 8 p.m., at the Hard Rock Cafe, 333 Prospect St. in Niagara Falls.

The winners of the preliminary rounds are Crashfuse, Dirty Smile, Clark Rabbitt and the Indestructibles. The winner will move on to compete globally for an opportunity to perform at this summer's Hard Rock Live in Rome festival. 

Additional information on the contest and the qualifying bands is available here

- Jeff Miers

Chris Robinson Brotherhood to play Town Ballroom in June

Robinson brotherhood

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - fronted by Black Crowes vocalist Chris Robinson, and also featuring guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam Macdougall, drummer George Sluppick, and bassist Mark Dutton - will play the Town Ballrom (681 Main St.) on Tuesday, June 3rd, at 8 p.m. The band will be toruing behind its third release, "Phosphorecent Harvest," due on April 29th. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 4th, at 10 a.m., through and at the Town Ballroom box office. 

- Jeff Miers


Sculpture competition to honor Horace 'Hank' Mann


SUNY Buffalo State is launching a sculpture competition to memorialize the late educator Horace "Hank" Mann, a pioneer in the field of special education who died in 2010.

The competition is open to current Buffalo State students and alumni. Organizers are not looking not for a traditional likeness of Mann, but rather a sculpture that reflects "Mann’s legacy and his dedication to education."

The winning artist or group will receive $15,000 to construct the sculpture. Entries, which should include a resume and CD with five to 10 "examples of previous work reflecting their ability to handle a project of this size," are due April 15.

The college, which also renamed its quad after Mann, will announce three finalists on April 30 with the winner to be announced June 30. More info is at 878-6014 or this email.

--Colin Dabkowski

Epic new BPO disc taking world by storm

By Mary Kunz Goldman

The influential site Classics Today has posted a glowing review of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's new Naxos disc featuring the Symphony No. 3 of Russian composer Reinhold Gliere. That is Naxos' introduction up above. It gives you a sense of the music's intoxicating nature.

The huge symphony is based on the colorful saga of a larger-than-life Russian folk hero called "Ilya Muromets," who battles various creatures and is brought down finally only because he defied God. It has had very few performances because it is such a giant undertaking. And as Classics Today points out in its comprehensive rundown of previous recordings, most of the time the music has been abridged.

Not so with the BPO. And that is just one reason Classics Today says "Bravo." 

Naxos lists more praise for the CD from various points around the globe. And while you are reveling in that press do not neglect to reread News Recording Editor Jeff Simon's praise for the disc. He called it the BPO's finest moment on recording.

Finally it is fun to re-live the Philharmonic's performance of the piece at Carnegie Hall. I remember being overwhelmed by all the sonic effects that came out in Gliere's rich orchestration. That work is a lot of work, no doubt about it. You can see the orchestra laboring over it in the above video. But I think this adventure was worth it.

I'm glad the world seems to agree.

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