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Original Band



Ryan James – Vocals, Guitar
James Matthew Kurdziel – Guitar, Vocals
Brandon McCrohan – Bass
Pete Kamien – Drums

  • Agent Me formed in 1999
  • In 2002 they independently released a CD entitled “Rockstar”
  • In 2005 signed to Good Charamel Records and released their second album “Consolation Prize” which is now available
  • Performed at 2010 Music is Art Festival



Alison Pipitone – Vocals, Guitar
Graham Howes – Guitar
Ben Clarke – Bass
Patrick Shaughnessy – Drums
Natalie Howes –Vocals
Sheila Connors – Accordion, Vocals

  • The Alison Pipitone band opened for national acts such as: Joan Jett & the Blackhawks, the Bacon Brothers,  Barenaked Ladies, 5440,  Lowest of the Low, and Billy Bob Thornton Band
  • Band won 2005 BMA for Top Original Rock Band and 2010 BMA for Original Band
  • Alison won seven Original Female Vocalist BMAs and was inducted into the BMA-HOA in 2010
  • The band has released eight CDs, the latest being “Me & Miss Grimes”
  • Their video “Roller Derby Queen” features the Queen City Roller Girls
  • Website: www.alisonpipitone.com
    Photo: Carl Cederman



Chris Squire – Vocals, Guitar
Nathan Gavacs – Keyboards
Peter Carrocio – Violin
Larry Smith – Bass
Bob Price – Drums

  • Former members: David Miller - Guitar, Manny Bossasca - Drums, Sam Tambe-Guitar, Tom Deinzer-drums
  • Opened for Jakob Dylan, Southside Johnny and Firefall
  • Featured on television music program “Music is Art Live at the Center”
  • In 2009 recorded an EP “Flowers Beneath the Ashes”
  • Website : www.chrissquier.com



Jim Schwartz – Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Mike McGranor – Lead Guitar, Harmonica
Marty Schebell – Bass
Mr Sam – Drums

  • Former Drummer – Matt Manera
  • Band formed in 1998 (Jim, Matt & Marty) playing at parties than becoming more serious in 2001 when Mike McGranor joined the band
  • Floozie has opened for many national acts such as: Courtney Love, Soul Asylum, The Trews, Jordan Night, The English Beat, Theory of a Dead Man
  • In 1998 recorded “Splintered Wood in Your Eye”
  • In 2001 recorded a self- titled EP
  • In 2008 “ She Wants to be Somebody” and “See You Later” in 2009
  • Jim and Mike have filled in as bass player for Colors in the Air in 2010




Jason Albone – Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonica
John Muscato – Guitars
Paul Sanmarco – Bass
Ryan Harris – Drums, Percussion

  • Simple Circus formed in 2008
  • Opening act for the 2010 Molson Canal Concert Series in Lockport for Rik Emmet, formerly of Triumph, 2010 Taste of Buffalo and 2010 Niagara County Fair
  • Released a self-titled album in August of 2010
  • Website: www.simplecircus.com




Andrew Vaeth – Guitar, Vocals
Colin Roberts – Bass
Jay White – Drums

  • Johnny Nobody’s power lies in their shifting back and forth from barroom blues, rock riffage, gritty psychedelia, fuzzed up power pop and unbridled punk energetics
  • They debuted a CD “What It Feels Like Broke released in 2007




Ryan Doyle – Lead Vocals
Todd Doyle – Drums
Justin Rizzo – Bass
Joe Nicastro – Guitar

  • Same members have been together for nine years
  • Have performed over 500 shows and logged over 100,000 miles of national touring
  • Has sold over 5,000 copies of independent CD and had over 200,000 hits on MySpace
  • Won Hard Rock Calling 2010 competition over ten other bands nationwide. Grand prize was opening for Paul McCartney Concert at Hyde Park in London, England
  • Played New Year’s Eve 2010/2011 ball drop in downtown Buffalo at Roosevelt Square
  • Joey's brother Frank is the guitarist in Strictly Hip
  • Website: www.morethanme.me





Shawn Brandel – Drums, Guitar
Ryan Campbell – Drums, Percussion
Evan “Karl” Courtin – Violin, Glockenspeil
Zach Kushner – Keyboards
Ian Machniak – Bass
Zack Mikida – Guitar

  • Performs Progressive, Experimental, Ambient rock
  • According to the band they started to play music in a smelly Buffalo basement in September 2007. Since then they moved to smelly bars
  • Influenced by desire to create something interesting; to differ from what is commonly found in rock music



John Lombardo – Guitar, Vocals
Mary Ramsey – Vocals, Violin
Patrick Kane – Guitar
Kent Weber – Bass
Rob Lynch – Drums

  • Formed in 1989, they have released 4 CD’s: “Victory Gardens” in 1991, “The Weed Killing Daughter” in 1993, “The Pinwheel Galaxy” in 2002 and “Peace Bridge” in 2007
  • John was a founding  member of 10,000 Maniacs but left the band in 1986
  • John and Mary opened the 1990 10,000 Maniacs Time Capsule Tour and after Natalie Merchant left the band in 1994 they rejoined the group
  • They released 2 albums with the 10,000 Maniacs including the song “More Than This” which charted nationally in 1997
  • Mary Ramsey will be part of the 10,000 Maniacs 30th Anniversary
  • Website: www.johnandmary.net



Tom Stahl – Vocals, Guitar
Marty Peters – Guitar
Mark Dux – Bass
Mark Stahl – Keyboards
Gary Kowalski – Drums

  • Tom started performing with his first appearance at an open mic at Nietzsche’s in 1995
  • They have released 8 CD’s
  • Some of the national acts they opened for were: Eric Burdon and the Animals, Loverboy, Three Dog Night, America, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Leon Russell, and Dave Mason
  • Their slogan is “Folk Rock Served with a Side of Sarcasm”
  • Previous BMA for “ Best Original Band” in 2009
  • Tom has won individual awards in the BMAs and ArtVoice Best of Buffalo Awards
  • Web:.tomstahlandthedangerfields.com
    Photo: Timothy T. Toepfer