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Traditional Blues



Jack McArdle – Guitar, Vocals
Barry Arborgast  - Sax
Jon Rose – Bass, Vocals
Dan Sterner – Keyboards, Vocals
Eric Malinowsi – Drums

  • 12 Pack Jack formed in 2006 and has played all over WNY including Erie County Fair, Williamsville Old Home Days, Lewiston Blue Mondays and Dunlop Ride for Charity
  • Featured on “Jammin for a Cure” CD that has raised over $12,000 for breast cancer research
  • Much more than usual three chord blues band, with repertoire featuring high energy traditional blues mixed with cool jazz blues and a few hot jump tunes
  • Website: www.12packjack.com



James JJ White – Vocals, Guitar
Jeremy Keyes – Harmonica, Vocals
Ian Jimerson – Lead Guitar
Andy Romanek – Bass
Ray Hangen – Drums

  • Formed in 2006 the band has performed throughout the WNY area and was a finalist in the Blues Society Memphis Bound Competition



Danny Lynn Wilson - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Reid – Bass
Rich Keigley – Drums

  • Formed in 1990
  • Previous member Ted Chubuck Jr. - drums
  • Previous BMA winners for “Best Blues Band” in 1996, 1997,1998. Danny took BMA for “ Blues Guitar” in 1996 and “Blues Vocalist” in 1996, 1997 and 1999
  • Has been selected to play national showcases including Crossroads in Memphis, Cutting Edge in New Orleans, Undercurrents in Cleveland, North by Northeast in Toronto and CMJ in NYC
  • CDs have received airplay in Austin, Texas, Toronto, Ontario, Sienna, Italy and on Tater Reds syndicated Blues Show
  • Danny also performs solo as a singer/songwriter at colleges and coffeehouses from here to Baton Rouge
  • New Cd will be released entitled “Danny Lynn Wilson Band Original Sin” with 12 original New Orleans blues based tracks
  • Side project: Time Will Tell with Redheaded Stepchild
  • Website: dannylynnwilson.com



Phil Smith  - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Don Muddy Rutters – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Doug Thornton – Harp
Joe Skinner – Bass
Rob Scheuer – Drums

  • Three other bass players work with the Electras, Mike Reid, Jim Safee and Bob Ginter
  • The late Jim Wozniak was a long time keyboardist and is pictured with hat above
  • They perform Chicago Blues, with the roots of the group going back to the Shakin’ Smith Band
  • Recorded “Drivin It Home” and “Live at the Tralf”
  • The Electras often feature special guests on Thursday’s in the summer at the River Grill such as: Pete Howard, Paul Bruschini, Danny Gambino, Dr. Z, Mr. Conrad, Pete Worden, Harmonica John, Mark Winsick, Sonny Mayo, Greg Zark, Jim Ehinger, Jony James and Donna Rose
  • Website: www.electras.net



Willie Schoellkopf – Vocals, Guitar
Doug Morgano – Guitar
Steve Sadoff – Bass
Ray Hangen – Drums






Harvey Murello – Bass, Vocals
Paul Iannello – Guitar Vocals
Paul Siwula – Drums, Vocals

  • Formed in 1985 the original Hurricanes featured Tommy Z on guitar
  • Opened for Leon Russell in 2008
  • Annually plays at the Fredonia Blues Festival and charity fund raisers for the Food Bank of WNY and the Variety Club
  • Regular performers at Seneca Niagara and Seneca Allegany Casino’s and clubs throughout WNY
  • On special occasions the group will feature John Brady, Tony Marcolini, Dr. Z or Brent Minet
  • Web:www.harveyandthehurricanes.com



Bill Cuddahee – Vocals, Harp
Greg Lewis – Guitar
Jack Thurman – Guitar
Wes Anderson – Bass, Vocals
Bill Phillips – Bass, Vocals
Keith McDougall – Drums, Vocals

  • Former member – Anthony Custode and Joe Webber
  • Formed in 1999 by Bill, Joe, Wes and Anthony  
  • 2000 winner of Memphis Bound contest sponsored by WNY Blues Society  
  • Winner of 2003 Muddy Waters Award for Band of the Year by Blues Beat Magazine
  • BMA Best Traditional Blues Band 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • 2009 ArtVoice award for Best of Buffalo Top Blues Band
  • Their song “Too Much Junk”, on Prospect Records, still receives airplay and is the theme song for Charleston South Carolina Sanitation Department
  • Website: www.jydblues.com



Rod Nickson – Vocals, Bass
Ray Barry – Guitar
Nik Georgatkis – Guitar, Bass
Vince Mastrantonio – Lead Guitar
Barry Arborgast – Sax
Tom Ryan – Drums

  • The band formed 17 years ago and has gone through many personnel changes over the years
  • About 15 years ago they won the local Memphis Bound competition and placed 4th nationally in the International Blues Talent Competition.They again won the right to represent Buffalo a couple of years later but did not place nationally
  • In 2002, the band took the BMA for “Top Crossover Blues Band” and in 2003 the People’s Choice Award for “Top Blues Band”
  • Rod won the BMA for “Blues Male Vocalist” in 2001, 2002 and 2005
  • They released 4 CDs “Smells Like Blues”, “Pontiac Blues”, “This One’s for Charlie” and “Live at the Tralf”
  • Rod is the son of “Matt Guitar Nickson” and performed with his father at the Green Ghetto on William Street



Gary ‘Speedy’ Sterlace – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Joe Marciano – Lead Guitar, Synth, Vocals
Michael Lasek – Bass, Vocals
Mark Menge – Drums, Vocals

  • Former Members: John Wall, Louie DiCioccio and David ‘Z’ Zelak
  • Speedy Parker Blues Band was formed in 1999
  • !n 2009 they won a BMA for “Traditional Blues Band” and in 2002 a Listener Choice Award also for “Traditional Blues Band”
  • Recorded a demo at Tom Calandra’s studio in 1986 and Butch Kalson’s studio in 1999
  • Performed at the NYS R&B Festival (Empire Brewery) in Syracuse, Artpark’s “Bikers & Blues Festival”, Botanical Gardens “Hotluck Festival” and with the Shemekia Copeland Blues Band at the Tralf in 1999
  • Side projects include: Speedy Parker Jam Band, Speedy Parker and Dr. Z and Enso Parker Acoustic Blues