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Concert Review - Buddy Guy - UB Center of Performing Arts - Buffalo, NY - 04-04-2011

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Buffalo, NY - Blues legend and six time Grammy award winner, Buddy Guy, played a captivating show, to a very receptive (close to sold out) audience, here in Buffalo, on a rainy Monday evening. Although the weather was a very gloomy outside, the audience inside, was cheered up by an extraordinary evening of traditional blues and blues/rock. And anyone who thought that Buddy was going to tone down his show because of his age, was in for a big surprise. The 74 year young legend, must have found the fountain of youth somewhere. He was filled with energy and even at one point, about mid-way through the show, he ran into the audience, and performed up and down the aisles. 

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Photo gallery - Alcatrazz - Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, CT - 03-31-2011

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Interview - Jamie McLean - Jamie McLean Band

You may not be familiar with the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jamie McLean right now, but you most certainly will become a big time fan, after you check out his brilliant work.  Although it may be easy to dismiss Jamie McLean as just another Eric Clapton clone, as he certainly does resemble the legendary guitar god, and his guitar and vocal style is sort of similar.  However, and dare I say it, McLean distinguishes himself from Clapton, with a unique style, that is fresh, innovative and exciting.  

Mclean began his career as a guitarist that focused on speed and technique.  But soon after joining up with the world renowned New Orleans band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Mclean realized that one note played with enough emotion and feeling, was more effective than over playing.  He incorporated that philosphy in his playing, and has become an even better guitarist.

While with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, McLean toured the world, and performed with many A-list artists including Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, and Chuck D.  But in 2006, McLean left the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and decided to branch out, and take center stage, by forming an all out rocking blues/rock band.  Mclean then recruited band members Brian Griffin on drums, and Ben Mars on bass.  The Jamie Mclean Band was now born and ready to dominate the world of rock & blues. 

This year, The Jamie Mclean band will be releasing four EPs, to coincide with the four seasons of the year.  So far, the first release, “Time of My Life,” is the band’s best work of their career.  It is a rockin' blues masterpiece, that will certainly help establish the band as one of the best in their genre.

The Jamie Mclean band is currently out on the road.  If you can, you must check out, their all-out, live performance.  In the meantime, please take this time, to get a little more acquainted with Jamie, by reading the exclusive interview posted here


Concert review - Kopek - CGR studios - Buffalo, NY - 03-30-2011

Review by John Jeffey
Photos - Thomas S. Orwat, Jr.

Buffalo, NY - Today, at Goo Goo Doll Robby Takac's GCR recording studio, in downtown Buffalo, webmaster - Thomas Orwat Jr. and I (John Jeffrey), were invited to a private acoustic concert, performed by the band Kopek. Tom and I were part of an exclusive group of less than a dozen people (comprised of members of the press and a few lucky fans) who witnessed a great performance, by a new uprising band out of Dublin, Ireland.

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Video interview - Kopek - Daniel Jordan