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Our Kind of Music

If you’re disappointed with the local music scene, you probably haven’t done much to explore it. Having spent years soaking up the situation in cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Austin, Nashville, Memphis, Detroit, Atlanta, Athens, Chapel Hill, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, Tampa, and more, from the point of view of a traveling band from Buffalo, I say with total candor that our town sparkles.

The Steam Donkeys (photo by Rose Mattrey)

Whether you’re talking about our rich classical music tradition so proudly being carried forward by the BPO, or the prestigious new music composers who’ve worked at UB, or the folkies who’ve cut their teeth at Mike Meldrum’s open mic nights at Nietzsche’s for decades, or the hipsters revving up at the Mohawk Place, or the seasoned pros keeping the beat going at the fabulous Colored Musician’s Club, or the country troubadours and polka fanatics drinking vodka and coke at the Sportsmen’s Tavern, or the hip-hop DJs rocking the house at dance clubs, or the blues masters telling it like it is to a bunch of bikers, or the Celtic performers of South Buffalo—nearly everywhere you turn here, there’s some kind of music waiting to turn you on.

For the past couple of years, Artvoice has run our Battle of Original Music (BOOM) contest. Who knew there were literally hundreds of performers in the area writing and performing their own unique material? And who knew that many of these acts boast a fan base capable of packing some of our most famous venues, like Nietzsche’s, the Mohawk Place, and the Tralf?

The artists below have earned recognition by winning the approval of our readers who’ve learned what a happening music scene we’ve got going here. Thanks to our local music fans, we can all step out any night of the week and catch some great stuff. Believe me, the folks in Ft. Wayne, IN, can’t say the same thing. Trust me.

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Best Blues Band

Junkyard Dogs
Todd Eberwine Band
Tommy Z Band
Mick Hayes Band
Jony James Band

Best Classical Musician

JoAnne Falletta
RiShon Odel
Michael Ludwig
Richard English

Best Club DJ

DJ Cutler
DJ Daringer & Scott Down
DJ Lil Joe
DJ Vixxxen
DJ Serious

Best Country Act

Steam Donkeys
West of the Mark
Stone Country
Bareback Jack
Skiffle Minstrels

Best Folk/Bluegrass/Old Time Act

Creek Bend
Skiffle Minstrels
Ani DiFranco
Doug Yeomans
The Louisiana Purchase

Best Hip-Hop Act

Fresh Guac
MC Vendetta
Chae Hawk

Best Female Vocalist

Ani DiFranco
Dee Adams
Lana of Black Widow
Kelly Wahl
Caitlin Koch

Best Male Vocalist

David Moore
Mick Hayes
Mark Valentino
Bob Buckley
Chauncey Northington

Best Jazz Act

Taylor Made Jazz
Ladies First
Latin Jazz Project

Best Open Mic

Sportsmen’s Tavern
Broadways Joe’s
Tudor Lounge

Best Rock Act

Hit ‘n’ Run
Free Henry
Black Widow
Innocent Bystanders

Best Vocal Ensemble

Buffalo Sound Painting Ensemble
Hit ‘n’ Run
Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus
Blood Thirsty Vegans
Harmonia Chamber Singers

Best Weekly Live Act

Stripteasers @ Roxy’s
Diva Show Band @ Club Paradise
Hit ‘n’ Run at Macaroons
Lance Diamond @ Elmwood Lounge
Mick Hayes Band @ Rhinos

Best of Buffalo 2009 Nominations

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And the Winners Are...

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