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NU's 2011 Live Music Series features award-winning musicians, annual 'High School Showcase'

by jmaloni
Thu, Jan 20th 2011 04:45 pm

Niagara University is pleased to announce that its spring 2011 Live Music Series lineup will include a concert with Buffalo's "best classic rock band," a guitarist who is a pillar of Western New York's rock music scene, and the university's fourth annual "High School Band Showcase."

All Live Music Series events take place on Fridays from 8-11 p.m. at the "Under the Taps" Club in the Lower Level of the Gallagher Center. Admission is $5 at the door and includes free pizza. Refreshments are also available. The community is welcome.

The lineup includes:

Feb. 11 - Naughty Dawg

The spring 2011 schedule gets under way with Naughty Dawg, winners of the 2010 Buffalo Music Award for Best Classic Rock Band. Its members - Kate Shaffer (lead vocalist), Pat Terry (guitar), Pat Woloszyn (bass), Julie Ann (keyboards/fiddle/guitar) and Tom Brown (drums) - take pride in performing a wide range of rock, country, dance and funk music that makes their shows unique and unforgettable.

For more information, visitwww.naughtydawgband.com.

March 18 - The Bruce Wojick Band with special guest Darryl Tonemah

Bruce Wojick, a five-time winner of the Buffalo Music Award for Best Original Guitarist, has strummed for local bands such as God's Children, Klear, Powertrain, Brothers of Invention, Strictly Hip, 53 Days and The Jeremy Hoyle Band. To NU, Wojick will bring his latest bandmates to perform tunes from his back catalog as well as a mix of new songs.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/brucewojick.

Darryl Tonemah is one of the fastest rising musicians in the Native American community. Catching on with mainstream listeners in the U.S. and Canada as well, he has performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics, on national television and live on NPR radio. Additionally, Tonemah...    Full Descrip has recorded five albums, which have been nominated for several Native American Music Awards including Outstanding Musical Performance, Best Male Artist, Best Album - Country or Folk and Songwriter of the Year.

A singer/songwriter in the purist sense, Tonemah combines the energy of rock, the intelligence of folk and the heart of country to create a musical niche he calls "Native Americana."

March 25 - 4th annual 'High School Band Showcase'

Sponsored by Lewiston Music, the area's top young musicians will descend upon NU as part of the university's annual "High School Band Showcase." The winner of this year's showcase will be awarded a $500 gift certificate to Lewiston Music, an opening slot in next year's Live Music Series at NU, and a guaranteed appearance during the Music is Art Festival at the Albright-Knox Art Museum in Buffalo.

Past showcase participants have included The Abominable Killer Snowmen, Robots are Thieves, Aqueous and The Brass Monkeez.

Any interested high school bands can sign up at Lewiston Music, which is located at 784 Center St., in the Village of Lewiston. For more information, call 754-0120.

For more information on Niagara University's Live Music Series, visit www.niagara.edu/live-music-series.

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