23 bands in 12 days. 170+ hours in 2 weeks.
I recently mixed all sorts of bands over the 12 days of the Erie County Fair in the southern tier of Buffalo, NY. Nearly 1.2 million people attended this year’s event, sometimes it felt as if they were all standing in the park I was working.
Here’s a list of the bands I had the pleasure of working with, in the order that they appeared, all from Buffalo, NY:
Billy Brite Band (Blues) – Old school rockers since the 70’s.
New Direction Band (Polska)
Disco Duck (Disco) – They wear Afro wigs.
LeeRon Zydeco & the Hot Tamales (Cajun) – 22 years and running.
Soul Providers (R&B) – A very tight, well rehearsed band. They attracted a very large crowd.
Adriatic Braca (Baltic) – Really nice guys, very well rehearsed. All acoustic and authentic instruments. Serbian-Croation, quite entertaining. The only band to tip me. That was cool.
Craig Wilkins Band (Classic Country) – He sounds EXACTLY like Cash. Super nice guy.
The Outofar Trio Jug Band (Tub bass, washboard, etc. No website.) – What a great sense of humor and wildly entertaining group. They need a website.
Speedy Parker Blues Band (Blues) – 20+ years and running. Incredible vocalists.
Party in the Park (no live act, just a party.)
Gimme Buffett (Pop-Country) – played only a few Buffett tunes. Female vocalist was outstanding.
The Formula Band (Italian) – Insanely talented drummer.
Forgotten Buffalo Orchestra (Polska) a last minute booking for a slot that opened up unexpectedly. 2 older gentleman with Roland accordions. Insanely talented.
23 Skidoo (Dixie – No Website) – Tuba, trumpet, sax, and the banjo player/singer was blind. Great band, nice dudes.
Solid Grease (Oldies) – Really nice folks. Bass player had a great voice doing Elvis, Cash, and backgrounds. He bought me a lemonade.
Crikwater (Irish) – Fantastically talented dudes playing authentic instruments. Really, great to work with.
Lance Diamond Show (Lounge/Variety) – What can I say? A local legend. Packed the park. His backing band was the best I’ve ever seen from our local scene. Such polish.
Buffalo Country Band (Country Rock) – More rock than country. They looked like exactly what you’d expect them to look like.
Wide Right (Classic Rock & Current Hits)- Lead singer had amazing range and loved to bounce around the stage a lot.
Stone Row (Celtic) – Progressive Celtic music. The band was incredibly rehearsed with amazingly tight vocals. Fantastic violinist/singer. A few original compositions that were well written.
Lower Town Trio (Original Rockabilly) – Though they played a couple of covers, they were the kind of covers you don’t recognize. Most of their material was original. They are like the Stray Cats on speed. The drummer was breaking sticks, cymbals, knocking stuff all over the place. The bassist was slapping the crap out of the upright. The front man had the best guitar I’d seen, a gorgeous, orange Gretsch, which is hard for me to say since Craig Wilkins’ guitarist had a 57 Tele Custom and I am a Tele guy. It was refreshing to see an original act make it into this line up since the Fair folks don’t like to book those kinds of bands. They were great.
This weekend I’m at Elmwood Artfest mixing 15 bands over 2 days. I’ll let you know how that goes.