Downtown Buffalo is undergoing a rebirth. The new Marine Midland Arena. The Theater District. The happenings on the Chippewa strip. And the growing local music scene. Though the casual listener may only be familiar with the Goo Goo Dolls and the 10,000 Maniacs, there is indeed a wealth of local music happening in Buffalo and Western New York.
And a great many bands, clubs and radio stations are hopping on the Internet to spread the word about local music.
The place to start your local music surfing adventure is WNYMusic.com (www.wnymusic.com). The objective of this site is to bring together Buffalo music lovers in a non-profit, non-biased Web experience. This site offers lots of information including an online calendar where bands and clubs can list their Buffalo-area events for free. Fans can check this site to find out where their favorite local band is playing. WNYMusic.com also has a comprehensive list containing links to every Buffalo music site that's available. It includes local bands (some big, some small), radio stations, magazines, recording studios and fan pages, where local people devote pages to their favorite bands. There is also the Featured Site of the Week which showcases a particular artist. And last, but certainly not least, is the Sign-Up Page. This is where you get to put your two cents in. If you want to be listed on the calendar, comment on something or help out, just go to the Sign-Up Page and fill it out. It's that easy.
While on the local beat, check out the the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (www.buffalomusic.org). The Hall is a non-profit entity which recognizes, honors and preserves the history of musicians from this area who have contributed to the culture of Buffalo and the nation. Check out the achievements of area artists who have created a musical legacy and educate the public about those achievements. They maintain a Hall of Fame facility including displays, plaques and memorabilia and other artifacts relating to the area's music history.
Also devoted to local music is Nickel City Scene (www.accadia.com/ncscene/), a television show which can be seen Saturday's at 12:35 a.m. on WIVB-Channel 4. It features local band information, sound/music files, concert dates and links.
Artvoice, the biweekly publication dedicated to Buffalo's alternative arts news, has a nice Web site (artvoice.com) which frequently includes articles and features on local music. In addition, you'll find online articles related to poetry, books, film, theater, music, galleries and other features and columns.
And let's not forget some of the great Web sites devoted to local music acts. As we searched for local bands we realized that more and more groups are using the Internet as a way to promote their musical efforts. Some of these sites have been created by the groups themselves while others are put up by fans.
The following are just a sampling of local acts that have an Internet presence:
Brother (wnymusic.com/brother/): nominated as "Best New Original Band" for the Buffalo Music Awards, find out when this these guys are playing next and more!
buggy.html): a group from Buffalo preaching lots of noise, energy and fun. Find out how to get their debut CD.
Rocketship Seven (wnymusic.com/marys
lounge/rocket.html): a young but charismatic band that has recently blasted off from the deck of Buffalo's ever-changing original music scene.
The Tails (wnymusic.com/tails/): plain and simple, a rock 'n' roll band from Buffalo.
Mitch's Infydels (www.localnet.com/~ebs/infy
dels/): here you can download a sample from their new CD and check out the lyrics to their tunes.
Tugboat Annie (freenet.buffalo.edu/~bn432/
tugboat1.htm): fast making inroads in the national scene.
Them Jazzbeards (www.wsjz.com/jazzbeards): this site reviews art, culture, and most importantly the music that they know best -- jazz.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (www.bpo.org): let's not forget these guys know how to rock!
There are numerous sites featuring the Goo Goo Dolls including a cool site by a local fan (www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~morano/gooindex.html) and a few others that can be found by searching our favorite Internet search sites (www.yahoo.com or www.hotbot.com).
The 10,000 Maniacs have an official Web site which is "state of the art" (www.maniacs.com) where you can get the latest scoop on the group. And we're sure if you search the Net enough you'll find references to Rick James, though maybe not all pleasant.
Jim Gerland and Mark Winer are partners in After Five Technology, Inc., an Internet consulting, training and Web Marketing firm.
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