The Goo Goo Dolls, Mark Freeland, SplatCats, David Kane’s Decay of Western Civilization, the Ramrods, the Rain, the Pinheads were all active and able-bodied musical acts during 1988. And all were documented on what surely stands as one of the finest compilation recordings in local music history: the now legendary sampler “We Killed McKinley.”
Now, the Buffalo Blues Benefit for Veterans campaign is introducing “We Killed McKinley: Music From Buffalo, New York 2017” which will be celebrated with a release party and concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Mohawk Place. The new collections seeks to be for this year what the original was for 1988: a snapshot of a productive era in the ongoing history of Buffalo music.
The album – the brainstorm of co-producer Bob James, who worked on the original “McKinley” with the late local music visionary Tim Switala - includes contributions from Sixties Future, Sara Elizabeth, the Mallwalkers, TJ Zindle, Stress Dolls, Mom Said No, Dreambeaches, First Ward, Jaw Bone, So Far So Good, The Love Parade, Bethany Fonda and the Naturalists.
The Mohawk Place party will feature performances from such artists as Caitlin Koch, Stress Dolls, Patti Parks, Mom Said No and the Love Parade. Proceeds will benefit the WNY Veterans Housing Coalition. Tickets are $10 advance, $13 at the door (ticketfly.com).