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NEWS OF WIDOWS' DEMISE WAS GREATLY EXAGGERATED.

EVEN WITHOUT the help of tabloids, it can be hard to keep a good rumor down. Just ask Widow. When the popular local group took a couple of weeks off from its busy schedule, everyone seemed to get the idea that the group was disbanding.

Untrue. In fact, Widow was just named Best New Group at the recent Buffalo Music Awards, and Donna Palmer was named Best Female Vocalist. Since then, demand for the group has been stronger than ever.

The brief disappearing act was more business than pleasure, although there was certainly some pleasure. Leslie Zagotti has joined Widow as its lead guitarist. The brief time-out from its playing schedule was to give the band a chance to work Zagotti into the group.

In addition to Palmer and Zagotti, band members are Roz Marek on bass, Marliese Doom on keyboards and Darren James on drums. Everyone sings, with Palmer as the lead singer.

Widow is especially well-suited to doing covers by female artists. Its repertoire includes a remake of "My Boyfriend's Back." It also does "Rock 'n' Roll Hootchicoo" and "All Right Now."

Widow also does a few originals, and it has already completed a three-song demo tape. The group plans to record more songs soon.

This band has an appeal that is quite different from the average male-dominated band. The four women are very talented and their musicianship is second to none. You can find that out for yourself at IV Stallions in Cheektowaga this evening and Saturday, starting at 11.

Colors is a three-piece band that has had, from time to time, a strong following in the Southern Tier. The band has been in existence, more or less, for about 10 years. Over that time, it has disbanded and re-formed a number of times with different members.

In its latest reincarnation, band members are Tim Gerwitz on bass, Mike Watson on guitar and Kelly Jordan on drums. Gerwitz and Watson do the vocals. The members have been playing together since last December.

Colors plays music from the '60s, '70s and '80s, as well as some originals. Part of the group's appeal is that its covers are not the usual popular tunes, though they do some of those. Tunes such as Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" are very popular with audiences.

This evening, Colors opens for SS Thunder at Letchworth Pines in Portageville; on Saturday, and on Saturday, for Rock Candy at Sinbad's in Williamsville. As a side note, SS Thunder is negotiating with Kim Mitchell to produce a second album, tentatively to be called "Now Don't Laugh But . . . "

Midnight Rollers is at the Brown Baron on Colvin Avenue this weekend. The band plays everything from blues to Southern rock to classic rock.

Band members are Pete Schmid and Joey Folmer on guitar, Steve Truisi on bass and Scott Keller on drums. All the guys except Keller share the vocals.

Marshall's has lined up all kinds of entertainment for the week. For openers, tonight Silent Partners from Austin, Texas, takes the stage.

The band chose its name in recognition of its debt to such Texas musical greats as B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Etta James, John Lee Hooker and even Waylon Jennings. Recently, however, Silent Partner stepped out of the shadows with the release of their own highly acclaimed album, "If It's All Night, It's All Right."

On Saturday, Ithaca's Donna the Buffalo takes the stage. The six-member band plays a blend of rock, zydeco and country music.

On Thursday, Nervous Recording stars the Quakes offer up two sets of psychobilly madness. Though the Quakes have only recently re-formed, the band has already received an invitation to headline the International Phychobilly Weekend in Hemsby, England.

The Skyroom on Seneca Street kicks off this weekend with an early thrash show featuring Nostradamus and Sponge, formerly known as Attakk.

For the late show, About Time with Chris Demerick opens for Living End, a San Francisco band. Living End is a hard rock band that has earned a strong national college radio following. Both shows are open to all ages.

Wednesday, the Skyroom presents two classic rock bands opening for a local metal band. The classic bands are Spectre, which calls itself "the spirit of rock 'n' roll," and Ground Zero, a young and talented group. The metal band is Dragonfly, stars of the evening and local metal hero.

Also on Wednesday, the Chippendales bring their show to the Ramada Renaissance. These are the guys you've seen in dozens of TV commercials, in some soaps and in the famous Chippendales Calendar.

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