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Billy Cobham has been an influential drummer for two decades but this man is concerned about more than just the beat. "You have to know how to sell your ideas," Cobham says. On stage, Cobham sells music in an experimental and creative fashion. He performs tonight at 8 in the Marquee at the Tralf, 100 Theater Place.

"Rogue Elephant" by Pat O'Connell.O'Connell, a songwriter, is best known for his percussion work with a variety of Buffalo bands. Now he's going solo with a tasty variety of sounds on a new tape. The title cut, "Rogue Elephant," is a progressive rock fest, while O'Connell moves to a folk ballad with "Dreaming Again." O'Connell turns to an East Indian style on "Twilight in Anan Nagar"and cuts loose with an eight-minute percussion extravaganza, "White Magic Healer." A creative and challenging musical work.

No. 1 John Muckler: Sabres big cheese reportedly took a swing at a fan. Next up, a bout with Lawrence Taylor in Wrestlemania.

No. 2. Bo Diddley: Guitar man recently told an over-enthusiastic fan, "Don't play with me. I'll kick your face." Maybe Bo should play for the Sabres.

No. 3. Sam Donaldson: TV anchor star upset over reports he gets $97,000 a year in federal subsidies for owning a New Mexico ranch. "I'm in the farming business," said Sam. Right, and Diane Sawyer cleans out his barn every weekend.

Toronto rockers Slik Toxik are touring in support of the band's latest album, "Irrelevant." The group plays in Blind Mellons, 207 Youngs Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. . . . The Pine Dogs perform original rock at 11 p.m. in Mohawk Place, 47 East Mohawk St. . . . Ansley Court and My Private Hell rock out at 11 p.m. in the Continental, 212 Franklin St. . . . The Bitter Sweet Rose Blues Band takes the stage at 10:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. . . . Barbara St. Clair and the Shadows bring R & B sounds at 10 p.m. to Macaroon's, 518 Dick Rd., Cheektowaga. . . . Outer Circle Orchestra starts the world beat dance party at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. . . . The Rubes play the blues at 10 p.m. in the Browne Baron Lounge, 1866 Colvin Blvd. . . . Billy McEwen & the Soul Invaders rock out tonight and Saturday at 11 p.m. in Den-Nels, 1648 Abbott Road.

Guitar master Coco Montoya appears at 10:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room. . . . Billygoat brings alternative rock to an 11 p.m. show at the Continental. . . . Greg Piccolo & Heavy Juice offer original sounds at 9 p.m. in the Marquee at the Tralf. . . . Shudder To Think rocks out at the Showplace Theater, 1065 Grant St., doors open at 7 p.m. Also on the bill: Split Lip and Girlpope. . . . The Salamanders and Sole Surfers start the party at 10 p.m. in Mohawk Place. . . . Sue Kincaid and the Need perform at 10:30 p.m. in the Central Park Grill, 2519 Main St. . . . The Great Train Robbery plays at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's. . . . Bluehouse, a young blues band, performs from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Media Play, on Transit Rd. in Williamsville.

What's going on at Network? There was a reported altercation between a fan and security guards at a Mighty Mighty Bosstones concert a few weeks ago and last week another reported brawl allegedly took place involving members of the band Digable Planets. Hey, keep the peace. . . . Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls appear Sunday at midnight on MTV's "Alternative Nation." Earlier this week, the Dolls performed their single, "Only One," on the "Jon Stewart Show." . . . Alternative singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan performs a sold-out show Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Shea's Performing Arts Center. . . . The 17th Annual Boys' and Girls' Clubs Telethon will be broadcast Sunday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Jones Cable, Channel 10. Craig Matthews of WHTT-FM is the host, and local radio and television personalities will appear. . . . Sick Of It All and Orange 9MM bring hard-core rock to Blind Mellons Sunday at 7 p.m. . . . Billboard No. 1, March 24, 1980: "Another Brick In The Wall" by Pink Floyd.

MTV king and Generation X fave Tony Bennett is coming to Artpark June 20. . . . Slash, guitar man for Guns 'N Roses, comes to UB's Amherst Campus April 21. . . . It's about time they fixed up the bathrooms at Nietzsche's, so a Bathroom Benefit will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. featuring Susan Rozeler, Katie Miller and other acts. . . . Scene quiz: Who said: "Love has never been the problem"? Was it: Cher, Woody Allen or Marianne Gingrich? Answer: Newt's wife, Marianne. . . . Echolyn brings progressive sounds to a Wednesday show at 8 p.m. in the Showplace Theater. . . . Billboard No. 1, March 24, 1966: "The Ballad of the Green Berets" by Sgt. Barry Sadler. The Richard Degenais Quartet brings jazz Sunday at 9 p.m. to Broadway Joe's, 3051 Main St. . . . Chris Beard and the Willie Mays Blues Band are among the performers at the Ice Breakers Blues Ball starting Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room. . . . Billboard No. 1, March 24, 1958: "Tequila" by the Champs. . . . Joan Osborne plays blues guitar Thursday at 10 p.m. in Nietzsche's. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy James Brown: "Come here mama, and dig this crazy scene/Not too bad dad, but his line is pretty clean/I ain't no drag, papa's got a brand new bag."

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