An evening of modern rock helped bring happiness to some needy children over the holidays. A musical benefit for Toys for Tots featuring performances by SuperPimp, The Common, Seventh Labour and Ivet (from Cleveland) was held in Migs Classic Roxx. The benefit, which raised more than $650 and filled a 55-gallon container with toys, was the idea of SuperPimp singer Jim Jowsey, who fondly recalls watching the Toys for Tots parade march down Grant Street as a youngster. "The parade helped make Christmas a little happier for kids who might not have anything under their Christmas tree. "I just always thought that was the coolest thing," Jowsey said, adding he was thrilled he could help out through his music. "Sometimes being in this business allows you to do things that just make you feel good inside."
WBNY names top bands
Power-pop band Girlpope topped the list of local artists as voted on by WBNY staff and media during the recent Local Music weekend. While lists are always fun to argue, the BNY Top 40 is a good representation of what's happening on the scene. The full results are available through the station and on the message board at www.wnymusic.com. Here's the Top 20: 1) Girlpope; 2) Oui*73; 3) Michael Oliver and Go, Dog. Go!; 4) 53 Days; 5) Leon and the Forklifts; 6) Dollar Cannon; 7) The Tails; 8) Animal Planet; 9) Mudtown Rudy; 10) The Brother Project; 11) Fifty Diamond Rocks; 12) Tom Stahl; 13) The JohnnyFive; 14) The Waz; 15) Alison Pipitone; 16) Erin Roberts; 17) Scary Chicken; 18) Doombuggy; 19) The Need; and 20) The Disappointments.
Fans of The Sheila Divine, featuring Hamburg native Aaron Perrino on vocals and guitar, can look for a return concert Feb. 5 in the Showplace Theatre. Boston's Helicopter, Helicopter is also expected to be on the bill. The Sheila Divine's melodic, lyrically rich major label debut "New Parade" is my favorite CD of 1999.
Joe Maulucci of Online Music Express has added a touch of the holidays to his site. You can now view the videos for "This Time of Year" by Gretchen Schulz and "Wonderful Christmas Time" by The Need. There's also an audio clip of honorary Buffalonian Jamie Notarthomas singing the clever "Rock Salt City." The site is located at www.onlineexpress.music.com.
-- Toni Ruberto