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Kama Sutra cameo
Tonight's Salt Peter performance at Palmeri's, 1514 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, packs an added bonus for Kama Sutra. Guitarist-vocalist Anthony Aversa says there will be a special appearance by his former band between Salt Peter sets. Vocalist Andrea DeGolier returns for what Aversa says may be an all-acoustic performance of songs from Kama Sutra's "On the Cusp." Drummer Steve Pugliesi, now living back in town, also performs. Aversa says Salt Peter is putting the finishing touches on a new CD.
Cession on the move
Mexican Cession, always a crowd favorite with spunky, dance-inducing live performances, has been winning over new fans with impressive results. The big-band ska outfit was chosen to represent Buffalo in April's NeMo music conference in Boston after a zany performance at a Buffalo Beat showcase. That honor comes on the heels of opening for the Goo Goo Dolls by winning a WEDG contest with what drummer Fen Ikner calls a bizarre reggae-metal cover of the single "Iris." It was a positive experience in many ways, he says. "We came out with the knowledge of what goes on in a big show like that. It was crazy." Invalid face Ikner laughs about the band's backstage pass that expired 30 minutes after Cession's set ended. "It was funny, but OK because we wanted to watch the show." Next up for Cession is a set at the Lizzard Ball on Feb. 12 in the Hamlin House.
'War Is Over' recognized
The Buffalo-based "War Is Over: Campaign for Nonviolence and Musicians United for Safe Schools" continues to gain national momentum. The War Is Over website ( has recently been added as a link on the Yoko Ono ( and Willie Nile ( home pages and to, which promotes the lessons of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Gibson/Epiphone is donating two John Lennon-style guitars; one will be autographed by national music names and auctioned on eBAY to benefit the cause. Last spring, the campaign released the "War Is Over" compilation CD featuring music by 21 regional acts. In December, the Web site was launched, and an enhanced CD is due in mid-April with concerts and school-based community events planned to raise awareness and funds for school programs that reduce the risk of violence.
-- Toni Ruberto

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