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WHO: Donna the Buffalo

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: The Tralf, 100 Theater Place

ADMISSION: $10 advance; $12 night of show

INFO: 851-8725

Donna the Buffalo has nothing to do with Buffalo - at least when it comes to the name. The band was supposed to be called Dawn the Buffalo when it was formed in 1987, for a one-night gig in its home base of Ithaca. Turns out band members were a little tipsy that night, and instead of Dawn, the stage introduction came out as Donna the Buffalo. The moniker stuck and the group's musical blend of roots, country, rock and folk has earned it a loyal following over the past decade. Donna the Buffalo has made six albums and its current one, "Positive Friction" (Sugar Hill Records) is the most successful. It features Tara Nevins, who sings and plays fiddle; Jeb Puryear, guitar/vocals; Jim Miller, guitar; Richie Stearns, organ; Jed Greenberg, bass; and Tom Gilbert on drums. Put them all together and you get a band that likes to jam while offering long, danceable grooves and a party atmosphere.

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