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Sportsmen's Tavern hosts second annual SzelestFest

SzelestFest, an all-star musical tribute to Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Stan Szelest, will return for year two at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). The event will benefit the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation.

Before his passing in 1991, Szelest established himself as an influential member of the Western New York blues community, playing keyboards in a number of acts including Ronnie Hawkins' the Hawks, a group that would later become the Band, as well as his own vehicle, Stan and the Ravens. The Buffalo-born musician would later return to the Band in the late 1980s following the death of keyboardist Richard Manuel to become a touring and recording member of the classic rock group. He passed away during the recording sessions of the act's 1993 released record, "Jericho."

This year's SzelestFest lineup will include performances from Ron Davis, Doug Yeomans, Willie Schoellkopf and Steve Sadoff. For a full lineup and pre-sale info (last year's show sold out), visit the Sportsmen's website.

The Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission “to foster, promote and expand community appreciation for Americana music from Buffalo and Western New York through the production and sponsorship of performance and broadcast events and presentation of seminars and workshops on Americana music.”

Tickets are $10 for foundation members, $15 for the public.

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