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  • Inspired On The Road

    "The plot thickens as I race back into the house to get a few more things that we need so we can get on the road. Thirty minutes late already, but the future holds endless possibilities. The cascading scenery flows by, like our minds have been forced into the fast forward position from a remote control. Life is here, open for us to see and take control of, or let slip through our fingers this time around. Friendly faces arise from crowds, and laughter fills the room, creating an electrifying feeling that makes ones hair stand on end. This feeling is our souls reaching a higher, almost spiritual realm of togetherness. Go throw out your dirty socks, get a bag together and prepare yourself to be inspired on the road."

    Here are the musings of a musician and a photographer capturing a life of art...

Donna The Buffalo at The Tralf in Buffalo, NY

Donna The Buffalo played this past Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, NY. This talented band had everyone in the crowd dancing! Check out their website to view their extensive tour that is already booked well into the summer!

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Photography by Lindsey Robinson Photography

The Manhattan Project at The Waiting Room in Buffalo, NY

February 7, 2014
Manhattan Project
Buffalo, NY

This past Friday night we went to the Waiting Room in Buffalo, NY to see the Manhattan Project. When we arrived, the venue was packed and Armagaddon Party was on the stage. These guys put on a stellar show. They kept the crowd entranced and transferred from one song to another seamlessly. The super low end of the bass and textures of the complex keys created a surreal atmosphere.  After finishing their set, The Manhattan Project took the stage. The Manhattan Project is a two piece outfit hailing from Rochester, NY. The drummer, Shawn Drogan is one of my favorites around, this guy can seriously play. Charles Lindner is no slouch when it comes to music, his masterminding techniques of fluid compositions is outstanding to say the least. These two have created a big following and their music is different than most of the usual stuff you are seeing these days. You can really tell how much love they have for their songs and their musical vibe in general. The crowd ate it up all night, and wanted more.  I would highly recommend either of these bands to anyone that is looking for something new. With heavy house beats these guys are worth checking out.

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Photography by Lindsey Robinson Photography

Dr. Dog at The Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Dog Live at The Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY 01/27/2014

In the coldest winter Buffalo has seen in over 30 years, the Town Ballroom lit up with enough energy to heat the whole town. Although waiting in line for 25 minutes in sub zero temperatures was not fun, there was some classic commentary during the wait that made it worth the while. As Lindsey got her passes and we entered the venue, the stage hands were setting up for the main act, Dr. Dog. Having listened to these guys for around 2 years, I was eagerly awaiting to hear what was in store. This was my first time to finally catch them.

As the lights went down and the curtain pulled, the first thing that caught my eye was a light up sign like you would see on the side of the road, to lure you into some country store or gas station. On it was “Dr. Dog/ RIP Mohawk”, in memory of the Mohawk Place here in Buffalo, which had recently closed its doors. The band took the stage and the room went crazy with jubilant appraise for this Pennsylvania based indie rock group. Hell even I went a little crazy.

The crowd was a mixture of young preppie’s, artists, hippies and even a chunk of middle aged adults. I really liked the fact that this band had such a wide array of fans, it really shows the range of genres they pull into. As the band went into their first song, I was taken back to an experience when I saw my first Flaming Lips show when I was 16. I could tell these guys were the real deal.

Opening with “Distant”, they made their way into one of their biggest hits, “Black Hole.” Lyrically this song amazes me, the symbolism and picturesque imagery that dances in my mind, leaves a more than satisfying feeling in my soul. Creating an almost new age Beatles sound with mind blowing harmonies and over the top orchestration, the show kept moving on.

Other highlights in the set were, Broken Heart, Oh Me Oh My, Truth, Heavy, Rabbits and Lonesome. Throughout the set the band switched up instruments and before the end of the set, Bassist Tony Leaman, jumped into the crowd and sang. The security guards didn’t seem to thrilled about this off the cuff idea and quickly jumped in after him to get him.

Leaving the show, I knew we had just witnessed something amazing. I have given chances to a few other artists like these guys over the years, loving their albums, but the rest usually fell short live. Well, like the Flaming Lips and Ween blew my mind, Dr. Dog did just the same. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a quality show with amazing musicians and even better lyricists.

Writen by Jason Staniszewski

Photos by Lindsey Robinson Photography