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The Rock Show

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Gateway / Canal Concert Series, Tonawanda, NY

We will open the Gateway Canal Series playing before Nerds Gone Wild.

This is a novelty classic rock show with old friends.

I need to sing these songs one more time before I officially hit middle-age in September.

We just might break the rule of having more fun than the audience, but we hope you'll join us anyway! :)

Poetry Reading: Four Poets, Four Books

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1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts, 1045 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY

Poetry Reading with Special Guests!

Four poets reading from recent books:

Patrick Hulsman reading from The Sounding Behavior of Whales and Other Poems; Lisa Wiley reading from Big Apple Rain; Perry Nicholas reading from Laundry; Maria Sebastian reading from The Stoppies

Tribute to The Cranberries

Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, NY 14220

Maria Sebastian | Zak Ward | Jeff Schaller | Mike Johnston


From the Center:

On the eve of Buffalo's two St Patrick's Day parades, join us in support of the Buffalo Irish Center and in celebration of Irish culture with music by Crikwater, The Brothers Blue, a full-band tribute to The Cranberries by Maria Sebastian & Zak Ward, along with an open Celtic seisun in the pub, plus dance by Rince Na Tiarna Irish Dance School, and readings of favorite Irish prose by a long list of local luminaries including politicians, media and athletes, all hosted by Seamus Gallivan.

We'll also have a St. Paddy's Pedal Party presented by Slow Roll Buffalo, starting outside the center at 6:30pm sharp on an 8-mile bike ride around South Buffalo, free and open to all ages and skill levels.

All ages welcome - full bar and kitchen. As with the entire parade weekend at the center, admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door - tickets available at the center and TARA GIFT SHOPPE across the street.

Patsy Cline / Anne Murray / Roseanne Cash Tribute

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Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14207

Sadly, we will miss our dear friend Ron Davis for this show as he recovers from a sudden illness this holiday season.

Cover: $5

The band:

Frank Grizanti - Guitar

David "The Waz" Wasik - Drums

Jim Whitford - Pedal Steel

Cathy Carfagna - Keys

Ed Croft - Bass

We hope you'll join us and help make this show a success! :)


Song Circle with Jerry Falzone from Rochester, and Alan Whitney (Buffalo Gem/Rochester Native)

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189 Public House, 189 Main St., East Aurora, NY

Song Circle with Alan Whitney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cG0KFaVCcU from Buffalo (Alan's a Rochester Native, now a Buffalo Gem) and also from Rochester: Chris Wilson (Chris apologizes for having to cancel as he has the flu--we hope to reschedule him!) http://www.chriswilson.us/ and Jerry Falzone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_twpmpXvvs

I'll have copies of my new CD this night as well :).


With Perry Nicholas and Mark Buell

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Nickel City Frets, 83 Main St., Akron, NY

Poetry and Original Acoustic Music! Join us! Mark Buell will be adding some instrumental guitar to start the night out, and Perry will read from his new book, "The Poet Upstairs." I will also play some original songs and read a poem or two with Perry. Join us! $8 Cover


Host: Third Wednesday Poetry and Music Open Mic Series

The Screening Room, 880 Alberta Drive, Amherst, NY

Beginning in September, I will be hosting the Third Wednesday Poetry and Music Series at The Screening Room (until June, 2018). I'm happy to step in for that year or so. We'll keep the first three features that are already booked (Ken Feltges and Richard Olson in September, and Sandy Mcpherson Carrubba Geary in October), then we'll bypass the featured reader option for the poetry and music open mic. Please know that I'll aim to mix things up and keep the pace going with a goal of 90-minute events (two pieces by each reader/player/student--welcome to more if we run out of folks before 90 minutes). If you attended our Yardwords reading, we will try to keep it along those lines. Note: we will have a merchandise table at every reading. Readers and/or performers are invited to bring a few copies each of a book, CD, or similar item to present for sale, or maybe it is the publication you are selecting your readings from that evening. Please keep blurbs about the work(s) very brief when it's your turn to read or play, but be sure to tell us what you would like us to know about it. Refreshments will not be provided for this series but you are welcome to purchase snacks and drinks from The Screening Room cafe staff. A $3 cover goes to the venue Acoustic music only, please, as we only have two channels (one for vocals, one for one guitar) through my Fishman system. Please bring your own guitar as one will not be provided.

Postponed Due to Illness! Apologies! Patsy Cline, Roseanne Cash, Anne Murray Tribute

Sportsmen's Tavern, Amherst St., Buffalo, NY

Full Band with Ron Davis, Frank Grizanti, Jim Whitford, and David "The Waz" Wasik; two sets. $5 cover.


Patsy Cline:

She's Got You | Sweet Dreams | I Fall to Pieces | Walking After Midnight | Crazy | If You've Got Leavin' On Your Mind | Strange | Why Can't He Be You | Your Stronger Than Me | So Wrong |

Anne Murray:

Danny's Song | Snowbird | You Needed Me | I Just Fall in Love Again | Could I Have This Dance | Just Another Woman in Love | Tennessee Waltz

Roseanne Cash:

Tennessee Flat Top Box | Seven Year Ache | I Wonder | My Baby Thinks He's a Train | I Don't Wanna Spoil the Party |

Performing "Crazy" with Joyryde a few years ago: https://www.mariasebastian.com/track/945877/crazy-recorded-live-at-m-t-plaza-2015?feature_id=333992

Past Shows


  • Mohegan Sun Casino's Wolf Den, With 10,000 Maniacs, 2010/2011
  • Norwalk Seaport Oyster Festival, With 10,000 Maniacs, 2010
  • Infininty Hall Bistro, (Opened for Roger McGuinn), 2011
  • Groovin' in New Fairfield Coffeehouse / Concert Series (Solo/Headliner), 2011


  • Keystone: River Run Rocks, With: 10,000 Maniacs, 2011


  • Alpine: Viejas Casino/Resort, With 10,000 Maniacs, 2011
  • Los Angeles: House of Blues, With 10,000 Maniacs, 2011
  • The Rainbow (Sunset, Beverly Hills) 2001 (With In From the Cold)
  • The Joint (West L.A.) 2001 (With IFTC)
  • The Gig (Hollywood) 2001 (With IFTC)
  • Napa Valley Opera House, 2011, with 10KM
  • Pershing Square, (Los Angeles), 2011, with 10KM




  • Cornucopia Coffee Company, Valparaiso, 2010
  • Memorial Opera House, Valparaiso (Opened for Roger McGuinn) 2010

Niagara Falls:

  • Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center 2013, (Opened for Jay Leno, with Joyryde 2014), 2015
  • Niagara County Community College 2004
  • Hard Rock Cafe 2001, 2002, 2015 (NYEve)
  • Evening Star 1992
  • Fallsview Casino 1995
  • Seneca Niagara Casino 1995
  • Niagara Falls Yacht Club 2012

New Jersey:

  • Paramus--Ciccone Theatre at Bergen College (Opened for Roger McGuinn) 2008


  • Nashville: 12th & Porter with 10,000 Maniacs, 2011


  • B&B Backstage -- Headliner (Youngstown/Boardman) 2004


  • Bromeley Family Theatre (Bradford) 2010, Opened for, and played with, 10,000 Maniacs
  • Pittsburgh's YAWP festival at Club Cafe, 2004
  • University Club (Pittsburgh University), with Joyryde and The Hitmen Horns, 2014
  • Sherlock's (Erie) 2006
  • Gypsies Lounge (Poconos), with 10,000 Maniacs, 2011


  • Chesapeake Jubilee (With 10,000 Maniacs), 2011
  • The Birchmere, Alexandria (With 10,000 Maniacs), 2011




  • Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis (With 10,000 Maniacs), 2011


  • Prairie Center for the Arts (Opened for Roger McGuinn) in Schaumburg, 2008
  • Roscoe Village (Chicago) With 10,000 Maniacs 2010
  • South Berrington's Arboretum With 10,000 Maniacs 2010
  • Wells Street Art Festival (With 10,000 Maniacs) 2011
  • Des Plaines Summer Fling (With 10,000 Maniacs) 2011


  • Red Sky Music Festival (Omaha) With 10,000 Maniacs, 2011

Downstate/Central, NY:

  • Funk 'N' Waffles Storytellers Series, 2016
  • JCC Rochester Auditorium, (Solo) Songs of Tribute Series, 2018
  • The Little Cafe at The Little Theatre, 2017 +
  • The Poetry Barn, West Hurley / Catskills, with Perry Nicholas, 2017
  • Green Kill Gallery, Kingston, with Perry Nicholas, 2017
  • Arts Society of Kingston, with Patti Rothberg and Bibi Farber, 2016
  • Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville, NY (With Zak Ward, 2011)
  • Tarrytown Music Hall (Opened for Roger McGuinn) 2007
  • Scharmann Theatre at Jamestown Community College: With 10,000 Maniacs 2010
  • The Bitter End NYC, (Maria Sebastian Band) 2002
  • Cafe Mezzaluna, Solo (Saugerties) 2008
  • Glasco Mini Park Sunset Series, Solo (Saugerties) 2008
  • Nancy Howe Auditorium, Solo (Wellsville) 2009
  • The Colony Cafe, With Pal Shazar/Others (Woodstock) 2008
  • High Falls Cafe, Solo (Saugerties) 2008
  • Monticello Raceway (Catskills) Lava Lounge (Maria Sebastian Band/Others) 2004-2007
  • Western New York Performance Center, (Warsaw) 2009
  • John Street Jam (Saugerties) 2006, 2008, 2014
  • The Listening Room, Solo (The Depot, Cold Spring) 2008
  • City Winery, (Sold out) with 10,000 Maniacs (Soho/NY) 2011
  • Albany's Alive at Five, with 10,000 Maniacs, 2011
  • Rochester's Lilac Festival (Opened for Los Lonely Boys, 2004)
  • Spencerport Arts Festival, Spencerport, NY(solo/acoustic, '05)
  • Tango Cafe, 2015, 2016
  • Cafe Veritas, Rochester, Opener for Vance Gilbert, 2017

Buffalo (Partial List)

  • Asbury Hall / 9th Ward (Most recently with Davey O., Tom Fenton, and Sarah Beatty, 2015)
  • The Saturn Club
  • California Road Music Hall (2018)
  • The Buffalo Club
  • M&T Plaza First Fridays
  • Seneca Niagara Events Center (Support for Jay Leno with Joyryde and The Hitmen Horns, 2014)
  • Buffalo Historical Society (WBFO)
  • Allen Hall (UB)
  • The Continental (Headliner / with Pilate--AKA Pilot Speed) 2002-03
  • Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhan's Music Hall - October, 2009--Opened for Richie Havens
  • Elmwood Festival of the Arts, Buffalo, NY (solo/acoustic, '08)
  • Sportsmen's Tavern
  • Rockwell Hall (Opened for Roger McGuinn- 2007 and 2010)
  • Guest singer with Eddie Money, Thursday at the Square, Buffalo, 2002
  • Village Meeting House with Vance Gilbert - 2006 and 2015, and Jess Klein - 2005
  • The Pier (Various + With Head East - '93 or so)
  • Taste of Buffalo (2004, 2005)
  • Hollywood Happening--Gowanda (with Zak Ward, 2011)
  • PAUSA Art House (2017)
  • Central Park Grille
  • Mohawk Place
  • Club Utica
  • Nietzsche's
  • Tonawanda, NY's Molson Canal Concert Series/Gateway Park Series (Opened for Gin Blossoms, 2003; Taylor Made Jazz, 2005, Headliner, 2006, Headliner (Joyryde), 2013), With The Rock Show, 2018
  • Edgefest, Angola on the Lake, (with Jackyl, The Tea Party, others) 1993ish
  • Thursday at the Square: Opened for Sarah Harmer and Hothouse Flowers, 2005
  • Impaxx (Opened for Collective Soul, Honeymoon Suite, and Harum Scarum)
  • The Tralf (Various / Most recently opening for Missy Higgins and Eric Hutchinson) 2008
  • Colleges: Medaille, Daemen, Villa Maria, E.C.C., University at Buffalo, Buffalo State 
  • Boratin/Tanner house party, 2011: Opened for Linda McRae (formerly of Spirit of the West)
  • Athenaeum Hotel
  • Chautauqua Institution
  • The Mansion on Delaware
  • The Avanti Mansion
  • Hotel Lafayette
  • Buffalo Yacht Club
  • Lancaster Country Club
  • Country Club of Buffalo