Mark’s Bluegrass Blog September 2019

The Summer is almost over and a lot of G chords have been played around my world. September 13 will be Bill Monroe’s 107th birthday. He died back in 1996 but the man known as the Father of Bluegrass put together the first bluegrass band as we know it back in 1945. That was the year he hired the young banjo player, Earl Scruggs and Earl’s future band partner, guitar player/lead singer, Lester Flatt. Every year since 1995, the International Bluegrass Music Association (the IBMA) meets for an annual convention, trade show and awards show and lately in Raliegh NC, about the biggest free street, bluegrass festival anyone can imagine. This year it takes place on September 24-28th.

Locally we celebrate the bluegrass month of September with several big bluegrass shows and two big local festivals. The first show will be on September 2 at the Sportsmen’s Tavern featuring Good Morning Nags, a young NYC based roots, old timey and bluegrass band. Another young bluegrass group from Finland, yes, Finland! Steve “n” Seagulls will be landing for a show at Buffalo iron Works on Monday September 9th. Their YouTube version of “Thunder Struck” by AC/DC has over 83 million views to date.

On Saturday the 21st , The Borderlands Music festival at the Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora kicks off with the Infamous String Duster and Folk Faces among other great groups. On Sunday the 22nd it starts off with “Bloodys and Bluegrass with the Buffalo Bluegrass All Stars and Grant Farm. Green Sky Bluegrass and Keller Williams and Grateful Grass along with more stellar groups continue that Sunday line up.

On Sunday the 22nd, the Panfil/Clark band featuring Buffalo Music Hall of Famers, the Panfil Brothers and the award winning brother and sister, Scott Panfil and Katie Clark play the Sportsmen’s Tavern from 5-7 PM. The band family band also features Silas Panfil and Jay Clark on mandolin and banjo respectively.

The Panfil/Clark band also plays the following Saturday September 28th at the Appleumpkin music and crafts festival in nearby Wyoming NY at noon. This is a free, local bluegrass festival set in the middle of one of our area’s largest craft shows. Four or five bluegrass bands take the stage including Creek Bend Bluegrass at 11 AM.

Be sure to check out for details on these and more bluegrass shows coming to WNY and as always get out and enjoy live music as a listener and as a picker and singer.