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Donna the Buffalo News & Rumors

November 2006

Photos From West Virginia (Rastafari), 11/18/06
On Saturday, 11/18/06, Donna the Buffalo returned to West Virginia for a show at 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown. DtB has a long history with West Virginia--the band first played there in 1995, and has returned almost every year since, playing a total of 21 shows during 17 visits. As they almost always do, on this most recent visit, the band performed West Virginia Rastafari, this time as the encore; according to Donnabase.com, Jeb wrote this song for Tom Batchelor, the lead singer of Rasta Rafiki, a now-defunct WV Reggae band. Gene Martin was on hand, and shares four photos of DtB performing on 11/18/06 in Morgantown, WV. His photos include a shot of Jeb breaking out his Kent guitar, which he did early in the set for Funkyside, Tides of Time, and You're Breakin' My Heart. Thanks, Gene! (posted 11/30/06)

DtB Adds Dates In FL For Early January
As expected, Donna the Buffalo will play a handful of dates in FL following their annual New Year's Eve show at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. The band will perform at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa on 1/1/07, the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale on 1/3, and Cafe Eleven in St. Augustine on 1/4. On the way home, they'll stop in NC for shows at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh on 1/5 and Ziggy's in Winston-Salem on 1/6. Be sure to visit the Tour dates page of the band's official site, DonnaTheBuffalo.com, for details. (posted 11/30/06)

New Photos:
11/17/06, Millvale, PA

Gene Gene the Dancing Machine Martin did all four nights of Donna the Buffalo's recent four-state run: Kent, OH on 11/15, Newport, KY on 11/16, Millvale, PA on 11/17, and Morgantown, WV on 11/18. Gene came home with photos of three of the four nights; in this first batch, he generously shares with us 11 photos of DtB playing at Mr. Small's Theatre in Millvale, PA, where the band has played each November since 2004. Gene's photos include a few that capture the venue's cool stage set and lightning, plus some of Jeb looking downright celestial. Next up from Gene: photos from Newport, KY and Morgantown, WV. Thanks for the photos, Gene! (posted 11/25/06)

Just Added: Photos From 11/16/06, Newport, KY
Donna the Buffalo has been making tour stops in Kentucky since at least 2000. But Thursday, 11/16/06 was the first time they ever played Newport, which is located in the northern tip of the state, on the Ohio River just a few miles south of Cincinnati, OH. The venue was the Southgate House, which according to its website is a four-level historic mansion/rock 'n' roll venue that's rumored to be haunted. Longtime DonnaFan Val Williams made the trip, and kindly shares with us five photos of DtB performing on 11/16/06 in Newport, KY. One of the highlights of this show was the Jeb-and-Tara-only version of Mystic Water, which they'd done last month as the encore of a show in Teaneck, NJ. Then the full band came back out for a rendition of Love and Gasoline to end the night. Thanks for the photos, Val! (posted 11/22/06)

DtB Plays At Pittsburgh Radio Station
On Friday, 11/17, Donna the Buffalo did a short in-studio performance at WYEP 93.1 FM in Pittsburgh. The set started around 3:20 and included Locket & Key, Way Back When, Diamond in the Rough, and Conscious Evolution. Just before playing Diamond, Jeb said something about the song's real title being Silver Lining, or perhaps Silver Lined. He also said that the band has finished recording their next CD, which will include Bela Fleck on a few songs, and it should be available "in the summer." Hopefully a recording and photos from this session will surface soon. Thanks to the Klines for the heads-up.
(posted 11/18/06)

Blue Rags To Play In Asheville On 11/25
One of Donna the Buffalo bassist Bill Reynolds' side projects, The Blue Rags, will perform at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on Saturday, 11/25. Back in June, the Blue Rags' complete lineup reunited for the first time since 1998. In addition to Reynolds, the band, which plays a mix of ragtime, rockabilly, blues, jazz, bluegrass, honky tonk, and rock'n'roll, consists of Jake Holly (piano, vocals), Abe Reid (harp, vocals), Scott Sharpe (guitar, slide, vocals), Woody Wood (guitar, vocals) and Mike Rhodes (drums, vocals). (posted 11/16/06)

First Photos From
Ithaca 11/11/06

After a Friday night jaunt to nearby Rochester for a show at Water Street Music Hall, Donna the Buffalo returned home for a show on Saturday, 11/11, at Club Euphoria, located at the Masonic Temple in downtown Ithaca. It was the band's first Ithaca-area appearance since GrassRoots back in July. Thanks go to "Ithaca Karen" Landau for these 11 great photos of DtB playing on 11/11 in Ithaca, NY which include more than a few nice shots of Bill. About the show local DonnaFan Tom Clausen wrote: "It was rainy, foggy and rather dreary outside, but in Club Euphoria a rather small crowd at the start quickly swelled to comfortably occupy the place with a spirited good time. The $20 ticket price, no liquor license and late start meant it was a totally devoted presence. The band briskly pushed through a rather amazing mix of old classics and newer gems." He added that among the highlights were America, Push Comes to Shove, Me and Depression, and Hey Trudy to close the night. (posted 11/14/06)

Photo Flashback:
GrassRoots 2003

John Yust shot these 15 photos of Donna the Buffalo performing on Sunday, 7/20/03, at the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, NY the old-fashion way: With a camera that actually uses film. His shots include the onstage appearance of a horde of kids during "Don't Leave Me Behind" (left), a few great photos of a bearded Richie Stearns coming out to sing backup vocals during Visitor, and Tom Gilbert celebrating his birthday onstage, complete with a party hat and cake. If this seems familiar, that's because you may have watched Haw River Films' Grassroots Stages documentary, which covered the 2003 GrassRoots Festival. Thanks so much for this look back it time, John! (posted 11/11/06)

Coming In November And December: Lots Of DtB
Donna the Buffalo is about to embark on the first of several series of shows that will keep them busy pretty much through the rest of 2006. The fun starts on Friday, 11/10, with a return to Waterstreet Music Hall in Rochester, followed by a gig on Saturday, 11/11, at Club Euphoria in the Masonic Temple in Ithaca, NY; the latter will be an all-ages show. Less than a week later, DtB starts a four-night runs of shows: Kent, OH on 11/15, Newport, KY on 11/16, Millvale, PA on 11/17, and Morgantown, WV on 11/18. After a two-week break the band will play in New York, NY on 12/8, Troy, NY on 12/9, Johnson City, NY on 12/15, and Buffalo, NY on 12/16. DtB will end the year by heading south, playing shows on 12/29 in West Huntsville, AL, 12/30 in Charlotte, NC, and the annual New Year's Eve gig at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL. As of today, no other FL shows had been announced, but be sure to keep checking the Tour dates page of the band's official site, DonnaTheBuffalo.com, because a few early January shows in the Sunshine State are all but guaranteed. (posted 11/4/06)

Last Batch Of Photos
From MagFest 2006

The final two groups of photos from this year's MagnoliaFestival in Live Oak, FL come from two good friends who've generously shared their images with DonnaFans.com in the past. Jane Mauldin's four photos are of Donna the Buffalo's afternoon set on Saturday, 10/21, which was enhanced by the appearance of Jim Lauderdale. "[MagFest] is such a fine, relaxed, beautiful place," Jane said. Paul Livingstone also contributes four photos of DtB from MagFest: three from the 10/21 set, plus one of band being joined by the Overtakers. Thank you both very much for your ongoing support and dedication to this site!! (posted 11/2/06)

More MagFest Madness!
Months from now, folks are going to look back at this year's MagnoliaFest as one of the most photographed festivals ever. Some of the best you're going to see will come from John Yust. John did an excellent job shooting Donna the Buffalo's performances on 10/21/06 and 10/22/06 at MagFest in Live Oak, FL, taking special care to capture all of the special guests with whom DtB shared the stage, including Jim Lauderdale, David Gans, the Overtakers, Peter Rowan, and the Duhks. If you spot anyone in John's photos who I've failed to identify, let me know: fans@donnafans.com. And John, thanks as always for all of your efforts!
(posted 10/31/06)

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