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Photos From 9/20/08
St. Petersburg, FL
The Florida contingent of the Herd recently had reason to celebrate, as Donna the Buffalo returned to the Sunshine State for a gig at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg. It was the band's only stop in the Sunshine State for this leg of the tour, but it was a good one: a rare two-set performance, highlights of which included Funkyside and the return of The Mill (last played 5/11/08, Rochester, NY) in the opening set, Push Comes to Shove, This Goes, Current Theme (by request), and Conscious Evolution in the second set, plus a smattering of songs off Silverlined throughout the night. Phil Ross was at this show and shares with us a dozen photos of DtB playing on 9/20/08 in St. Petersburg, FL. Among Phil's photos is a shot of Marlin Patton filling in for Tom Gilbert on drums at what would be the last performance before Tom rejoined the tour. Thanks, Phil! DtB will return to FL for MagFest in Live Oak in late October. (posted 9/30/08)
Tom Gilbert's Back!
On Thursday, 9/25, Donna the Buffalo drummer Tom Gilbert returned to his place behind the kit for the band's show at The Kent Stage in Kent, OH. At this show, the set included an incendiary Push Comes To Shove, Wood and Stone, and This Goes (by request). Tom had taken a few weeks off because he and his wife recently had a baby girl, Dorothy Rose (see below). The band had several drummers fill in for Tom while he was away, starting with Kevin Bregande for the shows in Philadelphia and New York; Mike Riddleberger in Greenfield, MA; Vic Stafford (Blueground Undergrass) for the shows in Boston, New Haven, Woodstock, NY and Raleigh, NC; and Marlin Patton in Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, and St. Petersburg, FL.
New Photos: Atlanta, GA 9/19/08
Earlier this year, Amanda Abercrombie sent in her first contribution to DonnaFans.com--a dozen artistic shots from DtB's performance at Suwannee Springfest on 3/30/08. Now she's kindly sent us her latest photos of the band, this time 12 photos of the band playing the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA on 9/19/08. "Decent turnout and the crowd was great," Amanda said. "Nice vibe, good people and lots of folks really into the music. We sang all night long, and many of us were hoarse on Saturday. Donna impressed us again as always and cannot wait for Magfest." In addition to several songs off Silverlined, the band's set on this night also included It's Just Me and Voice in My Head, both of which seem to be back in heavy rotation; America; Wood and Stone; and a killer encore. First just Jeb and Tara came out for There Must Be, and then the entire band for Mystic Water. Filling in on drums for this show was Marlin Patton. New dad Tom Gilbert will return in time for the band's next run of shows, which starts Thursday, 9/25 in Kent, OH. Thanks for the photos, Amanda!
New Review: 9/17/08 Raleigh, NC
Paul Roberge lives in North Carolina, which means Donna the Buffalo plays in his home state several times each year. Paul makes it to most of these gigs, including the band's recent stop at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. The band performed most of the tunes from the latest release, Silverlined, but did sneak a few older gems into this set, including Hit The Groove, Sailing, It's Just Me, and Voice in My Head, which appears to be back in heavy rotation as of late. Paul kindly shares with us his review of DtB's show in Raleigh, NC on 9/17. "This was a very sweet show," Paul writes. "The band was/is in a very nice space." Vic Stafford (Blueground Undergrass) filled in for Tom Gilbert on drums for this show. Thanks for the write-up, Paul! (posted 9/20/08)
First Photos: Woodstock, NY 9/13/08
Donna the Buffalo returned to Woodstock, NY on Saturday, 9/13/08, a town they last played in August 2005. The lineup for this performance was unique: Vic Stafford of Blueground Undergrass played drums, filling in for Tom Gilbert, who was eagerly awaiting a new baby (see below), while longtime DtB friend Sim Redmond filled in on bass, in place of Jay Sanders. The band broke out an exception strong show, played a set that which included several of the songs off Silverlined, plus Voice in My Head, Conscious Evolution, and Funkyside, a sweet It's Just Me, and an encore consisting of Hot Tamale Baby and Let Love Move Me. John Miklasz, who recently provided us with 5 photos of the band's Labor Day gig in Red Hook, NY, share with us
10 photos of DtB playing in Woodstock, NY on 9/13/08. Thanks, John! It was nice almost meeting you!
Jim Miller, Jed Greenberg To Play In Rosendale, NY
On Saturday, 9/20, honky tonk country band the Rough Gems--which consists of former DtB guitarist Jim Miller, former DtB bassist Jed Greenberg, Thomas Eaton on pedal steel, and Ryan Cady on drums--will perform a special show with country singer Ginny Hawker and her husband, Tracy Schwarz, on fiddle. The show will take place at the Rosendale Theater, Rt. 213 North, Rosendale, NY. Tickets for the show are $20 in advance, $22 day of the show, and $15 for seniors/students/children. For more info, visit HighHop.org.
It's A Girl!
Donna the Buffalo drummer Tom Gilbert and his wife, Nikki, have a new addition to their family. Dorothy Rose Gilbert was born at 8:39 am on Monday, 9/15 (the actual due date). She is 19 inches long and weighs 6 lbs, 4 ounces. Congratulations to the happy, proud parents! (posted 9/17/08)
Silverlined Tops The Charts
On Friday, 9/5, Donna the Buffalo's latest CD, Silverlined, climbed to #1 on the Roots Rock radio chart! You can view the chart at www.rootsmusicreport.com/2.0/charts.php?name=altcountry. This week, the band will perform in Boston, MA on Thurs. 9/11, New Haven, CT on Fri. 9/12, and Woodstock, NY on Sat. 9/13. (posted 9/10/08)
DtB's Making A Music Video For Locket And Key
Donna the Buffalo's first "mainstream" music video is close to completion. The video was created for the Tara Nevins song Locket and Key, which appears on the band's latest CD, Silverlined. It was directed and produced by Mary Stuart Masterson, who is perhaps best known for her role in Fried Green Tomatoes, and her husband, Jeremy Davidson, who currently plays Chase Moran on the Lifetime drama Army Wives. Davidson is also the brother of former DtB bassist Jed Greenberg. "(The video) was an awesome experience," Nevins said. "It is basically done and we now will deliver it to (record label) Sugar Hill." Rumor has it that the video might air on Country Music Televsion and Great American Country TV. (posted 9/8/08)
Fall Tour Has Started In Philly
Last night, Thursday, 9/4, Donna the Buffalo opened what's most likely their most ambitious fall tour ever by performing at the World Cafe in Philadelphia, PA. The band's two-hour set included Movin' On, Beauty Within, Positive Friction, I Don't Need A Riddle, You're Breakin' My Heart, Broken Record, Each and Every Direction, Locket and Key, Family Picture, Voice in my Head, Silverlined, Hot Tamale Baby, Blue Sky, Ring of Fire, and These are Better Days. DtB drummer Tom Gilbert was not at this show; no word yet on who filled in for him. The rest of DtB's weekend includes shows in New York, NY and Greenfield. MA. For a complete listing of all 30+ shows on the Fall tour--which runs through December--visit Donna the Buffalo's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/donnathebuffalo. (posted 9/5/08)
New Photos: 9/1/08 WKZE Studios, Red Hook, NY
Donna the Buffalo's free Labor Day gig at WKZE (98.1 FM) Studios in Red Hook, NY was captured in pixels by two DonnaFans.com contributors: John Miklasz, who has supplied the oldest DtB photos found on this site (see his shots from Great Blue Heron in 1993 and 1996), and Jim McGrath, whose first contribution was photos of the Crawfish Festival back in May. John kindly shares with us 5 photos of DtB performing in Red Hook, NY, on 9/1/08, while Jim gives us 7 photos from the same show. "Holding it outside allowed somewhere between 500 to 600 people to attend," Jim said. "It was originally supposed to be from 12 until 1 pm, but they started late and played for about an hour and forty five minutes! The band seemed to really enjoy playing for so many new people. Lots of new fans made today." He added that in addition to most of the song off Silverlined, DtB played a "a hot, hot, Hot Tamale Baby," No Place Like The Right Time, Blue Sky, and a set-ending Conscious Evolution. The event was also broadcast live on WKZE, so a recording of it is likely to surface. Thanks for the photos, guys! (posted 9/2/08)
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