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Donna The Buffalo plays Vail tonight as the first of three shows in their Colorado run.  Here’s a great interview with Jeb Puryear in the Vail Daily. Make sure to click the link to read the complete article.

Donna the Buffalo returns to Vail: New York-based Americana band returns to the Sandbar Thursday to the delight of local fans
By Caramie Schnell, www.vaildaily.com
During a concert, a good one, there’s a point when the musicians, the audience and the music all connect.

“It’s similar to a whole school of fish in the water that all turn to the left at the same time,” said Jeb Puryear, a guitarist/singer/songwriter for Donna the Buffalo. “How did they know to do that? At certain times in the night, musically that happens and it’s very cool.”

Jeb Puryear. Photo by John D Kurc.

And while that coupling can be as intense and explosive as lovers coming together for the first time, it doesn’t always happen. But that’s always the goal, Puryear said.

“Our goal collectively is to play some decent music and have that happen and it usually does and it’s really fun. It’s great to be a part of — when the music is all connected, it becomes something and you just follow it.”

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One of those fans {that helped make the Vail show happen] is Andrew Zweigbaum, an Eagle-Vail resident who goes by Ziggy. Ziggy first saw the band play at the same venue back in 1997 when it was the Half Moon Saloon.

“I was just walking by and I saw everyone in there dancing and it sounded cool,” he said. “I think the cover was $7, and I thought ‘what the hell’ and it kind of changed my life.”

Since that first show, Ziggy has seen the band play at venues around the country. He estimates he’s seen somewhere around 350 shows, which certainly makes him part of “The Herd” — the fervant, self-named fan base. There’s around 40 members of The Herd flying in from other states for the show, Ziggy said, and a handful of local fans who plan to attend.

So what is it about this soulful Americana band’s Cajun/zydeco/folk/rock-infused sound that speaks so clearly to fans? Well it’s not about the sound exactly, but what that sound encourages.

“They have an infectious dance groove,” Ziggy said. “They get everyone dancing, which is really fun.”

Music ‘presents endless possibilities’

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The band is currently working on a new album. They spent a week in Athens, Ga., recording and plan to go back for another week soon to finish it up. It’ll likely be released late summer or early fall.

“I haven’t listened to any of it yet, but I think it’s pretty good,” he said. “We’re trying to up our tempo of making records. It’s been every three years and that’s a little slow for my taste.”

Even though “people don’t buy records anymore,” Puryear said, it’s still important to record them.

“It’s just part of what a band does,” he said. “It kicks you into gear and makes you have to figure some stuff out. Also it does help to get it out there. Just because people don’t buy the record, doesn’t mean they don’t listen to it … if people fall in love with the music, then they’ll come see you and you’ll have a good time together. If someone gets a record and really likes it, it becomes part of their lives and at that point, it doesn’t matter if we make any money off of it or not.”

Puryear believes music changes lives, and despite that, it doesn’t get near the level of respect it merits, he said.

“Music has an ability to let people be more involved with their emotional side, their artistic being,” he said. “Music is a very interesting thing. And it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what it is and what makes it great … it presents endless possibilities.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20110413/AE/110419938/1078&ParentProfile=1062

Photo by Jim Gavenus

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Donna the Buffalo. Photo by Jim Gavenus

Great post in the Portland, ME Press Herald for Donna the Buffalo’s show at the Empire Dine and Dance tonight!

Check out these excerpts from a preview writeup by AIMSEL PONTI:

“Oh give me a home where Donna the Buffalo roams”

Wow, that was bad. So sorry.

Be that as it may, Donna the Buffalo has a big show tonight at Empire Dine & Dance, and I’m in the throes of “I just discovered a really great band,” hence my reimaging of “Home on the Range.”

This week, I’m also making two suggestions for Friday night with Dan Knudsen at Strange Maine and a CD-release show from Dana Gross at One Longfellow Square. Have at it.

If nothing else, I love the name Donna the Buffalo. However, after spending some time at www.donnathebuffalo.com, I realized that this band from Trumansburg, N.Y., is even cooler than its name. Here’s what I learned: “Donna the Buffalo’s eclectic and often socially conscious music has its base in traditional mountain music and is infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country.

“The group’s core is vocalist Tara Nevins, who plays fiddle, guitar, accordion and scrub board, and guitarist Jeb Puryear. Keyboardist Dave McCracken, bassist Kyle Spark, and drummer Vic Stafford complete the ensemble.”

So there’s your background, and now here’s five random comments on the band, courtesy of 20 minutes spent at www.myspace.com/donnathebuffalo:

Nevins has a terrific voice.

“Locket and Key” is an entirely enjoyable song, so go listen to it.

I feel entirely late to the party upon learning that this fantastic band has been at it for 21 years.

I dig the lyrics to “No Place like the Right Time.” For example: “Sit and watch the tall grass grow/ I run and hide from the things I know/ Catch the dust up in my eye/ All is lookin’ different as the years go by.”

Puryear also sings, and he’s got a groovy voice, as evidenced in “Positive Friction.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.pressherald.com/life/go/need-a-palooza-or-a-shot-of-swing-hipsters_-great-stuff-this-weekend_2010-09-16.html

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GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance ~ A Music Lover’s Paradise

www.grassrootsfest.org

Click here for this year’s schedule

The 20th annual GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance starts today in Trumansburg, NY!!! There has been a ton of talk  about this years fest; here are a few excerpts and links to the full articles. Enjoy!

Paradise Sound

by Luke Z. Fenchel on July 21, 2010 The Ithaca Post

Four days. Four stages. Almost 80 bands and artists. All are good reasons that the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance lives up to its motto, “a music lover’s paradise.”

… old-time, world beat, sacred string, country, bluegrass, Cajun, Zydeco and even rock ‘n’ roll, in an extravaganza that brings together musicians from around the world and up the street

…The seeds for GrassRoots were sewn more than 20 years ago, when the band Donna the Buffalo invited two other Tompkins County acts to get together and perform a benefit concert to support the fight against AIDS. Gathering at The State Theatre, The Horse Flies and Johnny Dowd’s Neon Baptist performed a show that had both a social and a musical component.

…“It was fueled by the AIDS crisis at first,” Jeb Puryear noted. “But soon, it became a focal point for positive energy for tons of people around.

“We were interested in creating a musical event that had a social purpose on top of it, and they become equally important,” he added. “We were creating the groundwork for a really long thing. With each year, it grows further and further into the local fabric.”

…“GrassRoots is like a little city,” Executive Director [Jordan] Puryear said. “It’s a team effort. All of the attendees, all of the crew chiefs that volunteer their time, and all of the others that lend a hand to make it what it is.”

… “There is a sense of ownership that doesn’t really play a role in most summer festivals,” Romer said. As a result, festival organizers feel “like the audience are our bosses.”

At the end of the day, the significance of a festival relies not on the caliber of its headliner but by the quality of its constituents. It is the milieu, not the marquee that makes a gathering memorable; community rather than celebrity. Try to conjure up a mental image of Woodstock: for the most part the focus would surely center on the crowd and not the stage.

…A considered mix of the global and the local, the festival elucidates connections between zydeco and reggae, hippies and Touregs. At GrassRoots, all music is dance music, and it’s dance music from every nook and cranny of American culture. Dropping by Trumansburg this week answers the question not only what the next American music will sound like, but what community can feel like.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://theithacapost.com/2010/07/21/paradise-sound/

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Music festival celebrates 20 years

By Derrick Ek, Corning Leader , Posted Jul 20, 2010 
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Grassroots was founded in 1991 by Jeb Puryear – the songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the host band, Donna the Buffalo – along with a large circle of his fellow musicians, friends and family that has since become its own self-sustaining non-profit organization supported by hundreds of volunteers.
…“Before long, though, lots of people just came along and said, ‘Hey, looks like you need some help organizing this or that,’” Puryear recalled. “All these people with good energy, really brilliant people, put all this stuff together and make it work. The volunteerism is amazing.”

In terms of attendance, Grassroots has slowly grown to approximately 10 times its original size: About 1,500 people attended the inaugural edition, and a total of 15,000 came through the gates last year, according to the festival office.

…Puryear sees no end in sight for Grassroots, which has the feel of a family reunion sometimes, he says.

“I would like to see it go on forever, pretty much,” he said. “It’s not like this amazing trick or anything. The vibe is going good, people like to get together, they like to hang out and play music, they like to hang out and listen to music, they like camping. If you go up there, you’re going to get all of that.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HEREhttp://www.the-leader.com/features/x700416709/Music-festival-celebrates-20-years

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