I hope the upcoming holiday season brings you many great times with your family and friends! Now, here’s what I have for you in this post.
This blog started out giving you posts of the songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music for my original songs. As with many things, it has gone in new directions. So, if you just started reading my post and are interested in my original material, here is a link to my songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music.
Frank’s Songwriter’s Notes, Lyrics, and Music
On Thursday, 12/19, Ian, Ron, and Lyle Boni will be our performers at the “Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room” concert. If these names are not familiar to you, maybe Troyka, Naked Gray, In The Loop, The Rolling Bones, The Hayes Brothers, and Hazer will ring a bell. Ian and Lyle are, and were, the driving forces of these groups for nearly forty years.
I first ran into Lyle in the 1970s when he was the singer and lead guitar player of the renowned Hayes Brothers, a group who got its start in Shortsville. For nearly four decades this band brought many great nights of music to a myriad of clubs and private parties throughout the Finger Lakes region. After George Hayes, the last of the Hayes brothers, left the group, the band changed its name to Hazer, and now with Lyle’s son, Ian, they continue to play great rock n roll music throughout the area.
I first ran into Ian in the 1990s at Canandaigua Academy, the high school where I taught. He was not one of my students, but I watched his talents develop from a distance. Like Lyle, Ian is a phenomenal guitar player, and when the two perform together in The Rolling Bones, they are simply outstanding. In addition to the Rolling Bones, Ian is the lead guitar player and singer in Troyka, Naked Gray, and In The Loop.
Now, what about Ron Boni? When I first asked Ian to do this show as a solo performer, he said he would like to ask his Uncle Ron to join him, because he thought he was a terrific songwriter who is rarely heard. Ron, a busy massage therapist, does not perform very much publicly. I saw him play with Lyle in a small club several years ago, and Ian is right. He’s good!
A few days ago, Ian informed me that Lyle was going to join him and Ron for this show. So, The Boni’s are coming together to give you an evening of their original music in an intimate setting. You may get them to do one or two covers, but do not count on much more than that. You will hear the stories and songs that reflect their experiences and observations. Hope you can join us on December 19 when the Boni family comes back to where music all started for Ron and Lyle, Shortsville, NY!
The concert takes place on the third Thursday of every month in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. The concert is free; however, we compensate the performers with whatever donations we can gather from the audience. To learn more about Buffalo Bill’s, check out their site right here:
Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom
Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz and Perry Cleaveland were our guests in November. To give you a feel of the setting of these concerts, here is a video of the group doing one of Leslie and Steve’s songs, “Immigrants.”
If you would like to see videos of the other performers who have taken the stage at “Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room” concerts, check out this link:
Videos of Performers in the Side Room
Hope you can join us on December 19!
All the best,
Siobhan and Frank
Here is a list of upcoming performers:
Perry Cleaveland and Paul Swiatek, Jan. 16
Maria Gillard, Feb. 20
Jim Clare and Perry Cleaveland, Mar. 20
Scott Regan, Apr. 17
John Dady, May 15
Bonnie Abrams and Allen Hopkins, Jun. 19
Jed Curran, Jul. 17
Steve Piper, Aug. 21
Marc Black, Sept. 18
Rick Hoyt and Cool Club, Oct. 16
Connie Deming, Nov. 20
Eva and the Dog Boys, Dec. 18