Friday, November 27
7pm Doors 8pm Show
It’s no surprise that Buffalo, NY born and bred songwriter Davey O. has been described by Buffalo News critic Jeff Miers as having “a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation”. Embarking on a decade-plus journey that has resulted in a collection of justly-earned, highly introspective songs, Davey crafts pure Americana that is not of the social and political consciousness, but drawn from the deep well of experience and human emotion – no hackneyed story lines, no insincere polish, just an unflinching poet’s look at life with the characters woven in seamlessly.
Armed with his Gibson guitar, a battered straw cowboy hat and a no apologies rust-belt work ethic, Davey puts rubber to asphalt, entertaining attentive, diverse audiences at listening rooms, coffeehouses, nightclubs, festivals, colleges and universities throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Atlantic U.S. – performances that result in engagement and communion between performer and audience through story and song.
The hard work has paid off with recognition by way of a New Folk Finalist Selection at The 2013 Kerrville Folk Festival, an Official Showcase Selection at the 2011 Folk Alliance Conference and coveted opening act slots for Amy Speace, Tracy Grammer, Eilen Jewell, Cheryl Wheeler, Elizabeth Cook, Suzanne Vega, Eric Andersen, The Kennedys and Poco.
In September 2014, Davey release a 7 song EP, “No Passengers”, co-produced by Neale Eckstein at Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA over the course of a day and a half. Like its predecessor “Testing For Rust”, “No Passengers” has also captured the hearts of folk DJ’s around the country, debuting as a Top 20 album on the Folk DJ Charts for September 2014 and remaining a Top 25 Contemporary Folk CD on the Roots Music Reports for the better part of five months. “No Passengers” also received critical acclaim in the form of inclusion on the “Best of 2014” lists of no less than six radio stations – WHRW (Binghamton, NY), WAMC (Albany, NY), WMSC (Montclair, NJ), Radio Crystal Blue (Tacoma, WA), WVPE (Elkhart, IN) and The Sundilla Radio Hour (Auburn, AL). “No Passengers” was also graded among the Top 100 Contemporary Folk Albums of 2014 on the Roots Music Reports, landing in the #26 position.
Davey O. and his songs are Buffalo, NY. They are your hometown. Songs born from a work ethic instilled by a factory working father; steeped in time, then written like a conversation with your next door neighbor and as comfortable as a well-worn pair of shoes. These are the stories of American life. Songs of labor, love, laughter, sorrow, life and death, baptized in waters drawn from a deep and timeless well.
His is a journey dedicated to the craft of drawing the line that connects our common humanity. With each tale another slice of life examined.
- 2012 release “Testing For Rust” spent 11 consecutive weeks among the Top 25 Folk CD’s on the Roots Music Reports
- Selected from 800 entries as one of thirty two 2013 New Folk Songwriting Finalists at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, TX
- 2013 Best New Artist – Radio Crystal Blue, Tacoma, WA
- 2014 release, “No Passengers” received “Best of 2014” honors from WMSC (Montclair, NJ), WAMC (Albany, NY), The Sundilla Radio Hour (Auburn, AL), Radio Crystal Blue (Tacoma, WA), WVPE (Elkhart, IN) and WHRW (Binghamton, NY)
- “No Passengers” – 12 consecutive weeks as a Top 25 Contemporary Folk Album on the Roots Music Reports, debuting at #3, and #26 among the Top 100 Contemporary Folk Albums of 2014
Maria Sebastian has opened for, toured with, or recorded with, dozens of national acts including Richie Havens, Collective Soul, and The Gin Blossoms. She has earned 12 WNY Music Awards, a WNY People’s Choice Award, a Buffalo Spree “Album of the Year” Award for Yellow Envelope (2009) and a Global Music Award for her performance on film producer Michael Z. Gordon‘s song “On the Run,” produced with Nelson Starr (used in the 2015 remake of the film Narc). She has had music placed in television and film (3 lbs., Discovery Channel, Melrose Place, others), she performs regularly in Buffalo, and she has played world-class national venues as an acoustic singer/songwriter—including opening 8 times for Roger McGuinn of The Byrds. In 2011, Maria toured across the US with 10,000 Maniacs as a backing vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Her latest CD is in the works. Visit
Date(s) - 11/27/2015
341 Delaware Avenue