Wildlife Management and Donna the Buffalo announce the First Annual Donna the Buffalo Roots Tour. For the past 11 years, Donna the Buffalo has hosted the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, New York. The event, a benefit for "arts, education, and the fight against AIDS" has grown from one evening of music into a four-day, round the clock event featuring 4 stages, 60
bands from the world over, and 15,000 happy festival-goers.
Donna the Buffalo is now proud to present their First Annual Roots Tour featuring some of the world's finest roots musicians. The Roots Tour is a tribute to Donna the Buffalo's musical influences. We are proud to have the following musicians joining us on this tour. Tour Schedule - look for shows with (Roots Tour) after the venue name.
Joining the tour from his rural community of Soileau, Louisiana, is Preston Frank, a zydeco legend from one of the region's foremost Creole musical families. With his children and uncle, he formed The Frank Family Band in 1977 and by the mid-eighties, they reigned over the Western Louisiana Zydeco dance scene. Preston penned several zydeco classics (including "Why Do ou Want to Make Me Cry?") and became a hit on the festival circuit before passing the family legacy on to his children. Today he proudly watches on as the Keith Frank Soileau Zydeco Band packs the dance halls. He remains a vital force in preserving the Creole music tradition and makes special appearances with the Family Band.
Straight from the island of Jamaica, The Overtakers come to us from the same musical circle that gave the world its Reggae legends. Reuben Brooks, the band's lead vocalist and songwriter, shared music and friendships with Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. He sang backup vocals for Cliff and then went on to form The Overtakers. They are one of the few touring acts that still play Mento, the earliest form of popular Jamaican music. Reuben's wife Ruth joins him on harmonies and maracas, and their friend Leroy Williams hits out the bass-line on the rhumba box. They have been playing music together for over 15 years and make their home in Negril.
John Specker - (appearing Oct 4-7)
Coming out of the backwoods of Vermont, John Specker is a master at his craft. He joins the Roots Tour as a one-man show. He'll stomp, sing, and bow out every fiddle tune as if his life depended on it. He's a revered fiddler who, as the former frontman of The Correctone Stringband, is credited with causing a resurgence in the popularity of Old-Time traditional music.
LIVE record to be released!
Donna the Buffalo - Live from the American Ballroom. This live double CD is the culmination of 6 shows recorded from the Spring 2001 tour.
DOCUMENTARY VIDEO TO BE RELEASED!
The first look into the lives and times of Donna the Buffalo and traveling On the Bus. This new documentary video "On the Bus with Donna the Buffalo", treats you to a candid look at this family of colorful individuals who have dedicated their lives to making music together. This video will be available in Sept. 2001.
Both new releases will be available in September. Pre-order from www.donnathebuffalo.com or www.funkyside.com.