After a five a year hiatus from live performances in Buffalo, N.Y., C.O.JONES is returning on the biggest bar night of the year, November 23rd for a reunion show at the Town Ballroom (formerly the Sphere). Coming off this month s nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year, 2005 in the Los Angeles Music Awards, Dave Schulz (photo) is re-assembling veteran Buffalo musicians for a one-time performance sure to make any Buffalonian nostalgic for the days of sold-out Calumet shows in the late 90s.
This show is more than a reunion of the former funk maestros, but also a family reunion for keyboardist and lead vocalist, Dave Schulz. Schulz s cousin, David Watts, will be kicking off the event with his legendary Buffalo band, The Great Train Robbery. Schulz s sister, Gretchen (Pine Dogs) will be joining C.O.JONES as a featured vocalist throughout the set.
Other notable musicians joining the mayhem are C.O.JONES s cofounder, Steve DeMarchi (guitar) along with Tommy Z (guitar), Jerry Livingston (bass), Nikki Hicks (vocals), and Vince Fossitt (sax). In all, a nine-piece funk band will be hitting the stage with full force on the eve of Thanksgiving and holds the promise of a thoroughly entertaining night.
In his absence from the Buffalo music scene, Schulz has been very active in Los Angeles since relocating shortly after he completed the Dizzy Up the Girl World Tour in 00 with the Goo Goo Dolls. Before accepting his current position as the Music Director for the Las Vegas rock show, Onyx, Schulz was the touring keyboardist/vocalist for The English Beat. Additionally, he has recorded and performed with many artists over the last several years, including Bo Diddley, Fastball, Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), Ryan Cabrera, Mitch Perry (Talas, Edgar Winter band), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), The Rembrandts, and Kristine W.. Schulz is currently working on upcoming projects with Jerry Casale (Devo), Dave Wakeling, Thomas Dolby, Bow Wow Wow, and the Rembrandts.
Schulz continues to write, record, and produce music on an ongoing basis with his songwriting partner of thirteen years, Steve DeMarchi. Whereas Schulz has excelled in performance, DeMarchi has pursued a behind the scenes career engineering and producing music. He currently manages a high-end recording studio in Los Angeles where he recently engineered the vocals for Shanice Wilson s (famous in the 90s for the hit I Love Your Smile ) newest CD, Every Woman Dreams. They formed a company, Cojones Productions, in 2001 in Los Angeles, where they have been songwriting and producing upcoming artists, in addition to writing their own music for television. Their television tracks include the theme song and the soundtrack for the E! True American Story, and numerous soundtracks for the E! True Hollywood Story series, including Jenna Jameson, Michael Jackson, N SYNC, and Beverly Hills: 90210.
Wednesday, November 23rd @ The Town Balloom, 681 Main Street in Downtown Buffalo. Tix at New World Record and Home of the Hits.