The Virginia, Edward, Trinity, Tupper, Elmwood Block Club, known as the VETTE is comprised of sections of the streets within its name, invites the community to join members of the club for an evening of great music, comedy and poetry at a fundraiser to help with the beautification efforts of the neighborhood. This includes sustaining the neighborhood’s Grassroots Community Garden and to fund a new garden on the corner of Edward and Virginia. The fundraiser will be held on Sunday, March 25 from 3 to 6 pm at Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen Street.
The event will be headlined by the unique musical talents of The Stamplickers, which will rock the crowd with an array of musical genres and upbeat performance style. The evening will also feature the talents of professional comedian Tim Joyce (entry image right), pianist and singer Annie Philippone, award-winning poet Celia White (entry image left) and the acoustic melodies of Joe Rozler.
All proceeds from the VETTE fundraiser will be used to maintain and build upon the Trinity/Tupper Grassroots Community Garden and to fund a new proposed beautification effort at the corner of Edward and Virginia. The Trinity/Tupper garden was established during the spring of 2011 and has grown to be one of the most unique gardens in the city. The VETTE Block Club also has plans to bring new life to the corner of Edward and Virginia, which is currently a vacant parcel. Plans for the garden include ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers and other, largely native, perennials intended to attract pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
“The VETTE Block Club came into existence in late 2010 in an effort to unite and beautify a historic section of Buffalo that had been previously left out of the various neighboring block clubs, but has always been a hidden gem in the Allentown District,” said Erik Hartnett, president, VETTE Block Club. “To assist our mission to improve and beautify the streets that make up the VETTE Block Club, we welcome the general public to attend our fabulous fundraiser to help the block club improve the aesthetics of an essential neighborhood within the preservation district of the city, while assisting us in creating a greater sense of pride and cohesion in an important neighborhood of the Queen City.”
The Stamplickers are a one-of-a-kind, enthusiastic cover band that has been on the local music scene since 2006. The large 10 piece band makes you groove whether you want to or not. Playing tunes from an eclectic catalogue, ranging from The Muppet Show theme, to “Groove is in The Heart” by Dee-Lite, to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, the group seeks to amaze the audience with unique renditions of well-known hits. The Stamplickers consist of a horn section with two trombones, two trumpets, and a saxophone, as well as a rhythm, keys and guitar sections. The band also features two vocalists that belt out vocals like no others in the area.
Rozler is a singer and musician with a long and varied career in the Buffalo music scene. He performs locally with The Sid Winkler Band, the Party Squad and as a duo with 10,000 Maniacs founder John Lombardo. Rozler writes and records music for TV and radio commercials, and has toured Europe several times with the heavy metal band Manowar. In 2008 Joe was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.
White is the author of several chapbooks and one collection of poems, entitled Letter. Known as a performing poet and teaching artist, she is also the co-founder of Urban Epiphany, WNY’s poetry marathon. White was the 1995 writer-in-residence for Just Buffalo Literary Center, 1997 University Prize winner in the Academy of American Poets contest, and has been named Best Poet several times by Artvoice and Buffalo Spree Magazine.
Joyce has appeared at colleges and clubs from coast to coast as well as gigs in Canada, Ireland, and Wales. His numerous television credits include appearances on ABC, Comedy Central, WeTV, and regional shows in Indiana, Ohio, Canada, and New York State. He has been a featured guest on several radio programs, most notably Sirius Radio’s Raw Dog Comedy. Joyce was a frequent contributor and performer at Chicago’s famed Second City, where he was privileged to work with such stars as Steve Carrel, Steven Colbert, and Tina Fey. Some of the more notable comedy clubs he has played include: The Laugh Factory, Ice House, Improv, and Comedy Store in LA; The Improv in Chicago; and Stand Up New York in Manhattan.
Philippone is a well-known jazz and blues pianist in the WNY music community, who performs popular cover songs in her enchanting, rasping voice. She has been a mainstay in the WNY music scene for many years and is the main attraction at Nietzsche’s on Sunday’s for many years.