Szelest Fest IV

Sun. Mar 11, 2018 at 3:00pm EDT
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Sportsmen's Tavern 

326 Amherst St.

Buffalo NY 14207



  Sunday March 11 @ 3pm

Szelest Fest IV



Annual fundraiser for the Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation that celebrates the life and music of Stan Szelest.


Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1958 Szelest formed Stan and the Ravens, a blues group that became popular in western New York. In 1960, at the age of seventeen, he started to work with Ronnie Hawkins and his backing group, the Hawks. Calling Szelest "a living fountain of rock and roll piano", Hawks bass player Rick Danko claimed to have developed his bass style by copying Szelest's left-hand work on piano.[3] Szelest left the Hawks a little over a year later[4] and was replaced by Richard Manuel. The Hawks later left Hawkins to form an act of their own, which eventually came to named The Band. In 1967, Stan and the Ravens broke up, and two of its members, Calandra and Mallaber, joined the group Tony Galla and the Rising Sons, which in 1968 changed its name to Raven. With David Lucas as producer, the new band recorded the song "Farmer's Daughter", written by Szelest, which helped the band to secure a contract with Columbia Records.


Szelest also recorded with King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell), the noted harp player, slide guitarist and singer from Hamilton, Ontario, about 50 miles from Buffalo.


In the summer of 1984, Szelest and Levon Helm played together again as members of the short-lived septet the Woodstock All-Stars.[4] After Manuel's death in 1986, Szelest was called back to The Band, playing live with them in 1990 and participating in rehearsals and writing for their new record deal with CBS Records. He died of a heart attack in 1991 while in Woodstock recording with Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. His piano playing can be heard on The Band's album Jericho, released in 1993, on "Blind Willie McTell" and "Atlantic City".[1] The album also features the song "Too Soon Gone", co-written by Jules Shear after Szelest handed him over 16 bars of a melody, which sat around Shear's Woodstock home. When Szelest died, Shear was called by both Levon Helm and Rick Danko and was asked to finish the song as a tribute Szelest; apparently Szelest had begun the song as a tribute to the late Richard Manuel. The album is dedicated to Manuel and Szelest with the caption "Too Soon Gone" in the liner notes. Szelest was also in Lonnie Mack's band during the 1980s and Played on Mack's albums Strike Like Lightning and Attack of the Killer V; he can also be seen in several videos playing in Mack's band during that period


Coming to see the show from out of town? Please visit our friends at the Adams Mark Hotel.

Please call 716-845-5100 to get a special Sportsmen’s Tavern Rate for Concert Series Ticket Holders.

Or try the Best Western on Delaware Avenue


Please Note that the artists have a 3 hour window to complete the show. This does not meant the performance will be 3 hours in length.




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Sportsmens Tavern 326 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
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