Friday, September 23, 2005

"Blues for the Delta" Update and Gig Info

Your Mighty No-Stars are looking forward to entertaining you again this week... Here's several ways to catch the band in action:

1) Check us out tonight (Friday, September 23) at Alternative Brews on Sheridan Dr. in Amherst (6-10)

2) Come down to Pearl Street in Buffalo next Friday (September 30th) after the Sabres game to see the band play two sets live (approximate start time 10:15)

3) Turn on your telly at 1am on Friday, September 30th to channel 7/WKBW TV for "Off Beat Cinema" (Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Star Blues Band appear as featured special guests)

Here's something to get excited about... Confirmed special guests for the "All-Star Jam" set at the Blues for the Delta concert include:

*Donna Rose & Jimmy Wozniak
*Mark Winsick
*J.J. Moscato
*Benny Provenzano of Flyin' Blind
*Tony Blasting of Bleeding Hearts
*LeeRon Zydeco
*Speedy Parker

**More To Come!!!!

This is going to be a really special night of music for a great cause. We're really hoping that you can be at the Tap Room on October 2nd!


Gregg Juke

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Blues for the Delta

Here's an event happening on Sunday, October 2nd that you can't afford to miss...

The press release should say it all, but contact me if you need more info. We'd really like to see you there...

For Immediate Release:

On Sunday, October 2nd from 4pm-11pm, The Lafayette Tap Room, Nocturnal Productions, the Blues Society of WNY, the SPCA serving Erie County, and the Salvation Army will present "Blues for the Delta," a benefit concert event for victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Mississippi.

The Lafayette Tap Room will host this star-studded Blues event, and 100% of proceeds will go towards relief activities related to the devastation wrought by Katrina. Proceeds designated for the SPCA will be sent directly to the SPCA in Louisiana, while proceeds dedicated for the Salvation Army will support current relief efforts in the flood-stricken areas.

Raffles and various additional fundraising will occur throughout the day.

Confirmed acts include the Speedy Parker Band, Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Star Blues Band, The Patti Parks Band, and soloist John Martz. The event will also feature an end-of-the-evening "All-Star" jam set, showcasing some of Western New York's well-known Blues, R&B, and Roots talent.

Sponsorship and support provided by Insty-Prints at the Airport Plaza and Sunset Fruits & Vegetables.

For more information, contact Gregg at Nocturnal Productions:

Gregg Juke
Nocturnal Productions/Blue Buffalo Records
Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Star Blues Band
(716) 696-6758

=================Band Schedule=====================

4pm-5pm Acoustic Soloist John Martz

5:15pm-6:15pm Speedy Parker

6:15pm-6:45pm John Martz (backroom stage)

7pm-8pm The Patti Parks Band

8:15pm-9:15pm Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Star Blues Band

9:30pm-11:15pm???? All-Star Jam (The Mighty No-Star Blues Band as nucleus of house band w/very special guests)

Memphis Bound Competition

November 5th at the Lafayette Tap Room in Buffalo will see the finals for the "Memphis Bound" competition. The local winner will go on to represent Buffalo/Niagara Falls/Western New York at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2006. This is a major, worldwide event, and is akin to the "Olympics of the Blues."

Your Mighty No-Star Blues Band will be there, and we'd love to have your support. Come on out to the Tap Room and support all of the local talent.


Campbell... Not Glenn, but

Jarred. Jarred Campbell. A great young singer-songwriter that we met and sat in with while doing the Spot Coffee/Off Beat Cinema taping a few weeks ago. Jarred opened up for us, and we really dug his voice, his energy, and his audience rapport. He's based in Binghamton, but is up this way fairly frequently if audience size and reaction is any indicator. Check out his website (a fancy-schmancy flash-type number) and listen to some tunes at If you like edgy Alterna-Folk Pop (sort of a male Ani Difranco thang), you will like Jarred a lot.


Media Moguls: No-Stars In The News

Lots of action for your Mighty No-Stars in the media lately, folks.

A few weeks back, Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars (that's us, if you haven't figured it out) were featured as a second cover story on the summer issue of Blues Beat Magazine. Our thanks to Blues Beat Magazine, editor Rich Schneider, and Blues Beat scribe Karl Bauer for a real nice feature story. Pick up a free copy for yourself, they're still available throughout Western New York and at various Blues Society functions.

Word has it that talk show impressario Tom Bauerle has been using some of our tunes as featured "bumper" music. Thanks, Tom. The Mighty No-Stars are at your service.

We'll also be featured on an upcoming episode of the great, late-night, beatnik-hosted movie program "Off Beat Cinema," airing locally on Channel 7/WKBW. Thanks to those of you that came down to Spot Coffee for the live-taping. We'll be on here in Buffalo at 1 am on Friday, September 30th (the show also runs in Toronto, Ontario). The extremely cool thing about Off Beat Cinema is that it runs in national syndication, so sometime this year (although we don't know exactly when yet), we'll also be on TV in Austin, Texas, San Jose and San Francisco, California, Erie, Pennsylvania, and Tampa, Florida. Put on your black turtleneck, grow one day's worth of stubble, and snap your fingers if you think this is as cool as we do. (OR-- You could just watch the show. OR-- Tivo or old-school VHS tape it if you're coming down to the Pearl St. Grill to see us live on the 30th after the Sabres game... OR-- Talk the guys in the club into turning the show on while we play live, and have yourself a Mighty No-Stars double-whammy flip-out session).

More TV exposure: Bassist Joel Thomas recently represented the No-Stars on an upcoming episode of Channel 4/WIVB's "By The People." Joel was promoting the upcoming Hurricane Katrina relief benefit (more on this later)... Tune in at 6am on Sunday the 25th of September to check-out Jumpin' Joel.

And as if that weren't enough media saturation, No-Stars guitarist Bruce Rounds and I have another jingle (Hebeler's-- motorbikes and such) running on various Citadel Broadcasting stations (like 103, 97 Rock, and 104). The lead vocal features the legendary Paul Varga! (Get Well Soon, Paul). You can also hear some of the older stuff, including jingles for Bob Weaver Motorsports and Marine ("Weaver Fever," which sounds great on the website, too!), and Cupolo's Sports (should be back on the Bills Radio Network for this season).

Not on the radio yet, but hopefully soon-to-be, is the second, as yet un-released album from Boston-based roots rocker Mark Lenkei (a relocated former homeboy). Mark's album is in the final stages of production, and is being co-produced by multi-talented phenom Glenn Bernardis.
I got to play all of the drum tracks, quite a bit of percussion, and sing some vocals for Mark. Watch for it, it's got some great grooves, and has a really well produced and arranged (but not too slick) rootsy singer-songwriter vibe. You'll dig it.

Let us know if you see or hear No-Stars music anywhere else. We've been getting reports that people are jumping on the bandwagon (and well they should), but it helps to have hard data to connect with...


R U The Boy? (A Change Is Gonna Come...)

Saxaphonist Jack Prybylski is no longer with The Mighty No-Stars... He will be pursuing his solo career, leading his own band (JPG-- The Jack Prybylski Group), and finishing up his second smooth jazz album with producer Ken Navarro. We wish him success in his new musical endeavors.

Harry Fackleman and Eric Wozniak are currently rotating dates with Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Star Blues Band. Say "hi" to Harry or Eric at the next gig (they are both pretty friendly, for musicians, anyway). We'll keep you posted on the band roster, and our pursuit of a new permanent No-Star. We're planning an 8-week reality TV show based on our musician search... Any ideas for a series title?


Thursday, September 08, 2005

Wonders of the Modern World

This is the first test post at "Juke The Mighty," the official interactive web-log for Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Star Blues Band, and other sundry Gregg Juke-related musical activities...

Come back often for news updates, or just to hang-out and wax philosophical...