The Skiffle Minstrels
Friday, August 26th 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
The Frontier House Stage
The Skifﬂe Minstrels is a Western Swing dance band. They have played everywhere in the Buffalo, NY area as well as venues and festivals in Central NY, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and New York City. Their monthly Western Swing Happy Hour at the Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo is now in its second decade. The music is a fun, upbeat mixture of early jazz, country, and blues. The band features the tunes of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, The Boogie Woogie of Louis Jordan, as well as big band tunes with a country kick from Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. The current lineup includes: Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Jim Whitford on Steel Guitar, Buffalo Jazz-mainstay Tim Clarke on Trumpet, Midwest Fiddler Chris Jones, veteran Jazz and Polka drummer Bill Hutchison and original members Phil Knoerzer on guitar and leader Paul Todaro on Upright Bass. The band has received multiple “Best Of” awards enjoys being the ambassadors of a locally under-represented form of early Jazz.