BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A new group in Buffalo is determined to help the community through one act: love.
They call themselves "Love It Forward," and on Saturday evening they're throwing their first event at St. John's Grace Church. It's donation-based, and funds will go toward creating a place youth in the inner city can express themselves in a positive way – through music.
Joseph Wooten, keyboardist with The Steve Miller Band, has joined the cause and has even been playing music with some inner city student... Read More
‘Love It Forward’ Launches with Event Featuring Joseph Wooten, of Steve Miller Band
‘Love It Forward’ is the name of a new benevolent organization and Movement– based on spreading acts of kindness, goodness, and compassion throughout the human community. And, the first Love-In-Action Cause is focused here in Buffalo.
The Movement is the brainchild of Filmmaker and Author Jeff Brown; co-created with local Writer Amy Gallagher. Amy states, “Love it forward is a movement that goes beyond concepts, and puts Love-Into-Action. The idea is to give a boost to others, empowering them to pass it on, creating a ripple effect of goodness.’... Read More
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Parents and students rallied Wednesday on the steps of City Hall, decrying the cuts to music programs in Buffalo Public Schools.
Next year's budget eliminates half of the Buffalo Public Schools' music programs - 14 out of 28 - and makes substantial cuts to four more.
Parent Monique Boudreau said, "I think that all arts education is important, music in particular, because it allows the students to express themselves in a way that they may not otherwise have the tools to do."... Read More
Music supporters rally for school music programs Hundreds march on City Hall to protest planned cuts
Bongos thumped. Trumpets and trombones blared. Cowbells clanged. Signs swayed and voices chanted, carrying messages like, “Music belongs to everyone” and “The board forgot music! We didn’t forget!”
Instrumental music advocates literally banged the drum and sounded the horn Wednesday on the steps of City Hall as several hundred adults and children protested the dramatic cuts to the instrumental music program in half the city public schools that still have them... Read More
Steve Miller Band keyboardist gives motivational speech to Tonawanda students
Tonawanda News — On days that he’s working, Joseph Wooten plays songs like “The Joker” and “Fly Like an Eagle” for thousands of people in packed stadiums. But on his days off, Wooten, the keyboardist and vocalist for the Steve Miller Band, spends his time in a much different place — classrooms.
Wooten, who serves as a motivational speaker during his time off from touring, made a visit to Tonawanda High’s band room Friday to talk to the students about success and character development... Read More
The 68 year old rocker had the sold out crowd at Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater rocking the night away as Miller took them on a magical ride down memory lane.
The concert was like taking a ride on a Jet Airplane to Swingtown, with a Space Cowboy and The Joker on board. Then all of a sudden – Abracadabra – and everyone was Dance DanceDance dancing the night away – ok, I think the medical stuff was working its magic on me at that point, but that’s what it felt like!
A highlight of the event will be a performance linking Joseph Wooten, a Denbigh High grad and longtime keyboardist for Steve Miller Band, with Old Dominion University jazz professor and piano wiz John Toomey and classical guitarist Sam Dorsey.
So I got a guy who knows a guy. A friend of mine said, “You’ve got to meet Joseph Wooten. He brings me so much joy!” He went on to say that “Joseph breaks the mold, and he’s living proof that our nation is on its course to righteousness and equality.”
Whether I’m playing keyboards with the Steve Miller Band, stretching out with the Victor Wooten Band, or laying down my own brand of funk, soul, and rock with my band the Hands of Soul, my playing is all about rhythm. From funky leads to gospel voicings, the common denominator has always been groove. Here are some ideas from my playing that will add fire to your funk.