The next Bugalou concert is on Saturday January 5, 7 p.m., at St. Camillus Academy Auditorium with Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers and guests, 3 Sheets to the Wind. It will be a fun way to start off the New Year and and it is being billed as Bugalou's Winter Dance Party. The idea is to keep the same vibe there was at the previous show, so wear your dancing shoes.
Bugalou has now also partnered with Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) to benefit the fund to rebuild the roof of their gallery and performance space at Ft. Tilden Building T-7. RAA is a critical community resource, and their space at T-7 serves not only adult music and art lovers, but is integral to the operation of Camp KidsmArt and all their KidsmArt programming. There is currently a $10,000 grant that needs to be matched in order to secure it. Bugalou is donating $5 for each ticket sold for this show to the fund, so a good turnout will give the fund a good start. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to raise additional funds, and a table where you can find out more about RAA, KidsmArt, and the T-7 roof project.
Lex Grey is one of the most charismatic performers around, whether she is belting out one of her own compositions, or putting her stamp on a rock, soul, or blues classic. The Urban Pioneers provide the backbone and muscle behind her vocal stylings. The band debuted in 1996 with the album, "Deal Me In," and released its seventh album, "Usual Suspects" in January this year. They have established a strong fan base in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Catskills, and here in Rockaway. Rick Danko of The Band had declared her “A breath of fresh air,” while Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule stated “that little lady can sing her ass off.” The Village Voice aptly described, “they will leave your head in the clouds and your ass on the bar room floor.” Urban Pioneers bassist and Rockaway resident Tim Farrell will do double duty as he leads the night off with his other ensemble, 3 Sheets to the Wind, playing classic power trio rock to get everyone rolling.