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RiverRoots Music Series

Buffalo Wabs group to perform at February concert event

The night will also include announcement
of festival bands

(February 2018) – Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle is the latest of a growing list of bands from nearby urban areas or on national tours to make a return trip to Madison, Ind., for performances. The Cincinnati-based band performed at the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts festival in 2017 and is now scheduled to perform at the festival lineup announcement party, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Red Bicycle Hall, 125 E. Main St.
The band won the 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Folk-American Band, in addition to a nomination for Best Live Act.
“Last year was our first year to perform at RiverRoots,” said Scott Risner of Buffalo Wabs. “Despite the storm that came after our performance, we had a great time. We were treated very well by the staff and promoter. The crowd was very responsive. And with it being close to Cincinnati, we saw a lot of familiar faces in the audience.”

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Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle is an Americana group from Cincinnati.

The lineup party is part of the RiverRoots Music Series at the Red Bicycle. It will be the first time the entire band has played at Red Bicycle, but in 2017, some of the members played there after the storm closed the RiverRoots festival grounds.
“We have not played the Red Bicycle before as Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle. However, Casey Campbell, Bill Baldock and I, along with Brad Meinerding (The Casey Campbell Band), had the unenviable task of following Sam Bush last year since his RiverRoots performance was brought indoors due to the weather,” Risner said. “We have had conversations on and off with (RiverRoots committee member) Tony Novello, and we would love to play there again.”
The RiverRoots leadership likes the band as much as the band enjoys playing Madison.
“The RiverRoots crowd loved their style,” said RiverRoots Coordinator Dan Williams. “It’s a combination of great writing and good sound. Their songs just make you want to get up and dance”
Buffalo Wabs and Price Hill Hustle have a toe-tapping, knee-slapping, boot-stomping kind of sound. It is part rowdy honkytonk, part old-time pioneer. Their music has been described as a sound that sticks with your soul and leaves you singing barefoot into the star sky.
They pull from all sorts of genres – from Lead Belly to John Prine, from Woody Guthrie to Willy Tea Taylor – to create something unique and deep-rooted. They lean into the rhythms of the Ohio River Valley and look to the songs in the muddy water and the tradition it carries.
The band’s unusual name came about because they first met at The Crow’s Nest in Price Hill.
“As far as the Buffalo Wab part, depending on the time of day you may get several different stories on how we got that name,” said Risner. “Wabs is short for Wabnitz (Matt Wabnitz).”
And members include Matt Wabnitz on guitar and vocals; Casey Campbell on percussion and vocals; Bill Baldock on bass and vocals; and Risner on mandolin, slide guitar, banjo and vocals.
The band is now on a growing list of bands that play the RiverRoots Music Series, either before or after playing the festival.
The Music Series is a showcase for established and up-and-coming bands. Madison has a great support system of fans who want to see these regional and national acts come to Madison. Fans of live music are why this series has been able to flourish for four years, organizers say.
“The RiverRoots Music Series was the brain child of Tony Novella and others, ” Williams said. “His vision was to try and bring festival caliber acts to Madison throughout the year. His hard work has paid off this year with a stellar lineup. Our lineup announcement show is always a hit with fans excited to see the festival lineup. Tony was also able to attract two great acts, Ray Wiley Hubbard and The Fairfield Four. These two shows are top notch artists with great fans and, quite frankly, Tony is the reason they are coming to Madison.”
The RiverRoots Committee and Red Bicycle Hall leadership are working hard to make Madison a music destination for fans and the musicians who play here.

The RiverRoots Music Series Season 4 on Feb. 3. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

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