Blue Öyster Cult

Batavia Downs Presents: Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult

Bruce Wojick and the Struggle, Wanted by The FBI, 7th Heaven

Fri · July 6, 2018

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

$10.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

Please be advised The Rockin' the Downs Concert Series will take place outside on the Racetrack.

Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult is a hard rock band from New York, USA. The name Blue Öyster Cult first came into use in 1971, but the roots of the group date back to 1967 to a psychedelic group called Soft White Underbelly, which featured Albert Bouchard (drums), Allen Lanier (keyboards, guitar), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar), Andy Winters (bass), and Les Braunstein (vocals, AKA Les Vegas (3)) and operated under the guidance of manager/producer Sandy Pearlman. Braunstein departed in 1969 and was replaced by Eric Bloom. The band changed their name to The Stalk-Forrest group shortly after. Later, Winters was fired and replaced by Albert's younger brother, Joe. The band released their debut album in 1972.

All the members contributed to the songwriting but lyrics were often provided by people outside of the group, including Sandy Pearlman, rock scribe Richard Meltzer, poets Patti Smith (Lanier's longtime companion) and Jim Carroll, and science fiction author Michael Moorcock, amongst others. Eric Bloom served as the band's primary lead vocalist, but Donald Roeser sang what are arguably the band's most famous songs, including "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla", and "Burnin' For You". The Bouchard brothers also contributed lead vocals.

1976's "Agents Of Fortune", featuring the aforementioned "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", was the group's most successful studio album. After a commercial decline in the latter half of the 1970's, the group found renewed success with 1981's "Fire Of Unknown Origin". However, Albert Bouchard was fired after its release (he returned temporarily in 1985). The band continued but was unable to recapture their commercial fortunes. Lanier departed in 1985 and Joe Bouchard left in 1986. Lanier returned in 1987 and the band continued to tour, although they recorded very little. 2001's "Curse Of The Hidden Mirror" is the band's last studio recording to date. Roeser and Bloom continue to tour with new members (Lanier retired from the band in 2006 and passed away in 2013) .
Bruce Wojick and the Struggle
Bruce Wojick and the Struggle
Bruce Wojick from Niagara Falls, NY is regarded as one of the most talented and respected guitarists and songwriters, in the Western, NY area. The veteran musician has been a mainstay on the area scene for nearly two decades, performing as a key component in two of the area’s best and most popular original rock bands--Gods Children and Klear.

Since 2001, he has been named the top original guitar player five times at the Buffalo Music Awards. Wojick's songs, have been featured in numerous television shows and films, including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "X-Files", "ER", "Touched by an Angel", "The Osbournes" and "E True Hollywood Story", as well as the films "Vegas Vacation”, “The Station Agent" (Miramax), "Man of the House" (Disney) and "A Thousand Acres" (Meryl Streep and Jason Robards), as well as many more.

Bruce has also opened for and shared the stage with The Goo Goo Dolls, Chuck Berry, Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Government Mule, Puddle of Mudd, Creedance Clearwater (CCR), to name just a few.

In 2009, he decided to go solo and blend rock, soul, country and Americana, to form his own unique style. With the debut release of 99' With a Bullet (four song EP) in 2010, his first full length self titled record in 2011 and with his band, The Struggle, CD No. 2: Rock-N-Roll Music With An American Heart released in January 2015, he is well on his way and blazing a trail.

Band Members
BRUCE WOJICK, Guitar/Vocals
JAMIE HOLKA, Guitar/Vocals
LEO MCDONALD, Bass Guitar
DENNY PELCZYNSKI, Drums/Percussion/Vocals
WILL HOLTON, Saxophone/Vocals
Wanted by The FBI
Wanted by The FBI
Wanted by the FBI is a Rockin’ Blues band based in Lockport, New York. The
three members of the current line-up have been playing together extensively for the
past 25 years and were all members of the award winning (1988 Best Classic Rock
Band) Buffalo based band Kixx, which played throughout Western New York and
Pennsylvania during the late 80's and early 90's.

From 1986 till 1992, Kixx gained popularity performing extensively until their
drummer moved to Virginia to pursue a career in Engineering. Shortly after, the
remaining members needed a break and the group disbanded. For several years ,
Phil and Brian experimented with various types of music and played in other bands
until Phil established Wanted By The FBI in 2001. The band consisted of Phil and 3
new musicians and the band performed at small clubs and local events for several
years in the Buffalo area. The band underwent multiple personnel changes over the
years until 2007 when founding members of Kixx , Phil, Brian and Joe reunited and
Wanted By The FBI was reborn as a trio. With two CDs released in 2007 and one
DVD in 2008, their music is now played in 127 different countries. In 2008, their
song, It Takes a War, off their CD by the same name, was #2 on Indie radio for the
entire year. The band has recently performed at shows such as Evolution with The
Outlaws, Molson Concert Series with Kenny Wayne Shepherd the Tralf Music Hall
with blues legends Guitar Shorty and Walter Trout. The band is scheduled to open
for Rik Emmett on July 30 and Savoy Brown on August 28. Additional information
and the schedule can be found at www.fbibluesrock.com
7th Heaven
7th Heaven
7th Heaven is a Classic-rock cover band in Rochester, NY.
Venue Information:
Batavia Downs Gaming
8315 Park Road
Batavia, NY, 14020
http://www.bataviadownsgaming.com/