In September 2007, Buddhahood‘s founding member Tony Cavagnara was tragically killed in a car accident en route to a gig. Since then every year the remaining members and a crew of musical friends have been putting on the annual January Thaw concert. All proceeds from these concerts are donated to the Tony Cavagnaro Young Musician Scholarship Fund which benefits the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. This years show included Buddhahood and friends and local Rochester reggae force Thunderbody. Taking place at the beautiful Zeppa Auditorium (formerly The German House), things kicked off early to a who’s who of Rochester music fans and musicians.
During the extensive two+ hour set, Buddhahood was joined by dozens of local musicians. From Suzi Willpower to both Sean Drogan and Charles Lindner of The Manhattan Project, the stage was filled end to end with musicians playing from their hearts all night. Genre’s became meaningless as the band and guests skillfully traversed the musical map on a global scale. Blues, rock, world music, and more came together in a way only artists with true skill can render. Beyond that. any truly outstanding show, is filled with moments that engage our emotions, and this show was a shining example. During one moment in particular, when Tony’s own son joined the band for a very well done clarinet sit-in, not a dry eye could be seen.
Donations to Tony’s fund for Hochstein can be made here.