Wild Nights, Pioneers Of The Western NY Jam Scene, Set To Play Funk ‘n’ Waffles

Buffalo-based Wild Nights were one of Western New York’s top drawing bands in the ’80s and ’90s, packing venues and paving the way for the jam band scene with cover songs from bands like the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers and The Band. 

Comprised of Mike Bellman (guitar, vocals), Joe Bellanti (keyboard, vocals), Corey Kertzie (drums, vocals), Mark Marsack (drums, vocals) and Dave Ruch (guitar, vocals) from the original line up, and newly (2018) added, Rochester-based Rolf Witt (bass), Wild Nights quickly sold out their first performance at the legendary Sportsmen’s Tavern, followed by a well attended show at Buffalo’s Town Ballroom.

The stage plot is one we are quite familiar with nowadays in the jam scene: two full drum kits, two lead guitar players passing the lead back and forth, a powerhouse keyboard player and a steady heartbeat from the bass player. Wild Nights is now set to bring the party to Syracuse’s Funk ‘n’ Waffles on May 31. Tickets are available for pre-sale online. The band is also set to play two other New York shows: June 7 at Flour City Station in Rochester and June 21, again at Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo. More information about the history of the regional legends Wild Nights can be found on the band’s Facebook page.