Welcome to the nineteenth BloodThirsty Vegans newsletter. April 2011 Edition.
The BloodThirsty Vegans (BTVs) is a musical family that makes music (sweet, sweet music)
about peace, love and understanding to unite the human family, foster respect for
the interconnected web of life, and remind the tribes how liberating it was to
dance the dances of freedom.
Currently the BloodThirsty Vegans are My Rap Name is Alex,
Janna "MC Vendetta" Willoughby, Dave Harter, Ben Sachs,
Bryan "Brrrn" Lohr & Kaitlyn Marie Gardner
and sometimes Michael Delaney or Liz Bailey.
Contacting BloodThirsty Vegans directly is pretty simple.
We are all regular visitors to our facebook page.
We design and operate our own website at bloodthirstyvegans.com
that has message forums where you can
leave messages for us or other BTV friends and fans. We also have
myspace and twitter.
We're on iTunes and amazon.com
It took a whole lot of trying but our debut CD, Let the Feast Begin,
is now available worldwide via iTunes and Amazon. Here is the
and here is the
Also, please keep in mind that if you need a family friendly version
of our CD we recorded one and it continues to be available through bandcamp
Vote for BTV in Art Voice's Best of Buffalo
Please note: The voting period has been extended one week. You now have until
Tuesday April 12th!
It's not generally our style to get too involved in all of the vote
for my band stuff that goes around. However, we think we have put out some truly exceptional
original music in the past year and it is a big benefit to us every time we get a nomination
in the Art Voice Best Of Buffalo awards. So, since voting ends tomorrow (Tuesday April 5th at noon)
we figured we'd make one final push to encourage a few more votes in our newsletter.
Votes are only valid if you vote in 20 categories so Janna started a
facebook page to ask for a few more votes and Alex posted 13 suggestions earlier today
to help people get ideas. You can see all that on facebook: click here.
The Best of the Rest
- After a few months of planning, the BTVs have finally entered the studio to start recording
our second CD. See the Video Vault section for some video footage.
- And we have added a video index to our website that catalogues all of the BTV related videos that
we know about. Make sure you don't miss that in the Links Section down at the bottom of this newsletter.
- After taking a month off from shows we have a BUNCH of awesome shows
this month. Please check them out in Upcoming Shows section and mark them on your calendar or
put them in your phone or whatever you do.
- Lastly, the BloodThirsty Vegans are among the collaborators/organizers of an emerging
Buffalo tradition called Peace on Earth Month. On the www.PeaceOnEarthMonth.org
website there is a calendar full of "Peace on and With the Earth" events that all in
Western New York are encouraged to check out.
BTV hit the Recording Studio
We've finally broken ground on our second CD and here is a video to prove it.
Thanks a bunch to Jesse for being our audio tech and sound engineer and
a quality guy.
Sorry we got the newsletter out too late this month to remind anyone about Dance Alive. :(
But we still have four more great opportunities to get your BTV on in April.
Fund Raiser [9pm]
Buffalo, New York
Live Music by: The Blood Thirsty Vegans, Pia Mater, Reverend Soapbox & The Rabble Rousers and Eric Crittenden
Tickets are $25 each or $40 as a pair
price covers food & drinks + entertainment
*parking is free downtown on Sundays however it will be easiest to park in the lot behind the gallery itself. the driveway is between the gallery and liquor store.
Anime Show [9pm]
Deamen College [Wicks Center]
4380 Main Street
Snyder, New York
We are trying to find out more details: start time, age range, cost and all that and we will
post them to our website as soon as we can get them. But we do know that we're playing at 10pm
and we know that it's Anime themed and really that's more than enough to know that it's worth
attending. Please do set aside the date and plan to attend.
Give for Greatness [9pm]
Buffalo, New York
[$??][21 and over]
Austerity measures are being pushed on people everywhere you look. Here in
Western New York the County of Erie has decided to cut out most of the Arts and Cultural
programs that have made life worth living over the years. So Art Voice magazine and a
bunch of local sponsors have teamed up to try to raise a million dollars during the months
of March and April to put the funding back.
features music by: BloodThirsty Vegans, Reverend Soapbox & the Rabble Rousers,
The B-Side Dubs, Autopunch, Logo City, Merchants. Even though you may see this
event's start time listed at 10pm in some places we are DEFINITELY scheduled to play at
9pm so please get there before 9 if you'd like to see us. We are the first band in a
really full night of awesome bands playing for a really great cause.
2011 Lizzard Ball [10:00pm]
Dnipro - 562 Genesee st.
Buffalo, NY 
[21 and over][$15]
The Lizzard Ball is an annual celebration for the Activists and the Justice Seekers and even the Peaceniks. It's been going on here in Buffalo, New York since the 1970s.
The 2011 Lizzard Ball features live music by BloodThirsty Vegans, Lara Buckley, Gruvology, Kilissa Cissoko, Fudgychewy, EcoJoe and comedy by Kristen Becker.
Activities: Basket Auction, Silent Auction, 50/50 Split, Bike Raffle, Door Prize, Snacks, Cash bar
Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors, students and low income). Proceeds benefit the Peace Education Fund.
We are now booking shows for May 2011,
please send any ideas or inquiries to booking at bloodthirstyvegans dot com.
For more info on our upcoming show schedule check out this
link where we post upcoming shows.
Dance Alive! - Dance Alive was the only show we played in March, but it
was quite the memorable show. After a good bit of technical difficulty we managed
to get set up and then we had more technical difficulties when our friends,
Quest for Friends, lost their beloved drum machine. But Dave filled in a little
bit and they played several songs without it and it was still pretty great.
Then BloodThirsty Vegans played a shorter set because we all had to clean up and
clear out for a baby shower that was to start in early the following morning.
It was all very rock n roll but I guess you had to be there.
Thanks to Rocco and Jesse at the yet-to-be-named studio we've started recording in.
Gratitude to all our friends who kept our various pages out on the web active while
we stepped back a bit during the month of March. April is going to be a pretty wild ride.
Go love someone. Peace.
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