In the last couple weeks, I finally got a chance to see a couple of local bands I had heard some good things about. A couple of Thursdays ago I caught the Jay Moynihan Blues Connection @ the Wagon Wheel in Niagara Falls. First, let me say that this was a cool little venue to see live music. Nice vibe about the place in general & great sound. The band played a lot of funky blues & even jazzy material which I was really into. Jay Moynihan & Ray Barry were fantastic soloists. I liked the rhythm section (sorry, I don't know what there names were), but didn't care for the drummer as much. The bassist was really laying down the groove, but the drummer, despite having some great chops, tended to overplay. All in all though, it was a very exciting group to listen to & I would definitely recommend them to anyone into blues & funk with high caliber improv... I also caught High Horse this past Friday @ the Forum in Amherst. Cool venue, but the sound was a little spotty. It seemed like the sweet spot was more in the middle of the room, where I could really hear the full mix. This group was really cool. They had a interesting mix of originals & covers which I thought was very tasteful. Very tight rhythm section & vocals (Pete Vogt on vocals, Sandy Belsky on drums, were rock solid...I remember seeing both in other bands before...I didn't catch the bassist's name, but he was really laying it down). They also looked to have a keyboard/rhythm guitar player (again, didn't get the name...Sorry!), who, when I could hear him, fit in nicely. The lead guitar player Chuck Derose was impressive. Great tone, chops & overall musicianship. My only critique of this group would be to let the rhythm section step out a bit more...I would have liked to hear them both soloing a bit more, but then again, I'm a fan of that & not everyone is....Overall both these groups were really fantastic & anyone into seriously good music & musicianship will enjoy them.