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Pair of Bands To Perform at Bowman Cup

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres are proud to announce that Agent Me and Bensin will be performing during the 2006 Scotty Bowman Showcase.

Bensin's "Holiday" Music Video

Scotty Bowman Showcase consists of two all-star hockey games between high school aged players from Buffalo against their rivals from Rochester, will take place on Saturday, April 15th at HSBC Arena.

Agent Me will be performing during intermissions of the junior game starting at 1:00 PM, while Bensin will perform during intermissions of the senior game. Puck drop for the second game is scheduled for 4:00 PM.

Admission for the games and parking will be free.

Below is information on each of the bands.


Agent Me
Ryan James (vocals, guitars)
James Matthew Kurdziel (guitars, vocals)
Brandon McCrohan (bass, vocals)
Todd Pilozzi (drums)

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Buffalo, New York's Agent Me combines hard, precise rhythms, along with harsh, commanding lyrics, brought together with solid hooks. The four-member band creates music that invokes a series of emotions. However, Agent Me- Ryan James (vocals, guitars), James Matthew Kurdziel (guitars, vocals), Brandon McCrohan (bass, vocals), and Todd Pilozzi (drums), continue to cultivate their unique sound.

The band has recently released their debut album, ROCKSTAR, which was produced in their hometown of Buffalo, NY. The songs on the album range in topics from jealousy ("Idolyze"), first experiences ("Wasted Away", "Dropped"), and bitter discontent ("Rough Shaft", "Tomorrow's Broken"). The lingering hooks of the album often provoke an energetic, persuasive tone.

Agent Me has experienced speedy area success. Founded in late 1999, the band has performed with major label artists Hed (PE), Six Gig, Econoline Crush, Authority Zero, and taken part in Buffalo's Edgefest 7 and 9, where many national artists performed. Agent Me has also performed on a live acoustic radio program known as Edge Sessions, and has been featured on 103.3 The Edge's Next Wave new music program. Headlining many area concerts and festivals, prompted Rich "The Bull" Gaenzler of 103.3 The Edge to note: "Already off to a fast start, Agent Me are sure to have a bright and successful future."

Neal Brodefuehrer - Guitar
Nick Heim - Vocals/Guitar
Ryan Martin - Drums/Vocals
Jeff Mayne - Keyboards/Vocals
Matt Castronova - Bass Guitar

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Based out of NY, Bensin has been at it for just over 2 years. With a collective passion for touring, Bensin has taken their undeniably explosive and energetic live show on the road during it's past 2 years of existence, creating a buzz touring the continental United States heavily. After 5 full U.S. tours, you may have caught them anywhere from a headlining tour, to ESPN's D-Tour, to your neighborhood basement show. The band has a sound that is truly their own, mixing keyboards with catchy vocals, melodic punk hooks, rock, and drumming that is second to none.

The band has two songs featured on a Rockstar video games (Grand Theft Auto) release which is out now called Motocross Mania 3. Their music will also be featured in the upcoming film 'Funny Money' starring Chevy Chase (in theaters March 2006).

Bensin recently won a Sonicbids contest to play on the Camplified Tour ( which consisted of a tour that hit summer camps throughout the Northeastern U.S. This tour was a great success for the band and gained them a ton of exposure amongst an age group that they normally could not reach out to on a typical tour.

Bensin was also recently invited to play at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA for the Paintball World Series 2005! They played all 3 days of the Series' duration, along side such celebrities as Linkin Park, Cypress Hill and Will Smith.

Bensin's debut album "Leave Your Mark" produced by Dow Brain and Brad Young of Underground Productions is out now! The band has logged over 210 shows in a year's span and they don't plan on slowing down.

Bensin is currently recording for their new album which is scheduled for release in February of 2006. Another full U.S. tour (the band's 6th) will immeadiately follow(see calendar).

The band has opened for such acts as:
MTV's Jackass "Don't Try This At Home Tour" (Steve-O), The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Island), Run DMC (Arista), The Living End (Interscope), Green Day (Reprise), The Ataris (Columbia), The Pilfers (Mojo/Jive), Less Than Jake (Warner Bros.), Mest (Maverick), Mustard Plug (Hopeless), Catch 22 (Victory), The Long Beach Dub Allstars (Warner Bros.) and many more.

-EP "Control! We're Headed for the Ground" released February 2006
-Full Length "Leave Your Mark" (Search and Rescue Records) released July 2004.
Bensin has been receiving radio play from major broadcasting radio stations and college radio in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and New Jersey. Not to mention in their hometown of Buffalo, NY where they have recently been added to the regular rotation on 103.3 The Edge and have been named 'Buffalo Band of the Year'.
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