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The best part of serving on the EAFA Performance Committee? Every year, we put out a call for performers and, in return, are treated to an astonishing rage of songs, stories, and personalities. The worst part? Not being able to showcase every last one of these talented performers! For every act you see on stage, there are dozens more doing inspiring, creative, joyful, and sometimes even challenging work. There is literally something for everyone. So we hope you’ll take the opportunity to enjoy the many diverse acts we’ve selected . . . but maybe also get a little inspired to explore some of the other great performances happening every day, all year long, in every neighborhood. It’s a great way to support the arts and local businesses—and a wonderful way to experience our vibrant city!
Performance Committee Chair
10:00–10:45am—Tough Old Bird (tougholdbirdmusic.com)
Formed in the small community of Fillmore, New York, by songwriting brothers Matthew and Nathan Corrigan, Tough Old Bird plays a potent blend of authentic folk and blues that reflects the rural landscape it comes from, a place where the last train just pulled out and the carnival is always on its way to the next town.
Since fall 2012, Ahavaraba has reigned as Buffalo’s most ravishing klezmer band. Filled with abundant love, they are 7 or 8(ish) members—like an octopus on a good day. Accordion, clarinet, flutes, mandolin, percussion, and violin all come together in this traditional, crowd-pleasing, Jewish party music!
12:00–12:45pm—Theresa Quin & Mark Winsick (theresaquinn.com) (markwinsick.com)
Theresa Quinn, an innovative pianist, organist, and vocalist, is also well-known as a performer and music director for Alleyway Theater, Musicalfare Theatre, and Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Mark Winsick is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter—as well as the winner of numerous listeners’-choice awards for his live performances. Together, the two Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members present a can’t-miss hour of R&B, blues, and rock.
1:00–1:45pm—Danny Lynn Wilson Band (dannylynnwilson.com)
The Danny Lynn Wilson Band has been selected to play numerous national showcases including Crossroads in Memphis, Cutting Edge in New Orleans, Undercurrents in Cleveland, North by Northeast in Toronto, and CMJ in New York City. As a solo performer, Danny Lynn Wilson has opened for such acts as Rusted Root and NRBQ.
2:00–2:45pm—Mohamed Diaby & Manding Foli Kan Don (facebook.com/MandingFoliKanDon)
Manding Foli Kan Don is a Buffalo-based West African drum and dance troup specializing in the drum and dance styles from Guinea. Led by master drummer, Mohamed Diaby, Manding Foli Kan Don consists of dummers and dancers from both the Buffalo and Toronto areas. The troup’s energetic and spectacular performances have made them festival favorites!
Western New York has one of the most vibrant communities of Cajun/Zydeco dancers and musicians outside of Louisiana. Come share in the spirit of the bayou and Mardi Gras with these spirited, dance-inducing performances!
3:00–3:45pm—C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band (facebook.com/cestboncajunband)
What do you get when the women of NY’s top Cajun bands combine their musical talents? Full-throttle Cajun dancehall music! C’est Bon consists Barbara Sanders on accordion, Susi Mills and Jane DeLisa on twin fiddles, Betsy Fuller on guitar, and Evelyn Schneider on bass. When these harmonious sisters get going, the house will be rocking’ and a good time is guaranteed for all.
4:00–4:45pm—Black Rock Zydeco (blackrockzydeco.com)
Black Rock Zydeco has become a festival crowd favorite for their raucous mix of original songs and Cajun/Creole favorites. Vocal harmonies, inventive arrangements, and an energetic stage presence all come together for a musical experience that gets crowds moving. This is booty-shakin’ party music—built on the spirit of community and celebration!
5:00–5:45pm—Jesse Lége (jesselege.org)
Cajun Music Hall of Fame member Jesse Lége brings traditional, foot-stompin’ Cajun dance hall music from the dusty back roads of southwest Louisiana—with an unmistakeable hard-driving style of accordion play and a powerful voice that will get even the most staid listener up on the dance floor. He has performed at Festival Acadiens, the prestigious University of Chicago Folk Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
10:00–10:45am—Sacred Sounds Yoga with Live Drumming (eastmeetswestyoga.com)
Sacred Sounds is a flowing yoga class accompanied by live drums and is accessible to beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Start your Sunday out by letting the pulse of the drums guide you through a series of poses and movements opening your body, heart, and mind.
11:00–11:45am—Ronnie Davis Combo (leeron.com)
Ron Davis is a keyboardist, accordionist, vocalist, composer and music educator—and leader of several acclaimed Buffalo-area bands. In the Ronnie Davis Combo, he joins with acclaimed vocalist Katie O’Keeffe to create that funky organ soul-jazz and blues, including everything from classic Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes, and Ray Charles to contemporary groove originals.
Fusing a touch of R&B, rock, and traditional Latin music into an aggressive bachata/merengue mix, Pulse has lends a touch of freshness and originality to each of their songs—and creates the perfect groove for dancing on a summer afternoon.
1:00–1:45pm—Serendipity Swing (serendipityswing.com)
Serendipity Swing reflects a musical style from the era of dance halls, ballrooms, and hot jazz joints—music from the Golden Age of the Great American Songbook. Artful, fun, graceful, whimsical, and compulsively listenable, the tempos and rhythms of these great tunes will have you tapping your toes . . . and maybe even inviting your best girl to dance.
2:00–2:45pm—Hot Club of Buffalo (hotclubofbuffalo.com)
The Hot Club of Buffalo is a four-piece gypsy jazz band that adds some modern twists to traditional gypsy swing. Riffs from Bach, Jimi Hendrix, and Steely Dan are as common as quotes from gypsy legend Django Reinhardt. And dance-friendly world music, like Bossa Nova, Choro, and Rhumba are a part of every show. So is improvisation. You never know what’s going to happen next!
3:00–3:45pm—Sol y Sombra (facebook.com/pages/Sol-Y-Sombra-formerly-Latin-Jazz-Project)
Featuring some of the area’s top jazz artists, Sol Y Sombra is a standard-bearer for Latin jazz in Western New York. Led by acclaimed pianist Kevin Doyle, Sol y Sombra expresses a wide range of Puerto Rican/ Afro-Cuban musical forms including Mambo, Salsa, progressive and traditional, representing the musical heritage of multiple ethnicities embodied in the complexity of American life. The group will be joined by Salsa Sarah, providing free lessons on the dance floor!
Folkfaces take inspiration from the mountains of Appalachia, the deltas of Mississippi, the swamps of Louisiana, and the concrete jungle of the Rustbelt. Together, they blend folk music, punk, blues, and hot jass with present issues to make old-timey tunes that’ll wake the dead. Specializing in merriment and sticking it to the system (with a combination of rowdy folk music and equal-opportunity roasting), Folkfaces make the crowd dance—and the hierarchy shatter.
St. James Stage
10:00–10:45am—Apen Family Band (apenfamily.com)
A close-knit family of seven, The Apen Family Band plays a wide repertoire of traditional American music, all accompanied by acoustic instruments like the banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. They bring that down-home, family feeling to the music with a performance that will please listeners of all ages.
Wolf began as the solo project of songwriter Chelsea O’Donnell, but soon evolved into a band that has drawn comparisons to 90s alternative as well as acts such as Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, that dog, and more. The Buffalo News says, “Since Chelsea O’Donnell (AKA Wolf) first found a Buffalo stage […] she’s carved out an independent presence, one that could inhabit the spotlight alone, yet fill a room with a group’s worth of raw expression.”
12:00–12:45pm—Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields (tomstahlandthedangerfields.com)
Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields have been labeled as R&B, folk, rock, pop, rockabilly, and country. Their sound has been described as a cross between The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and The Barenaked Ladies. We call it “Dangerfield-esque”. What everyone does agree upon is that this is some of the best songwriting you are ever likely to hear.
1:00–1:45pm—Bryan Johnson and Family (bryanjohnsonandfamily.bandcamp.com)
A Buffalo-based indie-pop band with a splash of surf rock, Bryan Johnson and Family are the perfect band for summer fun. As their web site asserts, “We want you to have fun . . . even if you don’t want to.” With infectious grooves and catchy tunes like these, it’s hard to imagine not catching the good-time feeling this band delivers.
2:00–2:45pm—Billy McEwen & the Soul Invaders (facebook.com/pages/Billy-McEwen-and-the-Soul-Invaders/140782532652901)
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members, Billy McEwen & the Soul Invaders features Billy McEwen, (vocals and harmonica), Pete Holguin (drums and vocals), Al Monti (saxophone), Jim Brucato (bass guitar and vocals), Doug Yeomans (guitar and vocals), and Ed Bores (guitar). Their mission is to provide listeners with R&B, blues, and roots Rock ’n’ Roll in the traditional Buffalo style that was launched by the great Stan Szelest and the band Raven.
3:00–3:45pm—The Rockaz (therockas.com)
Chunky horns on a bed of spicy riddims and tangy guitar, topped with a nutritious blend of melodic and soulful vocals—that’s the Rockaz. Comprised of folk from all four corners of Buffalo, The Rockaz blend roots reggae, funk, ska, soul dub, hip hop, and down-home goodness in a sound the whole family can enjoy.
4:00–4:45pm—What Would Mingus Do? (canisius.edu/~bucheger/newsite/newhome.htm)
Bridging genres from hard bop to free, award-winning saxophonist and composer Kelly Bucheger has performed in the U.S. and Europe with luminaries across the jazz spectrum. The Buffalo News called his album House of Relics “present-day jazz of the highest order,” and Buffalo Spree called it “the best local release of the year.” In 2013, What Would Mingus Do? was named “Best Local Music Act of 2013” by Buffalo Spree, and this year Artvoice included the group in its list of “10 Local Music Acts You Must Hear.”
Flatbed taps deep into the early blue and country foundations of rock ’n’ roll, augmenting their style with influences from the last seventy years of popular music to form a unique roots sound.
They have opened for many national touring acts (including The Bottle Rockets, Floodwood, and Hey Mavis) and earned a “residency” at Buffalo’s famed Sportsmen’s Tavern, known as one of the country’s premiere venues for Americana music. With multi-part vocal harmonies, rocking electric sounds, and just about everything else that could fall under the roots umbrella their live shows have something for every roots rock fan—while keeping the song front and center.
6:15–8:30pm—After-Hours Street Party at the St. James Stage
Multiple food vendors and the beer tent will be open! This event is free, rain or shine, and open to all.
Flatbed returns to the stage for another short set, kicking off the party!
7:00–8:30pm—The Steam Donkeys (steamdonkeys.com)
They’re a country band. They’re a rock band. They’re honky-tonkers. They’re swingers (musically, that is). They’re The Steam Donkeys, and there’s nobody quite like them. For more than a decade, the boys have brought their blend of musical virtuosity and eclecticism to bar stages, street festivals and massive amphitheaters throughout Western New York and all the way down the Eastern Seaboard. Their live performances are the stuff of legend—and a Buffalo music experience that is not to be missed.
Sunday (8/30) Dance Performances
We are blessed with world-class dance and are thrilled to be able to bring to you a globally diverse program for your enjoyment!
10:00 am The EAFA Youth Performance Workshop
The EAFA Youth Performance Workshop – Nancy Hughes has created modern dance for the youth of our community!
10:30am Festival Ballet Ensemble (festivalschoolofballet.com)
Under the direction of Clare Fetto, a performance by her students of The Festival School of Ballet.
11:00am Nadia Ibrahim Middle Eastern Dance Company (nadiaibrahim.com)
Performing traditional Bellydance and bringing audience onstage to participate in Lebanese Line Dancing!
11:30am UB Argentine Tango Club (facebook.com/groups/244293908960706/)
In order to foster the tango community across WNY, UB Argentine Tango has given students the opportunity to explore this distinctive dance.
12:00pm BCIJPG (facebook.com/bcijpg)
The Buffalo Contact Improvisation Jam Performance Group is a dance improvisation-based collective founded in 2010 that seeks to explore the relationship between the performer and the audience.
12:30pm Pick of the Crop Dance/Nichols School
Artistic Director/Choreographer, Elaine Gardner, presents an eclectic repertoire we are sure you’ll enjoy!
1:00pm LehrerDance (lehrerdance.org)
Works by Jon Lehrer representing an understanding of life and the human condition to worldwide audiences utilizing innovative styles of movement and original choreography that is organic, artistic, and comprehensible.
2:00pm Jama Jama Community African Drum & Dance (facebook.com/groups/445925148827358/)
The sounds of West Africa will grace our stage and make you want to get up and dance!
2:45pm ModDance Company (facebook.com/pages/ModDance-Company/927955097234574?fref=ts)
This dance collective was formed as an organic effort to design diverse, original dance-focused performance art.
3:15pm Aerial Verde (gigsalad.com/cielo_verde_circus_ashley_vita_verdeaa)
A trailblazing new group out of Buffalo merging contemporary dance, contact improvisation and magical theatrics.
4:00 pm – Festival Parade!!
10:00-10:15am – Kenarahdiyo Native American Blessing (facebook.com/good.leaf.5)
Kenarahdiyoh (“good leaf” in English) has been a singer, songwriter, and activist for over 30 years, performing in support of human rights for farm workers and indigenous people as well as clean water for everyone. A longtime friend of Pete Seeger, to whom our festival is dedicated this year, Kenarahdiyoh will offer an entertaining and educational opening blessing featuring indigenous music.
10:00-10:45 am Les Amis Fencing
An Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts mainstay, Les Amis is a salle rooted in the art of classical foil fencing in the French style and provides its members with the opportunity to learn, grow, and compete from that foundation. Members develop friendships, enjoy many social programs, and just have fun!
11:00-11:45 am Angela Hastings Dance
12:00-12:45 pm The Fieldhands
Combining finger-picked Americana roots with a soulful style, The Fieldhands prove acoustic music can be electric & impassioned. The Fieldhands combines the distinct, creative personalities of Kathy Moriarty on vocals/guitar, Mike Was on guitar/banjo, and Phil Banaszak on fiddle/mandolin.
1-1:45 DOUBLE SHOWCASE featuring Chris Gainey and Greg Barresi
1:00-1:20 – Chris Gainey (christophergainey.com)
Since moving to Buffalo two years ago, Chris feels lucky to work with many great musicians and meet many great people. This was somewhat unexpected as he had never been to Buffalo and was unfamiliar with the vibrant arts culture of Western New York. In celebration of this uniquely supportive environment Chris will be sharing some original (and quasi-original) music–featuring the banjo and a banjolele (banjo uke) that he came across in a local music store (Allentown music)–put together during his time in Buffalo with the support of those that he has come to see as fellow Western New Yorkers.
1:25-1:45 – Greg Barresi (gregbarresimusic.com)
Greg Barresi carries on the tradition of finger style guitar pickers like Merle Travis and Chet Atkins while bringing every song to life with clarity, warmth, and a sense of humor.
2-2:45 pm Ghosts of the American Road (ghostsoftheamericanroad.com)
Husband-and-wife team, Kevin Higgins and Barbara Malteze, known as “Ghosts of the American Road” create beautiful music. Defying comparisons to other artists, (whether you search through today’s music or delve into the ‘70s), one thing’s for certain. You will not find another duo that comes close to sounding like them, as they weave individual vocal styles over guitar and piano, embellishing melodic poetry that has become their signature sound. This is “American Music” where all styles come together at a distinctly original musical crossroads.
3-3:45 pm – Mike Brown (temperamentalrecordings.com)
In addition to a prolific career as a singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist, Grammy-nominated producer Mike Brown is an incredibly dynamic and versatile collaborator. His debut record, American Hotel, was self-recorded in all 50 states over the course of 8 years, and features a staggeringly diverse roster of special guests. In 2014 Brown released a CD with a childhood friend Zac DeCamp titled Automatic Music Can Be Fun and, with the help of Brian Grunert from White Bicycle Design Firm, was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Recording Package category against Jay-Z, David Bowie, Metallica, and Reckless Kelly.
4–4:45pm – Canal Street String Band (canalstreetstringband.com)
With three voices, fifty-five strings and a pair of cow bones, The Canal Street String Band puts a brand-new shine on some seriously fun old American music. Fiddle tunes…sea shanties…cowboy songs…canal ditties…mountain music…western swing…and original too, with banjo, fiddle, twin mandolins, string bass, dobro, bones, guitar octave mandolin, and three-part harmonies.
5-5:45pm 19 ½ Fingers – A Piano Showcase featuring Dave Adams and Joe Bellanti
Dave Adams: A living piece of rock and roll history, Dave Adams has been writing songs and playing live music for well over 60 years. You never know what kind of stories he’s going to tell about his history from the beginnings of rock-n-roll of the 50s and 60s.
1o am – Dee Adams (deetuned.com)
Celebrating a full decade of living and playing in Buffalo, Dee Adams returns with an all acoustic set that brings her full circle, since solo acoustic is how she started out in our Queen City. This performance will feature Dee’s lilting melodies and poignant lyrics in an intimate, stripped down setting – the perfect way to wrap up the 7-11 Stage on Saturday.
Joe Bellanti: This Buffalo based piano player plays Boogie Woogie and Rhythm and Blues in a style he hopes is reminiscent of another Buffalo based piano player – the late, great Stan Szelest. Recently selected as a winner of the 2012 “I wanna be in moe.” contest, Joe has played several shows with Big Leg Emma and can be found playing his barrel-house style of piano on a regular basis.
11-11:45 am DOUBLE SHOWCASE featuring Welks Mice and Kaiser Solzie
11:00 am – 11:20 am Welks Mice
WELKS MICE is an experimental pop songwriting duo from Buffalo, New York compromised of expert vibraphonist, Andre Welks, and lyricist Max Weiss. A vigorous mallet performance is coupled with a tender human voice to create a catalogue of songs that are at once catchy, endearing, evocative, and brisk.
11:25am – 11:45am Kaiser Solzie (facebook.com/kaisersolzie)
Kaiser Solzie, a punk inspired singer/songwriter from Rochester NY, has spent the past 5 years traveling around the United States, performing everywhere from stages and basements to street corners. Derived from the ethics of folk icon Woody Guthrie, and the fictional character Keyser Soze from the 1995 film The Usual Suspects, Kaiser has taken the stage with Chuck Ragan, punk legends Pennywise, as well as hip hop legend Bushwick Bill of the Ghetto Boys. He gained national exposure traveling on the Bill Murray Party Crashing Tour in which he performed for Bill Murray fans around the USA.
12-12:45pm – DOUBLE SHOWCASE featuring Davey O. and Kathryn Koch
12:00-12:20 – Davey O. (daveyo.com)
Davey O. and his songs are Buffalo, NY. They are your hometown. Songs born from a work ethic instilled by a factory working father; steeped in time, then written like a conversation with your next door neighbor and as comfortable as a well-worn pair of shoes. These are the stories of American life. Songs of labor, love, laughter, sorrow, life and death, baptized in waters drawn from a deep and timeless well.
12:25-12:45 – Kathryn Koch (reverbnation.com/kathrynkoch)
Buffalo native Kathryn Koch is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known for her powerhouse vocals with acclaimed indie folk band Redheaded Stepchild. from 1996-2010. After spending many years in Nashville, TN, Kathryn returned to Buffalo and has found enthusiastic support for her many musical endeavors, including her role as vocalist and saxophonist for Black Rock Zydeco. Kathryn continues to showcase her songwriting and re-interpretation of traditional folk music as a solo act and is currently working on her first solo album.
1pm -1:45 pm Outofar Trio
Taking an eclectic approach to traditional bluegrass and jug band music, Outofar Trio (as in “out of our tree, oh”) infuses their songs with pop, rock, and jazz influences. A festival veteran, these folks make the perfect addition to our family friendly atmosphere.
2:00-2:45 – Milkweed (milkweedtheband.com)
We hail from the great American town of Binghamton NY. Our band and music is an ever growing, ever changing thing, just like life. We are a full time/touring folk/Americana band with a great strength in the songs. Focusing on original and poetic lyrics mixed with a deep respect and playful hand in the great traditions of blues, folk, bluegrass and soul.
3:25pm – 3:45pm – DOUBLE SHOWCASE featuring John Moore and Zak Ward
3pm – 3:20 John Moore (facebook.com/missingstarmusic)
The last of this year’s Double Songwriter’s Showcases brings us a solo acoustic performance featuring John Moore, former frontman from the long standing Western New York based band 53 Days. He has penned songs for the soundtracks to movies such as ‘Lonestar State Of Mind’ featuring John Mellencamp, as well as many songs that have been heard on MTV, CBS, NBC and E!.
3:25pm-3:45 Zak Ward (zakward.com)
Zak Ward has been playing music in and around Buffalo for nearly 20 years. A professional musician originally from Niagara Falls, NY, he spent the last few years recording and touring with Son of the Sun.
4pm-4:45pm WNY Improv
WNY Improv is a 7 person improvisational comedy troupe that has been performing in Western New York for several years. Performing short-form improv comedy, making up the routines on the spot, based on audience suggestions, the troupe incorporates costumes, props, music, and occasionally even brings an audience member or two on stage.