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10:00–10:45am Isabella Blue and the Buff Huffs (kohlsonmusic.wixsite.com/buffalohuffs)
Isabella Blue and the Buff Huffs play Americana-folk and old-time music that is great for dancing! The lineup features Isabella Blue (vocals), Kyle Ohlson (woodwinds), Timmy Z (guitar), Brian McKenna (percussion) and Mark Wisher (double bass). The perfect first hour to get energized for a day of festival fun!
11:00–11:45am Dr. Jazz and the Jazzbugs (JazzBugs.com)
The Jazzbugs’ music features toe-tapping, quick-witted, uplifting hot jazz in the rich tradition of 1920s and 30s songwriters. Dr. Jazz has led retro bands for many years and has played with Leon Redbone, Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond Jr. and several others. In addition to Dr. Jazz, the Jazzbugs include mellifluous guitarist and banjo player Willie Wilson and noted jazz bassist Ed Woods. Break out your best swing-dance moves for this act.
12:00–12:45 Hot Club of Buffalo (HotClubofBuffalo.com)
The Hot Club of Buffalo plays a brand of jazz known as gypsy swing or gypsy jazz. The style was created in the 1930’s by the legendary two-fingered guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Gypsy jazz blends American big band swing with exotic European gypsy sounds. The group adds some modern twists to the traditional forms—riffs from Bach, Jimi Hendrix, and Steely Dan are as common as quotes from Django. 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!
1:00–1:45 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 modern folk music that reflects the 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. Accents of accordion and waves of electric guitar give Tough Old Bird a sound that is at once modern and ancient.
2:00–2:45 BloodThirsty Vegans (BloodThirstyVegans.com)
BloodThirsty Vegans 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.
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!
3:00–3:45 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!
4:00–4:45 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 dance-hall 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.
5:00–5:45 Jesse Lege (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 unmistakable 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.
10:00–10:45 Sacred Sounds Yoga (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.
11:00–11:45 Doug Yeomans and Lo Blu Flame (DougYeomans.com)
Doug Yeomans has been in the music-making business for more than four decades. Hailing from Buffalo, N.Y., he has traveled across North America playing in concert halls and clubs and at festivals and private events.Yeomans navigates easily through rock and roll, rhythm and blues, blues, country, and bluegrass. His band Lo Blu Flame features some of Buffalo’s best musicians, playing originals and classics from the Americana, twang, and rockabilly genres.
12:00–12:45 Slyboots Circus (Slyboots Circus)
The Slyboots Circus is a multicultural experience like none other. Featuring master musicians, dancers and performers from around the world, The Slyboots Circus is an interactive, entertaining and inspiring collective of some brilliantly creative and talented artists. Combining elements of traditional West African music and dance, Chinese acrobatics, Contemporary Dance, magic and Jazz – patrons can expect an engaging experience that is guaranteed to make bodies move and get hands clapping. Promoting the mission of the Slyboots School in Buffalo, NY- positive social change through cultural arts education- the Slyboots Circus performs at festivals, schools, universities and clubs across the US annually. We are excited to share this cultural experience with you and yours.
1:00–1:45 Sol y Sombra (https://www.facebook.com/Sol-Y-Sombra-134772306600739)
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, the band 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.
2:00–2:45 Saranaide (SaranaideMusic.com)
Saranaide is an accomplished group of four talented musicians based in Buffalo, NY. With a self-titled EP released in September 2016, Saranaide has been bringing the soulful grooves. Inspired and influenced by soul, reggae, jazz, and world music, Saranaide brings a sound that is sure to inspire. Sara Rodriguez, the face of Saranaide, is an accomplished singer and musician who brings a soulful beauty to anything she does. Along with being the leader and principal songwriter of Saranaide, she sings with the Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra.
3:00–3:45 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 Steam Donkeys have delivered rip-snorting ballads and swinging lullabies to audiences throughout Buffalo, Western New York, and the whole darn country.
4:00–4:45 Leroy Townes (LeroyTownesBand.com)
Leroy Towne’s alt-country originals pair strong melodies and harmonies with masterful guitar work and driving rhythm. This is a tight band with a clear objective—a locomotive with all pistons firing! Come out ready to sway, stomp, fist pump, and maybe even sing along as Leroy Townes closes out the 2017 festival at the Dance Tent.
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.
11:00–11:45 Leanne Darling (LeanneDarling.com)
Leanne Darling creates a powerful new voice for the viola. She draws from her classical technique, her skills in many musical genres, and her passion for improvisation to break the boundaries of this underused instrument. Her unique solo viola compositions use the entire scope of her instrument, mixing more traditional sounds with electric sound effects. Using a sampling/looping device, Darling generates layers of sound from lyrical melodies to driving rhythms and textures simulating a whole room full of musicians.
12:00–12:45 Carmen & Lizzy (facebook.com/carmenandlizzymusic/)
Carmen & Lizzy is an acoustic duo made up of Carmen O’Keefe and Lizzy Bassler. O’Keefe and Bassler are cousins who grew up making music together, developing a wide range of talents and passions that have come together to create an unparalleled sound. As songwriters, they pull a lot of their influence from artists like The Staves, Joseph, Sarah Jarosz, and Nickel Creek.
1:00–1:45 Comedy Sportz (CSZBuffalo.com)
ComedySportz High School League is the largest and most successful improv training program for high school students in the country. ComedySportz is improvisational comedy played as a sport. Two teams of student comedians compete for laughs while a referee calls fouls and gets suggestions from you, the loyal fans.
2:00–2:45 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.
3:00–3:45 Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus (BuffaloGayMensChorus.com)
The Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus is dedicated to producing vocal music of high quality in the rich tradition of men’s choral singing. We seek through song not only to entertain, but to enlighten. We sing to create harmony as we celebrate pride in the community and in ourselves.
4:00–4:45 John Moore
A veteran of the Buffalo music scene, John Moore’s versatility allows him to come to the festival as a solo acoustic singer songwriter this year. He can usually be found fronting his indie-rock band 53 Days, and is working on an album with his other band, Missing Star, set to be finished later this year.
5:00–5:45 Rust Belt Birds (facebook.com/Rustbeltbirds/)
The Rust Belt Birds are an all acoustic guitar and vocal based band. Comprised of singer songwriters Megan Brown, Grace Stumberg, Tina Williams and Sara Elizabeth; the four voices complement each other in their own original music, storytelling, and cover songs with a twist.
10:00–10:45 Heenan Brothers [(facebook.com/TheHeenanBrothers)
The Heenan Brothers play folky, bluesy kind of Americana respectfully referred to as Canal Blues. Rick Heenan on guitar, Rick Bauer on mandolin, Rickenbacker Johnson on bass and Rickybob Savoy on harmonica.
11:00–11:45 Outofartrio Jugband
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.
12:00–12:45 Cairde (CairdeGroup.com/home.html
The repertoire for Cairde “that’s Irish for friends” runs the gamut from centuries old traditional tunes to sea fairing shanties, Scottish and Irish songs, both traditional and contemporary, including an array of fiery rebel songs from the oppressed like the Jacobites. All are backed by harmonies and a variety of instrumentation: accordion, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and percussion.
1:00–2:45 Spoken Word Showcase
Presented by Benjamin Brindise, Teaching Artist, Just Buffalo Literary Center, featuring Marquis “Ten Thousand” Burton (Buffalo’s National Slam team coach), Justin Karcher (Editor of Ghost City Review, recently on the cover of Gusto), Eve Williams Wilson (Featured in Just Buffalo’s Studio series) and Rachelle Toarmino (Managing Editor of Peach Mag).
2:00–2:45 Birdie Cree
Birdie Cree (Mark Book, Mary Polinchock, and Mark Carrig) plays a spirited mix of covers and soulful original songs that explore all of life’s triumphs and tragedies.
3:00–3:45 Danny Lynn Wilson (facebook.com/Danny-Lynn-Wilson-206640544896)
Danny is a roots singer songwriter with a country blues based writing style that blends acoustic blues and folk storytelling. The musical feels range from old time New Orleans stomps to bluegrass romps, and the songs reflect life and times in America & Western New York.
4:00–4:45 Paul & Helen
As longtime members of Buffalo Music Hall of Fame’s McCarthyizm, Paul and Helen Butler-Ceppaglia join forces for another musical journey – a duo performing an eclectic mix of music including jazz standards, fiddle tunes, and rock favorites on guitar and five string violin.
10:00–10:30 Fluse (OfficialFluse716.wixsite.com/fluse/listen)
From discussions of Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and other legends, Fluse has gone from covering the classics to jamming originals. The tight rhythm from the bass and drums creates a steady base for the lead guitar. With the mixture of blues guitar, funk bass, and a solid groove on the set, the style of Fluse is strategically created. The band recently released their first studio album “Stories of Funk and Blues.”
11:00–11:45 chloroform (facebook.com/ChloroformOfficial)
Instrumental, improvised jazz fusion, this is what chloroform is. Every chloroform performance is different and crafted specifically to the audience. The band sets up a give and take of energy and consciousness between themselves, the crowd, and the physical space. Come take a trip to the stars and beyond!
12:00–12:45 The Love Parade (facebook.com/The-Love-Parade-609969952418262)
The Love Parade features three Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members (Howard Fleetwood Wilson II, Stevie Fleck, and Bob James) who delight audiences with their fresh and fun take on classic songs. Expect to hear everything from The Beatles, to the Foo Fighters, to some homegrown classics from right here in Western New York.
1:00–1:45 Chuckie Campbell & Black Den (ChuckieCampbellMusic.com)
Hip hop artist Chuckie Campbell performs with a live band, including a full horn section, to make for a jazzy, eclectic approach to hip-hop filled with fluid instrumentation, lush musical arrangements, and heartfelt poetic nuance. They have been featured artists at A3C (the largest hip hop music conference in the United States), SXSW (the largest music festival of its kind in the world), and NXNE (the Canadian equivalent of SXSW held in Toronto, ON) and shared stages with hip hop legends such as Pharoahe Monch, EPMD, EnVogue, Ghostface Killa, Ras Kass, and more.
2:00–2:45 RCH Allstars
Ray Hangen is well known to Buffalo music lovers (and especially blues fans) as the man sitting behind the drums for any number of favorite bands. For our festival, Ray has assembled a band that features some of his favorite local performers from the local roots music scene. You won’t want to miss what’s sure to be an outstanding hour of soul, funk, blues, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll.
3:00–3:45 Freightrain (RobertFreighTrainParker.com)
Robert Parker is a native of Buffalo, NY, whose booming, rapid-fire bass licks earned him the name “Freightrain” from New York musicians—as he always leaps into the depths of the rhythm section with the strength of a train. Parker has toured internationally with acclaimed blues artist Rock Bottom, Texas bluesman Sherman Robertson, Chief James Billie, award winning Canadian artist Paul Reddick. Most recently, he was the First American Indian Inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.
4:00–4:45 Nickel City Band
The Nickel City Band is an eclectic group of musicians and singers that formed out of the vision of its musical director and drummer Michael “Big Mike” Porter. Nickel City Band has opened for such artists as The SOS Band, Atlantic Starr, Sheila E, and Loose Ends—just to name a few. Their soulful, spirited, uplifting take on R&B is a crowd-pleaser and perfect for celebrating a summer afternoon!
5:00–5:45 The Heavenly Chillbillies (THCBillies.com)
The Heavenly Chillbillies’ special blend of rockabilly and country infused blues has taken them to the top venues and festivals in WNY—but we also love that they exemplify the spirit of DIY musicianship. They maintain a 2,000 sq/ft commercial space, known as Chilliam Studios, that houses a commercial recording studio, a full service screen printing shop, as well as a rehearsal and live performance space. In 2015, they took the DIY spirit to the next level by purchasing a 40-foot MCI tour bus that runs on waste vegetable oil. For The Heavenly Chillbillies, playing music is not a hobby or recreation, it is a requirement, their retirement plan, and their way of life. For their fans, it’s a rollicking good time.
Multiple food vendors and the beer tent will be open! This family-friendly event is free, rain or shine, and open to all.
6:15–6:45—The Heavenly Chillbillies (THCBillies.com)
The Heavenly Chillbillies return to the stage for another short set, kicking off the after party!
7:00–8:30 Critt’s Juke Joint (facebook.com/jukejointsoul/)
Critt’s Juke Joint is a raw, blue-collar, funky, roots music experience featuring Eric “Critt” Crittenden on sax, keys & vox, Zuri Appleby on bass, Deshawn “D Ray” Jackson on the skins, and Michael DiSanto on guitar. The band borrows from the American old-country juke joint sounds of the chitlin’ circuit and blends them into their own unique sound. After fifteen years of tireless touring with legends like Bob Weir & Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Michael Franti, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eric Crittenden developed the “juke joint” concept to provide audiences with incredible jam sessions by exceptional musicians. Bernard Purdie, Alan Evans, Karl Denson, Christian Scott, Freekbass, Adam Deitch, and DJ Logic are just some of the cats who came to vibe. Now Critt’s Juke Joint has taken all of that and bundled it into a good ol’ fashion American funk ‘n’ roll show!
10:00 am Festival Ballet Ensemble (FestivalSchoolofBallet.com)
Under the direction of Clare Fetto, a performance by her students of the Festival School of Ballet.
10:30 am The EAFA Youth Performance Workshop (facebook.com/NimbusDanceYouthPerformanceWorkshop)
Nancy Hughes works with children of our community to create a whimsical performance.
11:00 am Buffalo Argentine Tango Society (facebook.com/pg/Buffalo-Argentine-Tango-Society-180677274450/about/?ref=page_internal)
A community-based organization committed to introducing Buffalo and WNY to the best tango has to offer: the music, the dance, the people.
11:30 am Sinta Lehman
Dance of Thailand
11:45 am Maria Murphy
Dance of Indonesia
12:00 pm ConvergeDance (convergedancebuffalo.com)
Buffalo’s first contemporary jazz dance company. Our group of professional performers and choreographers seeks to change the way people in Western New York view concert dance.
12:30 noon BAD (Buffalo Aerial Dance) (aerialdancebuffalo.com)
“We cultivate an understanding of the body in relation to the aerial apparatus, a willingness to engage in artistic collaboration, and a positive friendly environment.”
1:00 Buffalo Ancestors Ensemble
Molly Vine has created of company of contemporary modern ballet which is sure to please.
1:30 pm LehrerDance (lehrerdance.org)
Jon Lehrer creates works that represent 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.
2:45 pm Center Dance
Center Dance is an emergence focusing upon movement, wellness, and education. Through interdisciplinary performance, movement training, community outreach and the presentation of learning opportunities Center Dance strives to increase Buffalo’s gravity as an international hub for creative exchange between dance artists.
3:30 pm Devi Bollywood
Devi Bollywood Dance is a Buffalo-based Bollywood dance troupe that performs in and around the Western New York area. Over the past 4 years, they have graced the stages of Ujima Theater, Shea’s Smith Theater and have performed at countless festivals and events. This is their 3rd year at Elmwood Festival of the Arts and they are honored to share their passion and love with the community.