Performances

Looking at this year's performance lineup, it's inspiring to see the breadth of generations, cultures, and backgrounds that flourish in Buffalo's artistic communities. Performers from Russian, Israeli, British, Cajun, Irish, Indian, Afro-Cuban, and West African traditions will be taking to the stages. We'll go from traditional bluegrass music created on banjos and guitars to electronic jazz-fusion produced with iPads and video game controllers. Punk-infused songs of social consciousness will meet up with African storytelling and a young husband-and-wife duo whose latest album of sweet pop songs shares their experience dealing with a brain-tumor diagnosis. We're proud to feature these compelling performers—from elementary-school students to octogenarians—who demonstrate how music, dance, and art can help share the stories of our lives and connect us all.

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Saturday, August 24th

7-11 Stage

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
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 a.m.
Daughters of Creative Sound
In the Daughters of Creative Sound, nine women of African descent join together as storytellers, dancers, singers, and percussionists. Their performances speak to and through Spirit via instrumental and vocal music, stories, and movement that touch the soul. Their presence and energy will not entertains audiences, it inspires, uplifts, and educates.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
City of Gray
A husband and wife duo, Cherisse and Tim had each taken a long journey as songwriters before they knew one another. In 2009, Cherisse was diagnosed with and treated for a brain tumor, and the duo wanted to share their story the best way they know how: through music. They raised over $7000 via Kickstarter so they could produce a double album of the music they created during Cherisse’s treatment and recovery, and they will be performing their sweet pop songs at this year’s festival.

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Piano Showcase:
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. At 74 years old, Dave’s still got it, and calls up the piano-bar feeling every Wednesday at Rohall’s Corner on Amherst Street.
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 at Rohall’s Corner in Black Rock on the third Tuesday of each month.
Joe Rozler
A true Buffalo icon, Joe Rozler’s scope of work ranges from jingle production to European tours with national acts. Other notable accomplishments include having served as vocal director for noted British actor Christopher Lee. Joe’s impact on the local, national, and global music community does not go un-noticed. He can be seen and heard all over Buffalo music venues, but we’re thrilled to have him as part of our inaugural Piano Showcase.

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Birdie Cree
Birdie Cree was born out of a weekly jam session back in 2005, where guitarist and vocalist Mark Booth, bassist Mark Carrig, and violinist Mary Polichock created music together under the name The Acousticasters. Their evolution brought them the new name of Birdie Cree, with a focus on American roots music, and performances at some of Western New York’s most respected venues, such as Asbury Hall and the Rapids Theater.

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Folkfaces

A newcomer to the Buffalo music scene, and making a big noise about it, Folkface music is a blend of blues, ragtime, bluegrass, folk, jazz, punk, rockabilly, and more. With a mighty guitar pickin’ punch, a mean harmonica, high energy washboard percussion, Folkfaces will have you grooving and wanting more.

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Dr. Jazz and the Jazzbugs

The Jazzbugs met in the trenches of the great war. They heard the records of the “Original Dixieland Jazz Band” in 1917 and saw their future. After single-handedly defeating the Huns, and making the world safe for Democracy, they returned as heroes and musicians. President Coolidge, who is not known to party, was observed doing the Charleston and drinking bootleg gin on the White House lawn during a Jazzbug concert. Don't miss their encore appearance at this year's festival, and don't forget your swing-dancin'-shoes!

Saturday, August 24th

Lafayette Stage

  10:00  10:45 a.m.
Apen Family Bluegrass Band
The Apen Family began with Eric (dad) on vocals and guitar, Ed (age 15) on banjo, and Joe (age 12) on mandolin and bass. Soon, the band added Linda (mom) on fiddle, and the most recent member, Margaret (age 8), on vocals and guitar. (The rest of the family, Mary-Jean, age 4, and Frances, age 1,  aren't yet involved in the band.) They have appeared at The Roycroft Inn, St. Rocco's Festival in Holley, New York, and at the Lancaster farmer's market.

11:00 — 11:45 a.m.
Buffalo Tango Orkestra 

Born in Russia, Israeii composer and violinist Moshe Shulman emigrated to the USA from Israel in 2004. Currently pursuing a doctoral degree at UB, Shulman has studied and performed music around the world. With Buffalo Tango Orkestra, he joins with a talented group of musician to gracefully explore a musical form that originated among European immigrant populations of Argentina and Uruguay—but with a nod to Klezmer and Gypsy music traditions.

12:00 — 12:45 p.m.
Eighth Nerve
Eighth Nerve is a seven-member digital music group from Buffalo, NY, performing under the direction of Dr. Tomas Henriques. Using a variety of electronic instruments—including MIDI controllers, iPads, laptops, and video game controllers—they perform a variety of styles including jazz-fusion, electronic, avant-garde, improvisation, and original compositions.

1:00 — 1:45 p.m.
What Would Mingus Do?
What Would Mingus Do? is a Buffalo jazz band led by award-winning saxophonist and composer Kelly Bucheger, who has performed in the U.S. and Europe with luminaries across the jazz spectrum, from James Carter and John Zorn to Don Menza, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, and Louie Bellson. Kelly’s blog Harder Bop was cited on NPR’s A Blog Supreme. As a composer, he’s been honored by the West Bank School of Music (Minneapolis) Jazz Composers Competition and the Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, sponsored by the Jazz Composers Alliance in Boston.

2:00 — 2:45 p.m.
The Albrights 

The Albrights are hard-working, blue collar, rust belt pioneers. Their live shows are powerful, delivered with raw and spontaneous energy. Their fan base is steadfast and willing, pulled in show after show by the band’s magnetism. Every show is different, every performance has a life of its own. Their on-stage energy is wholly intoxicating. They have been billed together with nationally recognized acts such as Eve 6, Everclear, The Psychedelic Furs, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Dennis DeYoung. They also earned a featured spot on primetime television when their song "Goodwoman" aired on Nick at Nite's popular teen soap opera "Hollywood Heights". Simply put, the Albrights are on fire.

3:00 — 3:45 p.m.
Shorty Long and Resurrection Band
Blues legend Leon Redbone once said, "The blues ain't nothing but a good man feeling bad." Well, Shorty Long has got the blues—and he's got them good. Known for his soulful performances, Long brings to the stage his talented Resurrection Band for a set that might just call to mind another quote—this time from Piedmont singer/guitarist Brownie McGhee: "The blues is life."

4:00 — 4:45 p.m.
Leroy Townes
Leroy Townes is creating a new genre of music. Not Country. Not Americana. Not Rock. Not Pop. Not Folk. No sir, a carefully constructed blend of all genres that your ears shall not refuse. It doesn't matter what kind of music you like, you'll like Leroy Townes' harmony guitar work, strong melodies, and driving rhythm.

5:00 — 5:45 p.m.
Dee Adams and Her Band
The long awaited release from Dee Adams And Her Band, Mile Marker, is reminiscent of the daydreamed combination of Indigo Girls-meets-The Rolling Stones. Rich in lyric and vocal expression, each song is a vignette of love and loss punctuated by texture and color. The band's live shows are energetic and captivating, with Dee's voice as the centerpiece for a band comprised of some of Buffalo's best musicians.

AFTER PARTY
6:15 — 6:45 p.m.
Dee Adams and Her Band
We know you won't get enough of them in just one set, so Dee Adams and Her Band will return to the stage for a short set, kicking off the street party.

 

 

 

 

 

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
John and Mary and the Valkyries

John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey first came together in 1989 when their respective bands were serendipitously booked on the same bill. This fortunate coincidence eventually led to a deal with Rykodisc Records, and tours of the US and Europe. Lombardo was one of the founding members of 10,000 Maniacs, and upon the departure of Natalie Merchant from the group, it was Mary Ramsey that took the helm as frontwoman of the group. Backed by the Valkyries, a stellar lineup of Buffalo musicians, John & Mary continue their tradition of creating jangly, folkish pop gems—perfect music for dancing with new and old friends on a Buffalo summer night!

 

 

Saturday, August 24th

Dance Tent

  10:00  10:45 a.m.
Nimble Vagrant
In Nimble Vagrant, Brian Carney and Jeff Jankowski (from the Celtic band Poor Ould Goat) and Ryan Gurnett (The Viva Noir) combine the down-home feel of folk and the slow groove of reggae.

11:00 — 11:45 a.m.
Black Rock Zydeco 

Black Rock Zydeco delivers a mix of original songs and Cajun/Creole favorites from classic and contemporary performers. Vocal harmonies, inventive arrangements, and an energetic stage presence all come together for a musical experience that gets crowds moving.

12:00 — 12:45 p.m.
C'est Bon Cajun Dance Band
What do you get when the women of NY's top Cajun bands combine their musical talents? High energy, full throttle Cajun dancehall music! C'est Bon consists of the three original Cri Du Bayou members, Barbara Sanders on accordion, and Susi Mills and Jane DeLisa on twin fiddles, Betsy Fuller (All Night Ramblers) on guitar, and Evelyn Schneider (Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew) on bass. These harmonious sisters have been singing and playing Cajun music in the northeast for the last seventeen years, keeping the spirit alive and well. It's hard to tell who's having more fun, the band or the audience, but one thing is for sure: the house will be rocking' and a good time is guaranteed for all.

1:00 — 1:45 p.m.
Stu Fuchs (Stukulele)
Stuart Fuchs has toured & performed extensively—most notably with his award-winning gypsy jazz band Babik, which was featured on Public Radio International’s “The World” and has performed in concert halls & festivals across the U.S. He plays everything he can get his hands on, but specializes in ukulele, gypsy jazz & classical guitar, didjeridoo, and percussion.

2:00 — 2:45 p.m.
Steam Donkeys 

They’re a country band. They’re a rock band. They’re honky-tonkers. They’re swingers (musically, that is). For more than a decade, The Steam Donkeys have delivered rip-snorting ballads and swinging lullabies, offering up one of the finest live performances you’ll ever see.

3:00 — 3:45 p.m.
Family FUNKtion and the Sitar Jams
Family FUNKtion and the Sitar Jams is a group of brothers devoted to creating a new psychedelic musical experience. As rock and funk combine with the extended improvisation found in Indian classical music, you'll find yourself a step closer to nirvana.

4:00 — 4:45 p.m.
Sol y Sombra

Sol y Sombra (formerly, The Latin Jazz Project) 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.

5:00 — 5:45 p.m.
Alassane Sarr & N’Dias

This high-energy ensemble of musicians and dancers rooted in the African tradition covers a broad range of musical styles, from traditional to jazz and funk. They are led by the professionally trained West African drummer and dancer Alassane Sarr, who hails from a griot family in Dakar.

 


Sunday, August 25th

7-11 Stage

10:00 – 10:45am
Tom Burger

Tom enjoys telling folk tales, fairy tales, and a lot of stories using audience participation. A teacher for over 30 years, he has always made use of stories in the classroom. He prefers doing programs for children and family audiences. He says, "I tell stories because stories and smiles go hand in hand."

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Canal Street String Band
The Canal Street String Band puts a brand-new shine on some seriously fun old American music. Stellar musicianship combines with an undeniable sense of adventure and plenty of hokum to produce an irresistibly good time. The audience has fun too.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Davey O

Armed with a steady, rhythmic pulse on his Gibson guitar, a battered straw cowboy hat, and a no-apologies rust-belt work ethic, Davey O puts rubber to asphalt, entertaining attentive, diverse audiences at listening rooms, nightclubs, festivals, and colleges throughout the region. Davey returns to the EAFA with some high marks for his 2012 release "Testing for Rust," including a Top 25 chart position for 11 consecutive weeks on the Roots Music Reports, a Top 20 spot on the Folk DJ Charts in August, 2012 and a selection this year as one of 32 New Folk Songwriting Finalists at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival.

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Songwriter Showcase – Bandleaders Gone Solo

Kathryn Koch
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 recently returned to Buffalo and has found enthusiastic support for her many musical endeavors. 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.
Tom Stahl
Ringleader and master of ceremonies for Tom Stahl And The Dangerfields, Tom writes also plays his share of solo acoustic shows around Buffalo. His writing is thought provoking and illustrative, and his voice and guitar playing paint the canvas behind the stories he’s telling.  Tom has recorded 2 solo albums and has been recognized many times in both the Artvoice Best of Buffalo and Buffalo Music Awards.
Mark Winsick
As a multi-award winning guitarist/songwriter and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee (2010), an acoustic showcase set from Mark Winsick is sure to get the attention of festival goers. Known best for fronting his own original blues band, he’s shared the stage with countless top regional and national blues acts, and has performed at numerous clubs throughout Western NY and Canada to Key West.  He’ll give listeners something they’re not used to hearing when he plays solo acoustic at this year’s songwriter showcase at the 7-11 Stage.

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Outofar Jug Band

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.


4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Gander

Former guitar player of Reverend Soapbox And The Rabble Rousers and The Pharaoh Moans, Gander will be playing his variety of ragtime/ flamenco/ americana with a punk flare to help us close out another fantastic year at the Elmwood Avenue Festival Of The Arts.

 


Sunday, August 25th

Lafayette Stage

10:00 – 10:25am
Pleien Dance Company
“Pleien” pronounced 'play in' is an old Dutch/Middle English word that means 'leap for joy, dance, rejoice, be glad'.  It's possibly how the word “play” originated.  Our dancers are often 'playing' around when improvising and creating new movement for original choreographic works; we have fun and celebrate the joy of dance.

10:30 – 10:55 a.m.
The Buffalo City Ballet
The Buffalo City Ballet is committed to show-casing the talents of local performers, particularly highlighting the talents of minority artists. By offering competitive employment to its dancers and choreographers, the Buffalo City Ballet continues to have an important impact on developing and maintaining the viability of this timeless art form, as well as contributing to the overall richness of cultural resources in Western New York.

11:00 – 11:25 a.m.
Festival Ballet Ensemble
The Festival Ballet Ensemble The Festival School of Ballet offers classes in classical ballet to both children and adults in a professional atmosphere.  Founded in 1987 by Clare Fetto and Keith Carcich, the school, under the direction of Ms. Fetto, concentrates on revealing the beauty of the world of dance to students at all skill levels of all ages."

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.
JamaJama African Drum and Dance
Pictured are M'Baye Diagne and Anisha Hassan who have been working together in the community of Buffalo since 1991.  Through the decades it has been their mission to share their experience and knowledge of the joy the African drum and dance has to bring to all those they reach.   With them are talented drummers and dancers of the African diaspora.

  12:00 – 12:25 p.m.
Danceology

Sponsored by ModDance, Free Soul Dance, and Mone Dance company, a blend of unique, creative, and althetic contemporary movement at the 2013 Elmwood Art Festival. Domini Jay, Birttini Whiting, Alicia Blasi, Kara Man, Christian Jones, and Nakita Mone have been colloborating on an innovative mission in hopes to inspire a larger and united dance culture in Buffalo! 

12:30 – 12:55 p.m.
Nimbus Dance Youth Performance Workshop
Created by Beth Elkins who uses the synchronicity of mind, body and soul.  A collaboration of dance, movement, structured and contact improvisation.

1:00 – 1:25 p.m.
Future Dance
Dancing with style, pizzazz and a whole lot of technique.

1:30 – 2:10 p.m.
Buffalo Contact Improv Jam Performance Group
We dance internal and external stories of the mind and body to roll, fly and rotate in our in-the- moment composition. Our dance is informed by many movement styles including mime, social dancing, ballet and martial arts.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
LehrerDance
LehrerDance is an inspiring and innovative contemporary dance company based in Buffalo, NY.  Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, the company showcases Jon’s unique choreography and embodies his definitive style.

3:30 – 3:55 p.m.
Fleuron Rouge
They shimmy everything from Traditional Belly Dance to Modern Fusion, and a Bolly, Bhangra &/or Hula when they can. Fleuron Rouge has been described as: "A Visual Band, with Hips as their Primary Instrument."

4:00 p.m.
Festival Parade!



Sunday, August 25th

Dance Tent

10:00 — 10:45 a.m.
Yoga Drumbeat 

Yoga drum 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 a.m.
Azucar
The band Azucar, which means "sweet" or "sugar" in Spanish. plays salsa that's definitely sweet—but also a little spicy. Bandleader Manny Perez (Latin Jazz Project) formed this band to get back to his roots, playing music inspired by great salsa musicians, Tito Puentes, Ismael Miranda, and Lalo Rodriguez—salsa old style.

12:00 — 12:45 p.m.
Mohamed Diaby & Manding Foli Kan Don
Manding Foli Kan Don is a Buffalo-based West African drum and dance troop specializing in the drum and dance styles from Guinea. Led by master drummer, Mohamed Diaby, Manding Foli Kan Don consists of drummers and dancers from both the Buffalo and Toronto areas. Photo courtesy of Emily Lenore.

1:00 — 1:45 p.m.
Shaky Stage
Shaky Stage started out at the core as a punk band. Along the way, they learned some country songs and eventually stumbled into folkish harmony. The result is an unexpectedly original mashup of roots Americana and punk rock from a group of Western New York boys with a zest for life.

2:00 — 2:45 p.m.
Hot Club of Buffalo
Hot Club of Buffalo features Josh Assad & Kevin O'Brien (from Babik), Dean Gionis (from Djambossa), and red hot violinist E.J. Koeppel. This music mixes big band swing with exotic gypsy music and engages listeners and dancers alike!

3:00 — 3:45 p.m.
Flatbed
Jeff Miers (Buffalo News) calls Flatbed "a full-blown celebration of Americana and roots-rock" and packed houses at their high-energy live shows are proof of their ability to connect with audiences. The band features one of Western New York's most beautiful voices in Joelle Labert, backed by some of Buffalo's best musicians and songwriters: Derek Bassett (guitar and vocals), Thom Davis (drums and vocals), Nathan Montague(guitar, harp, and vocals) and Michael Tinsmon (bass and vocals).

4:00 — 4:45 p.m.
Nelson and the Heaters
Nelson and the Heaters have some things to say and some stories to tell—in the form of rollicking foot stompers with roots that go way back to the delta. The rhythm section features Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Scott Freilich (bass) and Elton Hough, principal drummer at True Bethel Baptist church. Songwriter Nelson Torre returned to Buffalo by way of NYC with a bag full of his songs he’s ready to share. If you like rockabilly, high-powered alt-country, swamp boogie, and sweat-soaked dancing, you're in for a treat.