Saturday-Sunday August 27th & 28th

Performances 2021- Community Appreciation Day



Clark Academy Dance Center    4:00 PM

Clark Academy was established to introduce and make professional dance training accessible to local, national, and international students. An award winning, world-class Academy that provides first rate instruction for professional dancers and meaningful programs for non-professional dancers. Utilizing dance performance as a form of artistic expression contributes to the successes of Clark Academy, leading dancers to educational scholarships and professional careers globally.

Gaitrie Devi    4:30 PM

Gaitrie Devi will be presenting a solo piece spilt into two parts. The first part is a pure dance composition created by her Kathak teacher, Jayeeta Dutt from India. In this piece, Gaitrie will be sharing a story of the monsoon season and the search for her beloved. The second part of her performance, is choreographed by Gaitrie and will be presented as a Bollywood dance piece and is characterized by movement across the stage and gestures and danced along with the lyrics of a popular Bollywood song.

This project is made possible with funds from the NYS Dance Force, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Configuration Dance Theatre    5:00 PM

Established in 2000 as a professional contemporary ballet company, was called “…a living art gallery with an international collection” by Dance Magazine for its dynamic and diverse programs. In addition, the School of Ballet opened its doors in 2009, providing comprehensive educational opportunities to students who aspire to a career in dance as well as recreational dance students, all of whom truly engage in the spirit of dance.

Center Dance    5:30 PM

Body Sound Circle Score is a work amplifying the fine tuning to timing and rhythm through a listening and feeling mode in bodies. As the dance unfolds there grows a physical gasping in delight with temporal and atemporal connections to self and all who are around. This piece was first developed through the NYState DanceForce WNY Choreographers’ Initiative Award.

Dancers:  Nancy Hughes, Aaron Water, Phil Wackerfuss, Ailani Shaw- Graham.  Understudy Mollie Gaughan

This project is made possible with funds from the NYS Dance Force, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES 6:30 pm- 11:00 pm

Organ Fairchild    6:30

A musical party that won’t quit. Take your old-school organ trio, add dance-heavy grooves and adventurous jamming, and shake vigorously. Enjoy all night long.
Just voted #1 out of 64 up-and-coming bands in the NYS Music statewide 2021 March Madness competition, this group is on fire.
”An incredibly hot new Buffalo band” – The Buffalo News
Joe Bellanti – organ, keyboards
Corey Kertzie – drums, percussion
Dave Ruch – guitar
Playing together in legendary Western NY cover band Wild Knights since the early 1980’s, these three lifelong friends took their first stab at writing original music together just a few short years ago! The party’s just beginning.

”Three long-time veterans of the jam band scene” – Grateful Web

The Brass Machine    8:15

The Brass Machine (formerly the Buffalo Brass Machine) is the one of the premiere touring acts on the live music circuit today, laying down funky New Orleans-style street beats across the United States and Canada. Formed in 2014 at the University at Buffalo, The Brass Machine provides a unique blend of hip hop, funk, and R&B, all in an infectious and energetic package.
Having performed alongside with national acts such as Earth, Wind, and Fire, Rebirth Brass Band, Bonerama, John Papa Gros, and CJ Chenier, The Brass Machine is hittin’ the streets HARD. Led by front man “Kidd” Kyle Yagielski, the group has been named the best FUNK BAND in Western New York three years in a row by JazzBuffalo, and is rapidly gaining traction at their live shows, and is anticipating a new album in early 2020.

The Brass Machine is picking up steam and shows NO SIGN of slowing, so come party with them today!

Black Rock Zydeco    9:45


Zydeco is a form of Cajun/Creole dance music from Louisiana, incorporating influences like the blues, rock, jazz, and even country. Zydeco can be fast or slow, a two-step, waltz, shuffle, or fast boogie. Above all, zydeco music is about the spirit of community and celebration—it’s an invitation to everyone (whether you “know how” to dance or not) to get out on the dance floor and move to the music!


Black Rock Zydeco delivers a mix of stand-out 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.

Ron Kowalewski (accordions ), Ben Clarke (bass), Elton Hough (drums), Alan Whitney & Tyler Westcott (guitar), Joe Rychlik (scrub board)