2018 Downloadable Performance Schedule
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10:00–10:45 The Observers (facebook.com/theobserverssee)
The Observers take you on a journey of human experience. Their shows allow you to travel through a myriad of emotions from tear-in-your-beer ballads, to remain-in-your brain melodies, and even down home, foot stompin’ hootenannies.
11:00–11:45 Ten Cent Howl (tencenthowl.com)
Founded over a decade ago, Ten Cent Howl is a band of five seasoned musicians carrying a distinct Americana sound that echoes the raw rust belt roots of the Buffalo and Western New York music scene. Carefully blending a variety of folk, rock, traditional country, bluegrass and blues influences, Ten Cent Howl has created an eclectic and growing library of original music. The band brings an infectious energy to the stage that regularly attracts new audiences to some of the area’s most popular music venues.
12:00–12:45 Fluse (facebook.com/OfficialFluse/)
In 2016, Fluse broke onto the Buffalo music scene with their debut album, “Stories of Funk and Blues.” The album brought together a mix of rock, funk, and blues that attracted fans from across Western New York. With a tight rhythm section and catchy hooks, Fluse found great success in their first year, highlighted by airtime on Alternative Buffalo’s “Localized”. In 2017, Fluse was crowned the champions of Music Is Art’s 2017 Battle of the Band’s, awarded studio time and a headlining spot at the annual Music is Art Festival.
1:00–1:45 French ConéXion (facebook.com/French-Con%C3%A9Xion-730299893802528/)
French ConéXion is an ensemble with a truly international background featuring Jeremy Spindler (France, Brazil) on accordion, Marc Cousins (France, Belgium) on double bass, and Bernard Kunz (Switzerland) on guitar and oud. French ConéXion plays new musette, manouche, Brazilian choros, tangos, jazz standards, improvisations, originals and any other tunes that come their way and catch their fancy.
2:00–2:45 The Hot Club of Buffalo (hotclubofbuffalo.com)
Whether you’re 9 or 109, The Hot Club of Buffalo makes everyone happy. Dancers love the rhythms, audiences love the catchy melodies, and everyone has a good time! The Hot Club of Buffalo plays a brand of jazz known as Gypsy Swing or Gypsy Jazz. The style was created in the 1930s by the legendary 2-fingered guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Gypsy Jazz blends American big band swing with exotic European Gypsy sounds.
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)
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!
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? C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band: hard-rockin, foot-stompin, girl-powered Cajun dance-hall music! C’est Bon includes Barbara Sanders on accordion & vocals, Jane Delisa and Susi Mills on twin fiddles & vocals, Betsy Fuller on guitar & vocals, and Evelyn Schneider on bass. These harmonious sisters have been singing and playing high-energy Cajun music to crowds in the area for almost two decades, keeping the spirit alive and well. It’s hard to tell who’s having more fun: the band or their audience—but one thing’s for sure: 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 Carina and the Six String Preacher (carinaandthesixstringpreacher.com)
A spicy blend of crime jazz, surf, tango, and pop with a touch of blood and a dash of cinnamon, Carina and the Six String Preacher’s music is a modern day “Jazz Noir.” Based out of Buffalo New York, the band (formed by singer/songwriter Carina M. and guitarist/songwriter Vincent James Mastrantonio) has independently recorded, created, and produced six original music videos and three albums, including their latest EP “The Great Hideaway.” Joined by local jazz/rockabilly drummer John Brady, the trio has performed at some of the most renowned venues and festivals in the region.
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 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.
2:00–2:45 Sol y Sombra (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.
3:00–3:45 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.
4:00–4:45 Flatbed (flatbedmusic.com)
Americana band Flatbed taps deep into the early crossroads of blues and country music and augments their style with influences from the last seventy years of popular music to form a unique, yet approachable, roots sound. Their live shows have something for every roots rock fan while keeping the song front and center.
10:00–10:45 Spoken Word Showcase: Presented by Benjamin Brindise (facebook.com/ben.brindise/)
Authors and members of Buffalo’s past and present National Poetry Slam team will present from work performed on National’s stages and from published projects. Featuring Benjamin Brindise, Brandon Williamson, Megan Kemple, Paige Melin, and Skyler Jaye.
11:00–11:45 The Lake Effect (thelakeeffect.com)
Buffalo’s own a cappella group. The five guys in the band are dedicated to presenting Classic rock, R & B, Jazz, Pop, Contemporary and Original songs, all with their VOICES. You may think you hear bass, drums, guitars and occasional harmonica solos, but they simply use the only instrument NOT made by mankind. Their passion lies with making music with nothing but a microphone and an occasional ruler as needed.
12:00–12:45 Middlemen (middlemenbflo.com)
Middlemen are a Buffalo-based, original folk-rock act comprised of Tom Maynor and Dan Nolan. They’ve been making music together since 2013.
1:00–1:45 Mike Brown (mikebrown.org)
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.
2:00–2:45 Carmen & Lizzy (facebook.com/carmenandlizzymusic/)
Carmen & Lizzy is an acoustic duo made up of cousins, Carmen O’Keefe and Liz Bassler. Their debut EP, “Where Are We Now?” was released in November 2017 and its sound thrives on genetic harmony and honest writing, resembling bands like Joseph and The Staves.
3:00–3:45 Tough Old Bird (tougholdbirdmusic.com)
Formed in the small community of Fillmore, New York by songwriting brothers Matt 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.
4:00–4:45 Tonemah (tonemah.com)
A singer/songwriter in the purest sense, Tonemah’s performances combine the energy of rock, the intelligence of folk and the heart of country, to create a musical niche he calls, “Native Americana.” At times the trickster, at times the son, at times the father, at times the seeker, Tonemah is always the consummate storyteller, a storyteller who offers meaning where the listener needs to find it.
5:00–5:45 Joe Bellanti (joebellanti.com)
Singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, but mainly a piano player, Joe Bellanti plays a mix of rhythm and blues, boogie woogie, rock and roll and Americana style music. Having been classically trained on piano—against his will—as a youth he started playing in a variety of bands during college following a transformative event in 1976.
10:00–10:45 Greg Barresi (gregbarresimusic.com)
Greg Barresi is a new-fangled old-time guitar picker who brings every song to life with clarity, warmth, and a sense of humor. His guitar weaves a steady thump of bass notes with the rhythms and melodies of songs you know you’ve heard somewhere before. While his head floats freely through the clouds of yesterday his feet are planted firmly on the ground of today.
11:00–11:45 Jazzline (jazzline.net)
Jazzline features Jennie Jones on vocals as well as flute, clarinet; alto, soprano and tenor sax and is joined by her husband, veteran guitarist and composer Dennis Warne, and Marc Cousins on upright bass. They will perform some jazz standards and original written by Dennis M Warne.
12:00–12:45 Phil Banaszak/Dave Ruch
A special duo show from Dave and Phil of The Canal Street String Band. Expect original instrumentals, New York State traditional music, hot fiddle tunes and gems from the American songbag along with some choruses to sing on.
1:00–1:45 John Moore (facebook.com/missingstarmusic)
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.
2:00–2:45 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.
3:00–3:45 Harmonic Edge (facebook.com/WNYBarbershop)
Quartet This foursome brings a fresh new style and sound to a cappella music in the barbershop style. These four friends have over 85 combined years in the Barbershop Harmony Society. They love to sing the songs that America has grown up with.
4:00–4:45 Comedy Sportz High School League (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.
St. James Stage
10:00–10:45 Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus (buffalogaymenschorus.com)
Historically, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people have seldom had a “voice,” a comprehensive, recognized presence with full participation in the American culture. Today, however, LGBTQ choruses are flourishing. The Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus is dedicated to producing vocal music of high quality in the rich tradition of men’s choral singing. They seek not only to entertain, but to enlighten through song. They sing to create harmony and unite the community in the spirit of Pride.
11:00–11:45 Tom Stahl and The Dangerfields (TomStahlAndTheDangerfields.com)
Tom Stahl and The Dangerfields is 2017 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and multiple award-winning original folk rock band lead by Tom Stahl. As a solo artist and with his band mates, Tom has opened for such acts as Three Dog Night, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Loverboy, Joan Osborne, and Loudon Wainwright III. The Dangerfields have been labeled as R&B, folk, rock, pop, rockabilly, and country—or a cross between The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the Barenaked Ladies. What everyone does agree upon is that this is some of the best songwriting you are likely to hear.
12:00–12:45 Jon Lehning (facebook.com/JonLehningMusic)
Whether it’s Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, Wayne Shorter, or the Yellow Jackets, jazz saxophonist Jon Lehning has gathered up some of the best in young talent to perform iconic jazz music. Says Lehning, “For me, there is a fundamental core to good music that remains true regardless of its style. This holds true of music made today, 20 years ago or 200 years ago. Quality music continuously maintains its relevance.”
1:00–1:45 The Slags (theslags.bandcamp.com)
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, but born and raised in Buffalo. The Slags play a mix of original garage rock, ska, and indie rock. They’ll punk out with original numbers and covers that can tip over into country and reggae, too.
2:00–2:45 Alison Pipitone (alisonpipitone.com)
The Alison Pipitone Band has racked up their share of street cred, warming the stage for a who’s who of rock pioneers and practitioners: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Bacon Brothers, Martha Wainwright, Barenaked Ladies, 5440, and more. While that’s an impressive list, the real elegance and joy of seeing this band lies in their signature blend of fun, rock & roll humor, and smart songwriting paired with blistering guitars and Pipitone’s iconic voice.
3:00–3:45 Humans of Robot Holiday (robotholiday.com)
The Buffalo collaborative known as Robot Holiday, renowned for their annual Christmas performance at Larkin Square, brings a bright summery change to their wintery reputation. Featuring a star studded cast of Buffalo music veterans, they work together to create a rainbow of sound from R&B and rock, to folk and twang.
4:00–4:45 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.
5:00–5:45 Milkweed (milkweedtheband.com)
Based in Binghamton, NY, Milkweed pulls from many of the great aspects of American music and has created their own brand of American song and storytelling. Whether it is bluegrass guitar flat-picking, Chicago blues harmonica, Irish ballads, or Jersey shore folk songs, Milkweed weaves together the sounds that make up the rich tapestry of American music history.
After Party 6:15-8:30
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 Milkweed (milkweedtheband.com)
Milkweed returns to the stage for a short set to kick off the party!
7:00–8:30 The Twang Gang (facebook.com/twanggangbuffalo)
The Twang Gang is a group of Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members, who get together every Tuesday at The Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY. Their sole purpose is to jam and have fun, getting people from the audience up to sing or play with them—kind of like karaoke on steroids. The event started as a venue for younger singers and players who wanted to get their feet wet playing on stage in front of a grateful audience, but veterans of the business also show up regularly to sing and play with The Twang Gang—and a packed house every week shows that audiences love it, too!