Saturday August 27 10am-6pm After Hours Concert 6:00pm- 8:30pm Sunday August 28 10am-5pm

Performers Showcase 2022

ST. JAMES STAGE

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Saturday, August 27th

Coral Collapse

10:00-10:45 AM 

Coral Collapse is a dream-pop/shoegaze outfit from Buffalo, NY.

Alison Pipitone Band

11:00-11:45 AM 

“Pipitone just gets it. She knows how to grab a crowd’s attention; with her guitar – standing, sliding, strutting and strumming – she stands out as the center of the universe. And yet, when she opens her mouth, her words make her a truly relatable performer. She’s not just entertaining, but poignant and relevant. Love, loss, loneliness: Pipitone understands human nature.” Joshua Maloni – WNY Papers

Cooler

12:00-12:45 PM 

Cooler specializes in pop-minded, but emotional indie rock songs while exploring themes of love, commitment, and mental health.

Ten Cent Howl

1:00-1:45 PM 

Ten Cent Howl has been making waves in the Buffalo Americana scene for almost two decades.

Tough Old Bird

2:00-2:45 PM 

TBA

 

Koko Neetz   

3:00-3:45 PM 

Baroque pop/ indie jazz

The Painkillers

4:00-4:45 PM 

 

One of Buffalo’s seminal Punk Rock bands that’s been going strong for almost forty years. Driving rhythms with socially conscious lyrics will get your feet moving!

One World Tribe

5:00-5:45 PM 

From reggae to soul, Hip hop to funk, Jazz to salsa to African pop, they cover styles like water covers the globe. One World Tribe celebrates the ties that bind humanity, and rails against the forces that hold it down.”

After Hours Concert – 6:00pm–8:30pm

One World Tribe

6:00-6:45

One World Tribe returns to the stage to open for our headline performer, Organ Fairchild! 

Organ Fairchild

7:00-8:30

Not your grandmother’s organ trio. Organ Fairchild was voted NY’s top emerging rock band in 2021. Jam, funk and groove instrumental will be coming in danceable waves.

Sunday, August 28th (A Day of Dance)

The Festival Ballet Ensemble

10:10-10:50

The Festival Ballet Ensemble has been performing at the EAFA ever since its inception.  It is made up both professional dancers and students all of whom study at the Festival School of Ballet.

Devi Bollywood Performing Arts

11:00-11:20

Sharing our love and passion of Indian Dance with individuals from all backgrounds. Offering Buffalo a one of a kind experience in the Indian culture.

Donegan Dance Exploration

11:30-11:50

 

Donegan Dance Exploration, a local contemporary dance company, is thrilled to be performing at the Elmwood Arts Festival for the first time! Join us for a three piece performance consisting of two duets and a larger company piece exploring the ideas of relationships, space, and time.

Slyboots Circus

12:00-12:30

The Slyboots Circus is the premier resident performance ensemble at the Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance.  Featuring master performers from around the world, a variety of world music and dance styles, circus arts, puppets, fire and magic— the Slyboots Circus educates, entertains and inspires patrons of all ages at schools, colleges, universities and festivals nation wide to promote their mission; Positive social change through cultural arts education and performance.

Buffalo Aerial Dance (BAD)

12:40-1:10

Buffalo Aerial Dance performers have been exploring the theme of the elements through aerial performances for a few years now, and we have presented this work at Old Falls Street, Penn Dixie Fossil Farm, Duende at Silo City. We’re excited to present the most recent interpretation of Earth’s Elements at this year’s Elmwood Arts Festival. Aerialists will perform in pairs with inspiration from earth, water, air, and fire, embodying both the thrilling and the soothing experiences we receive from nature.

Clark Academy Dance Center

1:20-1:50

This year we celebrate 35 years of teaching dance to thousands of students! Many of our dancers have gone on to have children of their own who are now currently enrolled dancing students at Clark Academy Dance Center! Some students have even become professional performers on stage and film, performing on Broadway in NYC, Broadway show tours, or have become dance teachers themselves across the globe!

Configuration Dance Theatre & School of Ballet

2:00-2:30

Configuration Dance Theatre, 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. The School of Ballet opened its doors in Buffalo 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!

Performing Arts Academy

2:40-3:00

Performing Arts Dance Academy is the Southtown’s Premier Dance Studio located in the village of Hamburg. We are dedicated to teaching our students the finest in traditional, along with the latest in contemporary dance styles.

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts Youth Performance Workshop

3:10-3:40

 

The Elmwood Festival of the Arts Youth Performance Workshop is an intensive week of movement for young people. Boys and girls, ages 10-16, are invited to attend classes and study groups with local professionals. The focus is on completing a finished performance piece for the Elmwood Festival of the Arts. The participants are encouraged to input ideas, concepts and even movement phrases into the final production.

Center Dance

3:50-4:00

 

Center Dance is an emergence focusing upon movement, wellness, and education. At Center Dance we give all people a space to dance.  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.

The Grand Full Circle Togetherness Parade with the 12/8 Path Band and Master Puppeteer Franklin LaVoie (meet at M&T Bank and parade to the St. James Stage)

4:00-5:00 

Dance Tent (next to Unitarian Universalist Church)

Saturday, August 27th

Comienzos

10:00-10:45 AM 

Featuring Jeremy Spindler on accordion, Jamie Sunshine on marimba and percussion, and Brian DeJesus on upright bass, “Comienzos” is a new Buffalo trio performing various styles of music from around the world including Latin America, Brazil and Eastern Europe. Jeremy, Jamie and Brian each bring their own unique musical personality which allows for improvisation and an evolving sound.

Alan Whitney & The Healing Committee

11:00-11:45 AM 

The Healing Committee is a collaboration of American singer-songwriters Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch, and Sean McNamara. The three trade lead vocal and supporting roles on a wide range of songs, vocal harmony, guitars, and harmonica. Their sound is a groove-driven Americana roots blend of song forward Country, Folk, and Soul.

The Fredtown Stompers

12:00-12:45 PM 

The Fredtown Stompers are a collective of WNY jazz musicians playing more traditional 1920-1930s jazz charts. They swing that Hot Jazz and have that New Orleans Trad Jazz flavor.

Cousins Trio

1:00-1:45 PM 

Blending spirituals, Latin jazz, 60 and 70s pop, bossa nova and straight ahead jazz, the Cousins Trio enthralls audiences of all ages. Whether it is the virtuosity of Gardner’s piano solos, the artistry of Quadir’s drumming or the versatility of Cousins’ bass playing, a concert will transport the listener to an alternative reality.

Phriendly Phoes

2:00-2:45 PM

Phriendly Phoes is a live-looping psychedelic/funk/hip-hop duo that blends the live experimentation of a jam band with the party vibe of a DJ.

Elliot Scozzaro Quintet

3:00-3:45 PM 

The Elliot Scozzaro Quintet plays original compositions and music in the bebop, hard bop, and post bop styles.

Olmsted Dub System

4:00-4:45 PM 

Reggae, Roots, Dub and Ska music for all people. A collaboration of some of the finest musicians in WNY. Proven to entertain everyone in the audience while having a great time together.

Son BoriKua

5:00-5:45 PM

 

Son BoriKua performs Son Montuno from Cuba and Puerto Rico. Influenced by Buena Vista Social Club.

Sunday, August 28th

Buffalo Tango Orkestra

10:00-10:45 AM 

Buffalo Tango Orkestra was formed in summer 2012 to perform Argentine tango music arranged by contemporary arrangers and composers. In addition to Argentine tango, the group consists of experts in classical, Gypsy, klezmer and jazz music.

Banjo Juice Jazz Band

11:00-11:45 AM 

Traditional jazz, hot jazz, swing, blues, New Orleans Jazz.

Sol Y Sombra

12:00-12:45 PM 

The hottest latin jazz group in Buffalo! The music is intertwined with the enjoyment of dance. The voice expresses the stories of the people, both personal and universal. The rhythm is a model of disparate players working together. In all the music is an image of the cooperative that is our culture, with vitality, teamwork, and inspiration.

ABTrio

1:00-1:45 PM 

 

Adam Bronstein’s working trio – ABTrio – showcases his original music, and collaborative nature – as well as arrangements of pop tunes and American standards reimagined.  This music is instrumental and guitar driven, with a vocal sensibility alongside rhythms influenced by traditional jazz, modern hip hop and funk feels.

The Hot Club of Buffalo

2:00-2:45 PM 

The Hot Club of Buffalo is a 4-piece gypsy jazz band from Buffalo, NY! The group 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.

Ellen Pieroni & the Encyclopedia of Soul

3:00-3:45 PM

Ellen Pieroni & the Encyclopedia of Soul – or EoS – presents a refreshing brand of smooth-infused soul jazz. Although the group is inspired by artists such as Grover Washington, Stuff, Freddie Hubbard, and the Crusaders, EoS puts an emphasis on new original music. Pieroni is a seasoned sax player, multi-instrumentalist, music educator + promoter. She has been an active member of the regional music scene, formerly playing and touring with projects such as Folkfaces, Intrepid Travelers, and Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra.

Ellen Degenerate

4:00-4:45 PM 

Disco/synth-pop/house/techno dj.

7-11 STAGE

Saturday, August 27th

Acousticopia

10:00-10:45 AM 

Acousticopia is an acoustic group that features music of many traditions and styles. Keith Woodin sings and plays guitar, mandolin and banjo. Marilyn Woodin sings and plays accordion. Steve Moscov sings and plays guitar and dobro. Mark Carrig plays the bass.

Carmen + Lizzy

11:00-11:45 AM 

Carmen & Lizzy is an acoustic duo out of Buffalo, NY. C&L was founded by cousins Carmen O’Keefe and Lizzy Bassler in 2016. The duo grew up creating music together, developing a wide range of talents and passions that have come together to create an unparalleled sound.

Davey O.

12:00-12:45 PM 

It’s no surprise that Buffalo, NY born and bred songwriter Davey O. has been described by Buffalo News critic Jeff Miers as having “a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation”.  Embarking on a decade-plus journey that has resulted in a collection of justly-earned, highly introspective songs, Davey crafts pure Americana that is not of the social and political consciousness, but drawn from the deep well of experience and human emotion – no hackneyed story lines, no insincere polish, just an unflinching poet’s look at life.

Kathryn Koch

1:00-1:45 PM 

 

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Stress Dolls

2:00-2:45 PM 

Alternative/pop/rock, solo singer/songwriter from Buffalo, NY.

Jared Tinkham Trio

3:00-3:45 PM 

Jared Tinkham Trio is a jazz guitar trio performing original compositions and jazz standards.

Maegen

4:00-4:45 PM 

MAEGAN is a R&B songstress from the Buffalo, NY area. She houses a majestic voice which has a thick, yet gorgeous tone. With the unique style of an Erykah Badu, and rich vibrato of a Lianna La Havas, Maegan is a fierce song-writer and producer who released her freshman EP, “Pretty Girl”, July 2021. “Eurydice”, her sophomore EP, was released May 2022.

Bethany Fonda

5:00-5:45 PM 

Indie pop, singer-songwriter

Sunday, August 28th

Stephen Piotrowski

10:00-10:45 AM 

Not athletic enough to play sports and not pretty enough to model, Stephen Piotrowski turned to music at a young age. A self-taught piano player, he underscores his expressive vocals with subtle, yet memorable piano melodies that accentuate the honesty and rawness of his lyrics. A true story teller at heart, Stephen has a way of capturing the essence of the human condition, expressing his musical ideas in a tasteful and relatable fashion. 

Alex McArthur

11:00-11:45 AM 

Alex is a dynamic vocalist, singer/songwriter, & actress based in Buffalo, NY. Winner in the JazzBuffalo Poll for Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 2018 & 2021, she has led her own jazz & pop groups in Buffalo since 2016. Alex’s love for storytelling via musical means led her to study musical theatre & music at the University at Buffalo, while studying vocal jazz & improvisation independently, all aiding the creation & control of her rich, soulful sound. Since then, she remains open to the ways in which she can continue to share her love of music & storytelling with musicians & audiences alike of any & all backgrounds. 

Leanne Darling

12:00-12:45 PM 

Leanne Darling creates her own unique solo viola compositions using the entire scope of her instrument, mixing more traditional sounds with electric sounding effects. Using a sampling/looping device, Darling generates layers of sound — from lyrical melodies to driving rhythms and textures. 

Grace Stumberg

1:00-1:45 PM 

Grace Stumberg is a Buffalo, NY based Singer-Songwriter. A soulful voice and lyrics. For the past 8 years she has been The “Co-Singer” of Folk legend Joan Baez singing on stages all across the world. Grace has also opened for artists such as The Indigo Girls, Josh Ritter, Rusted Root, Chastity Brown and Sean Rowe. Her original material can be described as raw, heartfelt, and organic. No autotune, no tricks, just a voice and guitar.

Peter Latona

2:00-2:45 PM 

Peter Latona is a songwriter from Buffalo, NY, drawing influence from finger picking blues and folk music, and incorporating shoegazy/garage rock and jazz elements.

Katie Alessandra

3:00-3:45 PM 

Katie Alessandra is a solo bluegrass/folk musician from Rochester NY. Her repertoire consists of all original music that she performs with percussion and a baritone ukulele.

 

Outofar Trio Jug Band

4:00-4:45 PM 

 

Jug band music – something for everyone (folk, jazz, blues, parody and humor) performed on homemade instruments including a washtub bass and washboard.

STREET PERFORMERS

Saturday, August 27th

CLEVELAND

12:00 – 1:00 PM 

1:00 – 2:00 PM 

Capo II

A multi-instrumentalist Blues/rock/alt duo that can make a whole lot of sound!

 

BRECKENRIDGE

12:00- 1:00 PM

Buffalo Bully Brass

2:00 – 3:00 PM 

Rob Falgiano

With 10 CDs of original music and song placements on broadcast TV and WNY radio, Buffalo, NY artist ROB FALGIANO lives under the Big Singer-Songwriter Tent, with eclectic musical influences: jazz, funk, 1950s rock & country, bossa nova, 70s folk, 80s new wave, R&B, electronica, and the Great American Songbook.

Sunday, August 28th

CLEVELAND

12:00 – 1:00 PM 

Deep Fried & Dipped in Honey

Deep Fried and Dipped in Honey is an Old time inspired string band hailing from the rolling hills of Western NY.

1:00 – 2:00 PM 

Buffalo Bully Brass

 

BRECKENRIDGE

2:00 – 4:00 PM 

Harmonic Edge

Barbershop Harmony

These Festival Performances are brought to in part by the hard work of The Lavender Haze Collective