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Saturday, August 24
Acousticopia features acoustic music of many traditions and styles (folk, early country, swing, jazz, early rock, Brazilian, French, and Spanish) focused mainly from the 20’s through the 60’s. Keith Woodin sings and plays guitar, mandolin and banjo. His wife Marilyn sings and plays accordion. Steve Moscov sings and plays guitar, dobro and cajon. Mark Carrig plays bass. Syles include but are not limited to. Their influences include luminaries like Woody Guthrie, Jimmy Rogers, Bill Monroe, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Edith Piaf, Joao Gilberto, and more.
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.
Buffalo Tango Orkestra
Moshe Shulman is a composer and performer of classical music, Argentine tango, klezmer, and Gypsy music on violin, viola, and bandoneon. He leads a diverse group of skilled performers in globe-spanning tunes designed to stir your soul and move your feet. Their debut album “Ecos del Pasado” was released in 2018 on Hook & Ladder Records.
Banjo Juice Jazz Band
Call it what you want! “Hot jazz” or “Trad jazz” or “New Orleans jazz” or just “Jass”. It’s just fun music & bound to get you dancing! This super-group is made up of recognizable musicians from various bands throughout Western New York with a shared love of those old timey songs from way back when.
Alex McArthur Group
Alex McArthur is a jazz & funk performer based in Buffalo, New York. She and her groups have performed at Pausa Art House, Buffalo Iron Works, Larkin Square, Lewiston Jazz Festival, and the Queen City Jazz Festival. In 2016, she received the JazzBuffalo Rising Star Award. Alex’s main goal whenever she is performing is to connect and communicate with her audience. By performing in a wide range of genres, she is able to express herself and achieve that goal flawlessly!
Sol y Sombra
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.
Black Rock Zydeco
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!
C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band
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.
Sunday, August 25
Sacred Sounds Yoga
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.
A House Safe For Tigers
A House Safe for Tigers is an indie chamber pop group. Some of their influences include The Go-Betweens, Luna, Mercury Rev, and Mojave 3. The band is an outlet for songs written and recorded by Mark Costantino and Brandon Delmont. For this performance, they will be joined by Brad Solly (Keys), Tom Dagonese (Bass) and Ralph Delmont (Drums).
The Hot Club of Buffalo
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.
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.
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.
Tough Old Bird
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.
The Healing Committee
Singer-songwriters Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch, and Tim Pitcher make an original Americana folk and soul band, The Healing Committee. THC performs unforgettable handcrafted songs, soaring vocal harmony with a danceable soul country vibe. Each a strong solo artist, they trade lead and supporting roles in a wide range of material. The Healing Committee will release their debut album in 2019.
Saturday, August 24
Known for lamenting cat calls in “Creepyman”, Kerry Fey is a “cheeky-folk-punk” guitarist and singer/songwriter from Buffalo, NY. She recorded her first album, “Apocalypse, Baby!” with Tony DeRosa at Buffalo’s Mohawk Place. Having been likened to Jenny Lewis and Holly Golightly, Fey addresses heartbreak, love, assault, injustice, as well as doubting and believing in oneself, all with the help of a Pink Guitar she calls “Pepto”.
Cheaper Than Vinyl
3 piece Cheaper Than Vinyl plays acoustic original folk, drawing from various influences such as traditional jazz, blues and salsa
Dan White Band
The Dan White Band is a high-energy Americana, grassroots folk-rock trio from Alden, NY. The Band bring an honest and exciting feel to their original music and covers by classic artists from the inspired genres.
Singer/songwriter Stephen Piotrowski is an acoustic artist from Buffalo, NY. He released his inaugural independent full length album Broken Things in 2018. The success of the record helped him gain a small following around the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas.
Joe Bellanti & Dave Ruch
Joe Bellanti (piano, accordion, vocals) and Dave Ruch (guitar, mandolin, vocals) met in 1983 at a rehearsal for local jam band outfit Wild Knights, and have been playing music together ever since. With interests that run the gamut from Grateful Dead music to New Orleans piano boogie to bluegrass and far beyond, these guys never don’t have fun. Their audience never doesn’t either. (Photos by Greg Meadows)
Stress Dolls is the moniker of Chelsea O’Donnell, an alternative/pop/rock artist from Buffalo, NY. Her sound has drawn such comparisons as “Joni Mitchell meets Nirvana” and “Kathleen Hanna fronting Modest Mouse.”
Spoken Word Poetry Showcase curated by Benjamin 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 Oli Wiggins, Brittany Lisa Carey, Jazz De Nero, Abigayle Rose, and hosted by Benjamin Brindise.
Honest Penny is a unique blend of acoustic and electric sounds as well as vocal harmonies playing a wide range of music including Americana, Folk, Country and Rock. We also perform original music from our debut CD Grand Plans Unwinding.
Sunday, August 25
The Water Dogs
The Water Dogs are an alternative band, consisting of three siblings. The trio has been heard on radio stations in the UK, Australia, South Africa, and in their hometown of Buffalo, NY. They perform at various venues, including showcasing at the Music is Art Festival in 2018, 2017, 2016, & 2015.
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.
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 the songs that America has grown up with.
Meghan Adele Johnson
Meghan Adele Johnson is a Buffalo, NY singer/songwriter playing original works and covers, with a unique and vibrant sound. She performs as an independent artist and as a jazz vocalist, and plays piano, ukulele and guitar. Her inspirations include Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles and Maggie Rogers.
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.
Step In Time
Step In Time’s “off the grid” repertoire of Celtic, Folk and Americana music is performed with strong vocals and diverse instrumentation including: Guitar, Whistles, Concertina, Bodhran, Harmonica, and Recorder. Performances full of energy and humor are hallmarks of Step In Time band.
Saturday, August 24
Elliot Scozzaro Quintet
Elliot Scozzaro is a saxophonist and educator from Buffalo, NY. Elliot received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, where he played lead alto saxophone in the seven time Grammy-nominated One O’ Clock Lab Band. As a member of the One O’ Clock, Elliot headlined the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier, Australia, was featured as a soloist on Lab 2016, and performed with Dennis Mackrel, James Morrison, Danilo Perez, and Sean Jones. While at UNT, Elliot also served as a Teaching Fellow of Saxophone, directed the Five O’ Clock Lab Band, and studied under Brad Leali. Elliot was named a semi-finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition in 2016. Throughout 2018, Elliot played second alto saxophone in the renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Nick Hilscher. While a member of the GMO, he toured the United States, Canada and Japan, and performed in venues such as Yoshi’s Oakland, Severance Hall, the Cotton Club (Tokyo), and Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Additionally, Elliot has performed at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Northwest Jazz Festival, and the Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival.
Formed in late 2017, Leyda is an indie rock/pop band based in Buffalo, NY. The band consists of five friends: front-woman Saffi (piano/keyboard, vocals, clarinet), Cody Barcroft (bass guitar, vocals), Jose Rojas (violin), Brian Siklinski (guitar), and Joe Vallone (percussion).“Fronted by multi instrumentalist and vocalist Saffi, Leyda is in your face and ethereal at the same time, with vibe heavy rhythms and surging riffs charging over strings and a shimmering clarinet that cuts through the looming darkness, and beautifully wrought lyrics that have levels upon levels, features all in even sharper focus on the assured and brave Hallways.” – Buffablog
John Moore & Missingstar
John Moore And Missing Star is a new musical project featuring John Moore front-man from the long standing Western New York based band 53 Days. As songwriter for 53 Days he penned the song “Shelter Me” for the soundtrack album to the movie Lonestar State Of Mind. The movie featured John Mellencamp in a role. The songs “These Days” and “When it Goes ’round” were used in the film “Last Big Attraction”, the latter over the closing credits. As well as many songs that have been heard on MTV, CBS and E!.
“SHIBUKI” was born in December 2016 as one of the clubs of the JGB. A Japanese Taiko artist, Kenji Furutate gave us an opportunity to start this group, and we also have a Taiko Drum artist, Joe Small as a great mentor, who is from Buffalo. We are all fun members, who are always enthusiastic about polishing our skills and enjoy drum’s rhythm.
Lonnie Crittenden Odyssey Band
The Odyssey Band is an 8 piece musical organization. The Band focuses on Jazz, but also plays R&B. The Band has performed at many venues in the Buffalo and Rochester areas. Specifically , Color Musicians Club, M&T Plaza, Poppey Martin Jazz Festival, Pine Grill Reunion, and several Jazz Clubs in Buffalo and Rochester. Several musicians in the Odyssey Band have performed Internationally in Germany, France, Japan and Spain. Most of the members in the Band perform locally with big Jazz Bands, such as Larry Salter, George Scott.
Grosh is a high energy rock band from Buffalo, NY featuring Grace Lougen (guitar), Josh English (drums), Megan Brown (vocals), and Dylan Hund (bass). With influences from bands such as Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam, the band writes music that is visceral, heavy, and inspiring.
Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields
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.
Grüvology is recognized as one of Western New York’s most interesting jazz ensembles—know for their unique compositions influenced by gospel, blues, folk, latin and Middle Eastern music.With an acclaimed European tour in 2015, promoting a disc release in spring of 2014, the band has proven its appeal and longevity. In 2013, for the second year in a row, Grüvology was awarded the Buffalo Music Award for best Western New York Jazz group of the year. Walter Kemp, III was also voted best original keyboard player of the year.
After Hours Concert
Food from around the world and beverages from around town will be available.
Alassane Sarr and N’Dias
Grüvology returns to the stage to open for our headline performer, Alassane Sarr and N’Dias! The music of N’Dias is rooted in the African tradition. Through its performances, the band strives to build awareness for the beauty and excitement of West African dance and drumming. Though their art is based on tradition, they cover a broad range of musical styles, from ancient to contemporary. Leader Alassane Sarr is an internationally renowned artist and is a fourth generation Griot, from Dakar, Senegal. He performed with Les Ballet Africains and Silimbo D’Adeane, among many other groups, before immigrating to the U.S.
Sunday, August 25th
A Day of Dance
El Batey Dance Center
Bomba is an interactive musical expression and the oldest musical genre in Puerto Rico. Songs are a call and response format using drummers.
Festival Ballet Ensemble
The Festival Ballet Ensemble is a group of dancers from the Festival School of Ballet, located on Jewett Parkway in North Buffalo. They will be performing “The Boogie Woogie Ballet,” choreographed by Clare Fetto and set to music of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
EAFA Youth Ensemble
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts Youth Performance Workshop is also fondly referred to as dance camp. It is located in Buffalo’s inspiring Theater District. Creative young people are drawn to this workshop because they get to work with elements that make the show happen. They do this by helping to choose the music, brainstorming ideas and co-creating the costumes. Not only do the young movers ages 8-16 work with choreographers to learn new dances but they also get to make their own choreography. The performance becomes a kaleidoscope of what they learned throughout out one week of work with dances grooving in genres like musical theatre, contemporary and jazz. EAFA Youth Performance Workshop is very excited to be part of Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts for the 7th year!
Buffalo Aerial Dance
Buffalo Aerial Dance (BAD) performs cirque-style aerial arts on a variety of apparatus including aerial silks and trapeze. This year’s piece centers on female strength and empowerment. They demonstrate the limitless capabilities of women through physical feats of strength and flexibility. Their piece also symbolizes intangible support for one another and womankind through physically supporting each other in the air.
Jaipongan, also known as Jaipong, is a popular traditional dance of Sundanese people, West Java, Indonesia. The dance was created by Gugum Gumbira, based on traditional Sundanese Ketuk Tilu music and Pencak Silat movements.
Royal Academy of Ballet and Dance
Will be performing excerpts from RAB goes to Wonderland with fun Characters such as Alice, The Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat as well as contemporary and neo -classical pieces.
Native Buffalonian Marisa f. Ballaro returns home for this year’s Festival. Her NYC-based company Ballaro Dance will share a few of their “greatest hits” including audience favorites: Jazz For Six, a fun, care-free ensemble work exploring musicality and gesture, and Stairway To Nowhere, a quirky solo composed of acrobatic feats of flexibility and power paired with serpent-like characterization. Several other new dances will round out the repertory engaging audiences of all ages through the Company’s energized approach to modern dance.
Configuration Dance Theatre & School of Ballet will present an eclectic mix of new neoclassical and contemporary works by their latest group of emerging dance artists.
Devi Bollywood Performing Arts is a Buffalo-based Indian dance group directed by Gaitrie Devi, she specializes in various styles of dance from across India. Devi Bollywood seeks to promote artistic and authentic Indian Dance with a global and diverse community. Gaitrie has trained with notable choreographers Pooja Narang of Bollywood Axion and Payal Kadakia of The Sa Dance Company. Gaitrie is passionate about sharing a part of her culture through the arts. Her team is trained in a diverse range of dance forms from across the globe and we pride ourselves in offering high-quality instruction and performances.
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. Center Dance can be seen performing in Buffalo in theaters, museums, galleries, people’s homes and silos. We want you to love dance as much as we love dance!
Free Soul Performance Group
Free Soul Performance group will present a series of relatable contemporary dance pieces created and performed by local dance talent. They will end with some very fun crowd participation, so don’t miss out on the action!
African American Drum and Dance
The African American Cultural Center presents this vibrant group brings the sights and sounds of West Africa to the EAFA Stage. Come dance with them!
The Caravan of Kindness Parade
Meet at M&T Bank to join in the parade that culminates in music and dance at the St. James Stage.