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This is It Volume 4: A Celebration of Buffalo’s Musical History

Footage of the legendary Jumpers, a Pauline & the Perils reunion, and a tribute to Mark Freeland are some of the highlights of this relaunch party for the series of CDs honoring the late 1970s and early 1980s of Buffalo’s alternative/new wave/punk/rock music history. A compilation CD, titled This Is It Vol. 4 and featuring artists from the 1977–89 Buffalo punk scene, will be released and sold during a show that reunites bands and recreates music from a time when the Continental and McVan’s were hometown showplaces for an exciting and youthful style of rock that would eventually sweep the globe. The show takes place on Friday night (March 19) at Mohawk Place, with a lineup featuring Pauline & the Perils, Terry Sullivan, the Vores, the Rain, the Promise, Third Floor Srtrangers, Sons of Chuck Berry, Free Henry!, Grace Stuberg, Mike Vargovich, and more. There will be tributes to old friends Tim Switala, Mark Freeland, and Mark Lukich, R.I.P.

Added to this Buffalo rock remix will be the premiere of E Ploetz’s “BFLO PNK 1.0,” a living history and account of the local punk rock era circa 1977-85. In this film, Elmer Ploetz weaves together a series of interviews, archival footage, photos, posters and reunion footage to capture the essence of the era. Look for the Jumpers, Mark Freeland, the Enemies, Lip Service, the Vores, the Good, Pauline & the Perils, Davy & the Crocketts, the George, Paper Faces, and others. You’ll also glimpse some people from behind the scenes such as former WBNY programmer Tom Calderone, artist Karl Kotas, former Buffalo News rock critic Dale Anderson, Rockers magazine editor Andrew Elias, and McVan’s club owner Joe Tearose. A preview of the film will be screened Friday night , and a full screening is scheduled for later in the spring.

7pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (855-3931 /