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Dreamland: The Uncensored Space

Filed under: Music, Photo of the Day


Photos by : Cheryl Gorski

A couple Fridays ago, I experienced a very cool, avant-garde performance by a collaboration of musicians. Dreamland’s performance space provided an intimate close up performance of this unnamed group’s new album, “Stolen Car,” released earlier this year on Golden Lab Records. Steve Baczkowski, music director at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, played the saxophone. Joining him were musicians Bill Nace and Chris Corsano on electric guitar and drums, respectively. Their performance was improvised high-energy outbursts with spontaneously-structured forms stretching sideways via mixed free jazz.

Dana McKnight conceptualized Dreamland after realizing there wasn’t enough queer-centric spaces in Buffalo, NY. Nearing two years since inception, the center is a queer-friendly, racially diverse arts space and collective. Dreamland is located at 387 Franklin Street at the corner of Edward. It is perhaps better known as the 1860’s mansion, “The Florentine Center.” Their mission is to provide a safe space for a diverse population of artists to create and perform free of censorship or economic exploitation. The space has a homey, laid back vibe; crowds are respectful to one another. However, I blasted everyone and the musicians with my flash. My apologies…. There is convenient parking too! Dreamland could use some funding to get a sound system and lighting to enhance their events. Here’s their link to help:

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