This is not your typical music and art festival. No need to pitch a tent or avoid poncho wearing hippies here, this is a classy occasion. On Thursday (tonight! Nov 11), the Burchfield Penney Art Center will kick off their second annual RendezBlue festival. An onslaught of writers, artists, and musicians will flood the art center, located on Buffalo State College’s campus, to display art of all sorts, including live music, poetry, workshops, and performance art. If you’re looking for some hip, local music then Friday is your night. Starting at 8pm, local alternative rockers Here Come The Comets will take the stage in the auditorium to debut their newest EP, That Good Old Fashioned Sin Volume One, an emotional set of indie rock tunes with a soul somewhere between Sparklehorse and David Bowie, and the musical presence of bands like Yo La Tango. Led by visual artist and musician Todd Lesmeister, the band formed in 2006 and quickly created 10 textural, guitar based tracks, that they call “post apocalyptic love songs,” on an album titled Falling Anvils: Love Songs for the Doomed and Secretly Happy. At 9pm is the real hip-hop of the Pseudo Intellectuals. Comprised of local mix masters Tone Atlas, DJ Cutler, and Nick Zero, their set should shift the crowd into a body-moving state just in time for a performance by the Verve Dance Studio at 10pm. Saturday will be a serious night of rhythm & blues featuring a soulful set by the Buffalo Select Chorus and Joseph Wooten at 8pm, followed by the Motown blues of Jony James. Sunday begins with an opera performance by Buffalo State’s Kendrew Heriveaux, and ends with this season’s premier performance of Burchfield Penney’s resident musical ensemble, A Musical Feast. And of course, each afternoon throughout the weekend will feature panel discussions, screenings, and workshops like the Studio Classroom Workshop where students will learn letterpress printing and bookbinding, or the Water Color Workshop where students will paint based on a variety of music. The festivities kick off at 7pm on Thursday with a showcase of Buffalo’s most talented writers at the Poetry and Spoken Word WAM Slam.
7pm-10pm Thursday, 5:30pm-11pm Friday, 2pm-11pm Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday. Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. (878-6011 / www.burchfieldpenney.org). FREE.