Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts
by Cory Perla (@ExitMusicCory) - posted 11:00 am, August 27, 2011
With more than 170 artists and craftspeople selling work done in 16 different mediums, you’re sure to find something you love at the 12th annual Elmwood Festival of the Arts. In addition to local art, see over 50 performances across three stages from some of Buffalo’s best bands like Free Henry, Alison Piptone, McCarthyizm, and the Albrights. It all happens on Saturday and Sunday (Aug 27 and 28). Don’t forget to check out Cultural Row on Breckenridge Street and dispersed throughout the Festival, where over 35 of these community organizations including local theaters, art galleries, small community choruses, children’s arts and sports organizations will be on showcase to share information. Environmental Row will be located on Auburn Avenue. Come and learn about clean wind and solar energy alternatives and find out how to decrease energy consumption while lowering utility bills. Check out the status of our local waterways and see what’s growing green in Buffalo. Dance at the family friendly dance tent after you chow down on everything from pierogis to hot dogs and even juice from a solar powered blender (if you’re watching your weight as well as the environment) from restuarants like Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, Globe Market, Go Veggies, Lloyd’s Taco Truck, Lombardo’s Pita Place, Louie’s Hot Dogs, Mineo & Sapio, Red Oiser, Sample, and many more. Try-It Beverage Stations are located near the Lafayette Stage and in the Festival Cafe where there will be products from Flying Bison and Labatt, both of which have significant operations in our community. For more information visit the Elmwood Festival of the Arts website.
Saturday, August 27
(From the the Elmwood Festival of the Arts website) Subject to change
New Band Showcase, Part 1
Head down to the festival early and help foster some of Buffalo’s rising stars! Featuring The Social Inferiors and Rhythm and Rhyme.
Free Henry! is a rock ‘n’ roll jam band that captures the spirit of pioneering and evocative jazz rhythms and melds it with descriptive lyrics, catapulting their listener into a world of transcendent sound.
Outer Circle Orchestra
Every performance by the Outer Circle Orchestra (OCO) is a mix of structured and improvised music to which people love dancing. The name comes from the African tradition of musicians surrounding the dancers for whom they are playing. OCO’s music has been categorized as African-Caribbean, world-beat and international.
Alison Pipitone Band
The Alison Pipitone Band delivers rock & roll with heart, pairing tight musicianship and great songwriting with a healthy, unpretentious sense of humor. It’s an approach that has earned them a rabid fan following—and a number of Buffalo Music Awards.
Family FUNKtion and the Sitar Jams
Family FUNKtion and the Sitar Jams is a group of brothers devoted to creating a new psychedelic musical experience. As rock and funk combine with the extended improvisation found in Indian classical music, you’ll find yourself a step closer to nirvana.
McCarthyizm is known for blending ’60s garage and ’80s underground rock with strong melodies and intelligent lyrics. Add some raucous rhythm and a tasty measure of Celtic flavoring and you’ve got a cocktail with a punch that delivers one helluva good time.
The Rockaz blend roots reggae, funk, ska, rockin’ soul dub, and hip-hop with down-home goodness. Chunky horns on a bed of spicy riddims and tasty guitar are topped with a nutritious blend of melodic and soulful vocals.
The Albrights are a Buffalo-based rock band with an eclectic blend of early American rock, blues, and Motown—packaged together through stellar musicianship and a genuine approach to the music.
Left on Red
Left on Red’s story began when Liah and Kelly decided to make their living exclusively through busking in the New York Subways. Their unique brand of original songs feature catchy melodic hooks and intelligent, often humorous yet socially relevant lyrics and passionate improvisational instrumentation.
The Skiffle Minstrels
The Skiffle Minstrels are quickly making waves from Boston to Lafayette, LA. The band plays country-western and Cajun standards as well as upbeat originals with a swinging beat that’s guaranteed to get you dancing!
Sunday, August 28
Subject to change
New Band Showcase, Part 2
Head down to the festival early and help foster some of Buffalo’s rising stars! Featuring Brimstone Blondes.
11:00 – 11:30
Festival Ballet Ensemble
The Festival Ballet Ensemble offers students the opportunity to showcase their talents in a professional atmosphere and gain the experience that only stage appearances can offer.
11:30 – 12:00
Aaron Water and Nancy Hughes (Water Shoes Dance)
New vanguard solos and duets in contemporary ballet, modern dance, contact improv and hip hop.
12:00 – 1:00
Jama Jama African Drum & Dance
Special guests from West Africa will be drumming and dancing for you!
1:00 – 1:45
Configuration Dance Theatre (CDT) is a unique, contemporary ballet company whose dynamic programs are as diverse as the ensemble’s make-up. CDT’s apprentice program allows younger artists an opportunity to work with established dancers and choreographers.
2:00 – 3:00
LehrerDance fosters the creation of new works by Jon Lehrer, presenting a style of movement that is organic, artistic and comprehensible, bringing an understanding of life and the human condition to audiences around the world through innovative choreography.
3:00 – 3:30
Nichols Dance Ensemble
Elaine Gardner will direct a sneak preview of a new work by guest choreographer Kun-Yang Lin from Philadelphia. The New York Times raved, “Kun-Yang Lin’s distinctive blend of traditional and Western dance has the dark, bold force of a woodcut print.”
3:30 – 4:00
Nadia Ibrahim Middle Eastern Dance