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Kraftwerkers of Buffalo: From Grain Elevators to Pocket Calculator

Kraftwerkers of Buffalo: From Grain Elevators to Pocket Calculator

Friday, April 6 through Tuesday April 17

No, Kraftwerk is not coming back to Buffalo. I say back, because the legendary synthpop band made their way to Buffalo once, long long ago, back in 1975 when they played the New Century Theatre. Tickets were $5.50. This month Kraftwerk will do a series of shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, but if this is the first you’re hearing about this event, you’ve already missed out because tickets sold out instantly and are now going for about $1000 a piece from scalpers online. Luckily though, there is a contingent of die-hard Kraftwerk fans in Buffalo who are taking this opportunity to celebrate the robotic band from Düsseldorf, Germany. Beginning on Friday (April 6) and going through Tuesday, April 17, GaleriesNFS will present a series of concerts, screenings, and performances for which local artists have been invited to interpret the albums and artwork of Kraftwerk. Kraftwerkers of Buffalo: From Grain Elevators to Pocket Calculator will kick off at Hallwalls on Friday with a media presentation followed by a live music concert for a $5 donation. The rest of the week will feature a series of performances of all 11 of Kraftwerk’s albums from 1970’s self-titled debut, to Ralf and Florian, Computer World, The Man Machine, and all the way through 2003’s Tour De France Soundtracks at various venues throughout Buffalo, like the Vault and Sugar City. For more info click here to see the Kraftwerkers of Buffalo Facebook event page. —cory perla

Events by date: 

A  Kraftwerk Media Presentation
Friday, April 6, 7pm
@ Hallwalls Theatre

Kraftwerk 1 (1970)
Scott Valkwitch, Gabriel Gutierrez, Patrick Cain, Jim Abramson
Friday, April 6,10pm
@ Hallwalls Theater

Rückstoß Gondoliero + Heavy Metal Kids (1971)
Saturday, April 7, 10pm
@ 20 Auburn (courtyard)



Kraftwerk 2 (1972)
Malaria Control(s)
Sunday, April 8, 8:30pm
@ the Vault



Ralf and Florian (1973)
Franz NP
Monday, April 9, 8:30pm
@ Big Orbit



Autobahn (1974)*
*Presented In: Quelle Verräumlichung acht Vier-Punkt-Licht
galeriesNFS “Kraftwerkers” Press Conference
Tuesday, April 10, 8:30pm
@ Sugar City



Autobahn Séance
led by Gentleman John
Wednesday, April 11, 12:01am
@ Corner of Main & Huron (former New Century Theatre)




Radio Activity (1975)
Martin Freeman & TJ Borden
Wednesday, April 11, 8:30pm
@ Backroom at Hardware



Trans-Europe Express (1977)
Pam & Miles
Thursday, April 12, 9:30pm
@ the Vault



The Man Machine (1978)
Friday, April 13, 11:59pm



Computer World (1981)
Al Larsen, Mark Webb
Saturday, April 14, 10:00pm
@ Soundlab




Planet Rock (1981)
Totem Pole
Saturday, April 14, 10:00pm
@ Soundlab



Techno Pop (Electric Cafe)(1986)
Sunday, April 15, 8:30pm



The Mix (1991)
MJB Corporation, ABCDJ
Monday, April 16, 8:30pm



Tour de France (2003)
Neil L. Coletta & Choir
Tuesday, April 17, 10:00pm


  • Hartmout Fischer

    In response to the terrible failure of MoMa’s ticket sales for the Kraftwerk retrospective, galeriesNFS is organizing a mirror event. This series will include music that is excluded from the MoMa show, notably the first three Kraftwerk albums and Africa Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock.” Planet Rock is included, not to suggest that it is a work of Kraftwerk, rather that the remixing, sampling, and reinterpretation of Kraftwerks sounds/music by other artists was and continues to be as important as the original records. 

    In-deference to Kraftwerk and MoMa, this series invites artists/musicians to interpret the albums. While there is one original member of Kraftwerk performing at MoMa – there will be none in the galeriesNFS series. Rather, the aim of this exhibition is more interested in the feel and circumstance of community and experimentation.

    buffalo, ny

    • Frank Scheuttle

      Well said

  • Jim A

    billing correction: Kraftwerk 1 (Friday, April 6,10pm) will be performed by Scott Valkwitch, Gabriel Gutierrez, Patrick Cain, Jim Abramson

    • Artvoice

      Thanks for the update!