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'Cultural Connections' events at Canalside to showcase local arts in unexpected ways


Wed, Aug 31st 2016 04:45 pm

Canalside and Arts Services Initiative of WNY collaborate on events fusing art forms 

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York has announced a collaboration with Spectra Venue Management for a two "Cultural Connections" events taking place Fridays, Sept. 2 and 9, at Canalside.

The first event asks, "What happens when a New Orleans-style brass band and an Americana band get together?" To find out, Ten Cent Howl and Buffalo Brass Machine have been working together to bring their two unique styles of American music together. Buffalo Brass Machine will kick things off at 7 p.m., followed by Ten Cent Howl at 8 p.m., and a set with both bands together at 9 p.m.

On Sept. 9, Off Beat Cinema hosts an evening "On the Beat." Taylor Made Jazz presents Melissa Kate & Joyce Wilson Nixon will take the stage for the entire evening beginning at 7 p.m. At several times, they'll be joined by Foxy Diamondz Dance Company for a live music and dance event. Throughout the performance, artist Vinny Alejandro will be live painting the event.

"Canalside is a virtual playground for artists and musicians of all types," ASI Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said. "We're proud to work with Spectra throughout the year on developing cultural programming at Canalside, and happy that they're encouraging this kind of fusion of genres and art forms." 

Admission is free and limited seating is available. More information can be found at www.canalsidebuffalo.com.

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