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'Rhythm, Blues and Brews,' a musical beer & food tasting, to benefit Kleinhans Music Hall

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Fri, Feb 28th 2020 07:00 am

Friday, May 8

Kleinhans Music Hall announced its annual fundraiser, “Rhythm, Blues and Brews,” will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the Mary Seaton Room at the famed Buffalo venue.

In addition to selections from 12 breweries, patrons will be able to taste high-end cuisine courtesy of Oliver's, SEAR, Britesmith and Creekview Restaurant, all part of the Schutte Hospitality Group.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Kleinhans Music Hall's programming, including the annual “National Geographic Live Speakers Series” and the upkeep of the National Historic Landmark building.

Breweries to be represented include Britesmith Brewing, Pressure Drop Brewing, Community Beer Works, Flying Bison Brewing Co., Southern Tier Brewing Co., Ellicottville Brewing Co., Hamburg Brewing Co., 42 North Brewing Co., 12 Gates Brewing Co., Labatt Brew House, BlackBird Cider Works, and Big Ditch Brewing Co. The tasting event is sponsored by Buffalocal, Schutte Hospitality Group, Hadley Exhibits and P&A Group.

True to the very nature of the venue, music will be provided by Carina and the Six String Preacher, followed by Freightrain, featuring Robert “Freightrain” Parker, one of Buffalo's premiere blues bands.

Carina and the Six String Preacher’s signature sound is a modern day jazz noir with a twist, a spicy blend of crime jazz, surf, Latin and pop, with a touch of blood and a dash of cinnamon. Formed by singer/songwriter Carina M. and guitarist/songwriter Vincent James Mastrantonio, the group has been independently writing, recording and producing music and music videos since 2013. They have since released three albums and six singles, including their most recent release “Highball.” Recently joined by esteemed drummer Erik Eimiller in 2018, the band continues to perform at some of the most renowned venues and festivals in the region.

Freightrain is led by bassist Parker, the first Native American to be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. The band is a culturally diverse, soulful ensemble that possesses a distinctive and energetic approach to American roots. The band released its debut album, “Freightrain – Live!” in January of 2016 and toured in Norway to promote the material.

Additionally, Freightrain released the studio album “Outside Ourselves” on May 7, 2017. Each of the original songs is described as unique, ranging from an earthy ballad to a dirty blues shuffle, showcasing the band’s broad musical influences and pushing the boundaries of its blues beginnings.

Most recently, "Freightrain Live" won a 2018 International Indigenous Music Award for "Best Blues Album" and received three nominations in the 2018 Native American Music Awards for New or Debut Artist, Best Blues Recording and Best Music Video.

General admission event tickets to “Rhythm, Blue and Brews” are $45. VIP tickets are available for $75, and include early admission at 5:30 p.m., first tasting of brews, and reserved table seating.

All patrons will receive a commemorative Kleinhans Music Hall Belgian beer glass.

Tickets can be purchased at the Kleinhans Music Hall box office, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, by calling 716-885-5000, or online at www.kleinhansbuffalo.org.

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