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'The Big Easy in Buffalo' announces 2020 fall series

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Mon, Aug 31st 2020 10:10 am

Nine-concert local music showcase to be livestreamed

“The Big Easy in Buffalo” recently announced its fall series of nine concerts, “featuring some of Western New York’s best local bands that have that New Orleans spirit.” The shows will be live-streamed at www.facebook.com/TheBigEasyInBuffalo, all with 5:30 p.m. start times. The lineup includes:

  • Sept. 19 – The Brass Machine w/ guests Buffalo Aerial Dance
  • Sept. 25 – Hocus Polkas
  • Sept. 26 – White Hot Brass Band
  • Oct. 2 – LeeRon Zydeco
  • Oct. 3 – Kickstart Rumble
  • Oct. 9 – Carina & The Six String Preacher
  • Oct. 10 – Organ Fairchild
  • Oct. 16 – Banjo Juice Jazz Band
  • Oct. 17 – Fredtown Stompers

“ ‘The Big Easy in Buffalo’ normally features local bands as opening acts for the New Orleans bands we bring to town as part of our series, but this fall we’re giving this great local talent the spotlight,” Artistic/Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said.

All shows will be livestreamed thanks to buffalo.fm. The livestreams of the shows are free of charge, though tips for the bands are strongly encouraged. The livestreams will be posted at www.facebook.com/TheBigEasyInBuffalo, as are frequent live streams from New Orleans artists.

“Our series got its start following Hurricane Katrina as a way to support New Orleans musicians at a time of lost gigs, professional and personal loss,” Kniazuk said. “As we mark 15 years since Katrina on Aug. 29, ‘The Big Easy in Buffalo’s’ mission of supporting artists and bringing Western New York the sounds and culture of New Orleans continues. We’re proud to be able to support these great local bands who are likewise experiencing losses due to the coronavirus shutdown.”

Since 2007, “The Big Easy in Buffalo” has brought New Orleans and Louisiana music and culture to the Western New York region several times a year for free and low-cost live performances, as well as music education and mentoring for local musicians, students and the community. Through “The Big Easy in Buffalo,” thousands of students, dozens of local bands, and countless audience members in Western New York have been exposed to this unique American culture.

The Big Easy in Buffalo is made possible in part by Arts Services Initiative of WNY, buffalo.fm, Silo City, Buffalo Iron Works, Sportsmen’s Tavern, The Buffalo Grand Hotel, and Dick & Jenny’s.

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