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GirlCrush+ (Image courtesy of The Kenan Center Inc.)
GirlCrush+ (Image courtesy of The Kenan Center Inc.)

Sara Rogers tribute at Kenan Center on Sept. 10


Tue, Aug 23rd 2022 09:30 am

Remaining members of late musician’s band, GirlCrush+, will play in her honor

The Kenan Center’s monthly free concert series continues Saturday, Sept. 10, from 6-8 p.m. with a tribute to the late musician Sara Rogers.

Jazz musician Alex McArthur and vocalist Cortney Chyme, who comprised the band GirlCrush+ with Rogers, will play in her honor. The duo will be joined by Matt’s Music Youth Vocal Performance team for a portion of the concert.

“To honor Sara’s connection to younger voices and supporting them, we want to do a portion of the night being Alex McArthur and Cortney Chyme, and a portion of the night showcasing the future,” Chyme said.

The venue stated, “Rogers, who tragically passed while riding her bike in June, was an intricate part of the WNY music community – having played with dozens of bands and musicians, and impacting the lives of hundreds of youth through music therapy. Rogers was a staple at the Kenan Center, having participated in programming such as ‘Coffee with Kenan,’ ‘Music in the Gardens for Youth’ and ‘Jazz at the Taylor.’ ”

Her band, GirlCrush+, was scheduled to play the “Music in the Gardens” series in September.

A 50/50 split during the performance will benefit two organizations close to Rogers: Buffalo C.A.R.E.S and Rooted In Love.

The series is free to the community and takes place on the lawn of the Kenan House Gallery. It also includes a VIP beer garden for those 21 years of age or older. Lawn seating is free with the suggestion to bring a chair or blankets. Picnics and nonalcoholic beverages will be permitted throughout the lawn seating area. Money-Bag Dumplings will be on site providing food.

VIP beer garden tickets are $10 include a drink ticket, cash bar, seating and light snacks.

The Kenan Center is located at 433 Locust St., Lockport. Its campus is home to the Kenan House; the Kenan Arena; the Education Building, which houses the Montessori preschool; and the Taylor Theater. For more information, visit www.kenancenter.org.

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