2nd Annual Music is Art Big Easy in Buffalo Mardi Gras Jam
Too early to think about Mardi Gras? We don't think so! Plan ahead for the 2nd Annual Big Easy in Buffalo Jam on Feb. 20.
So far Music is Art (MiA) founder and president Robby Takac has booked New Orleans artists Marcia Ball, Papa Grows Funk, and Big Sam's Funky Nation, as well as local opener Eric Crittenden & Ron Davis (Leeron Zydeco) and a student battle of the bands winner.
"Buffalo and New Orleans are a lot alike," Takac said. "They're both great cities that keep going no matter what's thrown at them, and both cities have incredible local music scenes. I'm happy we can give our community the chance to hear these great musicians. Anyone who comes to our annual Music is Art festival knows we showcase great music, so The Big Easy in Buffalo series fits perfectly with our mission."
In addition to the concert, all the bands will take part in music education programs during the day at area high schools. "A big part of what Music is Art is about is getting students involved," Takac explained. "The fact that these national artists will be providing instruction and sharing their experiences with the kids is just incredible."
The Mardi Gras Jam is the latest event in The Big Easy in Buffalo series, which now also includes a radio show every other Tuesday at 8PM - hosted by Music is Art Executive Coordinator Tod Kniazuk - as part of the WBFO 88.7 On The Border program.
"The 2008 Mardi Gras Jam went for close to seven hours, and ended with about 20 musicians from all the bands on stage together performing traditional Mardi Gras music and jamming into the night," Takac said. "This year's lineup is just as strong and we know people are going to love it."
Proceeds will benefit Music is Art's programming.
6PM to Midnight
$25 advance ($28/door)
Town Ballroom @ 716.852.3900