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Spreading the Word With “Buffalo Harbors: A Concert for Our Waterfront”

On Friday, February 11, Transform, Love, Connect: Buffalo, Buffalo First! and the Canal Side Community Alliance will be hosting a free concert to encourage the public to get involved with the development of the Canal Side area of the Inner Harbor .

“Buffalo Harbors: A Concert for Our Waterfront” will feature local artists who want to help spread the word about this development movement.  The line-up includes Stu Fuchs (of Babik), On Guard, Mel Latimer, A Relative Term and Breckenwood.  These artists will provide the audience with a good variety of music, ranging from folk songs to rock.

The evening will include much more than good music, however.  The organizers are providing several opportunities for those in attendance to interact and learn more about potential development of the Inner Harbor and how it could become a center of green economic and cultural growth.  There will be artists present who will be painting a picture of potential waterfront plans.  Audience members will be able to hear about the proposed Community Benefits Agreement and offer their own ideas on how the waterfront could be transformed.  Everyone will also be provided with a “Buffalo Harbors: A History of Waterfront Development” pamphlet that will explain who is behind this movement, where one can get more information, and who to get in touch with to get involved with the project.

TLC Buffalo and Squeaky Wheel will also be putting on two interactive exhibits.  The first is called “Against The Granary,” which will be a projection on a cutout replica of the grain silos located along the Outer Harbor.  Audience members will be able to select videos from YouTube to project or play one of the pre-selected videos that convey Buffalo’s beautiful architecture. These videos will also incorporate the theme of green regeneration.  The second exhibit, entitled “Infinite Canal,” is a DIY poster design project.  Visitors can select a cutout of a waterfront property and write down their thoughts for future developments.
 
The concert will be held downtown at The Game Room from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The venue is located at 700 Main Street. The event will be free, family-friendly and open to all ages.  Donations will be accepted to benefit the organizations hosting the event and their plans for the future. Refreshments will be provided by Caz Café of South Buffalo and Liquid Energy Juice Café, who will be revealing a brand new drink at this event.

To learn more, visit the Facebook event page.

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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