The Virginia, Edward, Trinity, Tupper, Elmwood (VETTE) Block Club, invites the community and garden enthusiasts to join members of the block club for an afternoon of great local music at the VETTE Fête, the annual fundraiser to help with the ongoing beautification efforts of the neighborhood and sustaining one of Buffalo’s most vibrant Grassroots Community Gardens on Sunday, March 29th from 3 to 6 pm at Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen Street. A portion of the proceeds from the event will also be donated to Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP).
The event will be headlined by two of Buffalo’s most eclectic musical groups: The Stamplickers, one of Buffalo’s most unique bands, which will rock the crowd with an array of musical genres and upbeat performance style, and The Observers, an equally entertaining ensemble performing a mix of Indie, Folk and Americana that promises to leave the crowd wanting more. The evening will also feature the acoustic melodies of Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Joe Rozler.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the VETTE Block Club and will be used to maintain and build upon the Trinity/Tupper Grassroots Community Garden located within its footprint, which over the last four years has emerged as an urban oasis due to the dedication and constant gardening of the VETTE Block Club. The Trinity/Tupper Grassroots Community Garden was established during the spring of 2011 and has grown to be one of the most unique and beautiful gardens in the Queen City. The Trinity-Tupper Garden is fully organic, a designated butterfly pollinator site and a fully communal garden for those who plan, plant, weed, water it, care for and harvest all plants. All extra produce is donated to organizations that feed those in need, such as Allentown’s Friends of Night People.
In addition to raising funds for the Trinity/Tupper Grassroots Community Garden and beatification projects in the VETTE Block Club, proceeds from the event will be donated to MAP. MAP’s mission is to nurture the growth of a diverse and equitable local food system and promote local economic opportunities, access to affordable, nutritious food and social change education. The organization strives to create a community in which all youth and families have access to fresh, healthy and culturally appropriate food, where people of all incomes have economic opportunities to enrich their lives and support their communities, where vacant lots are transformed into productive green spaces, growing food to supply local residents and beautify neighborhoods, where youth and their families are engaged in policy development and planning for the restoration of land and their communities.
The VETTE selected MAP to donate a portion of the proceeds to because the residents of the neighborhood share in the same mission and vision as the organization and admire the work it does for the community. Not so long ago the Trinity/Tupper Grassroots Garden was a vacant lot, and today because of the hard work of the block club it is one of the jewels in the crown of the Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo and is fully organic supplying vegetables and fruits to all that care of her.
The Stamplickers are a fun-loving, enthusiastic cover band that has been on the local music scene since 2006. The large 10-piece band makes you groove whether you want to or not. Playing tunes from an eclectic catalogue, ranging from The Muppet Show theme, to “Groove is in the Heart” by Dee-Lite, to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, the group seeks to amaze the audience with unique renditions of well-known hits.
Born out of the artistically immersed Allentown neighborhood, The Observers blend original Folk, Indie and Americana compositions to form original pieces that have quickly become regional favorites. The Observers (right) performances take you on a journey of human experience. Their shows allow the audience to travel through a myriad of emotions from tear in your beer ballads to remain in your brain melodies.
Rozler is a singer and musician with a long and varied career in the Buffalo music scene. He performs locally in a duo with John Lombardo as well as with the classic rock band The Party Squad.
The VETTE Block Club has set a $5 suggested donation at the door for the fundraiser.
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