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Celebrating Ten Years of The Big Easy in Buffalo

It’s been ten years Arts Services Initiative of WNY, Inc. (ASI) began hosting The Big Easy in Buffalo, a year round cultural music initiative that promotes the sights and sounds of New Orleans and Louisiana right here in Buffalo, NY. Throughout the year, Louisiana musicians interact with creative Buffalo souls (students, local bands, audience members) in order to teach and inspire them to grasp an appreciation for a culture that is steeped in music (traditional jazz, funk, zydeco, rock, blues, roots, modern jazz, brass band, Cajun, R&B) and kept alive by people who are passionate about sharing their region’s remarkable cultural treasures. Last year, hundreds of people were affected by the educational aspects of the cross-pollinating endeavor.

“The Big Easy in Buffalo is a great part of ASI’s mission to advance local artists’ careers,” ASI Exexutive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said.  “Last year alone, over 700 local professional and student musicians learned from our New Orleans artists, and another 9400 people got a chance to see them in concert.”

Each year, there is a culminating event that showcases all of the magical aspects of the program. It’s a Mardi Gras Jam, which takes place on Sunday, February 26 with headliner Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys! The New Orleans sensation will be joined by local favorites Ten Cent Howl and The Buffalo Brass Machine, performing both separately and together as “Ten Cent Brass Machine”.

The Big Easy in Buffalo’s 10th Annual Mardi Gras Jam

Sunday, February 26, 2017

12 PM – 3 PM

Sportsmens Tavern | 326 Amherst Street | Buffalo, New York 14207

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Stay tuned to all of The Big Easy events in Buffalo by following this Facebook page.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the club, and all proceeds go to The Big Easy in Buffalo, a program of Arts Services Initiative of WNY, Inc. Special thanks to sponsors: New York State Council on the Arts, Erie County, Fund for the Arts, and Adam’s Mark.

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