The Buffalo Arts Studio presented TRIMANIA 2018 this past Saturday at the Tri-Main center and it was THE place to be on a wintry Saturday night in April. 6 floors of the Tri-Main Center were open to the public to explore with numerous studios that opened their doors to visitors. A fresh lineup of live music and performance artists could be found scattered throughout the 520,000 square foot former manufacturing facility.
TRIMANIA 2018 is an epic celebration of art, culture, and music that’s held every three years, for one night only, in the former manufacturing building that spans two city blocks. Buffalo Arts Studio, with a little help from Tri-Main Center tenants, transforms the six-floor building into a menagerie of culture, featuring live bands, DJs, dancers, poets, visual artists, and performers of all kinds.
Some of the highlights of the night included two performances by local Space-Rock mainstays Aircraft, and a rocking set by up and comers Deadwolf. These are two bands that are committed to their craft and to performing live in intimate venues to connect with their fans. Keep an eye out for them by following the bands on social media… and get out to see them the next time they are playing at Nietzsche’s or Mohawk Place.
Other highlights included craft beer stations with offerings from CBW, Big Ditch and Flying Bison. The drinks were reasonably priced, with proceeds going to benefit the Buffalo Arts Studio, which was the Tri-Main’s first tenant back in 1991. Talk about craft beer that you could feel especially good about drinking!
Over 75 visual artists put on exhibitions with a highlight being an under-sea room which brought back memories of Back to the Future and Michael J. Fox rocking out to Chuck Berry.
All in all, TRIMANIA 2018 was a resounding win for our community and it was great to see everybody make it out in a freezing rain storm that would have kept a less-hardy populace inside and on the couch. Cheers to the Buffalo Arts Studio and to all the artists who made it a memorable night for all.