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TRIMANIA 2018, A Win for the Local Arts and Music Scene

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.

Le Pierre Papierciseaux – Photos by Glenn Murray

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!

Rabbit Jaw – Photos by Glenn Murray

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.

“We had over 3,000 attendees for the event itself, in addition to over 75 visual artists, and over 110 performing artists, including musicians, dancers, and DJs,” said Dana Tyrrell of Buffalo Arts Studio. “Despite the ice storm and travel advisory, TRIMANIA 2018 was a rousing success; TRIMANIA 2018 marks a high point for not only Buffalo Arts Studio, but also the tenants of the Tri-Main Center, and our wider community that supports our mission and our purpose within Western New York.”

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.

Ember Capri (Iris) w/ Ben – Photos by Glenn Murray

Written by Philip Wilkins

Philip Wilkins

Philip Wilkins is a Baseball, Hockey and Football fan and an avid Orioles, Sabres and Bills watcher. He moved to Buffalo in 2009 and has an MBA from Canisius College. He has a BA from the University of Colorado-Boulder -Go Buffs!, and has been a Buffalo fan ever since NHL '94 and the 4 Bills Super Bowls. He is a little down about Ryan O'Reilly getting traded but these feelings are more than offset by the acquisition of Rasmus Dahlin, the #1 overall draft pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft.

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