Author: Elias Benavides

Elias Benavides

A goofy kid from Buffalo's lower west side who loved to play the guitar and loved live music. Has moved on to sound engineering, stage lighting, anything live music. Now he's writing about musicians on BR too. Why am I talking in the third person?

Usually when writing about musicians, my objective is to target young individuals who seem to be poised for something greater. Having worked with David M. Miller previously, and having conversations with him since, I had a sense of someone who was not slowing down, or felt that the window of opportunity has closed, or anything like that. This was an individual who at 44 years of age is full of positive energy, has great ideas, and absolutely remains relevant in the industry. His latest release, ‘Poisons Sipped’ debuted at #24 on the Roots Music Blues Chart, and is currently being…

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A few years back, I was running the sound system at a church for a music performance. All of a sudden, there was a different drummer performing, it was some girl playing, and she was really good. We spoke afterwards. She told me her name was Venzella. She told me about what she was doing musically, including playing with an all female gospel group from Buffalo. Like many musicians, church played a big part in her musical path. Venzella Joy is the youngest of 8. She was born in Lockport, NY but raised in the city of Buffalo. Her siblings…

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Larkin Center of Commerce will be hosting a mix and mingle happy hour event on a monthly basis. The social takes place in the building, and is geared toward creating networking opportunities for the companies operating within the building. This is the second such event, and will take place on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The event is free to prospective business clients, however you will need to register for the happy hour. If interested in attending, you may contact Edla Collora, Director of Marketing and Leasing at ecollora@larkincenter.com. Edla says, “As a landlord, we want you…

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This music series spotlights local musicians who are rising, and may be headed for bigger and better things. They perform locally on a regular basis in Buffalo, and are some of our best cultural assets. These are our “must see” musicians… catch them while you can. – Elías Damián Benavídes Grace Stumberg I met up with Grace Stumberg this week at Dog Ears Café in South Buffalo. Not exactly backstage, but ironically it is the place where Grace had her first real gig, so do with it what you will. Born and raised in South Buffalo, the 25 year old singer…

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