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Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival Review 

The inaugural Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival kicked off its event with an amazing blues performance by Zuri Appleby, best known for playing with Nick Jonas as his bassist and closed with the anticipated performance of Venzella Joy, best known for playing with Beyoncé as her drummer. These famous Buffalo natives performances got the crowds excited and secured the heightened energy throughout the Festival. 

Beau Fleuve was held at the Buffalo Riverworks, a new and unique venue for an festival that was quiet the same.Upon entrance to the venue, there was a restaurant and bar with a large open space that would be used as an Exhibit Room featuring art exhibits, fashion art, speaker series and vendors. 

Along the back wall there was an entry way down to an arena that offered space to two main stages ,the river stage, more vendors and a stair case that lead to the silent disco located on a stage above the middle of the two main stages. 

On these three stages every art form imaginable was on display: all genres of music from country,Hip Hop, R&B, Neo Soul, Jazz, Indie and more, dance, spoken word, and live performances by painters & barbers. 

Amidst all this talent performers often found themselves competing with each other for space to be heard by their audiences. The amount of talent showcased at this event was astonishing and at time confusing.

 From the festival goers I had the pleasure of speaking with they all wished there was an event program given upon entry detailing the time/location of each performance to ensure they didn’t miss certain sets, but were also optimistic that by next year’s festival these minors kinks would be worked out.

Some of the highlights of the night were the Neo -Soul performances from Drea D’Nor and Lindsay Niccs that drew some of the largest crowds. We Stole the Show and The Pit Dance Crew raised the energy of the crowd as they interacted with festival goers within their sets. But above all, it can be agreed upon that the Silent disco was a definite favorite. 

Upon arrival to the silent disco stage each person is given special headphones that can switch from the three different dj’s mixing on the stage in front of them, these headphones would light up the color of whatever station they were currently listening to. The liveliest time of this was during Truey V’s set where crowds swarmed in circles dancing out to current and classic popular music as well as tunes from Buffalo’s own underground scene.


My personal favorites of the festival were the youth performances, the food, and the overall vibe of the festival. 

The multitalented set performed by the students from Buffalo Center of Arts and Technology was both beautiful and refreshing to see the amount of talent these youth possessed, what they were capable of when given creative freedom and a platform to showcase it. The indoor restaurant offered a delicious twist to the traditional Buffalo Chicken Wings with their Duck Wings rendition, which is meatier than their fellow feathered friends but with all the great flavors of a buffalo wing ! 

Festival goers were all in high spirits and friendly creating a welcoming family friendly environment. There was a strong sense of community among the artist that were mostly all Buffalo natives, their support of each other’s crafts extended beyond their performances, but also to their growth and accomplishments. 

I can go on about the wonderful experience I had at this Festival, it was truly a unique celebration. A celebration of a new Buffalo were artists are given not just space to showcase their craft and perform but a community that fully supports them.  

I look forward to attending next year’s festival and hopefully seeing the work of many other artists from the Buffalo & Western New York area. 

Lauren Levi – By Lauren With Love [MAR 26]

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The beautiful, multi-talented Lauren Levi is bringing fans more delights with her solo exhibit entitled ‘By Lauren With Love’. The pieces reflect Ms. Levi’s colorful and classy personality with tasteful combinations that will transport you to paradise. So make sure you make it there LA! There’s sure to be good vibes to accompany the great art.

Click the link the RSVP!

& show Lauren love via her Instagram! Tell her Flagrant City sent you ❤

PJ – This Is What It Looks Like [Video]

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Having a rough week? Maybe even a rough month? PJ’s recent release This Is What It Looks Like is what you need to power through. Soulful vocals coupled with visuals reminiscent of Carrie Mae Weems’s Kitchen Table Series serve as a powerful reminder that though we all must face obstacles in life, we still find a way to persevere. Even more so, we’re stronger, kinder, and wiser because of it. A gentle prompt that we are the masters of our future, even when it seems we have lost control.

Check out the powerful video here.

Follow PJ on IG and subscribe to her YouTube channel for more sounds to make your day.

Quadir Lateef- Exorcism [MUSIC VIDEO]

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Conscious rap didn’t die with Biggie and Tupac. Quadir Lateef proves this to be true in his latest track produced by Statik Selektah. Lateef does the hypnotizing beat justice with his lyrical flow, spitting knowledge from a mouth filled with gold teeth. And filmed on the familiar streets of New York, Quadir resembles the classic artists that came before him even more.

Check out the video here and be sure to follow Quadir on IG and YouTube to stay up-to-date with his projects.

#AroundBuffaLowe: Drea D’Nur – Spirit of Nina [FEB 24]

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Visual Artists. Jewelers. Sculptors. Illustrators. Now is your chance to showcase your talent. Drea Dnur is looking for new and possibly undiscovered artists to showcase their skills for the Spirit of Nina Art Exhibition at Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York. Don’t waste time doubting yourself and miss this opportunity. Show the world what you have to offer and make a change for the better. Let your creativity flow! Want in? E-mail Drea at DreaDnur@me.com for more information. And may the odds ever be in your favor.

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Join Drea D’Nur in celebrating Nina’s Birthday 2 days before the Kleinhans Show! She will have a special 1-day exhibit and Drea will be screening ‘The Spirit of Nina In Buffalo’ Mini-Documentary as well!  FREE and open to the public! Special thanks to Burchfield Penney Art Center and Buff State’s EOP for sponsoring this celebration!

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#AroundBuffaLowe: @HallsOf_Art – Pop Up Shop [FEB 11]

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My Buffalo Residents! February 11, 2017 make sure you’re in the area and make sure you show Halls of Art some love! Never heard of Halls of Art? Even more reason to see what you’ve been missing out on! Connect with other creatives and cop some pieces that will make you feel as though you are a masterpiece! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it’s the perfect treat for the one(s) you love.

Check out their website to see what they’re all about.

& Follow them on IG so you can be first in line for an unforgettable event.

Flagrant City Spotlight: Convos w/ Friends by Produced By Girls [SHORT FILM]

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Nowadays it seems more and more people are discovering they suffer from depression. Though it may seem common, it doesn’t make the condition any easier to deal with and power through. Creatives, innovators and visionaries always seem to be victims of depression, and most use the void as a means of inspiration. This is precisely what Elyse Fox has done in her short film entitled ‘Convos with Friends’. In the film, Fox shows how friendship, music, and travel aide her in fighting her demons so she can continue to bring necessary art to her viewers.

You can watch the short film below.

Conversations with Friends. from Elyse Fox on Vimeo.

And read a few words from the creator herself below:

“New year, cooler tings! Thank you all for viewing/sharing #ConvosWithFriends. We’re so excited about the conversation the film has ignited. With the release of the film many amazing women have been reaching out for advice/answers regarding life, womanhood, depression (etc) We want to create a place where we can discuss freely and anonymously. PBG presents ‘Sad Girls Club’ email sgc@producedbygirls.com to chat with us XO<3″

Don’t forget to follow her on IG

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#AroundBuffaLowe: Vibrations Music Festival & Conference 2017 [JAN 12-15]

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Hey Buffalo Natives! If you’re in the area, and even if you’re not, be sure to check out the Vibrations Music Festival & Conference starting Thursday, January 12, 2017. Tickets are available for the whole weekend, but you can also purchase a single day if you can’t make all four. The lineup is lit with We the Culture’s set the second day and that’s only the beginning for what’s in store. Tickets start at $10! And I would hurry because time is almost up! Not convinced? Check out their website to see what previous festivals have looked like and some of the familiar names showing out this year!

And don’t miss Maya by Name as she debuts her NEW! EP Next Verse available on Apple Music

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This Boss Lady will have you ready to take on the world! Don’t miss her performance on January 13.  Show starts at 4pm!

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Click here for tickets.

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PREVIOUS: Around BuffaLowe: VIBRATIONS 2016 – Pt. I [1.16.16]

ALSO:  Truey V performing LIVE at VIBRATIONS – Buffalo, NY [5.15.15]

@NebuKinizaOSHS Presents New Hit “Days”

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Whether it’s the start or end of your work day, Nebu Kiniza’s “Days” will get you through the longest shift of your life. With a sound like Lil Yachty and cool, urban visuals, Kiniza makes a hard day at work sound that much more appealing. Check out the Worldstar Hip Hop exclusive below:

For more content from Nebu check out his social media:

IG/Twitter:  @NebuKinizaOSHS

Atlanta, GA

 

Acid Cupcakes Stars in ‘Acid Beauty’, a Short Film by Marysia Makoska [Video]

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Director Marysia Makowska redefines Effortless, Natural Beauty in her short film ‘Acid Beauty’. The film features Buffalo, NY natives Acid Cupcakes, a talented group of ladies who showcase their individual style while sharing their perspective of what it means to be in a culture obsessed with physical appearances. As they sport their own brand of clothing- shown in the video-the audience is presented with different facets of each character as they elaborate on terms others use to define Self.

Watch the video below:

Directed by Marysia Makowska 
Shot by Todd Antonio Somodevilla and produced by Kacper Sawicki and Karolina Kowalczyk from Papaya Films. 
Music composed by Scott Interrante and Michael Isabe

Models: Naomi Jones Ophelia Tiger Lily Marina Boswell Tiara Morris Kyjah Monai Katelynn Barlow
MUA: CE Eaton

Wardrobe: Acidcupcakes.com 

Buffalo, NY 
IG: @simonealexis_ @erratic_ink @acidcupcakess @acidcupcakesreviews