WNFO's Buffalo Blues Bash

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash Returns October 13!
Join us for a fun night of Blues music, food, drink, and dance!

PERFORMERS:

CO-HEADLINERS (performing separately):

Joanna Connor
Tas Cru and the Tortured Souls

OPENING BAND:

Hanna and the Blue Hearts


LOCATION:

WNED|WBFO Studios

Downtown Horizons Plaza
140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202


DATE & TIME:

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Doors open at 5:15pm
Concert begins at 6pm
About the Performers
Joanna Connor

Joanna Connor

Joanna got her big break when a video of her playing a slide guitar solo went viral in 2014. But, she’s been around the Blues scene for much longer. Joanna is an institution in Chicago, bringing people together with her scorching sound.

Joanna has a residency at Kingston Mines in Chicago. She recorded 7 albums before signing with MC Records. She finished her fourth album with MC Records in 2016. Joanna is known for her “scorching solos”, and her music includes “tastes of gospel, rock, soul and funk; all with the gutsy singing and heartfelt playing that have always been her trademarks.”

Tas Cru and the Tortured Souls

Tas Cru’s newest album, “Memphis Song”, is among the top 25 blues albums for June and July 2018.

Based out of upstate New York, Cru performs in a variety of formats ranging from solo-acoustic to a 7 piece backing band. Honors and recognition include Cru being awarded the 2014 Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA) for Blues Education, named to the New York State Blues Hall of Fame - 2013 as a Master Blues Artist, and in 2009 named by Blues Festival Guide Magazine as its 2009 Blues Artist on the Rise.

Cru's distance learning program is in association with the Western New York Blues Society and their Blues in Schools program, Cleveland Hill Schools and Erie 1 BOCES, and part of the New York State Distance Learning Consortium. He has also created two Blues CDs geared towards kids.

Hanna and the Blue Hearts

A Rochester, NY band, Hanna and the Blue Hearts channel a wide variety of the blues, from pre-war styles to 50s & 60s Chicago blues, to boogie woogie. Fueled by a love of jazz, this band also really swings!

In June 2018, Hanna and Aleks, as a duo, won 1st place at Memphis Bound, a Blues competition hosted by the Blues Society of WNY. They will be representing WNY at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next January.

Hanna and the Blue Hearts

WNED | WBFO continues its commitment to the blues, bringing top performing acts, as well as local talent, to the event. Previous Buffalo Blues Bash headliners included the Keeshea Pratt Band, the Noah Wotherspoon Band, Ghost Town Blues Band, Billy the Kid and the Regulators, Selwyn Birchwood Band, JP Soars & the Red Hots, the Jeremiah Johnson Band, Altered Five Blues Band and the Dawn Tyler Watson Band.

The proceeds from this fundraising event are used to help pay for high-quality, public programming on WNED | WBFO’s family of television and radio stations. Those programs include 10 hours of blues programming WBFO-FM 88.7 airs every weekend.

Special Features

Food from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, beer from Flying Bison and Labatt and wine from Arrowhead available for purchase. The Bash takes place at the WNED-TV Studios in downtown Buffalo and doors open at 5:15 pm.

WNED | WBFO is conveniently located in downtown Buffalo at 140 Lower Terrace, near the I-190. The entrance to our parking lot is on Charles Street (also known as "Mark Russell Alley").
Thank You to Our Sponsors:

For information about becoming a sponsor of WBFO’s Blues Bash email Gordon Bayliss at gbayliss@wned.org

LED Energy USA
SEI Investments
Thank You to Our Community Partners: