Experiencing the arts can be inspiring, enjoyable, and therapeutic for many! Plus, it comes with academic and social benefits. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same access to the arts.
That’s where West Falls Center for the Arts comes in.
This local organization is all about providing access to the arts to a diverse rural community of people of all ages, including youth, elderly, veterans, and the disabled.
Here’s 11 events to catch at West Falls Arts Center this October:
1. Richie English, Solo Piano
Friday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
Classical music prodigy, educator, arranger, and pianist Richie English promises a power packed evening featuring Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff.
2. Jony James, Survival Blues
Saturday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
Jony James is overflowing with soul. It drips down from his hands onto his guitar and pours out through his weathered, leathery voice, telling vivid, open-minded tales of a tumultuous life.
3. Maria Sebastian, American Songbook
Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
Maria Sebastian will bring an American Songbook evening complete with Jazz and Pop standards, featuring Frank Grizanti, Nelson Starr, Paul Todaro, and David Wasik.
4. Tony Trischka, Banjo Masterclass
Saturday, October 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Learn from one of the most innovative banjo players of all-time. Tony Trischka is one of the most respected and sought after instructors. He has created 15 instructional books and a series of DVDs. His banjo masterclass is open to all ages and levels of players!
5. Tony Trischka in Concert
Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m.
Catch the consummate banjo artist in concert. Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. His stylings have inspired a whole generation of acoustic musicians with the many voices he brings to the instrument.
6. Music of Bonnie Raitt
Saturday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Bonnie Raitt enthralled, entertained, and mesmerized audiences with her talents as a singer, songwriter, and musician for nearly 50 years. For this show, Jamie and Judd Sunshine, Cody Barcroft, and Grace Lougen will present two sets of music drawn from all eras of Bonnie Raitt’s career as well as selected covers.
7. Bobby Militello Quartet
Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m.
Bobby Militello has played with many artists over the last 5 decades. You can catch this quartet live at West Falls Center for the Arts.
8. Mark Twain Live!
Saturday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Mike Randall started impersonating one of America’s greatest authors at the age of 17. More than 2,000 performances later, he is celebrating his 49th year performing Mark Twain Live!
9. Brendan Laninghan Octet, Album Release
Sunday, October 24 at 2 p.m.
This electrifying ensemble features some of WNY and NYC’s finest young talent in jazz and creative music. Buffalo native Brendan Laninghan is a trombonist, composer, and educator, and even recognized on the international stage.
10. Blues Legend Joe Beard
Sunday, October 29 at 7 p.m.
Guitarist Joe Beard was an electrician by day and occasionally played at night on the weekends through the ‘60s and ‘80s. Since then, he has played at many major festivals in the US and Europe and was inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2017.
11. Dead Alliance Buffalo, Halloween Concert
Saturday, October 30 at 7 p.m.
Dead Alliance is a Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia tribute project dedicated to preserving the spirit of this music for the next generation of Deadheads. Costumes are encouraged at this Halloween-inspired show.
West Falls Arts Center is able to do what they do because of donations. With the community’s support they can continue to offer musical performances and special programs for veterans, children, and people with dementia and developmental disabilities.
P.S. All of the proceeds from these events go to pay the artists and to support all of the free programs during the week such as: Memory Cafe, Music Lessons for Veterans and Kids Jam.
West Falls Arts Center
1863 Davis Road, West Falls