If you grew up in Buffalo at any point over the past four decades, you probably watched as families and young educated professionals streamed out of the area in droves. A quick jaunt up to Toronto was probably all it took to remind you that other cities have more vibrant social scenes for people in their 20s and 30s.
But now, that all seems to be changing. Buildings on the medical campus are popping up just as fast as new restaurants. Solar City is poised to bring the next generation of tech manufacturing into our own backyard, just as the Pegulas are about to field two exciting professional sports teams. It seems like Buffalo is slowly gaining momentum toward real relevance in the 21st century.
While all the new and upcoming changes around Buffalo might have you talking proudly about Buffalo, everybody knows talk is cheap and sometimes you need to spring into action. For people looking to more actively looking to spread the word about our city’s growing cultural resurgence, Citybration is looking for you to volunteer.
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The Buffalo boosting organization is holding a “Citybration Ambassador Bash” at the new Ashker’s Deli location on Main Street (1526 Main St. and West Ferry Street) on May 18 to enlist people who want to play a more active role in spreading the #Buffalove. The free event also doubles as a sneak preview of the new Ashker’s and will feature free food samples and refreshments from the deli.
In addition to the food and drinks, attendees will also be treated to a mix of hip-hop, funk, soul and Latin beats from Crespo Beats, an NYC-raised hip-hop artist who recently made the jump to Buffalo after hearing about the growing “Buffalo vibes.”
“(Once I heard) about the art scene here, the music scene here – I was just like ‘wow,’ this is definitely something I need to be a part of, so shortly thereafter I came,” he said.
Citybration is also running an Instgram-based contest to coincide with Monday’s event. To enter, participants must upload photos of “New Buffalo” to Instagram with the hashtags #citybration and #newbuffalo716. Anyone can then vote for a particular photo to win by simply “liking” it.
The three event attendees with the most votes win Buffalo-related prizes, but the real winners will be 600 to 900 Buffalo ex-pats in the Washington DC area who attend Buffalo Nite – a long-running annual party for people who miss Western New York and now live in the greater DC area. Photos from Citybration’s New Buffalo contest will be featured at that event, which has been held annually for more than 30 years.
Citybration’s Marti Gorman recently told me that her organization has a number of other events planned for the spring and summer in the run up to their marquee event: Buffalo Reunion weekend, a celebration designed to invite back those who left and show off what they’ve been missing out on.
In talking with me, Gorman also issued a challenge specifically to you, our readers:
“So you love this place? Show it and be part of the resurgence.”
Citybration Buffalo Ambassador Bash
@ Ashker’s on Main
1526 Main Street, Buffalo NY
Monday, May 18
6pm – 8pm
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