Friday April 5
Starts at 7 p.m.
Imagine Event Center 72 Military Road
Tickets $10-$15 on artsxbeats.eventbrite.com
If you don’t already know, Beau Flueve Music Arts Foundation is becoming one of Buffalo’s premier presenters of the freshest creative talent in the City! Earlier this year they kicked off a new perspective on how to enjoy the first Friday of every month with what founder Lindsey Taylor calls ARTS x’s Beats, a monthly event showcasing a different genre of music and visual artists from Buffalo and surrounding areas. “The Arts x’s Beats First Friday event goal is to provide the city with quality music and arts for you to enjoy and kick off your weekend right.” Said Taylor.
The April 5th lineup includes the home grown show stopping talent of Venzella Joy also known as Joy the Drummer, who will headline.
“It’s always exciting coming back home to play,” she said. I’ve been grateful to play in movies and Tour with Beyoncé over 5+ years but it’s still an amazing feeling to play in front of family and friends.”
Also lighting up the stage is powerhouse soul-singer Lindsay Niccs, the lyrical goddess Love The Genius plus two of Ontario’s hot emerging artists, Heather Russell and Taveeta.
On the visual arts front and also hailing from Buffalo is painter AJ Smith for live painting and curated exhibition all while the lovely DJ Lil Gabby holds down the venue for the set.
Founder Lindsey Taylor works closely with his team to stay ahead of the who’s who in the talent arena. For the female lineup he said “I wanted it to be all about them. I curate the lineups with the assistance of my team referrals…from scouting on internet to attending showcases…now we even get community members sending us artists that we should look at.” As for the reach into Canada Taylor notes “many of their artists are trying to break into the US market. It’s a no brainer!”
With the strong emerging level of talent brought to the stage for this monthly first Friday event, the tickets priced $10 -$15 are also part of the draw.
“We want people to come out and enjoy the evening without any restraints,” said Taylor. “We don’t want money to be the reason you don’t discover a new artist and have a great night!”
The Arts x’s Beats event all goes down under the roof of Imagine Events Center, a venue Taylor selected to hold the curated party. “Doing events for 13 years I always had a niche with discovering venues. This was perfect for what we were trying to do. Most importantly their doors were open to allowing ALL GENRES of music play … it’s a top of the line venue from a production stand point and aesthetics.”
The monthly event is a strategic lead up to Beau Fleuve Music Arts Foundation annual Ultimate Sunday Funday, a well – attended and uniquely curated Outdoor / Indoor music arts festival in its third year and this year held on August 25th at Silo City. The event is the millennial go to for live music, arts and raw culture experience in Buffalo.
“If you haven’t been to the larger end of year Sunday Funday festival, the Arts x’s Beats First Friday event will give you a sample of the music, art, poetry and culture to expect.” said Taylor in reference to the gold mine of all genre talent he showcases year round. “It’s always been in our plans to bring the world here as their stage … We’re the new Motown!” – L.H.