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Celebration of the Arts! opens Center for the Arts season

WEST FALLS—The West Falls Center for the Arts will hold its season opening Celebration of the Arts! event Saturday, Sept. 15, from 3–10 p.m. This is the largest fundraiser for the non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing the arts to a rural community.

Celebration of the Arts! begins at 3 p.m. with kids art activities. This event features local youth talent throughout the evening prior to each professional performer. Youth performers are part of Catherine Humphrey’s voice training and Mark Filsinger’s youth jazz programs. Dedicated supporters Doug Yeomans plays at 3:45 p.m., Hayden Fogle at 5:45 p.m. and the Last Waltz Band takes the stage at 7:45 p.m. Silent auction items will be open throughout the event. Food and a beer tent will be available.

In 2004, Yeomans was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. In 2001, he won the North American Rock Guitar competition. The Buffalo music awards have named him Best Blues Guitarist, Best Country Guitarist and Best Bluegrass Guitarist.

Fogle, 18-years-old, discovered the blues at an early age while living in Mississippi where he started playing guitar just before his ninth birthday. He was birthed into the music scene at age 12 when blues legend Buddy Guy invited him to play alongside him for a sold-out show at one of the largest music venues in his hometown of Buffalo.

The Last Waltz Band consists of five veteran Buffalo musicians who play tribute to the music of The Band. The name derives from the title of the 1977 movie “The Last Waltz.”

West Falls Center for the Arts offers visual, culinary, music and healing arts to the community surrounding West Falls, with the aim to support and inspire members of the community who may not otherwise have access to the arts.

The West Falls Center for the Arts hosts music performances throughout the year. This season includes Americana Acoustic Series with local youth performers opening for national talent, a free blues mentoring series for young musicians, free community holiday meals, silent films with live musical accompaniment, a jazz series with young musicians performing alongside accomplished professionals. Master Classes with internationally known musicians round out the musical experience at the West Falls Center for the Arts.

This fall the organization will add music, culinary and art programming for veterans, seniors and the developmentally disabled. In addition, Yoga, movement and health-related classes will be offered to the community. A growing calendar of events is available online.

Tickets are $25 for adults in advance and $30 at the door. Children 12 and under are $5. Tickets can be purchased online at westfallsartcenter.org.

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