Niagara Gazette — They say a way to a man's heart is through his stomach. The Buffalo Blues and Brews Festival is hoping that it's also through his ears.
The festival, taking place from noon til 9 p.m. Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village will feature nine musical groups or artists playing blues, roots, funk and fusion.
Headliner Walter Trout is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. In addition to work fronting his own band, he's collaborated with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Joe Tex, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, and Percy Mayfield, among others.
Other acts include San Francisco's Monophonics, who have a reputation of putting on great live performances; soul/funk/R&B collective Critt's Juke Joint; soul-blues outfit Dive House Union; the roots music of Ray Barry & Friends; turntablism by DJ Cutler; the Jeff Miers Band; Lee Ron Zydeco; and the Chicago-style electric blues of the Big Sauce Trio.
Asked why celebrate Father's Day with beer, Eric T. Crittenden of the festival said, "Brew — not beer — because we wanted to celebrate the micro brew movement here in Western New York."
Selections available include those from Gordon Biersch, Southern Tier and Ellicottville Brewing companies — all from Western New York.
The Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village — formerly the Amherst Museum — is set on 36 acres at the intersection of Tonawanda Creek and New roads.
The Amherst Museum was spun off by the town of Amherst in January 2011 into its own not-for-profit organization — the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village — which allows it more freedoms and has enabled it to grow its collection beyond what the town was able to do.
The educational institution is dedicated to preserving and exploring the region's history, emphasizing the influence of that history on present-day life on the Niagara Frontier.
Throughout the festival, there will be activities and games for children. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.
Tickets are $10, and can be found now through BuffaloBluesFest.com or purchased at the site. VIP packages are also available. Children under 13 will be admitted free.
A portion of the proceeds from Sunday's event will go to support the village.LISTEN UP Blues and Brews music lineup • 12:15 p.m. Ray Barry & Friends • 1:15 p.m. Big Sauce Trio • 2:15 p.m. Lee Ron Zydeco • 3:15 p.m. Jeff Miers Band • 4:15 p.m. Critt's Juke Joint • 5:15 p.m. Dive House Union • 6:30 p.m. Monophonics • 8 p.m. Walter Trout