Niagara Gazette

September 12, 2013

Inaugural Crossroads Bluesfest raises funds for homeless teens

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The first-ever Crossroads Bluesfest will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Chicken Coop Grove (VFW Post 8113, 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca).

All funds raised will go directly toward the daily living needs of the homeless teenage boys from across Western New York who live at Plymouth Crossroads.

The event will be emceed by WBFO Blues legend and 97 Rock icon Anita West and feature six bands:

• 3 P.M. — Erin Sydney Welsh, a 17-year-old singing/songwriting phenom from Clarence Center

• 4 P.M. — Dive House Union, one of WNY’s premier blues bands

• 5 P.M. — Jony James, 2013 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee

• 6 P.M. — Randle & the Late Night Scandals, winners of Artvoice 2013 Battle of Original Music

• 7 P.M. — Hoagy & the Blues Bombers, Buffalo’s uptown blues band

• 8 P.M. — The Treble Rousers, WNY’s newest (and perhaps youngest) blues band

Plenty of food, drink and raffles will be available. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door and include $5 worth of drink and raffle tickets. Donations of personal care items and teen boys’ sneakers are appreciated upon admission. For more information and ticket sales, contact Plymouth Crossroads at 393-3903, crossroadsbluesfest@gmail.com or www.plymouthcrossroads.org.

On any given night in Erie County alone, 1,000 people experience homelessness and children are the fastest growing segment of this population. Plymouth Crossroads was opened in January 2011 as a place to call home when no other place is available because of neglect, abuse, addiction, family conflict, or the death of parents.

Plymouth Crossroads is a 501(c)3 non-profit transitional housing residence certified by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to serve homeless teenage boys aged 16-20 years old. Located in Lancaster, it is one of only two such residences in WNY.