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May 2, 2013

Tribute to Mark Freeland Saturday at Nietzsche's

Night & Day — The life of an original artist, musician and author from Kenmore will be celebrated on Saturday with a wide range of performances at Nietzsche’s Bar on Allen Street in Buffalo.

The event, called “ElectroRespect 6: Tribute to Mark Freeland,” will feature performers: Ed Koban Native American musician; Fems Fatale with John Walters and Kent Weber; David Kane of Erectronic; Funk Monster and Woman; BoBo; John Toohill; Disobedient Quartet; Jeff Repeater; Drop D; Scantron; Pillow Queen; Marco Tick Mendez with Official Crew break dance crew; and DJ Malik spinning local music.

Mark Freeland was a 1975 Kenmore West graduate who was the creative energy behind many of Buffalo’s most unique rock bands, including Pegasus in 1970s and various editions of Electroman ever since, such as Funk Monster and Woman and dozens more. Freeland was inducted in the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 1987. 

Freeland loved painting as much as he loved playing music. The late 1980s saw him create almost a dozen wall murals all over Buffalo, some as large at 100 feet long. He had one-man shows all over the country at such places as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Redroom, Gallery 141B, the Swinghouse in Los Angeles, and Apocalypse Gallery in New York City. He self-published two books “Every Night is Different” and “Somewhat Hip” the latter earned him a Silver Independent Publishers Award in the graphic novel category. The books contain his poetry, photography, prose and painting. 

Mark Freeland passed away on June 14, 2007. In 2010, Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Louis Grachos selected 60 of Mark’s paintings for their collection. 

The event starts at 9 p.m. and there is a $5 cover at the door. Proceeds benefit Music is Art Foundation. For more information visit  www.markfreeland.com or contact Curt Rotterdam  602-2464 or email steelcrazybooking@gmail.com.

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