The independent pop-up art show has been slow to take hold in Buffalo. But that seems to be changing, as a group of seven musicians and visual artists have banded together to mount “Close to Extinct” on Saturday in the DNIPRO Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.).
The ambitious evening, which will feature musical performances from electronic and hip-hop artists, live art projects and likely a few spontaneous surprises, gets going at 8 p.m. Saturday and goes through 2 a.m. It features art by Mickey Harmon and Max Collins and music by Just Ending Now, Scantron, Timmy, DJ Yama and the North Carolina-based performer Scyheed.
According to Jeremy Jermaine Jerome, who performs as Just Ending Now, the artists intend to establish Buffalo as “one of the art capitals of the world.”
“I just feel like July 20th is going to be the tipping point,” Jerome said in a phone interview. “That should be the point in time when it breaks, when the tide crashes.”
Collins, well known to Buffalo residents for his murals, will be presenting a new body of work called “Rage” that promises to see him step outside his traditional mode of working. Harmon will be creating art live throughout the evening. Scantron, a popular Buffalo beat-boxer, will perform a set of his traditional work and also present his new Chinese rock opera with an accompanying orchestra.
Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance from Ashker’s Juice Bar (1022 Elmwood Ave.).
– Colin Dabkowski