We have plenty of summer festivals in Buffalo—usually several per week from May into September. But organizers are confident the new Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival, scheduled for Aug. 19 at Buffalo RiverWorks, will stand out from the crowd.
“It’s a celebration of all things Buffalo,” said founder Lindsey Taylor. “We wanted to cultivate a music and arts festival that celebrates the rich history of the area and illuminates our emerging artists, because we have so many artists of different genres of music, of [all types of] art, that are really succeeding.”
Taylor said Buffalo-born and bred performers are on the music scene making a name for themselves in a variety of genres including bluegrass, country, hip-hop, rap, neo-soul, indie or rock. Dozens of these musicians will be showcasing their talents on Beau Fleuve’s multiple stages.
Highlights include Venzella Joy, Beyonce’s drummer; soul, gospel and blues queen Drea D’Nur; rising country star Eric Van Houten; DJ T Jizzle, who has toured with Drake and Future; and headline act Lateef of Ruff Ryder.
In addition to the music, Beau Fleuve will feature a poetry slam, silent disco, custom car show, showings of locally made short films, visual art exhibits and installations, speaker panels and dancers. If anyone needs a break from the main attractions, there also will be an area for lawn games and relaxing.
Taylor—a lifelong Buffalonian, SUNY Buffalo State graduate and founder of Crown Entertainment Promotions—said the decision was made to not announce set times of specific acts, so festivalgoers can experience music and artists they might not otherwise have seen.
Wondering about that unique festival name? Taylor said it comes from one of the theories about how the Queen City came to be known as Buffalo: French explorers came upon the rushing main waterway and exclaimed “Beau Fleuve!” (That’s “beautiful river” in French).
The name, the eventual location at a venue on the Buffalo River, the enthusiasm of the arts community as they organized—Taylor said it all came together.
“This is the perfect opportunity to see what Buffalo has to offer, and not just in one aspect,” he said. “People will be able to come and experience all genres of music, all genres of art, all genres of culture that represent Buffalo—all under one roof.”
And the festival is helping the arts community, as well. Taylor said 25 percent of ticket sales will be donated to the Muhammad School of Music, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, and the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, as well as a variety of music and art scholarship and support programs in Buffalo.
3 p.m. Aug. 19 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $20 presale, $25 at the door, $40 VIP tickets. Visit beaufleuvemusicarts.com.