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Soundbites: Beau Fleuve kicks off new residency at Imagine Event Center

Arts & Beats, a new residency taking place at the Imagine Event Center (71 Military Road) aimed at celebrating the links between live music and various forms of art and spoken-word, holds its second event at 7 p.m. March 1.

The series is an initiative of the Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival, which will mark its third year celebrating the synergies between music, art and media this summer. Local singer Curtis Lovell highlighted Arts and Beats' debut in February.

The series' March date will feature performances by 14 trapdoors, HefeBossup, Biiig Brothher & Royal Kings, and DJ P Nasty, with visual arts and live painting provided by SUNY Buffalo State College undergraduate Conner Chaderon and spoken word/poetry sets curated by poet Bianca L. McGraw.

Arts & Beats will return the first Friday of each month at Imagine Event Center. Ticket sales are online only.

[Photos: Smiles from last year's Beau Fleuve festival]

Imagine Events Center will continue its action-packed weekend of music at 7 p.m. Saturday, with She is Me: Live!,” a party celebrating the release of Buffalo R&B-soul singer Maya By Name’s first full-length album, “She.” Advanced tickets are $15 are available now at IEC.

Maya By Name. (Photo courtesy Maya Satterwhite)

And on the 54th day: Former 53 Days frontman and songwriter John Moore has a new project he’s calling Missing Star, and full album is about to drop. Moore and Missing Star will celebrate the album’s release with a gig at 8 p.m. March 23 in the Town Ballroom.

In the meantime, the first single from the record is available to stream now through Missingstarband.com. “World’s On Fire” is classic Moore – low-key, melodically detailed, marrying alternative rock tropes to soulful '70s pop. Good stuff.

Falkowski will represent Buffalo at Rochester Music Hall of Fame event. The Rochester Music Hall of Fame has launched a new monthly event called “Books Backstage” that will “spotlight authors who will reveal how they conceived, researched and executed their stories about the music industry,” according to RochesterMusic.org. The series kicked off with events hosting Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm and Grateful Dead historian Peter Conners, both of whom read from their work and participated in discussion with attendees. “Books Backstage” will host Buffalo music historian and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame board member Rick Falkowski, who will read from his “History of Buffalo Music and Entertainment” tome, at 7:30 p.m. May 17 in the Rochester Music Hall of Fame's new brick and  mortar site, at 25 Gibbs St., Rochester.

Wailing for the man. For the sixth year running, a host of Buffalonian denizen’s of the darkness that is the music of Lou Reed will gather to celebrate the most morbidly fascinating songwriter in the history of the alternative rock music he pretty much birthed. “Vicious: A Birthday Tribute to Lou Reed” takes place at 9 p.m. March 2 in Nietzsche’s. The lineup is, appropriately, all killer, no filler. The Irving Klaws, the Dark Marbles, the Good, Stationwagon, the Wickermen, Bad Ronald, Suckmouth, Green Schwinn, Chuck Kritz and Tyler Bagwell will perform their favorite tunes from Reed’s solo career and his tenure as the darkest of the incredibly dark Velvet Underground roster.

Portrait of American rock and roll musician Lou Reed on stage, 1970s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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