Fiddle Fest is Featuring CREEK BEND

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Creek Bend is a Bluegrass band based in Buffalo, NY that has been serving up good, hot bluegrass music for over thirty years.

Their favorite engagements each year have been playing and producing local concerts with the greatest names in Bluegrass music including; The Johnson Mountain Boys, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the Bluegrass Cardinals, Tony Trischka, Lynn Morris, the Country Gentleman and Bill Monroe (some 40 – 50 shows total). Their highly successful concert series not only allowed them the opportunity to present the best that Bluegrass has to offer to the audiences of Western New York and Southern Ontario but it has given Creek Bend the truly unique opportunity to watch and learn from the best. This learning experience proved highly beneficial to the band members when they won first place in the band contest at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Creek Bend has recorded a total of five projects including two that were released nationally by the Copper Creek label.

Creek Bend has been recording and performing Bluegrass and Americana music regionally around New York State, Pennsylvania and southern Ontario since 1978. Their records and CDs on the Copper Creek label from Roanoke VA have been distributed and enjoyed world wide. The band has taken first place in the Gettysburg Bluegrass festival band contest and has consistently been one of the most popular bands of any  style in WNY. Rich Schaefer is the bass player and MC and has been the voice of Bluegrass locally as host of the Bluegrass radio show at WBFO. Newest member Phil Banaszak is a former NYS fiddle champion and member of the Fiddlers Hall of Fame. Chris and Mark Panfil were inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2016. All four members actively teach Bluegrass and fiddle music in the Buffalo area and beyond.



BLUE MULE BAND Kicks it up in Springville

Blue Mule Band

If an eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass and upbeat folk music is your style, Blue Mule Band is for you! Five members, Gail Pearles, Bernie Dotterweich, Dug Stein, Steve Strom and Don Strom, make up this warm and humorous group of musicians. To create their own personalized style, they use numerous instruments including the harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and rhythm guitar while the bass rounds out the bottom end. To learn more about this group, please visit their website and be sure to check them out on Facebook.




Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble

Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble is a club open to any  student 11 – 20  who play violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, 5 string banjo or Dobro. They play songs by Bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and Jimmy Martin, and also play music by newer bluegrass influenced artists like Nickel Creek, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Grateful Dead. Instrumentally music choices include traditional Irish and American Fiddle music that has entered the mainstream of American string music.

Public performances may range from appearances in Farmers Markets, Fairs and museums.

The group is run by former Director of the Frontier Central Fiddlers, Mark Panfil. He is a retired public school music teacher, member for the Music in the Schools committee and Foundation for Bluegrass Music in the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association).



WOW GREAT LINE-UP,  you won’t want to miss seeing your favorites.  Don’t forget to bring your acoustic instrument and play along with the Buffalo Barn Katz in the all day open JAM TENT.  Don’t have a musical instrument?  No problem…there will be lots available for you to try this year with professional instructions on how to jam!

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