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Holiday Showcase at the Foundry 

OH WHAT A NIGHT

A PRESTON BROWN PRODUCTION 

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Oh What A Night a special holiday experience, by Preston Brown  presented in collaboration with TOP Enterprises Inc.

TOP is a community development corporation 

working on a project soon to be "on top of the

hill" at Jefferson & Best.

The project will have an economic impact on the area and city of Buffalo with emphasis on the arts; this is just a sample of what you can expect to experience "on top of the hill."

 

Learn more: topenterprisesinc.com 

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Location: 
The Foundry Hotel & Banquet
1738 Elmwood Ave.  
Buffalo, NY 14207
December 15, 2022 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM EST
 
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$50Advanced 
+2.50 Processing Fee 
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Please note: all sales are final!
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Vendor Coordinator & Sponsor
LaBrown Enterprises Inc. 
LaDana Brown 
716.866.2844
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Vendors

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Paula McDonald
President
of  Organization
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T O P is a community development corporation whose mission is to Build People – Build Community.  Currently working on a development project to be located on Jefferson Ave near Best (click here to learn more).  This project would not only improve the quality of life for the communities it connects, will also provide a must-visit location in the city of Buffalo. 

T O P is always looking for volunteers, interested in investing in us (click here), or subscribe to our mailing list (click here)

ARTIST SHOWCASE will be a continuous event on location.

Entertainment

Producer

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Preston Brown 
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Preston Brown is an accomplished Musician, Song Writer, and Author of the groundbreaking book “Marriage for What? A soul searching journey from I DON’T to I DO.” While primarily known for his expertise in the Funk, Hip-Hop, and Gospel music genres, Preston’s limitless musical versatility, coupled with his uncompromising professionalism and integrity, has afforded him opportunities to accompany and record with numerous artists both locally and nationally.

While most notably recognized as a drummer, Preston is also an accomplished songwriter, arranger, and choir director. He has maintained a busy club, concert, and recording schedule for more than 20 years. Additionally, Preston has served as Minister of Music and Choir Director at New Mt. Ararat Temple of Prayer under the ministry of his father, Pastor Bishop Dwight E. Brown

Preston is a loving Husband to LaDana Brown and proud father of their three children.

Featured Guest

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DaMarka Wheeler
Sunday's Best Contestant

DaMarka “Moo Moo” Wheeler is a renowned gospel and inspirational music artist & Buffalo native whose been singing since the age of 4. She grew up singing at her home church with  family in a quartet group called the Spirituallets. Years down the line she moved away & was the Praise & Worship Leader at her local church. She grew to make great musical connections with other artists, choirs & more. 

In 2014, DaMarka received national attention as a contestant on BET singing competition show Sunday Best. She landed a spot among the top 10 contestants & made it to top 7.

DaMarka has opened up & sung background for and Grammy-nominated gospel artists such as The Clark Sisters, Kierra Sheard- Kelly, Kim Burrell, Richard Smallwood, Bishop Paul Morton , Bishop Cortez Vaughn & many more.

Today, DaMarka continues to travel, singing gospel and inspirational music. Her single

“Oh Taste and See” is available on all music platforms. She's an ordained Evangelist and faithful worship leader at her local church, Antioch Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Bishop James H. Bowman Sr. & Lady Kathy Bowman. 

Stay on the look out, because there's alot more instore from Ms. DaMarka Wheeler. 

 

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Robin Barker
Biz E. Byrd Production
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“A Standout, and irrepressibly joyous” says Robert Johnson, reporting The Next Step in Today’s Spotlight of the Star-Ledger NJ News. Robin is a five-foot hoofer, former Dance Captain, and Principal Dancer of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble. She has been a member of the Actors Equity Association since 1994, and holds a B.F.A. in Liberal Arts and Science from Niagara University.  Robin has studied under several Tap Masters, along with performing nationally with Sesame Street Live as “Elmo”.

Robin has shared the stage with the NJ Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Tap Masters, and actors of the like. You may also have seen her in various Off-Broadway productions at the Merkin Concert Hall, Town Hall, NJPAC, The   Joyce Theater in NYC for 2005 Tap City, or the Purge 4 movie as an extra.

Some of her regional theater credits include the 2018 Artie Award-winning, “Don't Bother Me I Can’t Cope”, nominated Best, “Ain’t Misbehavin”, “Hair”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, and “Anything Goes”; Artie nominated for Best Choreographer for "Stompin at the Savoy".

Robin choreographed the Musicals, “The Color Purple”, "Heathers", and Associate choreographer of the "Drowsy Chaperone" for the Buffalo State College Theater Department. 

Her latest work includes the production at the Musical Fare theater of "Beehive", as Assistant Director and Choreographer.

 

Robin welcomes new opportunities and partnerships under Biz E. Byrd Productions.

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Beverly Graves 
Poet + Writer

Beverly Riley Graves was raised in Roswell, New Mexico, and began writing poetry at a very early age. She became a first-time author in October 2016 with her book entitled My Heart is Full! She recently published her second book, Ever so Grateful!, in November 2021, which includes all the poems from her first book and makes Ever So Grateful! a more significant collection of her poetry. She is currently working on her third book.

First and foremost, Beverly is a lover of Christ and refers to Him in many of her poems as “My Sweet and Most Beloved.” She is ever so grateful He has delivered her out of the many storms in her life; and thus, her passion is to praise Him and to lift Him up in gratitude. Many of her poems are her own personal testimonies, and you can hear God’s voice as He lovingly and patiently guides and directs her steps. You can also feel the fullness of her heart as she proclaims her gratefulness for His love.

Beverly is a member of Emmanuel Temple SDA Church and enjoys sharing her poems with her church family and friends. She also shares her poetry with individuals who are in need of encouragement and consolation. She truly believes Christ is the answer to every problem in life and lovingly acknowledges Him through scriptures, prayers and poetic words of praise and thanksgiving.

Beverly is recently retired and lives in Tonawanda, New York, with her husband, Benjamin, where they delight in the joys of spending time with their children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren and grand-dogs.

Returning Artist

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Karen Saxon
Renowned Educator 
Musical Director 
Classroom Music Instructor:
City Honors at Fosdick-Masten

Director of Music: Empire Baptist Missionary Convention

BPS District Lead Representative: MET "HD Live in Schools" Program
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Marcus Lolo & friends 
Accomplished  Pianist/Vocalist
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Jacquie Cherry
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Culinary Arts 

Dymone Barnwell
TASTY EDIBLE SAMPLE
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Dymone Barnwell is a 26 year old Licensed Mental Health counselor who also has a passion from cooking. Growing up she would stay in the kitchen just to watch her parents and family cook. She has expanded her family taught cooking knowledge by doing her own research along with watching cooking shows. Dymone utilizes cooking as a tool to bring joy to others. She believes that food helps bring people together, and if providing a meal can bring a little sunshine to a persons day, then she gratefully will be that light.

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John Baker 

Visual  Arts 

Participate in a Silent Art Auction 
Curated By 
John Baker
James Cooper III
WNY Urban Arts Collective

John Baker has enjoyed an illustrious career as a nationally recognized exhibiting artist, curator, activist, art and museum educator. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions.

Baker earned his Bachelor’s in Art Education and Master’s in Museum Studies, from SUNY at Buffalo. Baker’s professional experiences include positions as an art and photography teacher for Buffalo Public Schools. Additional experiences include positions as a graphic designer and fashion wear designer/distributor.

Baker in 2017 was elected president of WNY-Urban Arts Collective Inc. a 501 (C) 3 artist organization.  This organization advocates especially for underserved visual artist and their artwork. Baker's community service includes director/coordinator of various community groups, organizations, activities, events, and educational programs.

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Artist John Baker
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Artist James Cooper III
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James Cooper III

Chicago-born James J. Cooper III is a Buffalo-based visual artist who has worked over the last 25 years in portrait painting, freelance illustrating, and mural painting. Cooper has been a teacher with the Buffalo Board of Education since 1994, an art instructor with Buffalo Art Studio and Albright Knox Art gallery between 1996-2009. 

His visual art career includes book illustrations and public art projects, including indoor and large outdoor murals. In July 2016, Cooper joined Main Street Gallery as a resident studio artist and assistant art director/curator. His art mediums vary from airbrush, oil, acrylic, digital computer-generated imagery, and photography. James has created Art on various surfaces, including plexiglass, cardboard, wood, automobiles, fiberglass, canvas, brick, fabric, concrete, and poly-laminate aluminum boards.

James greatly enjoys discoveries made during his creative process. At the same time, of creating his style of Art, which focuses on line, movement, color, and the human figure. His growth includes being a visual artist, but not restrictive.

 In 2018 he joined in with John Baker to establish WNY Urban Arts Collective; to increase awareness of unknown Urban artists, their accomplishments, and talents in various mediums of Art.. this process continues...

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$50Advanced 
Limited  Tickets sold at Door!
One Night Only!
Entertainment - Networking - Sample Tasting 
+2.50 Processing Fee 
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