SLYfest 12 Is Coming in Hot August 11-13th

Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance prepare for their 12th annual camping fundraiser experience; Slyfest at the Great Blue Heron Festival Site.

“The 3 Day Music & Dance Festival will feature internationally renowned music and dance performances by artists from around the world, Interactive Workshops, Vendor Village, Swimming, Light Shows and more

Event: Slyfest 12  – World Music, Art and Dance Festival Celebrating 12 Years

Event Dates: August 11, 12 & 13, 2017

Location: The Great Blue Heron Festival Site — 2361 Wait Corners Rd Sherman, NY 14767

Time: Gates Open at 9am August 11th.

Cost:  Presale 1-day pass – $25  3-day pass- $75 VIP Pass- $200|| At the Gate- 1- day pass – $50 3-day pass- $100 VIP Pass- $250 Children under 12 are FREE

Sherman (NY) – The Slyboots School of Music and Dance will host the 12th anniversary Slyfest three day  music and art festival featuring world class performances, interactive workshops, musician panels and nightly light shows, artistic fires and parades through the campgrounds. Slyfest began in 2005 in Fredonia, NY.  Now in its 12th year,  Slyfest showcases an amazing line up of world class musicians, dancers and educators each bringing a truly unique and rare experience to Western New York.

Notably, this years event will showcase internationally renowned headliners; The Slyboots Circus, Toubab Krewe, Consider the Source, The Mike Dillon Band, DJ Logic and Arthur Lipner.

About Slyboots School of Music Art and Dance

The Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance is an international touring enterprise– based in Buffalo, NY– that is dedicated to promoting positive social change through cultural arts education and performance. Every year Slyboots facilitates study abroad programs for students from Upstate New York to study drumming and dancing in West Africa. In the winter months Slyboots facilitates educational tours with drum and dance troupes from West Africa to perform at colleges, universities, schools and clubs all over the US. Slyboots has helped to expose an estimated 40,000 students to cultural arts education each year since 2005.

SLYFEST is an annual fundraiser experience designed to educate, entertain and inspire— while showcasing the work that Slyboots does in their Buffalo community and in communities around the country throughout the year. The primary objective is to promote cultural arts practitioners and world class performers to bring people of all walks of life to celebrate cultural diversity and engage in an experience of genuine cultural exchange and togetherness. In short, to bring the world together, on the sly.

About Toubab Krewe

Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.

Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, TK2, (September 7, 2010 on Nat Geo Music). What Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drums), Drew Heller (guitar, piano, fiddle), David Pransky (bass, guitar), and Luke Quaranta (Djembe, Congas, percussion) have wrought on TK2 reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their studio debut.

This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they’ve exhibited in their half decade of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Rothbury and Wakarusa, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as Festival In The Desert in Mali. Their globe-hopping propensity has made them an emerging headliner at their hometown’s famous Orange Peel and a familiar face as similar venues throughout the country. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets’ Umar Bin Hassan or Uncle Earl’s Rayna Gellert, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community.

Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group’s travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they’ve learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.

Press Quotes:

“Toubab Krewe has such a visceral, ear-yanking quality that in the band’s capable hands you just might find your definitions of what is/is not rock n’ roll and worldbeat being completely rewritten. This is the sound of liberation.” – Blurt

“a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy.” – Village Voice

“a new standard for fusions of rock n’ roll and West African music.” – Afropop Worldwide

“one of the most innovative voices in music today.” – Honest Tune

About DJ Logic

The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ LOGIC, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and mixing his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip – hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.

Since his emergence in the early nineties amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City based deejay has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations, including full fledged bands with members of BLUES TRAVELER (THE JOHN POPPER PROJECT FEATURING DJ LOGIC), a trio with STEVE MOLITZ & FREEKBASS (HEADTRONICS), a jazz project with Georgian prodigy BEKA GOCHIASVILI, to being a member of the Grammy winning Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s The Offense of the Drum album. He also has a long list of other collaborations with artists ranging from the likes of: MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, O.A.R., CARLY SIMON, MARCUS MILLER, JACK JOHNSON, VERNON REID, WARREN HAYNES, CHARLIE HUNTER, JACK DeJOHNETTE, JOHN MAYER, BEN HARPER, MOS DEF and THE ROOTS, to name but a few.

DJ LOGIC and his role as an electronic-music ambassador keeps him at the top of his game. Whether the scratch artist instructs tablas to flirt with drum ‘n’ bass (such as on his NINA SIMONE and BILLY HOLIDAY remixes found on Sony Legacy’s Remixed and Reimagined volumes) , or while meshing free styling MC’s with Afro-Cuban rhythms (such as on ‘Share Worldwide Funk’ – a remix produced for JACK DeJOHNETTE and Golden Beams Collected, Volume 1 ) or while remixing tracks for rock bands such as MOON TAXI, LOGIC can always be found paying homage to his predecessors while contributing his vision to the deejay genre.

While the context of his work may vary, DJ LOGIC’S spinning skills are definitely beyond reproach. He works with a phenomenal roster of invited guests, and he knows how to pick his collaborators as well as his samples. With a growing catalogue of recordings under his belt, DJ LOGIC’S supreme musicianship and eclectic tastes will allow him to journey wherever an infectious groove may take him.

About Consider the Source

NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.

Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called “the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers”, Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin’s hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara’s propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann’s rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann’s muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider’s multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider’s music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.

Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with a wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Matt Darriau (Paradox Trio), Oteil Burbridge, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Burning Man, Gathering of the Vibes, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, Catskill Chill, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Aura Music & Arts Festival (Florida), Jazz Fest (New Orleans), Head For The Hills Festival & SXSW (Texas), Rootwire (Ohio), and the NYC Gypsy Festival. The band’s latest release, “World War Trio (Parts 2 & 3)” (2016) is available at

About Mike Dillon

How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, and Ani Difranco, or collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s, Critters Buggin or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.

Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a number of acclaimed albums, intertwining a range of influences from Zappa-esque eccentricity to Fishbone punk funk, D.C. Go-Go to Milt Jackson-influenced vibraphone majesty. Never before, however, has he recorded music so personal and committed to a sustained mood as his latest album, Functioning Broke. The recording finds Dillon solo on vibraphone and various percussion, building each track into its own minimalist, but multi-dimensional auditory landscape.

The current version of the Mike Dillon Band features guitarist Cliff Hines, Bassist Nathan Lambertson and a rotating cast of drummers including Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween), Simon Lott, G. Maxwell, Doug Belote and Paul Thibodeaux. With this line up, Dillon has continued exploring the connection between New Orleans street beats, Ska, funk, Hardcore and jazz. The band will release a new record in February 2017 titled, “Life is not a Football.” Produced in New Orleans by Richard Maloney and Dillon with engineers Rick Nelson and Robert Mercurio, this album sounds like a Spotted Cat trad band that grew up playing Dead Kennedys and invited Captain Beefheart over for a dinner cooked by Thelonious Monk. The Mike Dillon Band has supported acts like Galactic, The Revivalists, Clutch, Primus, and Fishbone, while continuing to play music festivals and in cities across the U.S.

In 2016, the Gambit’s Big Easy Awards named Mike Dillon “Performer of the Year” and the Mike Dillon Band “Best Punk/Metal Band” in New Orleans. Living in New Orleans for over 10 years now, when not on the road with Rickie Lee Jones, Nolatet, or the Mike Dillon Band, Mike resides in the Musician’s Village with his fiancee, Jennifer Francino.

About Arthur Lipner

“Lipner belongs to that rare category of master player that includes Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum…”

Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia

Arthur Lipner’s career has spanned three decades and is going stronger than ever since he began

performing professionally at age 14. He has appeared in 25 countries. Arthur’s live performances and

recordings convey an exuberant drive of creativity and depth. (London) said, “Arthur Lipner

occupies a prominent role in the foregrounding of vibraphone and marimba in jazz and popular music.” All

Music called him “an extremely melodic and creative jazz/worldbeat-conscious vibes artist.”

Venues at which Arthur has appeared is a global trek to foreign cultures. Aside from concert halls, jazz

clubs/recording studios around the world and almost 70 trips overseas, he has performed with Tuvan

Throat Singers from Russia, The National Dance Company of Ghana in a small rural village, in the streets of

Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, in Chiapas Mexico’s “Marimba Park”, at the Royal Palace in Marrakesh, in the

mountains of Norway on an ice xylophone he constructed with award-winning ice sculptor Bill Covitz, and

more. The story of his inner and outer journeys are featured in the documentary TALKING STICKS (2016).

Outreach partnerships for the film have been set up with The Mexican Consulate in NYC, a music

conservatory for underprivileged children in Sao Paulo, and The Dagara Music Centre in Medie, Ghana.


Arthur has appeared on almost 50 albums, including nine of his own projects. His most recent release is

“Two Hands, One Heart” (2015), a “Best Of” collection of his favorite tracks recorded during the 25-year

period 1990-2015. This double album includes 40 musicians, including some of NYC’s top session players.

His prior release, “Brasilian Vibes” (2010) was nominated for Album Of The Year by the Brasilian Press

Awards. In 2014 he recorded steel drums for the United Airlines Inflight Safety Video, heard by thousands

each day. In 2016/2017 he recorded solo seven albums for Solo Sounds Records. All released in 2017,

these are uniquely-conceived interpretations of classic rock, jazz and pop releases performed on vibes,

marimba and steel pans.

As a soloist and bandleader Lipner has been to most of the United States and 25 foreign countries including

Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, England, Scotland, Morocco, Malaysia, the

Caribbean and many more. He premiered his concerto MALLET FANTASIA with the Nat’l Symphony of Brazil

with two concerts in Rio de Janeiro. In 2011, Arthur performed on Programa do Jo, the Brazilian equivalent

of the USA’s David Letterman Show. He has appeared at many festivals around the world. October 2017

will mark his 19th tour to Brazil.

Arthur has presented over 300 workshops on six continents, including The Juilliard School (NYC), Yale

University, Sweelink Conservatory (Amsterdam), Royal College (London) and Sydney Conservatorium. He

has been on the Faculty of The Brabants Conservatory (Tilburg, Holland), Univ. of Bridgeport, Drummers

Collective (NYC) and SUNY Purchase. From 2000-2008 Lipner served on the Board of Directors of The

Percussive Arts Society.

Almost 100 of Arthur’s compositions have been released on recordings. His music has been used on radio,

film and tv soundtracks in such places as Finland, Japan, Belgium, The Netherlands, and England. Arthur

has written two widely-adopted method books, THE VIBES REAL BOOK (1996) and “Jazz Mallets: IN

SESSION” (2000), the first-ever play-along book for vibes and marimba. All Lipner recordings and

publications are available at

Vibraphone virtuoso, Arthur Lipner, will be returning to Slyfest 12 at The Heron with this years winner of the Brazilian Press Award- Nanny Assis.  Singer, percussionist, song-writer and Bahia native Nanny Assis is a hard talent to define. He started his career as a drummer and percussionist, but quickly developed into a brilliant multiform musician. For his multi-faceted talents, Nanny has developed an international reputation as a signature voice in Brazilian music. Sought after by world-class musicians for his mastery of Brazilian Jazz, Afro-Brazilian music and popular and folkloric music from his homeland, Nanny continues to delight audiences from Bahia, to New York, to Europe with his buoyant, rhythmic sound.

About the Brazilian International Press Award

The Board of the Brazilian International Press annually announces the recipients of this very important cultural Brazilian award. The decisive and final stage of voting is by The Electoral College of the Press Award formed by representatives of the medias, producers, advertising agencies, artistic, cultural and communitarian entities.

About Richmond Ferry Church

The Richmond Ferry Church project is a social enterprise with a mission to create an arts-driven collaborative environment, where organizations, groups, and individuals can effectively pursue, enhance, or expand their entrepreneurial or organizational mission.

Our vision includes a vibrant artistic campus that unifies our neighborhoods and city through multicultural and multimedia artistic production and exploration.  Movement, music, color and sound – the basis for a new upper west side experience.

All SLYFEST sponsor donations will be passed through the Rosanna Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts 501(c)3– a recently formed organization in memory of Rosanna Heckl, an artist, art lover, and community advocate. The organization was formed specifically to support community- based projects that promote and support the arts and the social benefit derived from the arts, community development, and other related social justice causes. The Rosanna Elizabeth Foundation has partnered with the Slyboots School of Music, Art and Dance in an effort to launch the Buffalo World Music and Dance Academy at the Richmond Ferry Church in Buffalo’s West Side. By supporting SLYFEST- you are simultaneouSLY supporting this incredibly important work in Buffalo!

Full List of Featured Performances:

The Slyboots Circus featuring:

Erico Ansuade of Ghana– Mohamed Diaby of Guinea,– Alassane Sarr of Senegal— Kasumu JA of Nigeria— Devi Bollywood Dance– Buffalo Gamelan Club and many more!

Toubab Krewe

Consider the Source

The Mike Dillon Band featuring Mike Dillon!!


Critt’s Juke Joint featuring DJ Logic

Brasilian Vibes feat. Arthur Lipner & Nanny Assis

Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra featuring Preach Freedom


One World Tribe

Saranaide featuring Sara Rodriguez, Jon LoRusso and the original On The Sly trio



The Rockaz

Tiger Chung Lee

Space Junk

Mike Sisto

Masti Percussion featuring Bob Accurso

The Big Sauce Trio

The Brian DeAngelo Trio

La Marimba Buffalo featuring Tiffany Nicely

Amor and Heritage- Folkloric-Latino Dance

Borinquen Dance Theatre


Jason Pfaff’s Music for Ultras

and more TBA

Tickets can be purchased at any Slyboots Class or at the following ticket outlets:

Terrapin Station – Buffalo

Buffalo Ironworks- Buffalo

Funk N Waffles- Syracuse & Rochester