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Don't Wait to Get Annual Meeting Dinner Dance Tickets; Advance Purchase Required

Friday, July 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

The Saturday night AFS dinner dance is coming back with a bang, featuring fine food and smokin’ sounds by two local bands. Music will be provided by funk, jazz, R&B, and blues musician Eric Crittenden’s Critt’s Juke Joint, and by Special Delivery, led by veteran polka musician Mark Kohan.

­Crittenden (left), the son of a long-time musician in James Brown’s band, has shared the stage with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, G-Love & Special Sauce and Mickey Hart. Critt’s Juke Joint is a Soulprovisational funk n’ roll experience that features a revolving line-up of amazing musicians and guest appearances by legends like comedian Sinbad, drummer Bernard “Pretty' Purdie,” the Grammy Award winning guitarist/producer Eric Krasno and PFunk's Kim Manning to name a few! The funky vibes of Critt's Juke Joint both preserves and evolves the seldom discussed “Chitlin Circuit” sound that crafted American Pop Music as we know it now. Be prepared to dance! Find out more about Critt’s Juke Joint at

Special Delivery, a versatile band from the Buffalo area, advertises “everything from ethnic to alternative.”  Longtime Polka musicians Mark Kohan, Dave Miesowicz, Ted Szymanski, Jay Skiba, and Tom Goldyn are well-known around town for their contributions to Buffalo’s rich Polka music heritage.  They offer their considerable talent not only with Polish favorites and polkas, but also with a variety of danceable music including Swing, Oldies, Classic Rock, Latin and Blues.  The band collectively has over two-hundred years of playing experience, and members have performed across the United States, Canada, and in Europe. Besides playing several instruments each, all members of the group are vocalists, providing rich harmonies that will make you want to sing along. They will be joined at the AFS dinner dance by Jim Kaminski (right), a local Polish concertina player. Find out more about Special Delivery’s music and schedule at

It takes place just a block from the conference hotel at the 1892 Market Arcade, with catering by acclaimed Italian restaurant Osteria 166.    

Tickets: $35. Advance purchase is required; get your ticket by October 1!

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