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Infringement: Days 3 and 4

After Saturday's rain canceled a couple of Infringement Festival events (though most went ahead as planned), the sun decided to shine on the fourth day. Which was useful, because today's schedule boasted one of the most anticipated events of the fest -- the annual College Street Block Party. It's always quite a diverse scene, with families, neighborhood weirdos and Infringers of all walks converging to watch some of Buffalo's under-the-radar bands.

Work obligations meant that I could only check out a tiny bit of the party today, but I was fortunate to drop by when the Bloodthirsty Vegans were in the middle of their set of politically conscious, anti-corporate brand of funk and hip hop. (The Vegans' self-description: "A musical family that makes music (sweet, sweet music) about peace, love and understanding to unite the human family, foster respect for the interconnected web of life, and remind the tribes how liberating it was to dance the dances of freedom.") Here's a snippet of one of the band's new songs, about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:

Stayed tuned to this space for more about the Infringement Fest, which runs at venues around the city through Aug. 1.

--Colin Dabkowski



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