Can You Hear Me Now? Before They’re Famous: A Teen Showcase

Buffalo, N.Y. – Buffalo teens will be presenting original work in a showcase performance, called Can You Hear Me Now? Before They’re Famous, on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shea’s Smith Theater, 658 Main Street.  Young artists ages 14 to 21 will be performing in a wide range of forms from vocal music, spoken word poetry, dance, and rap.

These young adult have developed their pieces and skills in a new, open mic, coffee house, called Can You Hear Me Now?, that is hosted weekly at Gloria J. Parks Community Center at 3242 Main Street since November 2017. The Can You Hear Me Now? coffee house is a FREE, safe, supportive, artistic atmosphere for young people on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., creating a unique opportunity to meet outside of school hours in a positive and entertaining environment. Can You Hear Me Now? is directed by two local performer/instructors, Solomon Dixon and Da’Von McCune, from the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.

Dixon and McCune have augmented the Tuesday open mic events with Can You Hear Me Now University workshops on Saturdays from Noon to 2 p.m. at Gloria J. Parks Community Center. The workshops are free to all young artist ages 14 to 21, and include a wide array of topics including, performing skills, stage presence, creative writing skills, resume and portfolio development, basic business planning, and entrepreneurship concepts. In addition, Da’Von McCune has recruited a diverse array of local adult artists and social activists to teach the young artists about using their art forms to advance social justice issues to improve their communities.

The showcase performance at Shea’s Smith Theater on March 27 is a proving ground of sorts for these young artists.  They have been experimenting and trying out new works in the Tuesday coffee houses, and strengthening their personal tool kits at the Saturday workshops.  Can You Hear Me Now Before They’re Famous is an opportunity for the adult community to check out the next generation of talent in our community.

Tickets are $5.00 at the Shea’s Smith Theater door, or in advance Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street. For more information, 716-832-5085.

This event is produced by  The University District Community Development Association (UDCDA), a non-profit agency offering youth and senior citizen programs at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street and community and housing development services at Kensington Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services, 995 Kensington Avenue.


Contact: Michael A. Tritto, Jr., Associate Director of Operations and Human Services, University District Community Development Association, Inc., or 832-1010, ext. 213