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Acoustic Improvements at "Babeville" Noted

By Kenneth Macdonald


Buffalo, NY – Last week Ani DiFranco played for the first time at Asbury Hall in "Babeville," formerly known as the Church on Delaware Avenue. Scot Fisher, DiFranco's long-time business partner and president of Righteous Babe Records, says the concert was the first big test of the acoustic improvements made to the landmark structure.

Righteous Babe Record's Buffalo headquarters had yet to receive a proper baptism from its owner, musician Ani DiFranco until her concerts last week. According Righteous Babe President, Scot Fisher, her performance was a chance to pull out all the stops for the old church's acoustic potential. But that great sound didn't come easily. He says it was a challenge to strike the careful balance between keeping the original aesthetics and modifications for uniform sound quality.

Ani Difranco continues on tour in the US and Europe through the fall. Next week Babeville will host musician Andrew Bird.

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