Ani DiFranco Considers Buying Historic Church

Contemporary folkster Ani DiFranco is apparently in talks to buy a 130-year-old church and architectural landmark in her hometown of Buffalo, and she may move the offices of her Righteous Babe Records label into the building.

The City of Buffalo currently owns the Asbury Delaware United Methodist Church, a building it bought for $175,000 last year, and "The Boston News" reports that DiFranco's label is in the process of making a $5,000 down payment for a six-month option to purchase the church.

Righteous Babe has hired an architectural firm to analyze the church and determine what sort of repairs must be done to insure the structural integrity of the building and its adjoining 127-year-old sanctuary.

DiFranco, who is up for a pair of Grammy Awards, is currently on tour in Australia, and she plans to head out on the road with Gillian Welch and Greg Brown for a two-week North American tour beginning on March 7 in Peoria, Illinois.

The itinerary for the

DiFranco-Welch-Brown outing:

  • 3/7 - Peoria, IL @ Madison Theatre
  • 3/10 - Duluth, MN @ DECC Auditorium
  • 3/11 - Grand Forks, ND @ Chester Fritz Auditorium
  • 3/12 - Winnipeg, MB @ Walker Theatre
  • 3/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
  • 3/15 - Green Bay, WI @ Weidner Center
  • 3/16 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium
  • 3/18 - Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
  • 3/19 - Harrisburg, PA @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
  • 3/20 - New York, NY @ Avery Fisher Hall