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Concert will feature Cassandra Kubinski, Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs),
and an acoustic set by the Goo Goo Dolls 

Buffalo, NY - The Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, on the campus of Buffalo State College, proudly announces a special benefit concert, Artists for Autism. The concert will feature an acoustic set by multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band the Goo Goo Dolls.  The concert will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. and include performances from Mary Ramsey of 10,000 Maniacs, and Cassandra Kubinski.

Tickets are $30-$35 with a special VIP Meet and Greet option for $125 and go on sale Wednesday, March 16, at 9 a.m. (available at the Rockwell Hall Box Office, 1300 Elmwood Ave., by calling (716) 878-3005 or online at buffalostatepac.org.)

All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College.

Artists for Autism is the vision of famed music producer Armand Petri, whose credits include work with the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, Sixpence None the Richer, and many others. Petri’s son, A.J. is autistic and participated in a community program at the Institute for Autism Research. After seeing great improvement in his son’s social and communication skills, Petri wanted to help create greater awareness for this community resource. 

In 2013, Cassandra Kubinski composed and released a song called" Not So Different " for her friend's 2 sons on the Autism spectrum.  After hearing the song, Petri thought it would provide a tuneful vehicle to shine a light on the need for additional autism research.

Petri reached out to some close friends and associates to record a new version of the song. His friend John Rzeznik, of the Goo Goo Dolls, instantly offered his full support. Similarly, violinist and vocalist Mary Ramsey, of John and Mary and 10,000 Maniacs fame, quickly agreed to lend her voice. Along with Kubinski, the three performers recorded a new version of “Not So Different” to be released on the same day as the April 16 concert.

All proceeds from the sale of the song will also benefit the Institute for Autism Research.

The concert will open with a short set by Kubinski, who will then be joined by Ramsey and guitarist Jeff Erickson to perform songs from the 10,000 Maniacs catalog. The acoustic set from the Goo Goo Dolls will highlight the evening and the world premiere performance of “Not So Different” will conclude the concert.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm
$35 Lower Tier
$30 Upper Tier
$125 VIP Pre Show Meet and Greet

    Includes Lower Tier ticket to the show
    Copy of the Not So Different CD Single
    Meet and Greet with Cassandra Kubinski, Mary Ramsey and John Rzeznik

CHARGE BY PHONE: 716-878-3005
ORDER ONLINE: http://buffalostatepac.org
The Institute for Autism Research
The Institute for Autism Research (iar) is an interdisciplinary collaborative research center at Canisius College dedicated to understanding autism spectrum disorder and enhancing the lives of those affected and their families. Researchers from diverse backgrounds work together to address critical questions involving cause, development, assessment, clinical treatment and education. Research at the iar has led to the development of several new and effective treatments which are provided by the staff, its community partners and schools.  Most renowned is summerMAX, which was one of the first comprehensive treatment programs proven effective for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder.  Researchers at the iar are also dedicated to training the next generation of researchers and practitioners through advanced academic, research, and clinical and community-based experiences.
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