Resilience is an amazing thing. And if there is one Buffalonian who has a lot of it, it’s Goo Goo Dolls’ bassist Robby Takac. If you’re not familiar with the controversy that surrounded Robby and his Music is Art (Mia) concert series, then click here. In a nutshell, Robby created the event (coincided with the Allentown Art Festival) in order to show people that art can be many things to many people. Eventually, with the help of the city’s new administration, the Allentown Village Society succeeded in blocking MiA from setting up during the art festival. It was a huge blow to the music event, and Allentown went quiet as Robby began to look for a new venue. As always, Robby landed on his feet, and MiA landed on the grounds of the Albright-Knox – he couldn’t have found a better venue.
While most people, including myself, assumed that MiA was content with the relocation, there must have been one last itch that needed to be scratched – to, once again, be a part of the Allentown Art Festival. But how? It looks as if MiA organizers have finally found a way. They’ve teamed up with the Theatre of Youth, and will be hosting a two-day concert series, called Allendale Rocks, at the Allendale Theatre. When? You got it – June 13th and 14th. The only difference is that the series is being billed as ‘family friendly’. Brilliant! So it looks like there are a couple of big MiA concert series events this year – one on the grounds of the Albright-Knox… and one back in Allentown (in the indie-artsy Allen West district). I guess the Allentown Village Society can tell people what they can or can’t do out outside their properties, but the group has no jurisdiction when it comes to what happens on the inside. Rock on Robby!
*Theatre of Youth and Music is Art will present a weekend of
family-friendly, local music at the Allendale Theatre on June 13 and
14, from 12 to 6pm each day. Tickets are $10 a day or $15 for the
weekend. All proceeds will benefit TOY and MiA.
Saturday, June 13, 12-6pm:
Image Urban Arts
Myron & The Id
Abominable Killer Snowmen
The Steam Donkeys
Sunday, June 14, 12-6pm:
Infinity Blues Project
Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Proceeds benefit Theatre of Youth.
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