Saturday: 10,000 Maniacs @ Essex Street
by Geoff Kelly - posted 4:23 pm, October 23, 2009
It seems as though a year cannot pass in WNY without the weather claiming some victims. Back in August, the first victim of the season was Griffis Sculpture Park. Due to a series of heavy wind storms the park suffered approximately $50,000 in damage; many of their trails either destroyed or rendered a danger to hikers. The park was closed down because it was deemed a danger to visitors, and there is still work to be done to reopen it. The band 10,000 Maniacs has decided to hold a benefit concert to raise funds for the park, on Saturday (Oct. 24) at Essex Art Center. The Maniacs, along with A Potter’s Field and Red Window, will be hosting the event. With over 250 sculptures located in the park’s fields, ponds, and forests, Sculpture Park is considered to be the United States’ first and largest of its kind. The Ashford Hollow organization that owns and operates the park subsists on grants and donations, providing arts and education programming to over 4,000 area students each year. This will be the second benefit held for the park by 10,000 Maniacs The first—back in 1991 when the band was fronted by Natalie Merchant—attracted over 5,000 fans. Hopefully we no longer need the star power to make a difference.
—ann marie awad
Essex Arts Center, 30 Essex St. | Doors at 7pm | $40/presale | Available at TerrapinStation, 1172 Hertel Ave.; Urban Threads, 736 Elmwoood Ave.; Queen City Gallery, 617 Main St./Market Arcade, or $45/at door.