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The Goo Goo Dolls will headline a concert to benefit the Canisius Institute for Autism Research on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, SUNY Buffalo State. The event, “Artists for Autism,” will also feature performances by singer-songwriter Cassandra Kubinski and violinist and vocalist Mary Ramsey of 10,000 Maniacs.

“Artists for Autism” was created by renowned producer Armand Petri, who has worked with the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, Sixpence None the Richer, and many other artists. Petri’s son, who is autistic, showed great improvement in his social and communication skills after participating in one of the IAR’s programs. To bring greater awareness about the work of the Institute for Autism Research, Petri asked friends John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Ramsey and Kubinski to perform a benefit concert. The artists offered their full support.

Rzeznik, Ramsey and Kubinski recorded a new version of “Not So Different,” to be released on the day of the concert, April 16. All proceeds from 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. An acoustic set from the Goo Good Dolls will highlight the evening. The premiere performance of “Not so Different” will conclude the show.

Tickets ($30, $35, $125 VIP) go on sale at 9 a.m. today, March 16, through the Rockwell Hall Box Office, and by calling 716-878-3005 (charge by phone).

Submitted by: Public Relations