Most loyal fans of the Buffalo-bred Goo Goo Dolls don’t need a special reason to see the hometown icons on stage.
But at 8 p.m. April 16, Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac will haul their acoustic instruments to Elmwood Avenue to headline the sold-out “Artists for Autism” at SUNY Buffalo State’s Rockwell Hall. Joined by singer/songwriter Cassandra Kubinski and 10,000 Maniacs’ Mary Ramsey and Jeff Erickson, the Goos will lend their voices and catalog favorites to benefit the Institute of Autism Research at Canisius College. Started by producer Armand John Petri — who has worked with the show’s artists, as well as fellow Buffalo acts like Jackdaw and Klear — Artists for Autism hopes to bring greater awareness to a disorder that affects tens of millions of individuals worldwide.
And along with the Goos’ usual roll call of radio hits — as well as new tracks from their forthcoming album “Boxes,” due in local record stores on May 6 — Rzeznik will team with Kubinski and Ramsey to debut the autism-focused single “Not So Different.” The song was originally recorded by Kubinski in collaboration with Autism Speaks in 2013, but the trio will perform and release its new version of the tune on the evening of the event.
It’s charitable collaboration emblematic of a locale branded as the “City of Good Neighbors,” tuned up by some of Buffalo’s finest musicians.