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Sights and sounds converge at Burchfield Penney

As part of the museum’s mission to incorporate all artistic genres, the 6,700-square-foot East Gallery of the Burchfield Penney Art Center is transformed into a one-of-a-kind music venue as part of the ReSoundings concert series, featuring melodic rockers First Ward on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

The gallery’s 28-foot ceilings produce a five-and-a-half-second reverb that presents an interesting acoustic challenge for bands—and the opportunity for audiences to witness a video recording session in a truly unique environment.

“Because bands have to tailor their set to fit the space, these are performances you’ll only see once,” said John Smigielski, assistant production manager and ReSoundings co-curator.

Highlighting original music from diverse local bands, the ReSoundings sessions are filmed by Buffalo-based Gemhouse Media and provide invaluable documentation that bands can leverage to further advance their career.

First Ward is led by accomplished songwriter Zac Ward (Son of the Sun) and Josh Mullin (Last Conservative), and joined by guitarist Dave Harris, Kevin Sampson (Jealous Unknowns/Innocent Bystanders) on keys/acoustic guitar and Buffalo Music Association Hall of Fame member Jeff Schaller on drums. The band melds alternative pop and rock—with a little jazz and folk thrown in for good measure—creates a dynamic and powerful sound.

“When we were first planning the series, we knew we had to have this band here,” said Sonny Baker, associate producer of programming and ReSoundings co-curator. “They really bring Zac’s songs to life in a way that will excite the crowd.”

In addition to taking in the live music, attendees are encouraged to explore and interact with the fabulous art during this self-directed listening experience.

“Depending on where you are in the museum, you’ll get a different sound and different level of engagement,” Smigielski added.

ReSoundings is free with gallery admission, which is $5 for students, $8 for seniors 62+, $10 for adults, and free for Burchfield Penney members, Buffalo State students, faculty and staff, and children 10 and under. Visit Burchfield Penney’s website or call 878-6011 for more information.