A number of regional bands and performers will come together in a joint benefit concert Saturday, June 3 at Firemen’s Field on Hicks Street in Penn Yan. “SAVE THE THEATRE!” is a fund raiser event for the Sampson Theatre on East Elm Street.
Organized by Brandon Bell and Jess Johns of Future Dreamers of the World, a new charity promotion organization, the day will begin with a family fun fair for all ages from noon to 4 p.m., followed by the concerts from 4 to 10 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to The Penn Yan Theatre Company for the renovation of the Sampson Theatre
Tickets $10 for all.
Family Friendly Fair, noon 4 p.m. includes:Bounce House (by Space Walk of the Finger Lakes), Obstacle Course (by Creative Dance Movement Studio), Petting Zoo (by Paul Martens Farms), Face Painting (by Kait Valken, Make Up Artist, Zumba (with Jess Johns), RC Cars (by Croakin’ Toads RC Raceway)
Live Music, 4–10 p.m. features: The Season (rock, from Penn Yan), The Good Left Undone (metal-core, from Corning), Inevitable Revolutions (metal, from Canton, Pa.), For the Dead Travel Fast (metal, from Bath), Lila Ignite (punk rock, from Binghamton), Evan Dillon (singer-songwriter, from Lakemont), Dreamskill & Backwoodz (hip hop, from Penn Yan), Supermassive (hard rock, from Elmira), and Divinex (progressive metal, from Rochester)
Bell and Johns conceived the event when they moved to Penn Yan and learned of the Sampson Theatre project. A longtime member of several local bands and an actor in school theatre, Bell wants to see the Sampson come to life again.
“When Jess and I decided to raise our children here, we wanted to contribute to the Sampson as a live theatre and music venue, and make it a reality for Penn Yan,” says Bell. “The sense of community is much stronger here than in any place we’ve lived, and we’re encouraged the idea has been met with such a warm welcome.”
With support from local officials and businesses, Bell and Johns hope to make their style of event part of the way the community raises money for charities. “We want to build a stronger, better community with other new ideas.”
Sponsors for SAVE THE THEATRE! include Keuka College, Seneca Farms, Morgan’s Grocery, Capptured Moments and ArtWorks Studios.
Vendors at the event include Eastside Grille, LyonSmith Brewing Co., PYTCo. Youth Theatre Lemonade Stand, Honeywood Tye Dyes & Tapestry, and LuLaRoe, sold by Melissa Martisch. The concert is powered by Sensory Sound and Stage.
*Some activities may require additional charge.