After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Griffis Sculpture Park will host their 8th annual summer festival on Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It’s a day filled with music, creativity, exploration and much more.
Initially, the Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival will sell 500 tickets to the event in order to adhere to current New York State Covid guidelines. The event will follow all guidelines at the time of the event. The stage area of the park is over five acres, ensuring a spacious experience.
Voted Buffalo’s Best Original Rock Band by Buffalo Night-Life magazine, the power-pop group Mom Said No will headline the event. The Japanese drum group JGB Shibuki will perform. The group’s taiko drumming style combines percussion, choreography, grace and strength. Spoken word artist, Bianca L. McGraw will use her poetry as a vehicle for discussion about identity, diversity and perspectives while exploring personal, societal and communal experience. The “rust belt reggae” group Qwister will perform. See why this three-piece always gets people dancing. Multi-instrumentalists, Lucawilla will start the day off with a mix of original and cover songs.
Exploratory musician Isaac Spaeth and friends will play a 20-minute performance of music on Larry Griffis, Jr’s “Castle Tower” sculpture.
“We are so looking forward to the return of the Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival,” said Nila Griffis Lampman, executive director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation - which operates the park. “It truly is a special day, where we celebrate music, art and nature. The event not only celebrates our local creative community, but it helps fund keeping the park open.”
The Griffis Sculpture Park stage is at the top of the Mill Valley Road section of the park. Patrons are allowed to bring chairs, coolers. There is a shuttle to the top.
The Griffis Sculpture Park is owned and operated by the Ashford Hollow Foundation, which also owns the Essex Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. The mission of the Ashford Hollow Foundation is to promote the visual and performing arts as well as construct a dynamic relationship between the arts and education in Western New York to better its young people and the greater community