Starting at around 8 tonight, the streets of Allentown will come alive as the seventh annual Buffalo Infringement Festival kicks off with a characteristically odd event meant to grab the attention of passers-by. While the exact nature of that event is meant to be something of a surprise, I figure it couldn't hurt to give folks a bit of pre-warning in case you'd like to get down to Allentown and see what all the hubbub is about.
In addition to that outdoor mystery event, planned to start at 8 p.m. down near the bend where Allen St. turns into Wadsworth, Nietzsche's will host the Infringement Festival's opening ceremonies, which will showcase at least 13 local musical acts, ranging in style from the homemade prog rock of Charles J. Quagliana and Ted Reinhardt to the pulsing Americana of Reverend Soapbox and the Rabble Rousers. That raucous affair gets started at 7 p.m. and runs into the wee hours.
Elsewhere in Allentown tonight, musical performances will take place at Buffalo Bar Fly (162 Elmwood Ave.) and Hallwalls (341 Delaware Ave.). Theater performances will kick off in the Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.), the New Phoenix Theatre (95 Johnson Park) and in a roaming performance from the Subversive Theatre Collective starting in Days Park at 8 p. m.
After that, things really start heating up. In all, the festival, which wraps up on Aug. 7, will feature 1,200 total performances at 52 venues. Look for tomorrow's Gusto cover story on the event, and check out the full schedule of Infringement activities is online at infringebuffalo.org.
Also, set your browsers to this spot and come back often for daily Infringement picks, mini-interviews, reviews, features and videos. And don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @colindabkowski for updates throughout the 11-day fest, using the hashtag #infringebuffalo.