( release ) How To Have Fun Productions, inventor of the Artists & Models Affair, the Jam Club, Crash Club and countless events in Western New York returns to give back to the community it has always celebrated. The legendary party promoters return on April 1 at 9:00pm to the Town Ballroom, 681 Main Street, Buffalo, NY with “Dance Your Art Off!” a dance party experience that brings back all the art of the Artists and Models and the dance floor energy of the Jam Club – with some new school twists added just for fun. “When I heard that the local arts community needed some help the creative juices started flowing and I began calling the best people I knew. Buffalo has such a rich arts community is was never a problem bringing a warehouse full of incredibly talented people together to give a few thousand people a night of magic and creativity,” related Tony Billoni, How To Have Fun founder.
Centerpiece of “Dance You Art Off” will be DJ John Ceglia, possibly the best-known DJ hailing from Buffalo. After leaving for New York City in 1980 John electrified the dance floor at Studio 54, The Limelight, The Saint, Roxy and Fire Island, to name a few. While John rarely plays in Western New York he often visits New York City and elsewhere for command performance gigs. He just returned from Las Vegas after completing performances at The Bank at the Bellagio, and Gold at Aria. “Dance Your Art Off” offers a rare opportunity to sweat to some of Cegila’s cutting edge dance floor science for one night only.
Opening will be local phenom DJ Cutler spinning vintage obscure R & B 45’s (Yes, vinyl) from 9-11pm.
"I'm excited to be part of this event for many reasons," says Ceglia. "The opportunity to finally team up with Tony Billoni, Artvoice, and Mike Marshall of MNM Productions, to work again with David Butler and DJ Cutler...the opportunity to do a big event in my hometown, playing the new progressive electronic music I enjoy playing in New York, Fire Island, Vegas and Miami...but most importantly, to do something to help our local arts community. Hopefully we can do this once or twice a year to help the cause and have a great time doing it.”
Bringing the entire club alive will be David Butler, long-time principal contributor to the Artists and Models and a leading WNY theatrical designer, performer and writer. David will transform the Ballroom dance floor into a pulsating sensory overload zone. Adding energy from the stage will be poi and flag spinners in a crazy mix of flow, fabrics and light, who must be seen to be believed. “It is a real treat to be back doing a How To Have Fun gig. Friends would comment on all the work we put into our shows. I smiled and thought, ‘How could something this much fun be considered work,’” Butler mused.
In typical How To Have Fun fashion expect the unexpected with biting performance art and media installations taking attendees by surprise in several nooks and crannies.
“Dance Your Art Off,” will be open to those 18 and older. All profits will go to Give 4 Greatness to support local arts organizations. Minimum donation will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available through TICKETS.COM, at Town Ballroom box office and ArtVoice. In addition to Billoni, party hosts include Mike Marshall of MNM Presents and Victor Colonna Jr.
The Give for Greatness was conceived, and so titled, because it is our belief that a rich cultural community is one of the crucial elements that define great cities and that Buffalo can be a great city. So Artvoice contacted M&T Bank, Oishei Foundation, Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance, Theater Alliance Board, and several others and began cobbling together a number of partnerships to bring the Give for Greatness into being. In the course of building the campaign, the cultural recipients targeted in the campaign, and even non-recipients, have enthusiastically agreed to participate in performances, readings, art installations, or whatever opportunity their discipline offers. The outpouring of community support for this effort has been simply overwhelming and reflects both how much the community treasures their cultural assets and that the community let’s their county government know arts and culture are important an important part of a rich future.