Music Is Art


Story and photos by Elias Todd

The Music Is Art festival is a three-day celebration of local music and artistry, organized by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac. The festival’s main Saturday schedule was filled with tons of local bands, dancers, DJs, and artists. It was truly an amazing event, complemented by clear skies and an upbeat crowd.IMG_0459

The Music Is Art festival was at RiverWorks in Buffalo’s Middle Harbor for the first time in the events 15-year history. The space was great for the festival, because it allowed for both indoor and outdoor performances. The event was plagued in years past by constant rain at its old venue, Delaware Park.

For those of you who have never been to a festival of this kind, it’s a great way to experience the sights and sounds of a large music festival. From hearing ’80s punk bands sing about their “Wegmans Girl,” to seeing wonderful paintings and sculptures.

RiverWorks provided th best of both worlds, from having great outdoor stages to indoor places and even a section where you could explore the underground of the RiverWorks. It’s situation along Buffalo’s revitalized waterfront also adds a distinct element for music lovers, especially with floating stages for bands.IMG_0423

Playing all sorts of music from rap to rock to jazz and everything in-between, there was something for everyone. For the latest information and updates for next years festival, you can visit


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Music is Art had a successful 15th annual festival at its new location downtown at RiverWorks.

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