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Buffalo music fans are gearing up and marking their calendars for one of the best live music events of the year: Music is Art. Featuring bands and artists of all ages and genres, the annual festival is shaping up to be full day of Buffalo’s best musicians.


Music is Art got its start over a decade ago, in 2003, when it was founded by Buffalo native and Goo Goo dolls bassist, Robby Takac. Since then, the festival has featured hundreds of musicians, dancers, DJs, and live artists, all free to the public. The daylong event draws more than 20,000 people and serves as a brilliant opportunity for local artists to show off their music.


“Buffalo’s music scene has always been something to admire,” says Tim “Action” Jackson Jr., lead singer and frontman of the popular alternative rock band Mom Said No. “The constant support and the local events that are put on by some of the giants in Buffalo go to show that the local music scene is only heating up.”


Katie Buseck, a long time Music is Art committee member who recently joined its board of directors, agrees that the festival provides an opportunity for the people of Buffalo to see something brand new.


“People always leave the festival more inspired than when they arrived, and that is one of my favorite parts,” she says. “It allows the community at large to learn more about the great arts and cultural community we have here in Buffalo and WNY.”


Having relocated from Delaware Park to downtown Riverworks two years ago, the layout of the festival might look slightly different for those who have not attended in recent years.


“I am very excited about the venue. It’s perfect for this event, and the people at Riverworks are so accommodating and great to work with,” says Bud Redding, who has been a part of the festival for over 12 years and believes that the festival not only supports older bands, but inspires the younger ones as well.


“We help put musical instruments into kids’ hands that might not normally have that opportunity,” he says.


This year’s festival starts Saturday, September 8, at 11 a.m. and runs to 2 a.m. Sunday at Buffalo Riverworks.


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