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Photo Courtesy of Music is Art Facebook Page

blog by Morgan Culhane  • 

The 11th annual Music is Art festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Delaware Park behind the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

The all-day festival features over 100 local bands and artists on 12 different stages, including three main stages, four DJ stages, smaller stages and an option for a younger crowd in the Kids Village with the Big Easy Stage.

Many exhibiting artists will be scattered throughout Delaware Park, but the highlight will be the live art and live sculpture exhibits. These artists will create art right in front of attendees’ eyes, often influenced by the music surrounding their exhibit.

In addition to the art and music being featured, there will be many local food trucks including Lloyd Taco Truck, Amy’s Truck, Pizza Amore and The Roaming Buffalo. For a full listing, visit their website. There will also be two beer tents featuring a selection of beers and wines for $3 apiece.

MiA was founded in 2002 by Robby Takac, the bassist for the Goo Goo Dolls, and attracts around 25,000 visitors annually.

“MiA is dedicated to connecting music and the community, to ensure all types of music are recognized as an important part of our culture.” Takac said. “By nurturing new melodies through our annual festival, numerous educational programs and integral partnerships, MiA provides Western New York the chance to experience music in many unique ways.”

The pop rock band Breckenwood is returning to the festival for the second time. Breckenwood got its name from Buffalo, it is a combination of two roads— Breckenridge Street and Elmwood Avenue—and the band started playing together on Richmond Avenue about two and a half years ago.

Made up of four members all from the greater Buffalo area—Nick Bonaventura on lead guitar, Will Folckemer on bass, Cameron Kukla on drums and Garrett Shea on vocals and rhythm guitar—Breckenwood will invade the Town Ballroom stage at 2:45 p.m.

“Fans can look forward to new songs, even more energy, and a lot more fun as we play this great festival in a great city we can call home,” Shea said.

Photo Courtesy of Breckenwood's Facebook

Another band to check out later that day is Whiskey Reverb. Their style ranges from indie rock to R&B soul to hip hop to blues, blending genres to match their own respective personalities in songwriting.

Whiskey Reverb also performed last year. “Our favorite thing was being able to catch so many talented acts. MiA does such a great job of finding very diverse and awesome artists,” they said. Last year, we were fortunate to have our set immediately follow an awesome dance troop, so we invited them up to dance with us while we performed. It was a memory we will never forget and a true highlight in a great year for us.” 

They are stoked to share more Buffalove flavor again at MIA this year and will be preforming at the Town Ballroom stage at 7:15 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Whiskey Reverb's Facebook

For a full schedule of the bands, DJs, dancers and comedians performing visit their website. A listing of the artists and photographers that will be exhibiting at MiA is also available.

For more information about Music is Art visit their website.

TAGGED: breckenwood, delaware park, elmwood village, garrett shea, music is art, robby takac, whiskey reverb

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