Give a boy a pair of drumsticks, set him in front of a trio of timpani drums and watch joy in action.
That's what happened Monday during a press conference at Harry F. Abate Elementary School where the 6th grade percussion class got to try out some of the approximately $24,000 in donated instruments given to the school by the Music Is Art organization from Buffalo.
Amid all the changes we’re seeing around here of late, it’s tempting to forget the past and rush to embrace a future where we’re getting Paul McCartney-level acts in downtown Buffalo on a routine basis, the waterfront is alive and bustling, and there are no longer tumbleweeds blowing around on an otherwise deserted Main Street.
All of these developments are welcome. But they don’t really tell the story of Buffalo.
At the annual Battle of the High School Bands on Saturday Music is Art awarded the top prize to Dream Spectrum from West Seneca & Iroquois high schools. Dream Spectrum will get to play on the main stage in a prime time slot at the Music is Art Festival on September 12th, recording time at GCR Audio, and a professional photo shoot with legendary rock photographer Bob Mussell. 2nd Place went to Urban Reverie from Cleve Hill High, and 3rd place was Bulldog Brass from Kenmore East.
On Wednesday, April 15th representatives from Music is Art stopped by Riverside High School to present 10 brand new acoustic guitars to start a new after-school club. Founder and President, Robby Takac, along with Tracy Shattuck, executive director, and Kyle Eberth, presented the guitars to students and teachers.
Tenth-grade student Joe Laud recently shared a piece of his original musical composition with his class at Erie 1 BOCES Northtowns Academy. Joe played an acoustic guitar donated to the school by Music is Art Foundation.
In an effort to enhance their mission of reshaping music’s cultural, social, and educational impact on the community, Music is Art is unveiling two new programs for WNY.
Music is Art is inviting the public to take part in a campaign that shows us what music means to them. Folks should snap a photo of themselves with a sign expressing what music is to them and share the photo with us on social media using the hashtag #musicis.
Music is Art was recently approached by Brian Reed of The Pick Me Up Foundation out of Columbia, Maryland. Our two organizations have similar missions. After several meetings we are pleased to announce that The Pick Me Up Foundation has pledged approximately $50,000 over the next 5 years to support Music is Art programming.
Music is Art is proud to announce its move to a new headquarters location in Downtown Buffalo.
I remember the first Music is Art Festival in 2002 like it was yesterday.
Goo Goo Dolls bassist and MiA founder Robby Takac hosted the event in the parking lot and surrounding environs of the building that, at that time, housed his Good Charamel Records and recording studio on Franklin Street. It ran concurrently with the yearly Allentown Art Festival. It was an incredible experience – as a party, as a concert, as a bohemian celebration of culture and subculture, and as a celebration of all that those who spend their lives in the local arts community hold dear.
Listening to MIA founder Robby Takac describe this Saturday’s Music Is Art Festival was one of those “wow!” moments for me. Burmese dancers, a Punk Rock Puppet Show, the Fire Faery, DJs in the woods, the amazing menu of entertainment is endless.
If you’ve never been to a Music Is Art Festival, or haven’t been since it’s early years in Allentown, you’ll be blown away by MIA 2014. From it’s humble block party beginnings in a Franklin St. parking lot with one tiny stage and art work hung on a chain-link fence, the festival has grown into a large and eagerly anticipated end-of-summer cultural celebration, summer’s grand finale. And it’s all free!
12 years ago the Music is Art Festival began in a parking lot in Allentown and has now grown into one of Buffalo’s most iconic festivals. The festival features acts from the traditional to the bizarre and truly has something for everyone.
This absolutely FREE to attend event will feature over 100 bands, 70 displaying artists and photographers, dozens of dance troupes, a plethora of DJs, and live art displays, on 12 stages, as well as chaos and mayhem around every corner. The Festival will also feature the popular Kids Village which recreates the festival for younger friends. All of this on top of the usual surprises and curiosities that are now expected from this unique event each year.
“You’re only as good as your team,” insists Robby Takac when asked how the MiA Festival, and the MiA organization itself, has weathered rough patches and endured for all these years.
Here, Takac shines the spotlight on a few behind-the-scenes members of that team. He’s eager to point out that there are many more than the few highlighted here – “from board members to volunteers, we’re blessed by the contributions of talented, dedicated people,” he said.