(WKBW release) MiA Founder and President Robby Takac announced the details for the 10th Annual Music is Art Festival.
According to a news release:
This year’s event will take place on Saturday September 15 from 10 am to 10 pm at Delaware Park by the Marcy Casino. The festival is once again absolutely free to attend. The Festival’s featured sponsors to date are New Era Cap, APG, Niagara University, The Buffalo News and Zee’s Property Services.
The Festival’s purpose is not only to throw a huge free party for Western New York, but also to showcase the best in local talent to a large audience in the hope it will further their careers. This year’s event will include:
• Over 100 bands of every musical genre on over 10 stages;
• 70 displaying artists, photographers, and organizations, 25% more than 2011;
• Over a dozen dance troupes;
• Our first ever spoken word stage;
• An after-dusk projection area;
• More than a dozen DJs on multiple stages; and
• Some of the area’s best food and beverage vendors.
Also featured is the Kids Village, where the Festival experience is completely recreated for children from toddlers to tweens. Several local cultural organizations and individuals team up to provide interactive programming throughout the day in the Kids Village. The Kids Village will also have its own full size stage this year with programming from 10am to 6pm.
The Festival is one of seven programs provided by Music is Art including an instrument drive for schools, The Big Easy in Buffalo music education and concert series, the Music in Action industry training course, and a Student Battle of the Bands – the winners of which will be playing the Festival. Last year’s festival attracted over 25,000 and drew approximately 20 percent of its attendees from beyond Erie County.
“I love seeing the day progress at the Festival,” Takac concluded. “Early in the day we have many young families and kids, after dark we get a big college crowd, all day long people from 1 to 100 are there together having this shared cultural experience; the power of music and art is simply incredible.”