BUFFALO (WKBW) The rain may have slowed it down just a little bit, but it definitely did not stop Music is Art 2013. And while there are music festivals and there are art festivals, this is something unique.
The Goo Goo Dolls and Buffalo's own Robbie Takac, fighting through the rain to put on the eleventh annual mixture of art, dance, and of course music
"They're here because they enjoy the creative spirit, and there is a huge creative spirit in Buffalo. This is a great place to express that," Takac said.
To express that spirit as well as showcase local talent. Like Louis Oswald and his band 'What is this?'
"It's euphoric almost, it's a great feeling. I love being in front of all these people, I love making smiles, it's just one of my favorite things to do. It's passion," Oswald said before taking the stage.
Local artists like Mikel Doktor brought his wares, electric guitars made out of cigar boxes. Something quite fitting for a festival named Music is Art.
"Just the brand themselves is unique looking, and you turn it into an instrument,it's just that, a functioning piece of art. Some people like putting them on their mantle, but ultimately, people just love having something to play, a fun little instrument," Doktor said.
The rain meant a few less people and a few more umbrellas, but many came out anyways because it could always be worse.
"It's just a little bit of rain, it could be worse, it could be a blizzard right now. It's Buffalo, you never know, it could be snowing by the end of today," Jeremy Merrick of Tonawanda said.
Despite the rain, before it was even over, the founder and organizer had already deemed this year's festival a success.
"It went from a backyard carnival into something a little bit bigger, and hopefully things work out well this year, and we have number 12 next year to be even bigger," Robbie Takac said as he wringed the rainwater out of his hair.