Music is Art Festival @ Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Sunday, September 12, 2010
By: Dee Haley
It was a picture perfect day on Saturday, September 11, behind the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The eighth annual Music is Art Festival included something for everyone. Music is Art is a not for profit organization founded by Buffalo's own Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls. The all day event showcased a variety of local talent. Four stages kept the entertainment flowing continuously with about 40 bands, several artists, live DJ's, numerous dancers and even a Kid's Village.
The theme was Magic Mayhem and the day was magical indeed. One of the featured performers was Rudy Coby, dubbed the coolest magician on earth. You may have heard Rudy's name associated with Marilyn Manson. He has been developing props and stage magic for Manson since 2003. Rudy also acted as an emcee and his mainstage performance included stabbing Robby Takac in the head with a screwdriver. It was quite an illusion. Robby was a great sport throughout the day and was involved in everything, including wrapping an escape artist in plastic in front of the DJ stage and showering the audience with a fire extinguisher.
A couple of the stand-out DJ's that I happened to catch were Basha and veteran DJ John Ceglia, a Buffalo native who's bio includes New York City's famed Studio 54. Basha and John both took time out to talk with backstageaxxess.com. They were excited to be a part of the event and thrilled that DJ's were well represented. Special thanks to Basha for giving me my first Dubstep experience. It sounded like newage rave mixed with old school industrial with heavy bass lines and reverberant drum patterns. The audience responded by "raging" in front of the stage. Hoolah hoopers were also pretty popular near the DJ stage throughout the day.
Musicians, dancers and magic shows were rotating continuously on the three other stages as artists and photographers also showed off their wares. Western New York has an amazing pool of talent with no stones unturned as Eye Candy Burlesque & Pole Play Dance Studio put on a display showcasing the art and agility of pole dancing.
Getting back to the musical acts, local bands dominated the day, each playing just a couple of songs to give the audience a little taste of a lot of music. While some bands were better known than others, the collaboration of musical acts was the main event for me. The festival wrapped up about an hour later than scheduled with the final act, Crush Logic, closing this terrific event. This band is new to the local music scene and the two original tunes that capped off the night left the crowd satisfied and looking forward to getting to know this band better.
Overall, this was a great event and it brought together a huge number of performers and spectators. Later in the evening, there was a threat of rain and a few technical difficulties, but that rain held off until about 15 minutes after Crush Logic exited the stage. Who could ask for anything more?
Although the Annual Music is Art Festival is over until next year, the organization is active all year long and is supported by a variety of programs, concerts and events. Programs include collecting and donating instruments to local schools, mental health awareness tours, music industry education and much more. Offer your support at www.musicisart.org
We would like to thank Robby Takac and Bob Mussell for their hospitality at the event.