Music is Art 2014

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.

With the vast majority of the performers and participants being from right here in Western New York, this year we are proud to present the band “Shonen Knife” from Osaka, Japan.  “Japanese rock has found an unlikely home in Buffalo, with several DVD’s and albums being produced, recorded, and released here over the last 8 years” said festival founder, Robby Takac.

“The best part of the day are the things that just happen and aren’t planned” said Music is Art executive director, Tracy Shattuck. “From street performers to jugglers to break-dancers, they might not have an official slot to perform on stage, but it doesn’t stop them from showing up. That is the vibe we’re trying to create here, everyone is welcome to not only attend, but to play a role in this creative community event.” 

  • What:  12th Annual Music is Art Festival
  •  When:  Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 10am-10pm
  •  Where: Delaware Park behind the Albright Knox Art Gallery

Submission links are now open on our website for bands, DJs, artists, dancers, non-profits, kids performers, volunteers, and vendors.  

The Music is Art Festival continues to be 100% free to attend thanks to the generous support of our sponsors:  Erie County, New Era Cap, Lia Honda, OSC Charitable Foundation, Peyton Barlow, Seneca Gaming Corporation, Try-It Distributing, and many more. For an up-to-date listing please visit our website at