We Saved The Best For Last!!!! MiA’s – Tracy Shattuck, Executive Director & Robby Takac, Founder and President – Goo Goo Dolls

Robby is a Buffalo Resident and is well known for helping to create the Goo Goo Dolls. Photo via www.pollstar.com

Robby is a Buffalo Resident and is well known for helping to create the Goo Goo Dolls. Photo via http://www.pollstar.com

While perusing social media lately, I see a lot of talk about the end of Buffalo’s summer and how to hurry up and check things off your summer to do list. I take umbrage with this. Not only do we have a full month of official summer left, but one of my favorite summer things to do can’t be hurried. The Music is Art festival is the last big one of the summer and greatly anticipated by many every year. This year the MiA festival is being held at Delaware Park on September 13th from 10am-10pm. In light of this, we decided to track down the busy organizers of this Kakkoii festival that happens every September. Tracy Shattuck (Executive Director) and Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls (Founder and President) took the time to answer a few questions for us.

Josh: Briefly tell me how the MiA Festival started

​Robby Takac: The Festival started as a side festival, completely unrelated to,​ but running congruently with, The Allentown Art Festival in August of 2003.

Josh: Tell us about the festival; and what is kakkoii?

music is artRT: The festival has grown to 12 stages spread around the grounds of Delaware Park and The Albright Knox Art Gallery. The festival is full of live music, DJs, exhibited art, dance, performance art, projectionists, spoken word, fashionistas, a kids village, food, drink and just generally creative folks from WNY putting their talents together to make Buffalo’s most inclusive arts and entertainment event.

Kakkoi is the Japanese word for “cool”, you see, we are having special guests, and honorary Buffalonians “Shonen Knife” from Osaka, Japan performing this year as well as Buffalo’s own Green Jello coming in from LA for a return to their home town and a “punk rock puppet show” you will not want to miss!

Josh: How do you choose which bands perform?

​RT: We consult with an amazing group of folks within the local music scene …. writers, promoters, producers and musicians around the Buffalo area when we are choosing from the bands applying for the festival every year. ​We try to have at least 60% of the festival be acts that have never performed at the MiA Festival in the past.

Josh: Tell us about volunteer opportunities for MiA.

Tracy Shattuck: We need about 250 volunteers throughout the day to make this thing happen! If you’ve got some time on September 13th to help out, send an email to volunteer@musicisart.org and we’ll assign you a task and shift. We’ll be listing the shifts and duties right on our website at www.musicisart.org so you know what there is to choose from.

Josh: Any other events we should know about?

TS: Music is Art holds a Festival Preview Fundraiser each year at Chef’s Restaurant. This year it will be on Thursday, September 4th at 5:30pm. Tickets are $35 each or two for $60 and can be purchased on our website at www.musicisart.org. Attendees will get a sneak peek of some of the bands, artists, and dancers that will be at the Festival on September 13th, not to mention an awesome basket raffle and silent auction. This event also features celebrity bartenders and our very own Robby Takac will serve as your host and emcee for the evening!

Josh: How do local schools and music programs take advantage of the instrument program?

TS: We take instrument and cash donations all year round to help us with the program. Schools and other music programs can go to our website and download a request form to let us know what instruments they need. We’ll check our inventory and see what we’ve got.

Josh: When you have out-of-town visitors, where is the first place you take them?

RT: ​GCR Audio! The coolest place in town!​ Then we go to Chef’s for some pasta.

…. nuff said ……​

MIA chefs

Robby also hosts an event at Chef’s next week where the proceeds go to Music Is Art!

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