The 13th annual Music Is Art Festival kicks off this Saturday at its home base of Delaware Park, and while it’s been well known for some time that festival organizer Robby Takac and his Goo Goo Dolls will be making a special appearance at this year’s event, there are still 12 hours of MIA to experience.
Here are three acts that are worth checking out while you eagerly await for “Slide” to start playing [go here for a full list of bands, stage locations and more in Music Is Art's app].
Newish Star at the Sugar City Stage, 8:45 p.m.
Make sure to arrive on time for Newish Star’s set as the pop-punk, pinball loving trio rarely plays for over 20 minutes. With two new collections of clever, over-before-you-know-it songs released this year, the band suddenly has a very deep catalog to help fill its short, head-nod inducing sets.
The rest of Sugar City’s stage lineup (Cages, Welks Mice and Scajaquada Creeps) is certainly worth your time as well.
The Tins at Main Stage C, 8:15 p.m.
The garage-pop threesome should be no stranger to regular Buffalo.com readers as bouncy trio has been busy in the studio with MIA head honcho Takac as of late, working on the follow up to 2014’s Please Be Kind EP.
The Tins have seemed to be on the cusp of stardom this last couple years, so any area appearance by the threesome should be considered something of a treat.
Projex at Ivy Bridge, 9 p.m.
The audio/visual project of Keith Harrington has been a major player in Buffalo’s electronic music scene for years. His tireless work with area events such as City of Night, Prom of the Dead, TED X Buffalo and the Echo Art Fair has made him a well-respected member of the arts community and one of the city’s great ambassadors.
As for MIA, night fall is the perfect time to catch Projex as his always changing visual display will sure to catch more than a few eyes while the rest of the audience is busy dancing the festival away.