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Music is Art takes its creative regalia to the Buffalo River

Installation artists slathering canvases on site. A musical instrument-strewn Kids Village for aspiring saxophonists or soloists. Poets, performance mavens and professional weirdos of all predilections. Oh, and music—the sweet, sweet music.

It’s time for the annual and eclectic pageantry that is the Robby Takac-engineered Music is Art Festival. Over its previous 14 iterations, the colorful exhibition has gleefully reflected the focus of the non-profit’s mission of eliciting the whole of the area's creative voice. This year, it’s taking that amplified celebration from its recent set-up in Delaware Park off Albright-Knox Art Museum to the Labatt silos-accented expanse of Buffalo RiverWorks.

With last year’s edition drenched by its seemingly traditional downpour, finally moving to a covered locale makes sense. But judging by the festival’s schedule, the venue change to the Buffalo River has only expanded the usual kaleidoscopic offerings of the free-flowing exhibition.

There will be 15 indoor and outdoor stages hosting dozens of acts from Willie Nile to female collaborative Rust Belt Birds, to a seemingly endless stream of DJs spinning house beats or reggae dub on vinyl. On-site cinemas will feature a horror movie marathon and screening of recently released Lance Diamond bio, “A Diamond in the Buff.” Visitors can expect the typical circus of vendors, performance artists and accentuates that have made the festival an end-of-summer institution for more than a decade.

Music is Art Festival: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sept. 9 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Admission is free. VIP tickets—which provide attendees with beer, wine and food —are $50 at musicisart.org.

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