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What I Learned at Music is Art

This year’s Music is Art (MiA) started off a bit precarious due to inclement weather early on that looked as if it was going to put a serious damper on the day. But my mid-afternoon Mother Nature decided to play nice, and by the time we arrived to the festival the lines of parked cars stretched all the way down Lincoln Parkway.

One of the things that I love most about MiA, is the number of attractions. Of course there are bands and deejays galore, but on top of that there are always arresting art exhibits, not to mention the characters that construct them. From live mural demonstrations to merchant tents to zombies to dancing veggies, MiA is a fantastical smorgasbord for all of the senses.

What I learned at the 2014 MiA Festival:

Plastic bags can be beautiful…


Buffalo could use more Asian influences…


Surprisingly, Buffalonians really are fair weather people (2013 didn’t look like this)…


Buffalo has an infatuation with the macabre…


Buffalonians are always looking for an excuse to undress…


Festival requirements: If it’s not “dark”, then it’s gotta be “green” (more on this project coming soon)..


Radishes only dance to music played on a squeezebox…


The weirder you are, the more fanatics will follow you around…


MiA always has the best t-shirts….


MiA is so cool that Gumby volunteers to work the door!



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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