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Goo Goo Doll showcases local bands

A Goo Goo Doll is bringing music to the Queen City this Saturday.

The eighth annual "Music is Art" festival will be held Saturday at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Robby Takac, bassist for the Goo Goo Dolls, created the Music is Art foundation in 2004. According to, the core belief behind the festival is that "students need the opportunity to have their musical voices heard."

"The whole idea is to highlight all genres of local music," said Tod Kniazuk, executive director for Music is Art. "There is a load of talent in the area, and [the festival] showcases that talent."

Originally slated as a side note to the Allentown Art Festival, the Music is Art festival has become one of the largest events in Buffalo. Close to 100 bands and artists will perform on six stages around the Alright-Knox.

There will also be magicians and events for kids at the festival.

"The big deal is that it's free," Kniazuk said. "We put this thing on in September instead of June so students are able to make it out."

Music is Art strives for musical variety as well as offering the opportunity for bands to have a chance to be heard.

"For every band we accept into the festival, we turn down two or three other bands," Kniazuk said. "It has nothing to do with them not being good enough, but we like to have new acts every year."



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