Goo Goo’s Robby Takac reminds us that Music is (indeed) Art

LSY! features editor Natalie Brophy, left, and photographer Catie Colson join Goo Goo Doll Robby Takac. (Photo by Tim O'Shei)

LSY! features editor Natalie Brophy, left, and photographer Catie Colson join Goo Goo Doll Robby Takac. (Photo by Tim O’Shei)

Most people know Robby Takac as the lead bassist and one of the founders of the famous rock band the Goo Goo Dolls. Even though Robby is a huge rock star, he still finds time to give back to western New York, the community where he grew up.

The Goo Goo Dolls have been together for 23 years and they’ve had a ton of success. They released their tenth album, Magnetic, in June. But their path to success hasn’t always been easy.

“We spent ten years driving around in a van making music. That’s why I do this,” Robby told LSY reporters Julie Moslow and Jamie McPhail in an interview a few years ago. “I love to make music, I love to play in front of people. The whole concept of being a rock star, of being someone famous, if the situation is right, is a byproduct of doing something well.”

In addition to playing guitar for the Goo Goo Dolls, Robby is the founder of Music is Art, a charitable organization centered in Western New York that strives to give everyone the opportunity to experience music, something Robby is very passionate about.

“I’m pretty much a great example of the things that music can bring into your life,” Robby told LSY! recently. “I wasn’t great at sports, I wasn’t great at debate club. I wasn’t all that scholarly, but music allowed me to do all those things.”

Robby is able to share his passion for music with kids through some of the various programs sponsored by Music is Art, like a Battle of the Bands, where first prize is recording time at a local studio, a professional photo shoot, and a main stage slot at the Music is Art Festival.

Other programs include summer camps, high school workshops, and instrument drives, which donate musical instruments to local schools.

Live! Starring…You! caught up with Robby after his press conference about MiA’s biggest event, the annual Music is Art Festival.

The festival takes place every fall in Delaware Park in Buffalo, New York. Robby is planning eleven stages with performances from over 100 artists—mostly local bands but also some out of town people from Nashville, Baltimore and Minneapolis. This year, there is even going to be a comedy component, provided by the Helium Comedy Club. In addition to the musicians and comedians, there will also be 3 DJs, dancers, and a kids village (which includes an LSY! tent).

“I’d like to see people get a chance to experience things that maybe they wouldn’t have experienced if they didn’t come here that day,” said Robby.

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday September 21 from 10am to 10pm and admission is free. If you’re passionate about music, or just want to see some great performances, you should check it out.

— Natalie Brophy, LSY! features editor

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