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Buffalo’s Best Grill, located on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park, a proverbial stone's throw from New Era Field, is an easy place to miss. With the plethora of chain restaurants just to the west on McKinley Parkway and Milestrip Road, and the cluster of local dining establishments to the east in the Village of Hamburg, Buffalo’s Best is on a bit of an eatery isl…

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The walls of Vern Stein Art and Frame in Williamsville pop with vibrant artwork that transcends any one style, period or artist. To the casual observer, merely walking in the front door could prove intimidating. Where do I begin? What kind of art do I want? Will that look good in my living room? Can I even afford any of this? These are just a few of the questions nov…

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With three consecutive No. 1 albums, nine singles reaching the top of the charts, and seven Grammy Awards, Lady Antebellum has a resume that speaks for itself. But despite the massive commercial success the group has enjoyed, fans at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Thursday had to wonder what to expect when the Nashville trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and D…

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DARIEN CENTER — What a difference a day can make. Less than 24 hours earlier before Sunday night’s show, the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center was awash in Jesus as Kingdom Bound, the annual Christian music and arts festival, drew to a close. Thousands of attendees participated in altar calls, communion, prayer tents and worship. But on Sunday evening, when coun…

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The little blond toddler streaking away from his mother, light-up sneakers illuminating his path, was the first indication Tuesday's OneRepublic show had a different vibe to it. Upon catching up with the precocious tot just past the bar, his mom scooped him up and lugged him, giggling, back to the lawn. Toddlers on the lawn are a rarity at the typical Darien Lake summer…

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It might be easy to look at his life in the last year and assume it’s been an easy road for Christian rocker Zach Williams. He released his debut single, “Chain Breaker,” in the fall and the song went to No. 1 on the Christian charts and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Not a bad way to launch a solo career. But be…

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In a month that has seen the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center host packed houses for the likes of Chicago, Nickelback, Foreigner and the Vans Warped Tour, a distinctly different vibe is planned to take over the 20,000-seat outdoor venue from July 26 to 29. The annual Christian music festival Kingdom Bound returns for its 31st year with more than 40 musical acts, speakers…

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As the proverb goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” In the case of Christian Johnson, the necessity was having a son who was about to get his driver’s license. Like most parents, Johnson was terrified thinking of her teenager behind the wheel. She knew she couldn’t always be in the car with him, so the 40-year-old Buffalo native did the next best thing …

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It’s a mild Sunday afternoon with a few wispy clouds overhead as Brittany Luongo takes a sip from her beverage on the patio at Providence Social. Luongo, a resident of the Elmwood Village, isn’t alone. Stretched out at her feet, a bowl of water by his side, is Dutch, her three-year-old Rottweiler/Shar Pei mix. Luongo’s self-described “baby,” Dutch is a regular at…

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Just before 8:30 p.m., with the sun setting majestically over the historic Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, platinum-selling, two-time Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes stepped onto the stage to put the cherry on top of the annual Starry Night in the Garden fundraiser. With thousands of fans camped out in lawn chairs, on blankets, and even across the street fr…

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Take a place swarming with hundreds of kids wired on sugar with seemingly every video game imaginable at their fingertips. Mix in a similar number of adults - and adult beverages - and a sporting event for every taste on screens as far as the eye can see. On the idea spectrum, this arrangement sounds like it would come closer to nightmare than dream. But at Dave and …

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What comes to mind when you hear the name Dan Hill? An astute music fan of some age may recall Hill as the voice behind the 1977 ballad, “Sometimes When We Touch.”  Others may remember his 1986 duet with Vonda Sheppard, “Can’t We Try.” Though it’s been more than two decades since Hill charted a song, he has remained active as a singer and songwriter with a …

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"Where’s the best place to eat wings?” It’s a question commonly asked by visitors to Western New York. The answer is open to a fierce debate, with answers divided fairly evenly between The Anchor Bar (you can’t beat the original), a smattering of local watering holes (neighborhood bars over chains any day) and Duff’s. When it comes to determining the tastie…

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As the elevator begins its ascent, a young man extends a hand. “Hey Thurman. Tough season, but we’ll get ‘em next year.” With a smile and a nod, Thurman Thomas offers the requisite kind words and exits the elevator en route to his office. It’s the kind of encounter that’s commonplace when you are a Hall of Fame running back who rushed for more than 12,000…

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It’s a frigid Tuesday evening and inside an old stone church in the heart of the Elmwood Village, Garrett Martin gathers his sheet music and readies his baton. On this night he will lead an eclectic group of 70 men through a rigorous rehearsal. Martin, a transplant who arrived here from Tennessee by way of Austin, Texas in 2013, is the artistic director of the Buff…