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Nancy J. Parisi

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A night of mighty power-pop born in the 1970s, songs that launched millions of proms, weddings and general shenanigans, happened Friday night at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. The line-up of classic rock-and-roll – and seasoned bravado – featured Foreigner as headliners, Cheap Trick in the middle slot, and Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience as openers. Des…

Erics – and their BuffaLove – ruled the night. Two bands featuring singer-songwriters (and bandleaders) named Eric performed at a soggy – yet sunny – Canalside Live on Thursday night. After a second consecutive Thursday of torrential rain, and funnel clouds whipping through the Southtowns during the afternoon, the sun came out to shine upon this pre-weekend part…

Torrential downpours stop Vans Warped Tour? Not a chance in rock 'n' roll. The producers of this annual traveling festival pivoted the footprint of the show taking place at Darien Lake on Thursday morning, avoiding grass and mud pits (except some sodden parking areas on grass). Six of the eight stages, band and organization tents, as well as concert concessions, were…

A trio of bands born in the '90s – and going strong – hit the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center stage on Wednesday night. Headlining Nickelback, Daughtry in the middle slot, and opener Shaman's Harvest played an explosive show to a mostly sold-out crowd. That crowd, visibly pumped for the show and sporting Nickelback and Daughtry concert tees from various tours, ca…

DARIEN CENTER – Zac Brown Band plucks songs from multiple sources for its concert playlists: its own extensive opus, Country-Western forebears, and rock and roll (classic as well as contemporary). Its lively Sunday night show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – two sets with a snappy, five-minute intermission – kept all fans on their toes as it swung from country…

Buffalo weather reports foretold a rainy Father's Day and, sadly for thousands of fans of Kiss the Summer Hello, the reports were correct. The annual concert, produced by pop radio station Kiss 98.5, is the sonic harbinger of the city's most temperate season, a showcase of the pop artists populating the station's playlist. The setting was soggy, but the show did play on…

The perfect visual and aural mashup of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Stefan Sanders, and New Wave survivors The B-52s, happened on Wednesday night. The crowd, largely seasoned fans of the band (some with children in tow), filled nearly every seat of the venerable Kleinhans Music Hall. Black fabric draped the rear wall of the stage. Projections of…

Is it a violation of journalistic ethics to enthusiastically – and with great purpose – kiss the cheek of the headlining R&B superstar that one has been sent to review? Well, it happened. Swept up in the culminating moment of a well-paced, 90-minute set of nonstop hits, having watched the headlining R&B superstar whip off his jacket, and then his shirt, and …

A three-act rock opera – a night of big, blustery music teeming with lyrical poetry – happened at Darien Lake amphitheater on Saturday night. It was the best that rock offers: majestic guitar flourishes, unabashed joy on and off the stage, and mega-smashes that have nestled into airplay/personal soundtracks.Goo Goo Dolls, headliners, of course, chose to create a rollic…

Thursday night’s second-last Canalside concert was, without question, Buffalo’s most vast and lusty summer dance party.The line-up, ranging from mega-hit hip-hop, to keys-propelled jazz, featured headlining T-Pain with two local openers – The Buffalo Spell and Radarada.Some said at the concert that 25,000 were in attendance. Before T-Pain’s time on stage that estim…

The blipping of concert ticket hand-scanning commenced, finally. It was a delayed and welcome sound for fans of midtempo, heartstring-yanking and radio-ready ’90s rock on Saturday night.Because of high winds and reports of a storm system bearing down on Niagara County at “8 or 9 o’clock,” according to an off-the-record venue employee, a decision was made to move th…

The concert Wednesday night at Darien Lake proved, despite accoutrements, arrangements and angst, to be about singular voices. The triad of singers alighted upon a myriad of styles.Headlining was ever-affable Josh Groban. Sandwiched in the middle slot was sultry singer Sarah McLachlan. And opening it all was rollicking Foy Vance.Groban, out on his “Stages Live Tour,” i…

LEWISTON – Piano-pop artist Ben Folds, touring this time around with a drummer and Manhattan-based sextet, played Artpark amphitheater Wednesday night. It was a Ben double-header at the venue this week with another singing-songwriting Ben (Harper) playing the previous night.Throughout the set, Folds introduced and showcased, as a democratic bandleader, the talents of dru…

LEWISTON – “So what is this place?” Noel Gallagher, one of the world’s most mercurial and prolific rock stars was asking, in earnest, from his position center stage. A member of the audience answered him. “It’s a park,” Gallagher repeated, dubiously. “With wild animals in it? There’s nothing in the wild any more.” Gallagher is touring with Noel Gallaghe…

LEWISTON – A gleaming black grand piano and mic stand, under a wash of golden light and amid an array of more usual tools of the rock trade, stood waiting for human intervention. A lone, mournful guitar signaled the beginning of the set of Bob Dylan and band at Artpark on Thursday night, a stop on The Never Ending Tour.The besuited band hit the stage. The nearly sold-out…