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Sauntering to center stage, mic already in hand, Anthony Hamilton joined his band and trio of synchronized and equally talented backup men. The four singers and five-piece band, their set only two minutes old, set the Tralf stage: this sold-out R&B show was going to be a high-energy affair.It was also to be a night of R&B boundaries smudging into other: deep soul, a little…

Extraordinary Adam Ant, glam rock pioneer, played Canalside on Thursday night with his the Good, the Mad & the Lovely Posse. It was a visual and aural page from the 1980s – the only thing that would have made his 22-song set more authentic would have been the sticky-sweet whiff of Aqua Net hairspray (dubbed “Aqua Cement back then, it the secret ingredient of many a sky…

LEWISTON – It was a sweaty R&B revival on Tuesday night with a double bill of soulful royalty hitting the Artpark stage. Miss Gladys Knight and band played first, followed by a set by the O’Jays: Both acts embodied class, showmanship and gratitude.After a customary band warm-up, gradually building and readying the crowd for the star’s entrance, Knight emerged to a de…

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Ten minutes into his electrified Saturday night set, at the outset of “Tattoos on This Town” – one of his several songs about the vast road and wide-open memories – country-western superstar Jason Aldean made a proclamation. But first he expressed gratitude to the opening bands led by Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen. “I’m jacked up, more than usual for this show, I …

Two Erie County Fair-related understatements appropriate for Wednesday evening: one could locate a few delectable deep-fried treats on the Midway; and country singer-songwriter Gary Allan is a brooding man. Allan, along with his band of country-rocking fellows, played a string of his deep-feeling hits on the Grandstand Stage in support of his ninth release, “Set You Free…

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It was a night of infectious music at the crossroads of poetry-infused pop and ferocious rock. It was a night of tender homages to musical forebears. It was an outdoor summer concert with an encompassing chill that brought couples and besties close, embracing while watching the cavalcade of talent on stage.The Darien Lake Performing Arts Center was the venue for a gorgeous…

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Under perfect giant fluffy clouds evoking more of an autumnal, than midsummer, afternoon, the Western New York Jazz Orchestra performed Sunday as the ultimate act of the five-concert Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series. The free jazz show (meaning: 100 percent gratis, not 100 percent improv) drew an impressively diverse audience of hundreds nestled into every available space.T…

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About to experience live performances by Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice, revered stars of music and cable, thousands of young fans bubbled with excitement as they made their way toward the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center for a quadruple bill Sunday night. Boundless anticipation was in the air.A swarm around the merch stand was 20 deep, an informal poll revealing tha…

Originating from the time when acid-washed jeans, “Just Say No,” oversized shoulder pads, and drum machines ruled the land, The Fixx and Wang Chung proved that some ’80s products remain relevant – and attractive. Both bands, pop staples of clubs and radio of that era, performed Thursday at Canalside. Wang Chung hit the stage with vocalist Jack Hues noting immediate…

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LEWISTON – Were the five hawks circling overhead an omen? Well, the black storm clouds sure were of the deluge to come, rolling in from the west. A man appeared on stage warning that rain was coming, that anyone “worried for their safety should head to their cars.” Someone yelled, “Umbrellas up!”Largely, the Artpark crowd stayed put, buffeted by a storm of great …

Rick James, “punk funk” recording artist, provocateur and a Buffalo native deeply embedded in this city’s lore, was paid rich tribute on Friday night when his Stone City Band played the Tralf. It was a night of homecoming-style bear hugs, high-fives, bad-boy references and dance-inducing rhythms.Billed as “Rick James’ Original Stone City Band,” the group is cur…

NIAGARA FALLS – Beaming Drew Carey brought his “first love” – stand-up comedy – to Niagara Falls on Saturday night, performing to a nearly sold-out Seneca Niagara Events Center. “Under 16 not permitted” advised promotional materials, but no one needed to fear the traumatization of any minors: there was but a handful of young faces amid the very mature audienc…

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The Dave Matthews Band concert Wednesday at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center was a perfect convergence of a raucous national holiday, an upbeat touring band and an open-air concert venue. In other words, it was a summertime rock ’n’ roll triumph.Fronted by raspy-voiced, cherubic Dave Matthews (“In his skinny jeans!” exclaimed an audience member who’d driven fro…

LEWISTON – Rocking and crooning mightily since the ’70s, REO Speedwagon, led by vocalist and guitarist Kevin Cronin, shows no signs of road weariness. The band’s songs have long been a staple of booze-fueled karaoke nights, couples dances and hearty singalongs. Tuesday night, REO presented one power ballad after another to the delight of a huge Artpark crowd.The Artp…