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The CMC Jazzfest is a great opportunity to visit the historic Colored Musicians Club, a place that, though founded in 1917, remains one of our town's better-kept secrets. Even Walter Kemp, the CMC's artist director, didn't learn about the club until after he came home from college. "I was a musician who was really interested in music and jazz, and went away to school,…

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The Colored Musicians Club has shone over the decades with bright spirits. Here are a few of the departed: Pianist Al Tinney led combos in New York, where he gave Charlie Parker his first job. The late drummer Max Roach gave him credit for being one of the creators of bebop. As a boy, Tinney worked with George Gershwin, helping rehearse "Porgy and Bess" for Broad…

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The Colored Musicians Club turns 100 this year. And its going to roll up the rugs and hold a party. Make that a weeklong jazz party, all around the town. It's called the CMC Jazzfest. From July 24 to July 29, a total of 150 performers will be seen gigging around the city. Some events take place at the club, located at 145 Broadway, at the corner of Michigan Street…

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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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Onlookers for the Canal Fest of the Tonawandas parade sometimes start staking out their spots along the parade route as early as 3 or 4 a.m., said parade co-chairman Rob Grehlinger. "When I arrive at 8 a.m. there's already people all over the place. There are already chairs set along the parade route. Some people have rugs and tape to tape off an area," said Grehlinger.…

Erie County

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas will offer a wide variety of food fixes beginning Sunday, but missing will be two organizations that sold ethnic favorites – pierogi and Italian sausage sandwiches – at the festival for decades. The Renaissance Club won't be at Canal Fest with its sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers. Nor will Our Lady of Czestochowa church, which …

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1) Cobblestone Live!, 2 p.m. until late July 15 and 16 on main Cobblestone District stage, plus performances in Buffalo Iron Works and Lockhouse Distillery. A one-day pass is $25, while admission for both days can be purchased for $45. All ticket details here. Commentary: It's exciting when a brand-new event finally arrives, especially when it's an indie music festival …

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Buffalonians eager to see how the Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival will translate to the Outer Harbor will have to wait a little longer. Originally slated for 11 a.m., the event has been pushed back to 5 p.m. Thursday due to heavy rains and flash flood warnings, the Buffalo Police Department announced on Twitter. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/88551446…

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The Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, a summer celebration along the banks of the Erie Canal, will turn 35 this year and will celebrate at its opening ceremonies at noon Sunday, July 16, on the Renaissance Bridge. The eight-day festival, a joint event by the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, includes music, a midway, food and a variety of special events. Some of t…

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Don't bother knockin' – this town's a-rockin'! The Buffalo News Jazz at the Albright-Knox got off to a suave start July 9 with an appearance by urbane jazz crooner Freddy Cole, Nat "King" Cole's brother. Begun more than 30 years ago by the late Stanford Lipsey, longtime publisher of The News, the festival reflects Lipsey's love of jazz. His wife, Judi Lipsey, introd…

Health and Fitness

Michael Peirro III predicted Friday afternoon that a Dirty Bird sandwich will be one of his biggest hits this weekend when Mineo & Sapio Street Eats rolls in to the Taste of Buffalo – even though the reduced sodium chicken Italian sausage sandwich is a healthy option he'll be required to carry. "Our Chicken in the Grass, which won third place in the Healthy Option…

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1) Taste of Buffalo, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 8 (Niagara East beer tent stays open until 11), and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 9 in Niagara Square and along Delaware Avenue. The event is free to attend, while tickets used to buy food run for 50 cents apiece, sold in $5 sheets. Commentary: For me, the most exciting thing about the Taste of Buffalo is scouring the menu and then …

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The summer festival season really gets into full gear starting this weekend. July 7: Macedonian Festival. 5 p.m. to midnight. Sts. Cyril & Methody Macedonian Orthodox Church, 4785 Lake Ave., Blasdell. The 27th annual event has traditional Macedonian food, music, youth dance groups, cultural exhibits. $1. July 7-9: Queen of Heaven Carnival, 4220 Seneca St., West Senec…

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The Erie County Fair and Tops Friendly Markets are teaming up to help customers save money on tickets to the fair, scheduled Aug. 9-20. Fairgoers could save up to 30 percent off the normal $10 at-gate admission price by buying $7 advance ticket vouchers at Tops Friendly Markets, Marty Biniasz of the Erie County Agricultural Society announced Wednesday morning. Customers…

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An hour south of Buffalo, near the picturesque towns of Westfield and Mayville, you'll find a row of gates. Beyond them is a parallel universe. In this strange place, people rise when they feel like it, in a world without cars or car stereos. They breakfast on their porches. They ride bikes and never lock them. American flags fly. Pansies bloom. A cat ambles down …