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By Bill Friskics-Warren Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, the incendiary group that inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock and jam-band movements, died Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69. His death was announced in a statement on Allman's official website. No cause was given, but the statement said he had "strug…

Want to experience the VIP treatment at the Canalside Live! concerts this summer? Then there's a ticket for you. VIP tickets are now on sale for $35 at the Canalside Boardwalk kiosk (near the Whipple Truss Bridge) and via Ticketfly for the concerts that start June 15 with Gary Clarke Jr. Here's what you get extra with your VIP ticket: Two glasses of beer, wine o…

Buffalo is one patriotic town. Friday morning's "Swingin' Stars and Stripes," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Memorial Day concert, drew a huge crowd. There were lots of little kids and from the clamor before the concert, you would have thought you were at a baseball game. And that was just the beginning. Once the concert began, people kept rising to their feet. …

It’s right there on Sofia Carson’s Twitter feed, sandwiched between a tweet about her Girls’ Life cover story and a People magazine piece about her participation in a UNICEF kids program. It's one in a line of smiley tweets that would soon be interrupted by tragedy and heartbreak. But first, the happy: “wow....thank you @billboard,” Carson wrote, adding a …

1) BuffaLoveFest, 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 26 at the Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.). Tickets are $25 in advance, and include two drink tickets, while admission at the door is $35. 21+ Commentary: The Buffalo Zoo opens its doors for an evening of food trucks, live music and Buffalo-themed craft vendors. The Tommy Z Band, The Alison Pipitone Band and Keith James are the trio o…

Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio, "Smokin' in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse" (1966) (Resonance). One of the classic guitar records in jazz history is the Wes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly record "Smokin': Live at the Half Note" ("the greatest jazz guitar record ever made" according to Pat Metheny). All of it is sensational but its transcendental cut is thei…

Louis Hayes, "Serenade for Horace" (Blue Note). As time goes by, we're seeing a lot more discs like this--new discs distinguished by the excellence of their notes rather than the music within. Before this month is out, drummer Louis Hayes will celebrate his 80th birthday. He was one of the primal musicians of the soul jazz era with Horace Silver, then Cannonball Adderl…

JAZZ Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield, "Hudson" (Motema, available early June).  Well, yes, it's clearly an imposing jazz supergroup, but how did they get together? They first came together in the 2014 Woodstock Jazz Festival. All, it turned out, are current residents of the Hudson Valley. Hence the title of the group and the disc its…

"Yo, y'know, Detroit and Buffalo are kinda like long lost cousins/That's why, to me, it makes sense – Shady and Griselda," – Eminem's intro to Westside Gunn & Conway's "Machine Gun Black" (Just Blaze, producer) It went viral. And then it started showing up in the form of fan-created murals all over the world from Indiana and Arizona to Paris and Hong Kong. A sm…

The Darien Lake summer concert season received its ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, as what appeared to be a full house welcomed Future's "Nobody Safe Tour" for what turned out to be a major celebration of Atlanta's primary present-day cultural currency - trap music, the sub-genre of hip-hop in which Future is king. With the rapid-fire hi-hat subdivisions shimmer…

Patriots tight end and Amherst native Rob Gronkowski is the star of a new music video released Wednesday by electronic dance music producer and DJ 3LAU that is par for the Gronkowski course. The good news first: All proceeds from streams and sales of the song, "On My Mind" featuring Yeah Boy, will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, 3LAU wrote in the …

If your heart isn’t broken, you don’t have one. When terror breaks into the temple of music, the affront to humanity is magnified by the setting, one where people were gathered to celebrate life with the help of music. That was the case when gunmen opened fire on Nov. 13, 2015, during an Eagles of Death Metal show, killing 90 people at the Bataclan in Paris. What…

Matt Catingub brings spring with him. The extroverted pops maestro with Hawaiian flair has made several appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and each has been more entertaining than the last. Catingub does it all. He sings – he is the son of singer Mavis Rivers, who was known as Polynesia’s First Lady of Song. He plays the saxophone and the piano. B…

Some young bands can make an impactful first impression. And then there’s Colorado indie outfit, Slow Caves. According to The Denver Post, the Jakob and Oliver Mueller-orchestrated act was so amped during its first appearance at Fort Collins-based Spokesbuzz’s annual Underground Music Showcase in 2015 that its bounce broke the venue’s plywood stage. Shoddy const…

A new festival will make its inaugural run at Buffalo Riverworks over Memorial Day weekend. The Totally Buffalo Festival will take over the venue adjacent to the Buffalo River on May 27. Organizers say their conception of the festival is based on the notion of highlighting homegrown artists, products, food, drink and services, and celebrating the resurgence along our w…