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Big Thief, 7 p.m. June 29, the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $12. NPR favorite Big Thief is set to make a Buffalo appearance to support of its latest album "Capacity." The vulnerable, folk-leaning indie rockers made quick work to follow up its well-received debut record, the 2016 highlight "Masterpiece," with the intense and angsty sophomore release. The new album…

Country artist Wynonna Judd, 1980s power pop act Tommy Tutone and Morris Day, R&B singer and founding member of Prince's band the Time, are all scheduled to perform at the 2017 installment of Buffalo Ribfest. The festival of food (specifically ribs) and music kicks off at 11 a.m. July 29 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Here is the full schedule of music performances: …

For 23 years, the three-day jamboree known as Varysburg’s Jam in the Valley has cued up sounds country music fans find necessary to properly commemorate their Independence Day week celebrations. The good news for this crowd: Year 24 won’t stray from the festival’s annual mission. The Labatt Blue Light-sponsored hoedown – headlined by Brett Eldredge and “Red So…

In a year of complete disarray, mere coherency can lead to thankful moments of tranquility. Unfortunately, those looking for serenity within Buffalo’s summer concert schedule will come up empty. New country clashes with cavalcades of hip-hop. Classic rock riffs ram up against Disney Channel divas or the minivan caravan leading to the “Kidz Bop Best Time Ever Tour”…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's free concert on Bidwell Parkway, scheduled for 7 p.m. today, has been canceled. When announcing the cancellation, the orchestra cited the threat of inclement weather. Rain is a particular concern to musicians because of the danger it poses to their instruments. The Bidwell Parkway concert is among the most popular of the orchestr…

It seems only logical that a city capable of supporting an annual homegrown music festival known as Music is Art would embrace the idea of live music sharing space with one of the most impressive collections of fine art in New York State. Such a marriage of live music and living art was the core tenet of the Rockin' at the Knox summer concert series, which over the year…

Rust Belt Birds Female Buffalo super-group, featuring Megan Brown, Grace Stumberg, Sara Elizabeth and Tina Marie Williams, sharing stage at Mohawk Place June 30. The beautiful one Expanded edition of Prince's "Purple Rain" is out now, and it's loaded with goodies from the vault. Incredible. Bill Ward The Black Sabbath drummer is selling pieces of his dru…

Third Eye Blind will bring its "Summer Gods" tour to the Darien Lake PAC at 7 p.m. June 29. For this tour, which finds the Stephan Jenkins-led band marking the 20th anniversary of its multi-million-selling 1997 self-titled album in full, in all of its dated mainstream alt-rock glory,  Jenkins and crew will be joined by guests Silversun Pickups and Ocean Park Standoff. Tic…

R5, called by The Huffington Post an "adorable family band," will perform as part of Darien Lake's In-Park Concert Series at 6 p.m. July 1. The band – siblings Riker, Ross, Rocky and Rydel Lynch, and family friend Ellington Ratliff – commands a healthy teen and tween following, largely due to Ross Lynch's appearances in the Disney vehicle "Austin & Ally." Adm…

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…

Twenty-four years, 10 months and 23 days ago, Paula Abdul canceled a concert at then-Pilot Field. I’m not bitter. It’s safe to say this reviewer has only recently reconciled his feelings about this childhood disappointment. The months of anticipation leading up to the moment of defeat; it adds up. (Don’t even get me started on Janet Jackson’s last-minute cancell…

Vocalist Kristin Gilmet is nothing if not adventurous. She first regaled audiences with the Global Village idiots, the local band whose music had trace elements of avant-garde, surf, dance pop and improv, with the occasional sugary pop song or Broadway tune thrown in for good measure. The off-beat chanteuse performed early 20th-century novelty songs with the Parlor S…

CLASSICAL Randall Thompson, Symphony no. 2, Samuel Adams "Drift and Providence" and Samuel Barber Symphony No. 1 performed by National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic conducted by James Ross (Naxos) Charles Ives' "Three Places in New England," "Orchestral Set. No. 2" and "New England Holidays" performed by Seattle Symphony conducted by Ludovic Morlot (Seattle Symph…

It's understandable if music fans hear the name Sheila E. and immediately think of another iconic artist: Prince. The two collaborated myriad times, whether on the Prince single "Erotic City" or Sheila's 1984 breakthrough album, "The Glamorous Life." They created together, toured together and, at one time, were engaged to be married. But for the performer born Sheila…

1) Taste of Diversity, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24 on Grant Street between Auburn and Lafayette. It's free to attend, and food tickets may be purchased on site. Commentary: It's World Refugee Awareness Month, which fits snugly with Saturday's street event along Grant. Browse craft vendors, try food from all over the world, enjoy cultural expression through dance and music…