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JAZZ Joey DeFrancesco + The People, "Project Freedom" (Mack Avenue) Current jazz' two greatest Hammond-B3 players in the Jimmy Smith tradition are Joey DeFrancesco and Dr. Lonnie Smith (the latter of whom grew up in Buffalo). DeFrancesco plays a lot here that is more than a little extraneous to the great music he plays so well in the great organ group tradition. H…

1) Messfest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25 in the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Tickets are included in admission to the museum, which runs $11 for adults and $8 for kids ages 2-17. Specific Commentary: Making a mess usually invites scorn, a trip to "timeout" or, at the very least, a reminder that cleaning up is required. The Buffalo Museum of Science…

Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience. 7 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls, N.Y. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $25-$30. Who's Bad is the premiere Michael Jackson tribute act. Period. Featuring Broadway experience and attention to detail like no other production, this act has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in R&B and soul, and…

With tickets for the 23rd edition of the Vans Warped Tour now on sale, it was only right to next find who you are paying to see. Notable acts joining the annual area pit stop, which will kick off its long day of music at 11 a.m. July 13 on the grounds of the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien), include the politically driven Steel City punk…

Mockstrocity Tour. 7 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $18-$22. Get ready for one of a unique concert experiences. Come see a McDonald's themed Black Sabbath tribute band (Mac Sabbath), a metal mariachi group (Metalachi), and a metal group based on Ned Flanders from the Simpsons (Okilly Dokilly) all in one place. "Funny Girl." 7 p.m. Rivi…

CLASSICAL Nadia Boulanger, "Mademoiselle: Premiere Audience: Unknown Music of Nadia Boulanger" performed by cellist Amit Peled, organist Francois-Henri Houbart, pianist Lucy Mauro and singers Nicole Cabell, Alek Schrader and Edwin Cressley-Mercer (Delos, two discs) Absolutely nothing about this record denotes one of the most important classical records of this or any…

People go to concerts for inspiration, for fun, for intellectual release. Sometimes those reasons show up at the same time in the same venue and then the lucky folks in attendance have reason to celebrate. It was that way at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s program Tuesday in Kleinhans’ Mary Seaton Room where the Escher Quartet and Jason Vieaux (the Buffalo raise…

Here's another sure sign that summer is approaching: tickets became available Wednesday for Vans Warped Tour, the daylong music festival slated for 11 a.m. July 13 in Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). The Warped Tour lineup will be announced at 7:30 p.m. March 22 on the Warped Tour website. A limited number of early-bird tickets are av…

Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival. 3:30 to 8 p.m. Amherst Dipson Theatre, 3500 Main St. 834-7655; $10-$50. In the mood for great film and an enriching cultural experience? The 32nd annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival continues through March 23. Here is today's schedule: 3:30 pm, "The Little Dictator" and "The Ambassador's Wife"; 6 p.m. "The Women's B…

Emo heavyweights Taking Back Sunday have announced a 2017 summer tour that will include a stop at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 on the Waiting Room's summer stage (334 Delaware Ave.). Joining the influential   group will be Buffalo hardcore heroes Every Time I Die and So-Cal rock outfit All Get Out. Since debuting in 2002, the New York-based Taking Back Sunday has been one of the tor…

Darien Lake season pass holders will have access to free lawn tickets for three of this season's amphitheater concerts. A limited amount of general admission lawn passes for  Third Eye Blind on June 29, One Republic on July 25 and Goo Goo Dolls on Aug. 12 will be made available to customers with processed season passes on the day of each show, at the Live Nation Portal…

What comes to mind when you hear the name Dan Hill? An astute music fan of some age may recall Hill as the voice behind the 1977 ballad, “Sometimes When We Touch.”  Others may remember his 1986 duet with Vonda Sheppard, “Can’t We Try.” Though it’s been more than two decades since Hill charted a song, he has remained active as a singer and songwriter with a …

Within The Ruins. 6 p.m. The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $12-$14. Up for a great hardcore show? Within The Ruins brings technicality and brutality to the Waiting Room. These guys are rising stars in the hardcore world so check them out. Third Tuesday Throwdown Championship. 6 p.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. buffal…

Ron Hawkins, 6 p.m. March 24, Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.), $22.50. Leaving his backing band at home for his latest Buffalo pit-stop, Lowest of the Low frontman Ron Hawkins will set up shop in a rather unexpected venue: the Buffalo Museum of Science. The musician shared his latest solo record "Spit Sputter & Sparkle" last year, but don't be sh…

Bob Dylan once called him "the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll." This is not exactly faint praise, coming from a Nobel laureate. But such a statement, made in reference to Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at 90, demands to be unpacked. I mean, Bruce Springsteen tweeted something similar later that day, calling Berry "rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest …