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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…

JAZZ Brian McCarthy Nonet, "The Better Angels of Our Nature" (Truth Revolution Recording Collective). Who the devil, among jazz fans, ever imagined we'd hear a record that genuinely gave us a fine and appealing jazz nonet version of "Dixie?" Here's what Brian McCarthy, who led and arranged and composed for this continually surprising and quite brilliant nonet, wri…

JAZZ Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse, "Morphogenesis" (Pi); Dave Douglas' Riverside Band, "The New National Anthem" (Greenleaf) Here are two of the most prominent and praised of veteran musicians in jazz of avant-garde persuasion. The more ambitious, by far, is the new Steve Coleman disc using an octet with a guest percussionist on five tracks rather than conventional …

Set against the backdrop of the stunning Niagara Gorge, the Village of Lewiston is a historic community of one square mile on the Niagara River that prides itself on its walkability. Center Street is the hub of the picturesque village and a great place to spend the entire day or just a few hours before or after an event. During the popular Lewiston Art and Jazz festival…

Just before 8:30 p.m., with the sun setting majestically over the historic Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, platinum-selling, two-time Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes stepped onto the stage to put the cherry on top of the annual Starry Night in the Garden fundraiser. With thousands of fans camped out in lawn chairs, on blankets, and even across the street fr…

Doug Cameron is a guy who knew some answers. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on the day in 1976 when Southern rock legend Gregg Allman, in Buffalo for treatment for addiction, did a surprise concert at Canisius High School. He startled hundreds of students gathered for what they thought would be a routine assembly. Allman died a few weeks ago, from complications relate…

Buffalo's busy summer concert season just got another series added to the mix. The Buffalo Naval Park (1 Naval Park Cove) will debut its new Little Rock Concerts series. The 10-date series will run weekly, save for the 4th of July, through early September. Each show will begin at 6 p.m. and admission is free. Kicking off the fresh lineup will be entertainer Jack Civ…

Benjamin Booker Most significant new soul-roots artist in a decade. LCD Soundsystem New single "Call the Police/American Dream" makes me wanna party like it's 2005. Cheap Trick New album features genius cover of the Move's "Blackberry Way." Delicious. On repeat Larkin Poe, following the sister act's smack-down of a set opening for Gary Clark Jr. at Can…

With the band's local summer stop not even in the rear view mirror, popular roots/jam act O.A.R. has already announced its next area visit at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). The Maryland outfit recently celebrated its 20th year of touring and recording music, and in turn, released the career spanning double album "XX," a compilation …

With this year's sauna-like Kerfuffle now in the books, one of last year's up-and-coming festival acts is ready for its next Buffalo gig as Toronto outfit the Strumbellas is set to return at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The two-time Juno (Canada's answer to the Grammys) award-winning band is known for fusing alt-country, folk and indie into a fest…

This year will go down in local music history, for it was during March that Westside Gunn & Conway became the first Buffalo hip-hop artists to sign with a major label. Eminem's Shady Records, a subsidiary of Interscope, scooped up everything that Westside Gunn – born Alvin Worthy in Buffalo in 1982 – releases beneath his Griselda Records imprimatur. This is huge…