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It's time to dig out your Birkenstocks. Dave Matthews Band returns for a concert at 8 p.m. June 27 in the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center). After taking a year off, the long-time road warriors will be returning to the stage with a string of dates in support of the group's untitled new album, set to be released sometime this summer.…

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One of the summer music season's must-see shows has been announced: Jack White will perform at 8 p.m. June 8 in Artpark's Mainstage Theatre (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). The former White Stripes member has seen his profile sky rocket since the band he fronted with his ex-wife, Meg White, split in 2011. In addition to playing in bands including the Raconteurs and the…

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Byron Stripling's got that swing, and he also has that zing. When he last guest-starred with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, almost three years ago, the trumpet ace had the big crowd in stitches. He was also consummately polished as he played and sang his way through jazz standards, filling them with grit and greatness. Stripling has a genuine love for the songs by …

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Scan through the annals of Buffalo-born bands and it’s hard to find one that’s generated more fervor, loyalty and fury than '90s hardcore heroes, Snapcase. Conceived in a West Seneca basement, galvanized by wild gigs inside now defunct clubs like Mercury and Showplace theaters, and popularized by seemingly omnipresent skateboard and window decals scooped inside Home of …

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Thomas Rhett's vault to country super-stardom is no better reflected than in his headlining role for the 2018 Taste of Country, the annual show hosted by 106.5 WYRK FM. Scheduled for June 8 at Coca-Cola Field, Taste of Country will also feature Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, Danielle Bradbery and local contest winner Kate Mallen. Tickets for the general public will go o…

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He played until the very end, until he couldn’t any longer. He never let on how sick he was, not even during his weekly phone conversations with his son. He saw it as a sacred duty, this ability to make others feel good with his music. And it didn’t matter if it was in a tiny club in Hamilton, Ont., or if it was like it had been back in the day, when he was touring as a…

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Darien Lake concerts may conjure images of raucous tailgates and wild shows for some, but the venue actually offers a strong lineup of family-friendly, wholesome programming. One of those is the annual visit by Kidz Bop Live, which comes at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Darien Lake pavilion (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 19, run from…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic's soloist this weekend is Roman Mekinulov, the principal cellist. He is usually visible in the front of the stage just to the right of the conductor. When the orchestra rises, he stands with his feet far apart, cello planted in front of him, impossible to miss. Once at a Sabres game, he turned up on the Jumbotron, and looked completely as if he …

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The Zac Brown Band. You know, that Georgia outfit that's a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll and a little bit, er, jam-band? Yes? You're aware of the group's status as the modern country act folks who are not partial to modern country will quite likely enjoy? You've seen the band in concert, and found the whole affair to be a transcendent marathon of music?…

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Edward Allan Clarke – known to several generations of hard rock lovers as Fast Eddie Clarke, co-founder of punk-thrash-metal juggernaut Motorhead – has died after a bout with pneumonia. He was 67. The announcement was made on Thursday morning, via Motorhead's official Facebook page. Clarke was the last surviving member of the original Motorhead. Founder, bassist and voc…

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1) Polish Winterfest, noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 14 in MacKinnon Lodge in Chestnut Ridge Park (6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and older. Here's a helpful map to MacKinnon Lodge. Commentary: The local Polish-American Congress - which sounds remarkably official - hosts a family-friendly event Sunday at Chestnut Ridge. Dyn…

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Jack White bum-rushed a new video into the ether today. "Connected by Love" brings some strong gospel elements to White's acid-blues pastiche. Both the "Connected by Love" single and its flipside, "Respect Commander," are available now digitally, through the usual avenues. White's new troop of musicians includes Buffalo's Neal Evans, Soulive keyboardist, whose organ pla…

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An artist-in-residency program, as it applies to the fine arts, is meant to allow artists time and space away from their regular existence in order to create freely in an unfettered environment. Why not apply a similar concept to the music world? Why not offer musicians a steady gig in a consistent space, that they might dig into their art away from the hustle and bustle a…

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Aircraft & M.A.G.S., 9 p.m. Jan. 12, Lockhouse Distillery and Bar (41 Columbia St.), $5. The lively Cobblestone hot spot is playing host to pair of local heavyweights Aircraft and M.A.G.S., teaming up for a solid double bill to kick off the weekend. The psych-pop outfit Aircraft has been a staple of Buffalo's music scene since 2012. Fans of the quartet hope that …