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Cherry Blossom Festival Kick Off. Noon Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court. 873-9644. buffalohistory.org. Free. Come kick off this beautiful time of year with the Cherry Blossom festival, and enjoy stylish fashion and wonderful gardens at the history museum. http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/27/plastered-pink-petals-buffalo-cherry-blossom-festival-opens-weekend/ …

CLASSICAL Liszt, "Opera and Song for Solo Piano" performed by pianist Gabor Farkas (Steinway) At one time, the music on this would have epitomized the "claptrap and vulgarity" that Liszt, the matinee idol, brought into the concert hall and turned him into something of a forerunner of rock stardom. This is Liszt playing familiar favorites that a rocker would descri…

JAZZ Cameron Graves, "Planetary Prince" (Mack Avenue) A new and exciting kind of jazz neo-primitivism fully takes hold with this exceptional record by composer and pianist Cameron Graves. He is prominent in the overrated music of saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who returns the favor and appears here with Graves. What these guys are doing with pounding ostinatos and…

1) Buffalo Undy Run, 7:30 a.m. registration, race at 9 a.m. April 29 at Amherst-Colvin green space in Delaware Park. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for kids in advance; prices rise $5 on the day of the race. See the course map here. Commentary: If you see a big group of scantily-clad runners circling Delaware Park on Saturday morning, do not be alarmed. The Undy Run…

It has never been a public relations gaffe on the level of, say, United Airlines, but in recent years, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has not done too much to endear itself to the music-loving and music-making population it was created to serve. Too often, it seemed that an exclusive club was making decisions on who gained admittance based solely on fairly cloistered …

T Pain. 6 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $10-$30. If there's a big name in rap, chances are T Pain has appeared on their record at some point. Now, the hitmaker behind "Bartender" and "Buy You A Drank" comes to Buffalo. Prepare for a blast of nostalgia. Dwayne Gretzky. 7 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. 852-3900. townba…

JAZZ Ella Fitzgerald, Ella 100: 100 Songs for a Centennial" (Verve, four discs) Ella Fitzgerald figures crucially in two of the greatest stories I know about the eternal mystery of fame in America. One is glorious and beautiful, the other is horrifying. Both are about the woman whose 100th birthday we celebrated on Tuesday and which will continue to be observed all y…

Indie-rock act Wavves' just-announced tour will include a Buffalo stop at 8 p.m. May 19 in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). The project of San Diego musician Nathan Williams, Wavves has shifted away from its early noise-pop days into a brand of a messy, surf-infused pop-punk. Williams and crew will complete their opening gig supporting Blink-182 this April befo…

"Risky Business." 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. 692-2413. rivieratheatre.org. $3-$10. The Tom Cruise classic is back on the big screen. Seth Godin: Made in Buffalo. 7 p.m. Albright Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. 882-8700. albrightknox.org. $70. Entrepreneur, author and marketer Seth Godin kicks off the Made in Buffalo speaker series where…

"Today, we lost our beloved Susan Tanner. She was an engaging, strong, generous, energetic, positive, loving spirit." Ani DiFranco posted the above to Facebook on Monday afternoon, while it seemed that the entirety of the Buffalo music community was in a collective state of shock, as the news of Susan Tanner's death spread. DiFranco knew Tanner well. Tanner worked fo…

The KeyBank Live at Larkin concert series returns for its sixth season with 14 Wednesdays of free music. The concerts, held from 5 to 8:30 p.m., kick off June 5 with a night of reggae, soul and blues featuring One World Tribe, Empress & the Royals, Slyboots Circus. Theme nights are back with such new events as a "Blues 4 Vets" night marking the return of Buffalo …

The final concert in the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s 93rd season, held Tuesday night in Kleinhans Music Hall, featured an intriguing program by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS for short). The program showcased well played, intriguing scores by Bela Bartok and Dmitri Shostakovich along with a masterpiece from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s cat…

Larkin Square Author Series. 5:30 p.m. Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. 362-2665. larkinsquare.com. Free. Editor Jody Kleinberg Biehl, of "Buffalo Anthology: Right Here Right Now," and contributors Robbie Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls and Mary Ramsey talk about the Buffalo music scene. Of Montreal. 8 p.m. Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. 852-3835. babevillebuffa…

If you like ska music, craft beer, the outdoors and some camping, too, then this unusual concert announcement is for you. A concert featuring ska band Reel Big Fish is set for June 30 at The Woods at Bear Creek Glamping Resort (3510 Bear Creek Road, Franklinville). Gates open at 5 p.m., the show is at 6 p.m. The Expendables, The Queers and Tunnel Vision also will per…

The Buffalo summer concert season just got another batch of shows thrown into the mix as Batavia Downs (8315 Park Road, Batavia) has shared its Rockin' the Downs concert lineup. Featuring a six-pack of country and classic rock legends, the series will kick off at 4 p.m. June 4 with a performance from multi-platinum selling country music group Lonestar. The Nashville-bo…