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Dark Star Orchestra 7 p.m. in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $30 in advance here or $34 at the door. The musicians who make up Dark Star Orchestra not only re-create the live Grateful Dead experience -- they take it a step further. They follow historic set lists, and they invent their own. Most importantly they capture that elusive, free-spirited Grateful De…

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SkyRide 7 a.m. in LaSalle Park (corner of Porter and AmVets Drive, off Porter Exit of 190 South). Two loops are available to cycle: The Skyway Loop and the City Loop (Skyway and more). The post-ride festival begins at 10 a.m. in LaSalle Park and runs until noon. Full schedule here. While online sales have concluded, in-person registration is accepted in LaSalle Park fr…

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March 20, 1926 – May 10, 2018 Genia Las, a child prodigy from Buffalo’s East Side who rose to acclaim as a mezzo soprano in the great opera houses of Europe, died May 10 in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. She was 92. Born Genia Jakubczak, her parents owned a bakery on Sycamore Street and had a baked goods stall in the Broadw…

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Buffalo Porchfest 1 to 6 p.m. at locations throughout the Elmwood Village. Shows are free to attend; here's a useful map for exploring. Craving acoustic on Norwood? What about Americana on Ripley Place? Those combinations and many more will take place Saturday afternoon, as the Elmwood Village Association presents its annual grassroots music festival, Porchfest. Bryant…

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Miles Davis' 1959 classic album, "Kind of Blue," is the next selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series, which takes place 7 p.m. Monday, June 18 at the Sportsmen's Tavern. The kickoff event of the series in May, featuring George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass," was held before a packed house. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West …

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Guitarist Ralph Fava, one of Buffalo's best-known jazz musicians and the owner of the Lockport Music Center, was diagnosed last fall with brain cancer. Since then he has been battling the disease with two brain surgeries, radiation and continued chemotherapy. He has lost some of his motor skills, and is not expected to return to work. Fava, who has played guitar for suc…

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BuffaLoveFest 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.). Cost is $25 in advance here. The Buffalo Zoo devotes an event to all things connected with the Buffalo area, from locally brewed beer and wine to 25 food trucks and 55 artisans with Buffalo-themed products. Advance tickets include two complimentary drinks, as well as live music from XOXO and the K…

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1) SkyRide, day-of registration begins at 6 a.m., with bicyclists taking part in the City Loop departing at 8 a.m., then the Skyway Loop leaving at 8:25 on May 20 from LaSalle Park (intersection of Porter Avenue and AmVets Drive). Register from 4 to 8 p.m. May 18 and 19 for $40, then day-of for $50. Commentary: The Skyway's closures have been a thorny issue for drivers …

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With the arrival of May, the kickoff of summer festivals has officially begun. What's easy to get lost in the Canalside Live and Live at Larkin shuffle is Buffalo Porchfest, presented by the Elmwood Village Association. Returning for its sixth year, the neighborhood uniting music fest will once again show off the city's musical talent in a casual and relaxing setting. T…

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Soul Patch, 8 p.m. May 18, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $12. Buffalo's premiere alternative-rock tribute band Soul Patch is set to return to the Cobblestone District this weekend. Since debuting in 2012, the nostalgic act, which includes Every Time I Die members, Keith Buckley and Steve Micciche, has played everywhere in Buffalo from the Hamlin House to Buff…

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Heavy rock band Mastodon formed 20 years ago when drummer Brann Dailor and rhythm guitarist Bill Kelliher left Rochester and created Mastodon with lead guitarist Brent Hinds and bassist Troy Sanders in Atlanta. Mastodon's latest album, "Emperor of Sand," was the top-selling record across all genres the week it debuted, beating out artists such as Drake and Ed Sheeran. F…

Yo La Tengo will make its much-awaited return to town at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). The dreamy, eternally consistent three-piece from Hoboken, N.J., will be back on the road in support of the languid "There's a Riot Going On," the 15th submission to the group's nearly flawless 30-plus year catalog. The band's September gig will b…

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The Lone Bellow will make its return to town at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). Previously seen in a headlining role at the Tralf Music Hall and as an opener for Eric Church at the then-First Niagara Center, both in 2015, the soulful folk trio will upgrade to the Asbury Hall stage for its latest local gig, an all-acoustic performance. T…

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Like heralds of a finally bright, abloom Buffalo, MisterWives jumped around the Town Ballroom stage on Monday in vibrant, eye-popping garb and floated warm, energizing indie pop-rock ballads to a welcoming crowd. Youthfully imaginative yet worldly and wise, MisterWives produces pop hits with substance. A keen and cool confidence shined through consistently as frontwoman…

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The Wailers Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Cost is $25 in advance here, $30 day of show. Ease into the week with reggae on Tuesday, as the Wailers - an offshoot of the remaining band after Bob Marley's death in 1981 - drop by Babeville. The Jamaica-rooted group is fronted by Aston "Familyman" Barrett, who might be best known for fathering …