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German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms wrote his famous Lullaby in 1868, and it was first performed in public a year later, with Clara Schumann on piano. Brahms wrote the beautiful song for a friend who was having her second child. He had once been in love with her, and he wove into the melody a tune that she used to sing to him. Since then, the song's legend has only…

The Harmonites, 10 p.m. Aug. 17, McGarret's (946 Elmwood Ave.), $5 Outside of some special events, live music is becoming more of a rarity at the Bidwell Park watering hole these days. Enter the Harmonites, a quartet of improv musicians ready to dust off the the bar's tucked in rear "stage." Consisting of members of Antibalas, Sonny Baker Band and Lazlo Hollyfeld (th…

It hasn't been long since Buffalo witnessed Axl Rose in concert - he fronted AC/DC at the then-First Niagara Center last year - but, like most of the rest of the country, it's been ages since hard-rock fans saw Rose and guitarist Slash on stage together with Guns N' Roses. Rose and Slash patched up their differences in 2016 and have thrived in their reunion Not in This …

We have plenty of summer festivals in Buffalo—usually several per week from May into September. But organizers are confident the new Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival, scheduled for Aug. 19 at Buffalo RiverWorks, will stand out from the crowd. “It’s a celebration of all things Buffalo,” said founder Lindsey Taylor. “We wanted to cultivate a music and arts fe…

There are a finite amount of classic rock characters that could suggest recording orchestral versions of their greatest tracks inside an ancient cathedral—and it would seem completely appropriate. Jethro Tull architect Ian Anderson is one of these individuals, and this year’s “The String Quartets” is a testament to the instrumental flexibility of some of his mos…

When audiences leave New Era Field on Wednesday night, chances are they'll be humming "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Welcome to the Jungle" or any number of other Guns N' Roses hits. Axl Rose, Slash and the band that reunited last year after nearly a quarter-century break deserve most of the credit for lodging that song in your head. But save some of it for the crew of about 2…

Game-day rules will be in effect for the big Guns N' Roses show at New Era Field on Wednesday. That means everything from traffic patterns to what you can bring in will be the same as if you are going to a Buffalo Bills game. Here's a quick rundown. Traffic Game-day traffic patterns and restrictions will be in effect. Before the concert: Starting at 2 p.m., Abbott…

Charlie’s Boat Yard doesn’t have to be a spectacular bar and restaurant to be a seasonal success. If the sun is setting just right over Lake Erie, its neighboring Small Boat Harbor is packed with occupants, or a swell of cyclists is circling the nearby Buffalo Harbor State Park on a temperate summer night, the waterfront locale could please with lukewarm hot dogs an…

With its July presentation of 311, New Politics and The Skints, Buffalo’s 103.3 WEDG unveiled a bombastic serving of its newly apportioned Edgefest, its long-running annual alt-rock revue now broken into three separate summer shows at the picturesque Artpark. And while its show likely brought people back to the '90s (with 311), its next and final installment should br…

DARIEN CENTER — I’m wearing a Bills helmet as I tell you this. As far as bands go, The Goo Goo Dolls never did it for me. Go ahead, drown me in loganberry. I’ll wait for my penance. Let me specify that it’s their music that makes me feel this way. They sound average and generic in my ears. Not bad, though not particularly impressionable. I’m guessing that I…

Musical tastes are so varied and there are so many genres that it’s a fool’s errand to come up with any universal truism. Except for the obvious one: When a jolt is needed for any party, from backyard barbecue to formal wedding reception, “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire never fails. Likewise, no matter the year or the ever-changing lineup, Earth, Wind &…

It's the year of new music festivals in Buffalo, with Cobblestone Live and soon-to-debut Tailor Made joining standbys like Kiss the Summer Hello and Kerfuffle. Add another intriguing newcomer to the mix, as 103.3 The Edge and After Dark Entertainment announced the birth of HRVST, slated for Oct. 14 outside the radio station's headquarters at 50 James E. Casey Drive. The…

With three consecutive No. 1 albums, nine singles reaching the top of the charts, and seven Grammy Awards, Lady Antebellum has a resume that speaks for itself. But despite the massive commercial success the group has enjoyed, fans at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Thursday had to wonder what to expect when the Nashville trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and D…

1) Jason DeRulo at the Erie County Fair, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Gusto Grandstand of the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg). General admission tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The Erie County Fair, which runs through Aug. 20, is the marquee event of the weekend, drawing friends and families from all over the area to explore the car…