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Rock band O.A.R. has been a hit in its annual Buffalo-area stop for years, and the Maryland group has planned another summer visit. O.A.R. and Matt Nathanson are slated to perform at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 as part of Artpark's Coors Light Concerts, in the outdoor amphitheater (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Tickets go on sale at noon Feb. 16 at tickets.com and artpark.net, by ph…

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Actress and singer Vanessa Williams returns to Buffalo for a special performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Williams and her band will perform 8 p.m. July 19 at the Artpark Mainstage Theatre in Lewiston. Stefan Sanders will lead the BPO as Williams sings her hits including "Save the Best for Last," "Dreamin" and "Love Is." It's a homecoming of sorts for…

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Welsh metal act Bullet For My Valentine returns with a show at 7:30 p.m. May 8 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). While the group has yet to announce its follow up to 2015's "Venom," the riff-heavy act has been teasing a return to the studios since April of 2017. BFMV's most recent single "Don't Need You" was shared at the tail end of 2016. Florida…

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Artpark's "Tuesdays in the Park" summer series has added a Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton double bill to its summer schedule. The show will take place at 7 p.m. July 3 at Arpark's Outdoor Amphitheater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). The two long-running acts are returning to the road together after a sold-out summer itinerary in 2017. The San Francisco-bred Mill…

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Niagara Falls' Rapids Theatre reverberated with metal music on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, as In This Moment and P.O.D. both took the stage. See the fans who turned out one night after Marilyn Manson sold out the same venue.

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Memories of late reggae icon Bob Marley were front and center at Nietzsche's Bob Marley Birthday Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. The Dreadbeats and Neville Francis and the Riddim Posse were the two main musical acts.

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This weekend's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert goes perfectly with our snow. No wonder a decent-sized crowd made it to Kleinhans Music Hall on Saturday night, despite the slippery roads. The music was just what we needed to hear. The centerpiece is Sibelius' Violin Concerto, brimming with icy beauty. The other main attraction is Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade." …

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Two voices dominate the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's 2018-2019 season. And here's a hint. Both got a boost from the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. On second thought, don't try to guess. Just enjoy the surprise. The pops series features Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth who will appear on April 6, 2019. Chenoweth's many acco…

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Sublime tribute band Badfish made its annual winter stop in Buffalo for a Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, show in Town Ballroom. See the fans who came out, plus some shots of the band.

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On Wednesday, Vulture published an interview writer David Marchese conducted with jazz and pop legend Quincy Jones, and it went viral quicker than you could say "Wait, what did he just say?!?". Quincy Jones knows who killed Kennedy. He once dated Ivanka Trump. He knows Hillary Clinton's secrets. "All I’ve ever done is tell the truth. I’ve got nothing to be scared of, ma…

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At dusk on Feb. 12, the glass-enclosed space of the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion will start to glow with a strange and unfamiliar light. In the imagination of Berlin-based artist Olivier Pasquet, people may see that light from afar and be intrigued enough to take a closer look. When they do, they'll find him inside the airy visitor center for Frank Lloyd Wrigh…

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Fleetwood Mac Tribute Concert. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. 683-1776. lancopera.org. Tickets are $10-$25. Lil’ Ed & The Blue Imperials. 7 p.m. March 8. Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St. 874-7734. sportsmenstavern.com. Tickets are $20. Richard Shindell. 8 p.m. March 8. 9th Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. babevillebuf…

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ROCHESTER – On a frigid night in late January, Edward Joseph Mahoney straggled into a high school gym on the outskirts of this Rust Belt city to take a look at his own life. The rock star, looking slightly bedraggled in jeans and a black hoodie bearing his stage name, settled into a folding chair beneath the basketball net. He nervously tucked his Big Mac under his seat…

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1) Cupid's Undie Run, noon Feb. 10 in and around Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets are $40 and may be purchased here. Commentary: At first glance, Cupid's Undie Run is a chance to enjoy a few local craft beers before running - scantily clad and quite chilled - around downtown before warming up with a few more drinks (we recommend Thin Man's Bliss, even if you…