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There's something about Buffalo and those New Kids on the Block. A giant love fest forms every time NKOTB -   the hip moniker the '80s pop band now goes by - packs our downtown arena for recent shows including 2013 and 2015. That 2013 concert was on the “Package Tour” and included an opening set by Boyz II Men (a group now making medical side effects sound smooth …

With Canalside and Artpark now charging for their shows, the Elmwood Village Association Summer Concert Series is now one of the last remaining free weekly concerts. The EVA has announced its bill for summer 2017, which begins June 20 on the grass just to the east of the Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway intersection (the side of Caffe Aroma). Shows begin at 7 p.m. …

Here are some helpful reminders and tips if you're going to Kiss the Summer Hello today at Canalside. The show: Music starts at 5:15 p.m., due to a rain delay. The crowd, which was evacuated to HarborCenter due to lightning, is being let back in to Canalside. Weather: The show goes on rain or shine except in the case of safety concerns with extreme weather which is …

"There's no good new music anymore." Accepted as fact by too many who have aged beyond their favorite bands' heyday, this sentiment is regularly met with conciliatory nods — even though countless young musicians are creating inventive work inspired by these dissenters’ heroes and favored genres. Validation of this contradiction could be found Saturday at Alternat…

It’s easy to dream of a Grammy: Accepting the award, thanking the all the people. It seems so glamorous. So life-changing. And it's so not that simple. Jack and Luke Patterson get this. They won a Grammy. Their lives did change. But they are not sure it’s the trophy that did it. Rather, it’s the song that got them there – “Rather Be,” the world’s secon…

A blues concert featuring top local bands will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at the grove outside Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8113 at 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. Tickets at the door are $15 and proceeds will benefit Plymouth Crossroads, a not-for-profit organization that runs a Lancaster shelter for troubled teens and young men, ages 16 to 20. Dis…

JAZZ Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano, "Compassion: The Music of John Coltrane" (Resonance) The glory of Resonance Records marches on. Its ability to find astonishing unreleased jazz performances from record labels, musician's agents, and radio stations the world over has resulted this time in a a feast. This dates from a BBC broadcast in 2007 recorded in New York City…

It's fitting that the 2017 Canalside Live season kicked off with a headlining set from Gary Clark Jr., for Buffalo has always been a blues town, and Clark is one of the leading lights of the new generation of bluesmen emerging over the past decade. Buffalo is also a town that values new hybrids and wants its music to be on the cutting edge, and Clark also satisfies on t…

1) Kerfuffle, 12:30 (gates), music at 1:30 to 10 p.m. June 17 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased here. Commentary: When we saw Alternative Buffalo radio host Brandi tweet out a picture of Ben & Jerry's Truffle Kerfuffle ice cream in advance of Saturday's show, our sweet-tooth was sparked and our fondness rekindled for the mu…

After a successful summer run last season, Lockhouse Distillery and Sunbeam Entertainment's collaborative Canalside Afterparty series has returned. Following Gary Clark Jr.'s Canalside kickoff performance, the Cobblestone-based Lockhouse Distillery (41 Columbia St.) will launch its after hours at 10 p.m. June 15 with an alt-rock double header featuring performances fro…

CLASSICAL/FOLK Folk Songs performed by the Kronos Quartet with Rhiannon Giddens, Natalie Merchant, Olivia Chaney and Sam Amidon (Nonesuch) What's not to love here? It's diving fully into great folk music which has, frankly, been one of the more irresistible things classical musicians have always done. Never mind Bartok, Vaughan Williams and Kodaly, decades ago the…

POP/COUNTRY Glen Campbell, "Adios" (Universal). Pity the poor cynic. Faced with this, the final studio recording of the great American pop singer whose advancing Alzheimer's disease won't permit another, they will be able to see only exploitation peering around the corner of tragedy and heartbreak. And yes, everything we are told by Glen Campbell's family, friends an…

There are golden-age MTV acts that haven’t aged well. Whether because of keytar solos, Aqua Net blowouts or the glamorous excess of the times, some of the music and images haven’t translated to a new generation facing increasing complexities. And then there are others whose mobilizing anthems and instrumentation – born at a time of intense political polarizatio…

Buffalo's unofficial fifth season – outdoor summer concerts – kicks off this week with three shows in four days that are expected to bring tens of thousands of people to the waterfront. Organizers said they are prepared for the influx of people and that they do not expect a repeat of what happened at Taste of Country last week when security screening caused some fan…