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Pioneering country star and actor Dwight Yoakam will perform Aug. 12 at Artpark. Tickets are on sale now and cost $87 for prime or pit access; $50 for grand tier, first tier center and second tier center; and $40 for various other seats. They can be purchased at the Artpark box office (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston), via tickets.com or by calling 888-223-6000.  

No summer is complete without the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing under the stars. At Kleinhans Music Hall, you can hear every single note with crystalline distinctness. But concerts outdoors have a different magic. A beautiful Buffalo summer evening, the fun of relaxing on a blanket with a cooler, the lovely surroundings of a park or a parkway -- take all th…

JAZZ Billy Childs, "Rebirth" (Mack Avenue) and Christian Sands, "Reach" (Mack Avenue) This is two generations of superb mainstream jazz pianists coming from the same stellar mainstream Detroit jazz label. Billy Childs, at the age of 60, made his first record in a group with J.J. Johnson and has performed with everyone from Freddie Hubbard to Diane Reeves and Glady…

For the first time in the 30-year history of Buffalo's Thursday summer concert series, there will be no free admission. You will now pay $5 for concerts at the newly dubbed Canalside Live! summer concert series at Canalside, which kicks off with a performance from alt-blues artist Gary Clark Jr., on June 15. [PHOTOS: See the 2017 Canalside Live! lineup] The move t…

JAZZ Charnett Moffett, "Music from Our Soul" (Motema). Has there ever been an innovative jazz musician who inspired more jazz families than Ornette Coleman, whose own son Denardo recorded with him on drums? Coleman's old Fort Worth tenor-playing friend Dewey Redman had a son named Joshua who went on to become a major figure in the tenorist's trade. And one of Cole…

I awoke to a text from a friend on Thursday morning. "I'm devastated. The last genius is dead." I felt my heart drop into my stomach, or something like it. And then I just felt weary, and unbearably sad. I'm tired of being devastated. Tired of looking for reason in a world of randomness. Tired of sitting idly by while the universe plucks our most beautiful flowers…

If Bach, Charpentier and Vivaldi make you want to dance, you're not alone. The Buffalo Chamber Players will prove that in event called "Music and Dance," Lehrer Dance is presenting original choreography to the music of the Baroque masters. The evening also includes the world premiere of "Curtains of Light" by Chamber Players composer-in-residence Caroline Mallonée…

By Travis M. Andrews Chris Cornell, a key figure in the 1990s grunge rock movement as the founder and frontman of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, committed suicide Wednesday night in Detroit after playing a show at the Fox Theatre.  The Associated Press reported Thursday afternoon that the medical examiner had determined Cornell  committed suicide by hanging. Br…

It might be a stretch to credit the iconic Theatre District EDM hotspot Club Marcella with launching the dance music craze in the region, but when owner Joe Guagliardo opened the doors to Marcella in 1995, the area was largely the province of live alternative rock bands, and the adjacent Chippewa Strip had yet to become a DJ-based Mecca. Marcella changed all of that. Gu…

The long-standing tradition of a free downtown concert series is over. The Canalside Management Group will announce a new $5 general admission fee at a press conference on Thursday when the new season is introduced for what is now being dubbed "Canalside: Live!" Tickets for the entire 10-concert season will be available at a kiosk at Canalside during business hours and …

Scott Stapp is best known for his time as the lead singer of Creed. His growling, gravely voice is most recognizable in '90s and 2000s chart-topping power ballads like “With Arms Wide Open.” In recent years, though, Stapp has been touring solo. The Grammy award-winning musician’s "Live and Unplugged" spring tour will be stopping on May 24 at the Riviera Theatre in…

When Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West started working together, they didn’t have world tours or Billboard 100 ranking albums on their mind. The London-based musicians started out with the simple plan of producing one song a month as a music writing exercise. The pair, making up the alternative pop band Oh Wonder, owe the success of their self-titled debut album…

"We found the one." That was "American Idol" judge (and Aerosmith vocalist) Steven Tyler, following Lauren Alaina's audition for the show's 10th season.  Tyler was right, as it turns out. Alaina went on to claim the the 20111 "Idol" season runner-up slot, and from that point forward, the country singer and songwriter's career has blossomed. Earlier this year, the ti…

Jazz is alive and kicking in Buffalo. From May 10 to 16, Nietzsche's was taken over by the second annual Jazz Festival, the creation of saxophonist Ellen Pieroni. During that five-day stretch, a host of wildly inventive jazz musicians conspired to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that our jazz scene is an incredibly vibrant one. Cross-generational interplay is everythi…