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Soprano Renee Fleming got her big break as a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, held on the legendary Metropolitan Opera stage at Lincoln Center in New York City. Now, a tenor from Lockport has carried off the same victory. Kyle van Schoonhoven, 28, an alumnus of SUNY Fredonia, was one of six singers to be selected as grand prize winners…

I'll admit it. When Derek Trucks abandoned his Derek Trucks Band to form the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, in 2010, I felt a tinge of disappointment. Not because the new venture lacked musical muscle – it certainly proved otherwise right out of the gate, and since I was already a fan of Tedeschi's work, it wasn't hard to get on board. But the DTB…

It looked like a double whammy to end all double whammies. I don't think it is. Late last week, in two separate and unrelated announcements, we learned that the Main Street stores of both Record Theatre (in the University Plaza) and Talking Leaves (a few blocks away) will close. What's crucial to note in both cases is that, both Talking Leaves and Record Theatre's ot…

After warming the crowd up as the opening act at last December's the Kerfuffle Before Christmas, Judah & the Lion has locked in its return to Buffalo, this time as a headliner at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The folk/bluegrass rooted band's just announced "Going to Mars Tour," a two month-long string of dates running through the fall, will se…

Danish heavy metal band Volbeat will headline the second show in the new "Edgefest" series on May 20 in the outdoor Amphitheater at Artpark in Lewiston. General admission tickets are $42 and go on sale at 10 a.m. March 24 through tickets.com and artpark.net, by phone at 888-223-6000, and at the Artpark box office (winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday…

Anyone familiar with hip-hop megastar Drake knows his passion for his birthplace, Toronto, Ont. His 2016 album, "Views," was littered with references to "the 6," while Drake's sideline antics at Raptors games are frequent SportsCenter fodder. In his new playlist "More Life," Drake extends his love a little farther to the south, dropping Queen City-tinted lyrics in "Can'…

Florida George Line fans can now purchase individual tickets for the band's show on June 16 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Previously, tickets for this concert were only available as part of the Country Megaticket series which feature five country music concerts. Tickets for the Smooth Tour with Florida Georgia Line Smooth Tour, Nelly and Chris Lane are $72.25 f…

Yelp's First Taste at La Delicias. 5:30 p.m. La Delicias Taqueria, 454 Pearl St. 843-0033. $5-$10. Love Tacos? Of course you do, so come be a part of Yelp's First Taste at La Delicias Taqueria and show this under Yelp-ed restaurant some love. Make sure to bring friends. Augie Meyers. 7 p.m. Sportsmens Tavern, 326 Amherst St. 874-7734. sportsmensbuffalo.com. $25-$30. …

The elegant and world-renowned Bach pianist Angela Hewitt was born in Ottawa, Ont. But she got one of her first big breaks in Buffalo. In 1975, when she was in her teens, she won a contest here called the Chopin Young Pianists' Competition. She went on to win a string of other competitions, and one of them proved a portent of her career. It was the Toronto International…

In the landmark 1964 court case, Jacobellis v. Ohio, U.S. Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart famously identified obscenity by uttering the since repeated line, “I know it when I see it.” The same is becoming clear in the murky world of country music. But instead of calling on just their sight, listeners are depending on their ears to separate a conveyor belt full …

St. Patrick's Day Parade Party with House of Pain. Noon The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $15-$40. St. Patrick's Day Parade. Noon. Niagara Square, 1 Niagara Square. Free. Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Noon. The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, 414 Delaware Ave. 886-3300. mansionondelaware.com. $100-$125. St. Patrick's Day Cel…

JAZZ FUSION Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, "Mount Royal" (Free Dirt) Nobody bats an eye anymore when jazz and bluegrass musicians decide to record together. All things considered, there's no reason why anyone ever should have batted an eye or anything else. The career of the late, great jazz bassist Charlie Haden, alone, is enough instruction about how contigu…

College Basketball Viewing Party. 10 a.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. buffaloironworks.com. $5. New York State Golden Gloves Semi-Finals. 3 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $25-$50. "The Seedbed." 3 and 7:30 p.m. Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main St. 853-4282. irishclassical.com. $41. “A View fr…

JAZZ FUSION Mostly Other People Do the Killing, "Loafer's Hollow"  (Hot Cup) When they came to be featured in the Albright-Knox Art of Jazz Series, the nuttily named jazz group Mostly Other People Do The Killing revealed exactly how lunatic their particular brand of top shelf jazz postmodernism can be. They've done it repeatedly on record ever since, including a vir…