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East Aurora Music Fest 2 p.m. at 20 venues in and around the Village of East Aurora. See eamusicfest.com for the lineup and how to get a wristband that allows you entry to all venues ($10-$15). The East Aurora Music Festival returns for a day of music by 80 bands in 20 venues in the village. Best of all: it helps worthy causes. A free shuttle will take fans to the vari…

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On one side of the argument, we've got Roseanne Barr who was just thrown off the ABC network for racist tweets that all the atom-smashing sitcom ratings in the world couldn't fix. It's her pre-Trump self that caused the greatest trouble of her early career. On the other side, we have the president of the United States who wants nothing but institutionalized contempt for…

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The 2018 Canalside Live! concert season kicked off on Thursday with a spirited celebration of '90s hip-hop presided over by rap royalty and attended by massive, high-spirited but seemingly even-tempered crowd. That crowd assembled early – by halfway through the lengthy opening set presided over by Buffalo's DJ Milk, the sprawling Canalside grounds were heavily populated…

Food and Drink

WYRK's Taste of Country Gates at 4 p.m., show begins at 6. Tickets cost $35 and may be purchased here. Does it get any better for country music fans than WYRK’s Taste of Country? When it comes to this evening of established names and rising talents in the genre, the answer is no. Here's this year’s lineup: Thomas Rhett, Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, Danielle Bradbery …

Festivals

1) Allentown Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 9 and 10 in Allentown, on Delaware Avenue between West Tupper and North, a portion of Allen Street between Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street, plus a middle square that heads east of Delaware to include Franklin. Festival map can be found here; the event is free to attend. Commentary: Here's your answer to the "What are …

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Who are you most excited about seeing at the WYRK Toyota Taste of Country concert on Friday at Coca-Cola Field? Is it “American Idol” alumn Scotty McCreery? ACM award-winning Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett? Buffalo-based country singer Kate Mallen, who earned the chance to open the show by winning the WYRK Taste of Country Riser competition back in December? …

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The annual Brews & Wines on the Water event returns with a musical lineup featuring Alternative Buffalo artists Lord Huron and Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear. The event is at 3 p.m. July 28 at Gratwick Waterfront Park (1100 River Road, North Tonawanda) and also has beer and wine samplings. Lord Huron has been sharing its wistful brand of LA-based indie-folk rock s…

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It's another season of concerts at Canalside and time for a refresher on showtimes, special tickets and policies on what you can or can't bring in to the event. This information is for the concerts taking place as part of the Canalside Live music series only. Other musical events and festivals will have many similar security measures, but ticket prices, gate times, etc.…

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Steven Tyler, with The Loving Mary Band 6:30 p.m. June 12 at Artpark Steven Tyler, the iconic, scarf-draped frontman of American rock hellions, Aerosmith, and a former judge on “American Idol,” is on the road in a special 13-date solo tour. Here's a look at what to expect. Aerosmith bandmates: Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), Joe Perry (lead guitar), Brad…

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Method Man and Redman 5 p.m. at Canalside (44 Prime St.). General admission tickets are $5. VIP tickets are $35, through eventbrite.com. The 2018 Canalside Live! concert season kicks off during a hip-hop heavy week, as Kendrick Lamar and his Top Dawg crew got things going with a knock-down, drag-out show at Darien Lake on Sunday. See the Smiles from Lamar's show. No…

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The idea of “contemporary” classical music is a slippery one at times because it embraces a host of stylistic options from the current and popularly accessible to the current and bracingly forward looking. This later approach has driven the June In Buffalo Festival (JIB) - under the guidance of Artistic Director David Felder - for more than 30 years. It’s about music wh…

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"This band has never rehearsed," says Dwane Hall, member of Twang Gang and owner of Black Rock Americana barn/palace Sportsmen's Tavern. The band has held down the Tuesday night slot for eight years in this busy club that produces nearly 500 gigs per year. This week the band and guests played to a full, adoring room: Hall, as is his style, spots various people in the room,…

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If you are a singer who dreams of becoming the next "American Idol," then circle Sept. 9. That's the date that Buffalo will be an audition stop on the 20-city bus tour that the ABC reality show announced today. The program is looking for the successor to Iowa-native Maddie Poppe, who won the first season of ABC's reboot of the former Fox hit. The "Idol Bus Tour" b…

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Middle Kids, 7 p.m. June 7, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $13. Up-and-coming indie act Middle Kids is set to make its Buffalo debut at the downtown live music hot spot. The hook-heavy trio from Sydney, Australia is currently riding a considerable amount of buzz following the release of its breakthrough debut full-length "Lost Friends," plus a seal of approval from…

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If you have a ticket to the sold-out Jack White concert at Artpark on Friday, here's your reminder that it's a phone-free show. But don't worry, your phone won't be taken away from you. Instead, it will be secured in a "locked" pouch you will be able to unlock in a designated area. “We think you'll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience mus…