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After performing at the Riviera Theatre earlier this year, Todd Rundgren will make a very quick return to the area with a show at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St. Niagara Falls). With nearly 30 studio albums under his belt, the Philadelphia singer-songwriter, and clearly tireless road warrior, has been showing zero signs of slowing down. His last albu…

Platinum R&B group Xscape will bring its headlining "Great Xscape Tour" to downtown Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in the KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza). Earlier this year, the Georgia-bred quartet, which released its last album in 1999, announced a reunion that would see the original members of the group together for the first time in nearly 20 years: Ka…

It’s one thing to hear Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” reinvented by prolific singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, reissued in the acoustic vein once favored by the song’s creator. It’s an entirely different thing to hear the tune recast with tip-toing keys, heavy guitars and the screamo-accented chorus accessed by Detroit rockers, I Prevail. The Brian Burkheiser-led …

The asphalt is poured to support a stage setup larger than at Canalside. Space has been allocated for green rooms, equipment storage areas will be converted to a craft beer enclave and a roof deck will eventually accommodate VIPs for myriad of music-related occasions that could bloom off Buffalo’s clandestine James E. Casey Drive. This ambitiously improvised concert s…

The Associated Press called Jason Isbell "arguably the finest songwriter putting pen to paper today," and they're not wrong. Now, that premier songwriter and purveyor of forward-looking Americana is bringing his band to the area. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit will play the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Jan. 30. Tickets are $63, $48.50, $3…

For Buffalo musician and educator John Bacon, Jr., jazz icon Thelonious Monk's legacy is so indelible that he was moved to create a month-long tribute to the man. "Monktober in Buffalo," a multivenue affair spread throughout October, is a labor of love for Bacon in celebration of Monk's 100th birthday. "As time goes on, I think of myself more as a composer who happens …

Two priceless violins owned by a philanthropic Buffalo couple are stopping home for a visit, thanks to a party planned by WNED Classical 94.5 FM. The station, celebrating 40 years of broadcasting the music of the masters, is importing two high-wattage violinists to perform at a gala at the WNED studios at 3 p.m. Nov. 4. The guest violinists are Augustin Hadelich and Tim…

Buffalo is seeing the wild side of Dennis Kim, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's concertmaster, this weekend. Kim is the soloist in the entertaining Violin Concerto by Philip Glass. Actually, we are seeing the wild side of the entire orchestra. Music Director JoAnn Falletta at the helm, the BPO is performing a bang-up concert of soulful but showy American music. It c…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is anticipating a Poland spring. In March 2018, the orchestra is traveling to Poland to perform in four cities, in four of the nation's most acclaimed concert halls. It is the orchestra's first overseas tour since 1988. The tour was announced Saturday before the BPO's concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. The centerpiece of the tour will…

Jazz Joey Alexander, "Joey. Monk. Live!" (Motema); John Beasley, "Presents Monk 'estra Vol. 2" (Mack Avenue). What a stupendous year for jazz royalty 1917 was. Two of the towering jazz giants were born in that year within days of each other and less than 200 miles apart. Thelonious Monk was born on Oct. 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, N.C. On Oct. 21, 1917, Dizzy Gillespie …

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame dropped its initial list of nominees for the class of 2018 on Thursday, and took a few steps toward soothing some old wounds by compiling a fair and balanced roster Fans of the Moody Blues, Judas Priest and Kate Bush have been clamoring for their heroes' induction for years, and Thursday's announcement brought them to the cusp of such a …

Due to production issues, the debut of 103.3 The Edge and After Dark Entertainment's HRVST Festival has been moved from the Cumulus radio station's grounds to Buffalo RiverWorks, at 359 Ganson St. The music, food and beer event, slated for 1 p.m. Oct. 14, features an impressive lineup of bands: Phoenix, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Manchester Orchestra, Joywave, Pvr…

Take away Bon Jovi, and you've got the first-ever list of nominees for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame made up solely of wholly deserving artists and bands. Jon Bon Jovi & Co. came dangerously close to giving this list a bad name. Happily, not quite close enough. The roster of potential inductees for the Rock Hall class of 2018 was released Thursday, and in additi…

A celebration of American music with a colorful set of concerts stretching from now into the spring of 2018 is being hosted by SUNY Buffalo State College. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 with a look at the evolution of bebop. The first program, called “Birth of Bebop: Tad, Diz, and Monk at 100," features the Buffalo Jazztet, a group starring Buffalo State music facul…

1) Ellicottville Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Village of Ellicottville (Monroe Street). Festival is free to attend, although there's a cover for entrance to Ellicottville Brewing Co. Commentary: Ellicottville is gorgeous in the fall, but that's just part of the reason why the village's fall festival is a wild time. …