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LOCKPORT - Tonight’s free Puddle of Mudd concert as part of the Canal Concert Series has been canceled, the series announced on its website Thursday.The cancellation occurred because of a band member’s illness, Mayor Michael Tucker said on his Facebook page. .A makeup concert date in Lockport has been set for Aug. 23, with the performer to be announced.

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Rain? No problem. So you bring an umbrella, or you get wet. This is Buffalo. We’ve seen worse.On Thursday, as the Buffalo Place Canalside series welcomed ’90s R&B star Teddy Riley and his new incarnation of the harmony-heavy Blackstreet to town, the weather was ominous and threatening rain whenever it wasn’t actually raining.Still, a large crowd gathered for a celebr…

For its summer 2013 tour, the Dave Matthews Band is balancing a healthy portion of material from its most recent album, “Away From the World,” against cherry-picked goodies from its 20 year career. So the set lists have already proven to be interesting, and peppered with surprises.More significantly for some – myself included – is the fact that the DMB has added to…

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It’s been a while since Puddle of Mudd was at the forefront of the rock world. The band’s 2001 studio debut “Come Clean” was a huge seller of the post-grunge era, moving more than 5 million units. Since then, the Kansas City, Mo., quartet – fronted by Wes Scantlin, the only consistent member in the band’s 20-year history – has kept busy with a number of simi…

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Discovered on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” when she was 10, Jackie Evancho is growing into a lovely young lady. She is 13 now, and continues to astonish people with her weirdly precocious vocal gifts. While she needs amplification – she would require considerable training to cut it on the opera stage – she has a marvelous, angelic soprano voice, tremendous voca…

PopJulian LennonEverything Changes [Music From Another Room]Three starsBeing John Lennon’s son has not made things particularly easy for Julian Lennon. Lennon was not, it seems from the myriad published accounts, a particularly great father to his first-born son. And then, after his death, John’s shadow seemed to obscure Julian’s efforts. He looked and sounded so muc…

Jackson Browne comes to the Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino at 8 p.m. Saturday, and on the occasion of his arrival in town for the first time in several years, Browne and his music have been on my mind. I’ve had a tough time over the years explaining my affection for Browne’s work to a certain type of music fan, one for whom anything redolent of mainstream …

Gilbert Gottfried. 8 p.m. Aug. 8 and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. 853-1211. www.heliumcomedy.com. $20-$25 (www.seatengine.com/event/2685).Mick Foley. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. 853-1211. www.heliumcomedy.com. $25 (www.seatengine.com/event/2686).Pepper. 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. 852-…

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The year’s Kiss the Summer Hello concert, presented by Kiss 98.5 FM, takes over Coca-Cola Field at 6 p.m. Saturday. For the first time in the event’s history, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the acts during meet-and-greet sessions throughout the day.This year, as ever, the roster is packed with current Top 40 hitmakers who run the stylistic gamut fro…

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The first Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside double-shot of the summer kicks off Friday evening with a double bill featuring two of the longest enduring alt-pop acts of the ’90s, the Jakob Dylan-led Wallflowers and the Adam Duritz-fronted Counting Crows. Buffalo’s revered troubadour Willie Nile and his band will open the show. The series continues Saturday evening with a he…

For me, Kanye West’s greatest hit will always be his real-time appropriation of a television spot that found him paired with comedic actor Mike Myers, in support of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Here, in a live television format during the broadcast of the “Concert for Hurricane Relief,” West went rogue, tossed the script aside and stared straight into the came…

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LEWISTON – Summer and nostalgia go hand in glove. And when that perfect combination means enjoying well-crafted songs played by a legendary band whose legacy spans over four decades, that marriage doesn’t get much sweeter. The capacity crowd of 10,000 strong at the Artpark Amphitheater in Lewiston witnessed rock veterans Chicago play the Western New York venue for the …

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Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis brought the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Artpark on a warm and muggy summer Monday evening.Almost all of the musicians wore matching outfits; their shoes, socks, suits, shirts, ties and suspenders were sharp in their similarity. The only exceptions on stage to this confluence of conformity were the garments of bassist Carlos Henriquez and d…

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It’s easy for music “purists” to pan the Zac Brown Band’s pandering breakout hit “Chicken Fried” for its admitted catch-’em-all checklist of things that make you go, “Cheers!”But get to know the north Georgia septet a bit better and the song becomes more of a means to an end mission of just making people feel good, which the band did brilliantly at Darien…

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Psychedelic SoulVarious Artists, “Soul Goes Psychedelic” (Goldenlane). Like so many pivotal comminglings in the history of popular music, this one happened in the late ’60s, and carried through the first half of the ’70s, before being consumed by the insatiable cocaine-addled beast that was disco. Yes, dear reader, I refer to the marriage of soul music with the ex…