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The Arcs headline Canalside's Thursday concert series, July 21, 2016. Mariachi Flor de Toloache is one of the openers.

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Dweezil Zappa was the next in line to perform at Canalside's free Thursday concert series, jamming on the waterfront on July 7, 2016. See who attended and enjoy some shots from the show.

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Country star Frankie Ballard packed Canalside on Thursday, June 30, 2016, for one of the first shows of the genre on the waterfront. See who came out for the show, and also some shots of Ballard.

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Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.) wants to make sure your Thursday evenings extend well past the waterfront's curfew. The newly relocated Cobblestone hot spot has will be hosting the "official" Canalside Afterparty beginning June 9. The weekly concert series starts at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug 25. Cover is $5. Co-presented by Sunbeam Entertainment, t…

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It’s been a banner summer for Canalside – with record crowds at the once-barren waterfront swath buoying the buzz about Buffalo’s rebirth, as a wide variety of free events continue to bring all corners of the community to bask in the bountiful Lake Erie breeze. Here in year five of this revival, the star of the stacked schedule is still the Thursday at Canalside con…

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Throughout Canalside’s stellar summer concert lineup, there haven’t been many opportunities for attendees to find an Adirondack chair, lean back and let the scheduled set soothe aside a Thursday sunset. Matt and Kim ignited an explosion of glitter and balloons. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones tried to incite turf-related uprising, and Badfish lured nearly 20,000 to the wa…

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Civic pride and political expediency joined together Thursday, 7/16, with Mayor Byron W. Brown declaring it “Buffalove Day” at a news conference in his chambers. Several hours later, on the open-air Canalside Concert stage, there was another Buffa-centric convergence of a sonic sort.Woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings of orchestral and funk stylings joined melodic…

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Planning note for anyone operating a flooded concert venue: If you want to keep concertgoers out of the mud, don’t expect one of ska-punk’s most boisterous voices to play policeman. “I know Buffalo real estate is cheap, but that right there is a complete waste of real estate,” said Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett of Canalside’s center grass, which…

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Due to problems with "travel logistics," The Sheepdogs will be unable to fulfill their scheduled headlining performance at Canalside tonight. Instead, Canalside tweeted that Yonder Mountain String Band, the opener, will instead perform two sets. https://twitter.com/CanalsideBflo/status/616603056646561792 If you purchased VIP tickets with the intent of seeing The Sheepdo…

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Spoon’s appearance at Canalside was supposed to be the feather in the cap of the free summer concert series.And it was.There are promising shows to come, but if one tops what went down on Thursday, well, that will be a real accomplishment.What was so great about it? It certainly wasn’t the crowd – but we’ll get to that later. The weather may have played into it a b…

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For a while there, it seemed that Spoon, one of the more significant bands in the last 20 years of alternative and indie rock, might have served its purpose and begun a downward spiral. Leader Britt Daniel started a new band, Divine Fits, and Spoon’s 2010 effort “Transference” lacked the cohesive power and sense of purpose of the band’s best work. No harm, no foul …

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Once upon a year numbered 1972, Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” gave aspiring garage guitarists their first (and easiest) intro chords to memorize. More than two decades later, Everclear’s “Santa Monica” offered a similar paint-by-numbers progression that not only gave greasy teens a 1995 tune to easily mimic, but also introduced fans to the Portland, Ore.-b…

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Buffalonians and Canadians don’t see eye-to-eye on everything. Bagged milk. Mike Babcock’s career decisions. How to pronounce the word “about.” But thankfully, music – from the Tragically Hip to Sam Roberts to recent visitor Rush – continues to be our great unifier. The latest example of this bond is Hamilton’s Arkells, who delivered a 90-minute barrage of ca…

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Making sure that the summer’s free Canalside concert series has a strong local presence should be a primary concern of all area music lovers. This prime piece of bustling real estate provides a fantastic venue for major touring acts, to be sure, but if those acts came through town and no homegrown talent was afforded the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of the m…