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Chicago and REO Speedwagon's just-announced joint tour will include an area stop at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Neither long-time act is a stranger to the venue. Chicago played the stage last year while on tour with the Doobie Brothers. As for REO Speedwagon, the '80s balladeers are returning to Darien two years after …

Sometime in December, members of Chicago will find out if they’ve made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.They’re up against some pretty tough competition. This year’s other nominees include Yes, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, the Spinners, Nine Inch Nails and Deep Purple.This much I can tell you – Chicago’s performance Sunday night in Buffalo will not hurt them one bit in…

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When Billboard entertainment magazine put out its list of the Top 100 musical performers of all time, it was no surprise that the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley were right near the top.But not all that far behind them, at No. 13, was Chicago, the rock-jazz-soul band from Chicago that really doesn’t get the respect it deserves from music critics, but has been out…

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I’d estimate that there are several thousand folks from the Buffalo area on their way to Chicago for this weekend’s “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead” shows, the final gigs the band will be doing. I know of at least 100 people who were planning to leave Buffalo on Wednesday and make their way toward what is normally referred to as Soldier Field, bu…

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The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament will finally be assured of solid ice. Obviously integral to pond hockey, the presence of ice has -- due to Mother Nature's quirks -- been wildly inconsistent in previous Buffalo winters. (According to Buffalo Business First, the annual hockey event has suffered from poor conditions in three of the last seven Buffalo tournaments). If…

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When Bianca Marroquín and Terra MacLeod come to town, the only thing to do is clear your schedule. The Broadway veterans, who slunk onto the stage of Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night at the top of their craft for the opening of a six-day run of “Chicago,” have a tendency to bring down the house. They did it in 2005, the first time they appeared here togethe…

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When the lights go up on any good production of “Chicago,” the 1975 musical Clive Barnes called “a Brechtian outpost of glamour, squalor and sublime discontent,” the theater around you tends to disappear. With the first downbeat from John Kander and Fred Ebb’s score and the first unmistakable, Bob Fosse-choreographed dance move, you find someone has slipped through an unl…