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The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas took top honors at the 2017 American Legion Department State Convention in Syracuse on Friday. The State Convention parade features military units from across the state. The Tonawandas group was awarded first place in the American Legion category with a score of 93.44. Second place went to Yankee Doodle Band from Rensselaer wit…

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Montez Billquist had it all mapped out. On an April evening, long ago, the 15-year-old was on a quest with three teenagers from Jamestown: There was Montez's best friend, Ann Meurer, and Ann’s younger sister Pat, and Karen Sampson, another teen Pat asked to come along. Roy Meurer, Ann’s father, dropped them off in a parking lot at the old Buffalo Memorial Auditorium…

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Viva Vivaldi -- and vive le difference. The Viva Vivaldi concert Nov. 6 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church showed that this Baroque-focused festival, now in its 38th season, dares to mix it up now and then. In a change of pace, it featured two big-league "Vicarious Visionaries" -- Johann Sebastian Bach, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The Beethoven took up the entire sec…

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Drake and Future will perform Aug. 12 in First Niagara Center as part of their "Summer Sixteen Tour." Other acts in the lineup include Roy Woods and dvsn. Tickets, which will range from $49.50 to $149.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 29 at LiveNation.com.

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Deftones, City and Colour, Sam Roberts Band and Joywave will play Edgefest 2016. Also part of the lineup are Tokyo Police Club, The Joy Formidable, Best Coast and Holy White Hounds. WEDG announced the lineup for the annual event Tuesday morning on Twitter. The show will be July 31 at Canalside. 103.3 The Edge's #Edgefest2016 with @deftones! July 31st at @CanalsideBflo…

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I’m fairly certain my hearing was permanently damaged on May 24, 1991, when I found myself in the front row for AC/DC’s performance at the old Aud. They were the loudest band I’d experienced in concert up to that time, and in the 23 years since, that particular show was never topped, in terms of the sheer cranium-rattling decibel level conjured by the five musicians…

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Jackson Browne is coming to the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. The man behind such hits as “Doctor My Eyes,” Running on Empty” and "Somebody's Baby," will appear at 8 p.m. June 24 in the casino's events center. Browne, who recently performed with The Eagles at the Grammy Awards as a tribute to his friend, the late Glenn Frey, joins a growing list of classic ro…

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When news came Monday about the death of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, fans of a certain age could immediately hear the words and music that became part of the soundtrack of their lives. "Well, I'm a runnin' down the road tryin' to loosen my load, got a world of trouble on my mind ... " "You can't hide your lyin' eyes. And your smile is a thin disguise ..." "There's tal…

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The annual Hamburg Music Festival will be held May 14, the non-profit organization confirmed on Facebook. Although the date originally announced was June 4, organizers Mary Jo Duggan, Alison Pipitone, Patrick McKee and Luke Mumbach have pushed the event nearly a month earlier. A wristband for entrance into all of the participating venues will run for $12, and the event's…

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The Buffalo Chamber Music Society never outgrows the spirit of adventure. Its 92nd season is full of surprises. It starts on an offbeat note on Tuesday with the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a freewheeling group based in Ohio. The Carpe Diem Quartet lives up to its name, seizing the day for all manner of exotic repertoire. The musicians are known not only for their classical …

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It takes a certain amount of what propriety insists we call fortitude to rewrite a Bob Dylan song, particularly one of his most beloved tunes, adding your own lyrics to update the piece for the present day.But that’s what Chris Cornell did, early on, during an emotionally enriching sold-out show in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts on Sunday. Cornell grab…

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Brian Wilson is one of the great composers in the history of popular music, and a reasonable argument can be made that his best work exists in a melodic, harmonic and emotional atmosphere that none of his peers has ever fully permeated. Wilson has suffered greatly in his life, however, and emotional, psychological and substance-related issues have long plagued him. So a Br…

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We're just going to cut to the chase this week, mostly because you probably don't want to hear me fawn over fall, which is unquestionably my favorite season. 1) Ellicottville Fall Festival, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 9; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 10; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Village of Ellicottville. It's free to attend, and the Ellicottville website has a very useful schedul…

Four Year Strong has the perfect ingredient list: With slight inspiration hints from top dogs like Newfound Glory and Taking Back Sunday, heavy guitar bursts, skillful drum sets, and lyrics that force the act of steering wheel tapping, the band can only be described as a high-energy masterpiece. Starting their journey in 2007 with the full-length debut "Rise or Die Trying…

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Freak folk outfit turned Americana rockers Blitzen Trapper are back in Buffalo for a show Saturday in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The Portland act has made the Buffalo rounds since dropping its well-received debut, “Wild Mountain Nation,” back in 2008, with shows at Mohawk Place, Babeville and the Tralf already under its belt.The genre-bouncing five piece has tinkere…