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The Dixie Chicks are coming to Buffalo. The band will bring its "DCX MMXVI Tour" to town for a show at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in First Niagara Center. Elle King is the opener for the Buffalo date. Tickets are $125, $99.50, $69.50, $49.50, $35  and go on sale at 10 a.m. May 7 through Livenation.com, Tickets.com and by calling (888) 223-6000. Members of the MMXVI Tour Club wi…

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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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It seems clichéd to say that no matter where you go, there’s a Buffalo connection, and it can turn up in surprising places. During a recent phone interview with D.L. Hughley, the comedian brought up his visit to the Anchor Bar and the many Buffalo conversations he has with his radio show co-host, Steve Wilson, who grew up here. “I try to learn a lot about where we’…

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It seems clichéd to say that no matter where you go, there’s a Buffalo connection, and it can turn up in surprising places. During a recent phone interview with D.L. Hughley, the comedian brought up his visit to the Anchor Bar and the many Buffalo conversations he has with his radio show co-host, Steve Wilson, who grew up here. “I try to learn a lot about where we’…

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Much like the entertainment at a striptease club, the music at a Rihanna concert is somewhat incidental – it’s part of the whole presentation, but it’s far from the main attraction. On Wednesday evening at First Niagara Center, the main attraction sold sex with the help of a six-piece band, a host of dancers and a tastefully extravagant stage show. At times, Rihanna…

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When it comes to indie rock in particular, and alternative music in general, three things matter – songs, sonics and spirit of invention. There are more than enough examples of artists boasting attitude and “cool” sounds who haven’t gotten around to the “songs” part of the equation, to the point where one needn’t look too far to find parodies on YouTube. (Ty…

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Blake Shelton was imploring his Buffalo crowd to sing along when he tossed in a little motivation. “If I read a bad review tomorrow,” he said, “it’s all y’all’s fault.” Here’s that review. And the verdict: Both Shelton and his five-digits crowd of newly anointed backup singers inside First Niagara Center get a double thumbs-up, flying-colors, cool-cliché…

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Blake Shelton is all over the news these days, though most of the “reporting” has little to do with music, and much to do with gossip. It’s all “Blake and Gwen yadda yadda yadda,” as pop pundits trip over each other to garb a fistful of dirt on Shelton and his relationship with pop princess Gwen Stefani. It’s tedious stuff for us, and probably more so for Shelt…

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Surging after a massive 2015, comedian Amy Schumer has announced her spring tour, which includes a stop on May 7 in the First Niagara Center. Tickets range from $39 to $99 and will be available for purchase at 10 a.m. March 18 at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com, the First Niagara Center box office or by phone at 1-888-223-6000. Schumer starred in "Trainwreck," which earned a…

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How's this for a comedy line-up: Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy. It gets better: They're coming to town to appear on the same stage the same night. The name of the show is "The Comedy Get Down" and it will come to the stage at First Niagara Center at 8 p.m. April 23. Cedric "The Entertainer" is best known for …

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Before Bruce Springsteen released “The River” in 1980, he and his E Street Band were part of the underground, cult artists on the cusp of the big time. After “The River,” which formed the core of the stellar set Springsteen & E Street performed before a full house Thursday in First Niagara Center, all bets were off. Springsteen went from being the guy loved on…

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It's Bruce Day. Springsteen and the E Street Band will bring The River Tour to the stage at First Niagara Center this evening. If you already have tickets to the 7:30 show, you know the drill: Get there early because security guards will be stationed at the entrance to check coats and bags. If you're starting to regret not having tickets to the officially-sold-out show,…

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In 1984, I was freshly dumped by my first “serious” girlfriend, and bummed out in the way only 16-year-old bleeding hearts can be bummed out. I turned to Bruce Springsteen’s “The River” for solace – in particular, the epic, heart-rending “The Price You Pay,” a song that somehow made suffering (even of the juvenile variety) seem like a noble endeavor. I’m…

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The cast and crew of “Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate” skated into First Niagara Center on Wednesday evening and was – by all accounts – an instant hit. The vibrant colors and fast pace kept the crowd engaged. The kids took it all very seriously, too. Many of them attended in their favorite character costumes and princess dresses. There were plenty of kids dresse…

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The road to Wrestlemania 32 will go straight through Buffalo. "WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania" visits the First Niagara Center on March 19. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose and Sheamus are among the superstars set to appear in Buffalo. Also look for New Day, Kevin Owens, The USOS and The Divas with more to b…