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This past summer’s Rolling Stones show at Ralph Wilson was tremendous, but it wasn’t without points to critique. Tickets were expensive. Track selections were “Sticky Fingers”-focused and, for many, stadium seating kept Jagger and Co. at a binoculars-necessary distance.These are a few things that “Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Experience” will …

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With the late-summer sun still shining, saxophonist Kenny G and band played the first of two shows in the Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Friday night. The venue was about three-quarters full with couples and families. The second, at 8 o’clock, was sold out.He was touring in support of “Brazilian Nights,” his 14th studio album – a tribute to bossa no…

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Seeing Kenny G live can be an unforgettable experience. There are still those who remember his spectacular entrance more than a decade ago at what is now First Niagara Center. The arena filled with cheers as he walked through the crowd, holding one note forever and ever and ever.“All right, Kenny!” a woman yelled.“He’s gonna take it to the stage!” marveled anothe…

Food and Drink

Until a recent burst of new restaurant investment, North Tonawanda didn’t have much of a reputation as a dining destination, unless your definition of dining stops at pizza, wings and fish fries.Then the Remington Tavern opened, the Dockside Bar & Grill expanded, and Webster’s Bistro replaced Nestor’s, a restaurant that specialized in hot dogs. The result is a delici…

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Lou Gramm, archetypal belting rock ’n roll vocalist, performed at Gratwick Park alongside the mighty Niagara, on Friday night – part of the popular Rockin’ On The River concert series there. It was a night dominated by a glinting blue moon, raucous sing-alongs, and the clanging of well-positioned cowbell parts.The singer, a Rochester native, is a regular guy without …

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Though ominous skies might have reduced the audience size at the second installment of the Rockin’ on the River concert series, North Tonawanda’s Gratwick Riverside Park still welcomed a crowd of thousands Friday night for four spirited sets of music headlined by SOJA – the hottest reggae band in America. As SOJA discovered, most in the crowd seemed to be from Buffal…

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The Dockside Bar & Grill reopened alongside the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda this spring, having added a two-story addition, 100 seats, and an overhauled kitchen. There are so many people coming to the new place, and the established Remington Tavern across the street, that on a fine summer evening last week I had to sweat finding a parking spot in downtown North …

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Arlington, Va., may be an unlikely breeding ground for music made to “Chant Down Babylon,” but such is the case of America’s hottest reggae band, SOJA, short for Soldiers of Jah Army. On Friday, the band returns to Western New York to headline the second installment of the Rockin’ on the River free concert series at picturesque Gratwick Riverside Park (1300 River R…

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Billy Corgan, folk troubadour? Doesn’t really work on paper.However, when Corgan kicked off a tour billed as “The Smashing Pumpkins – In Plainsong: Acoustic-Electro” at a sold-out Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda on Monday, he made believers out of many in attendance. Others seemed to be longing for something else, however. They chatted and cat-called and general…

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Not many people would attach the word “conventional” to Smashing Pumpkins’ founder Billy Corgan. After leading one of the ’90s most essential acts, he’s passed his time by becoming a prolific Twitter personality; taking a full-time producer and talent development job with TNA wrestling; and moving past his influential band’s original lineup to insert all new pl…

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Dockside Bar & Grill in North Tonawanda, expanded, enclosed and extensively retrofitted, welcomed customers back to its canalside site at 153 Sweeney St. Monday night. The menu from Chef Dunbar Berdine, redesigned after the kitchen was expanded, now includes a buttermilk fried chicken dinner ($18) and seafood steam pots of clams and chorizo ($13), snow crab legs ($24)…

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The Smashing Pumpkins will stop in Western New York for their first acoustic tour.Billed as “The Smashing Pumpkins: In Plainsong – An Acoustic-Electro Evening,” the tour will kick off June 15 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.Tickets are $42.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through the Riviera box office, online at rivieratheatre.org, by calling 692-2413 a…

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April Fools' Day has become even more confusing due to the trend of news consumption over social media. It's tough enough to scroll through Twitter and Facebook on a typical day to determine what to believe and what to ignore on a typical day -- but on the single day when fibbing is encouraged, all hell breaks loose. Here are the 10 (or more, as the day moves along) April…

Comedy

Sitting amongst the packed audience Saturday night for comic Rob Lederman’s 5,000th show, I wasn’t curious how the crowd would react. I already knew. In a theater setting for comedy, where each show is a special event and people buy tickets knowing who they’re going to see, laughter is almost guaranteed. Lederman won that battle weeks ago, when all 1,200 seats for …

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When summer finally returns to North Tonawanda, house-made ice cream will be on the menu at Dockside Bar & Grill. The restaurant at 153 Sweeney St. is in the midst of a major renovation that will expand the canal-side North Tonawanda restaurant, and enable it to remain open year-round. “We dug up the patio and will put in a basement,” said Dunbar Berdine, the res…