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Dweezil Zappa brought his "Choice Cuts!" tour to UB's Center for the Arts on Wednesday, offering a personally curated tour of his late father Frank's estimable catalog, with a concentration on what we'll call "the trickier numbers" – tunes equal parts diabolically complex, deeply musical, and thrillingly unique. This was the 10th time Dweezil has performed in the Buffal…

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Rock guitarist Dweezil Zappa, son of legendary composer-musician Frank Zappa, performed on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. See the fans who came out for the show and shots of the musician.

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Avid area concertgoer Thomas Heneghan said it best as we filed out of the concert in a happy daze: "Well, that's my summer concert season, right there, even though it hasn’t even started yet. Nothing can possibly top this." David Byrne has said that his current tour is "the most ambitious show I've done since the shows that were filmed for 'Stop Making Sense,' " a refer…

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For those going to see “Weird Al" Yankovic’s show at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts on March 13, you’re officially warned that the performance will be a “Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity” concert. That’s not commentary; it’s just the name of the show. Instead of leading audiences through a parade of his career musical satire hits from “Ea…

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For nearly 50 years, Rochester-based choreographer Garth Fagan has been honing his signature style of contemporary dance. The Tony-winning artist is perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 Disney musical "The Lion King," which recently played in Shea's Performing Arts Center. But equally impressive is his century-spanning career with his eponymous dance company. …

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In 1964, Bruce Jackson took a tape recorder to Texas and rescued a dying piece of history. The University at Buffalo professor's 1965 album, "Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons," features spirituals, work songs, poetry and scripture sung by inmates toiling in the state's agricultural prison farms. Many of the songs and styles Jackson preserved, carried on slave …

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It was a lesson in songwriting. But it was so much more than that, too. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit played to a sold-out house at UB's Center for the Arts on Tuesday, and more than delivered on the buzz that has been building around Isbell over the past several years. This guy has been touted as the finest roots music-based songwriter of his generation, and one need…

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The "hope for modern country," according to The News' Jeff Miers, Jason Isbell performed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. See the fans who turned out.

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The "hope for modern country," according to The News' Jeff Miers, Jason Isbell performed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.

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If brevity is the soul of wit, then Demetri Martin is as soulful as they come. The Los Angeles comedian is known for his absurdist humor and turns of phrase that have made him a comedy star. Martin brings his  “Let’s Get Awkward” tour to the area at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. A former correspondent for “The Daily Show,” Martin has …

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and LehrerDance are looking east for inspiration. At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, at UB's Center For the Arts, they will be joining forces for a new interpretation of Hermann Hesse's novel "Siddhartha." Jon Lehrer, the founder and director of LehrerDance, and BPO Resident Conductor Stefan Sanders both worked to develop the piece. They read the n…

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It’s probably just a coincidence, but comedian Jeff Jefferies is set to visit Buffalo in February as part of his “Unusual Punishment” tour. The Australian funny man first came to prominence after he was attacked onstage while performing. That story made it into his DVD special, “Contraband,” and he later gained even greater fame after an HBO comedy special. His observat…

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With a unique look, voice and material, comedian Steven Wright is one of those performers that after seeing him once, you will never forget him. His stand-up career includes various specials and the albums, “I Have a Pony” and “I Still Have a Pony.” He’s also acted, written and directed various projects, including his 1989 Academy Award-winning short film “The Appointments…

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Devotees of Tedeschi Trucks Band know the band’s catalog, can sing along with its lyrics and, dependent on the tune, relish the chance to histrionically (and inaccurately) strum air guitar. They also know the collective’s stunning combination of vocal beauty and instrumental brilliance via wife-husband combination Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks is as rare as it is transc…

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Colin Mochrie has made a career of making it up as he goes along – literally. An accomplished comedic improviser who’s worked with the famed Second City troupe in Toronto and featured on the ABC show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, Mochrie talked up the mantra of improv, “Yes, and …,” during a recent phone interview. “Yes, and …” allows improv performers to suggest a scenario…