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POP MUSIC NOTES

The "Triple Threat Tour" brings three of this year's top black pop hit makers to Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. On the bill are two spinoffs from New Edition -- singer Johnny Gill and the trio Bell Biv DeVoe. Headliner is singer Keith Sweat, whose ballad "Merry Go Round" is the third hit from his "I'll Give All My Love to You" album.

The Goo Goo Dolls, back from a two-month national tour on behalf of their "Hold Me Up" album, celebrate their homecoming Wednesday night in the Country Club Skyroom, 2186 Seneca St. Opening are the Pinheads and Sponge. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Deborah Ash & Mike Campagna, former Buffalo R & B duo now living in Los Angeles, return home for the first time in more than 10 years to perform in the Cafe Casablanca, 511 Rhode Island St., at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Accompanying them will be Spyro Gyra co-producer Jeremy Wall on keyboards, plus guitarist-singers Phil Dillon and Willie Schoellkopf, bassist Steve Sadoff and drummer Jeff Whiting, all of the Rocket 88 band.

The sixth Bona Vista Reunion brings together denizens of the former Hertel Avenue blues-rock mecca at 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Cafe Casablanca. On hand will be Billy McEwen, the members of Rocket 88 and several surprise guests.

Gamalon, local jazz-rock recording artists, play the Marquee at the Tralf, 100 Theater Place, at 10 p.m. Saturday. The Marquee hosts local reggae rockers Great Train Robbery at 10 p.m. Friday.

Duos Two showcases nine of the city's songwriting twosomes at 9 p.m. Thursday in the Marquee at the Tralf under auspices of the Buffalo-Greenwich Village Song Project. Featured are John Lombardo & Mary Ramsey, the Jazzabels, Populuxe, Gary Lee & Patty Meyer, Jack Frisicaro & Pam Taylor, Vatican II (Tina Peel & Shaggy Faust), Michael Meldrum & Jim Capik, Mr. Conrad with Joe Mancuso and Crossroads (Mark Caughlin and Rick Holland).

My Sick Friends, a high-powered punk-influenced New York City band, returns to the Continental, 212 Franklin St., for a New Year's Eve show at 11:30 p.m. next Monday. Opening are the Fems, who will introduce their new self-titled cassette.

Over the Garden Wall offers a tribute to Genesis to bring in the New Year at 10 p.m. next Monday in the Marquee at the Tralf.

The Marquee at the Tralf last week announced the following upcoming shows: Cliff Eberhardt plus Ani DiFranco, Jan. 10; Bobby Blue Bland, Feb. 1; McCoy Tyner, Feb. 8; Holly Near, Feb. 9, and Gerald Alston, Feb. 16. Also announced was bluesman Lazy Lester, Jan. 9, in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St.

Also coming up: Buddy Guy, Jan. 4, and Bop Harvey, Jan. 5, both in the Marquee; Agnostic Front plus Sick of It All, Jan. 5 in the Country Club Skyroom; Larry Coryell, Jan. 12; Ernie Corallo, Jan. 17, and Pat Travers, Jan. 18, all in the Marquee; Matt (Guitar) Murphy, Jan. 19, and Major Handy, Jan. 24, both in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St.; Michael Hedges, Jan. 26, and Asleep at the Wheel, Jan. 30, both in the Marquee; ZZ Top plus the Black Crowes, Feb. 1, in Memorial Auditorium.

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