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ORBITAL KICKOFF SATTALITES OPEN THURSDAY AT BUFFALO PLACE SERIES

PICK HIT

The Sattalites bring Toronto-style reggae to Buffalo Place on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. It is the kickoff show for the seventh annual Thursday at Buffalo Place concert series. The free concerts will be held weekly for the next 14 weeks and will feature some of the best musical talent in the area. All are open to the public.

TONIGHT
Lance Diamond always packs the place, and another big crowd is expected when the R & B master blaster plays at 11 p.m. in the Elmwood Lounge, 522 Elmwood Ave. . . . The Great Train Robbery plays songs from its new album, "Not Until the Spaceships Come," at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. . . . The Fibs start the Memorial Day weekend at 6:30 p.m. with a happy hour that includes music and grilled hot dogs. . . . Fast Horses is a seven-piece blues band that hits the stage at 10 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. . . . Crash Rooster rocks out at 10 p.m. in Broadway Joe's, 3051 Main St. . . . Papa Eclectick, formerly Bag-a-trix, and D.J. Knowledge combine for a night of worldbeat and soul music at 8:30 p.m. in Hallwalls, 700 Main St. . . . Kingdom Bound Ministries presents Praise '93, a weekend of praise and worship music at Darien Lake Theme Park. For information, call 633-1117.

SATURDAY
Local rockers Foolish Virgin debut while opening for Teenage Head at 10 p.m. in Blind Mellons, 207 Youngs Road. Foolish Virgin features Michael Hund, Spike, Fleetwood Wilson and Jack Breidenstein. . . . The Steam Donkeys soon will be heading to Austin, Texas, for a gig, but first they'll play at 11 p.m. in MacShaw's, 3250 Bailey Ave. . . . Texas Heat kicks out the blues in a 10 p.m. show in the Lafayette Tap Room. . . . McCarthyizm plays at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's. Opening is Sour Landslide. . . . Jive Injection and Crimson Jimson highlight a metal gig at 11 p.m. in Mickey Rats Campus Cafe, 1110 Elmwood Ave. . . . B.B.K.S., featuring Greg Millar, Abdul Rachman Qadir and Tony Gloster, offers jazz sounds at 10:30 p.m. in the Calumet Arts Cafe, 56 W. Chippewa St.

AROUND AND ABOUT
Congratulations to Green Jelly. The Buffalo band's album "Cereal Killer" just went gold and has sold 550,000 copies. The single "Three Little Pigs" has sold more than 700,000 copies and is expected to go over the 1 million mark. Green Jelly also will appear in the upcoming movie "Son-in-Law," to be released in July. . . . The Boredoms, a punk rock band from Japan, headlines a show Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Icon, 391 Ellicott St. Also playing are Brutal Truth and the Painteens. Local rockers A Public Hanging open. . . . Sad news for Shemp fans. Local Shempheads John and Phil, who work at Marine Midland, are splitting up. John is moving to Raleigh, N.C. So the porcupines say they're out of the Shemp closet and Scene can print their full names. Drum roll, please: John Meinzer and Phil Snyder. "I'm going to do missionary work in Raleigh and spread the philosophy of Shemp," John said. . . . Correction: Kenny G is not playing Darien Lake this season. We reported he was scheduled to play there in late June. . . . Billboard No. 1, May 28, 1989: "Rock On" by Michael Damian. . . . Good news for local folk singer Jamie Notarthomas, who will be in Chicago this weekend to start a Midwest tour with rocker Warren Zevon. Later in the month, John & Mary will tour with Zevon. . . . Scene caught Lance Diamond's show last week at MacShaw's and the Diamond man was in top form, rocking on stage and passing out roses to young ladies. Diamond truly is Buffalo's No. 1 soul man. . . . 10,000 Maniacs is scheduled for a June 1 broadcast on MTV's "Un-plugged." . . . Niagara Falls native Reginald "Devel" Moore will appear on "Unplugged" this weekend, playing drums for the band Jodeci. . . . Most improbable line from Mick Jagger's new unauthorized biography came when Jagger and Rudolf Nureyev allegedly tried to seduce Geraldo Rivera. "He's a virgin, you know," said Nureyev. . . . Local record pick: "Pretty Naked" by McCarthyizm. Catchy, guitar-driven rock by Joe McCarthy, Kevin McCarthy, Tom Brown, Paul Ceppaglia and Michael Patrick Swain. "Central Land" kicks off the tape with an infectious beat and political overtones: "Gunfire cracks the sky all around the world/and the children, children cry all around the world." The next song, "Just Get Burned Again," rocks about hidden emotions, and "Teething" is a soft rocker. "Our Need" has an folky alternative feel. "Postcards From Heaven" closes the album in country-rock style. McCarthyizm offers fresh sounds with lyrics to match. . . . Billy Ray Cryus was upset after being booed at the Country Music Association awards show. . . . Questions, no answers: Is there really a video floating around of a certain radio station's wild party? And just how did a local radio personality hurt his shoulder? Was he playing football? . . . Supertramp, the '70s supergroup, reportedly is planning a reunion. . . . Another old-timer, Pat Benatar, just started her first tour in seven years. . . . The Excellos with Mr. Conrad play Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room. . . . Pete Townshend's new album, "Psychoderelict," is due out June 15. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant: "Classic rock radio has virtually castrated the intention of Led Zeppelin."

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