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THE MULTIFACETED BUFFALO MUSIC AWARDS, WEDNESDAY AT THE FUNHOUSE

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The Buffalo Music Awards annually honors accomplishments by local musicians and also recognizes those inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. This year's music awards will have 52 categories. It will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Funhouse, 1830 Abbott Road. Seven bands will perform, including Mike Oliver and Go Dog Go, Poverty, Bleeding Hearts and the Danny Lynn Wilson Band.
SCENE'S BIG FIVE

1. Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater: Saturday at 10 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. The Chief plays a mean, left-handed guitar with a West Side blues style.

2. Wuss: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Wuss is led by ex-Crunchy Frog singer John DeStefano and plays hard sounds off its new self-titled CD.

3. Roger Manning: Tonight at 11 in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Manning bills himself as an "anti-folk" singer and comes from Springville. Opening is the Pine Dogs.

4. The Kings: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Rock 'n' Roll Heaven, 207 Youngs Road. The Kings play classic rock with such songs as "Switching to Glide/This Beat Goes On." King Kasa opens.

5. SuperGarage: Tonight at 10 in Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave. Power pop band from Canada plays Goodbar and also a 6 p.m. in-store appearance at New World Record, 512 Elmwood Ave. Also appearing at Goodbar are Rocketship and Escobar.

BIG BEAT STORY OF THE WEEK
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame brings its traveling exhibit today through Sunday to the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga. It includes a "surround sound theater," with film, photos and sound clips from past hall induction ceremonies. Also included in the exhibit is a "History of the Electric Guitar" display and a collection of pictures from famed rock photographer Neal Preston.

AROUND AND ABOUT
Puff Daddy will bring his hip-hop stage show to Marine Midland Arena on Nov. 8. Classic rockers Fleetwood Mac play the arena on Nov. 23. . . . Performers from different generations will display their talent this week at the Tralf, 100 Theater Place. Letters to Cleo, an alternative band from Boston, is touring in support of its current album, "Go!" It plays Wednesday at 8 p.m. Johny Vegas, longtime local favorite with a rocking alternative sound, returns here for Saturday gig at 8 p.m. Mike Oliver and Go Dog Go open. Leon Russell, whose blues and rock style dates back to the '60s, brings his solo show to the Tralf tonight at 8. Leon Redbone offers unique stories and songs with his personal touch Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Alex Manias performs with Michael Meldrum every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Nietzsche's. Meldrum and Manias, along with such performers as Tom Stahl and Mike Oliver will appear Thursday at 9 p.m. in Nietzsche's for a Buffalo Song Project songwriter's showcase. Entrain, a rock and ska band from Martha's Vineyard, plays Nietzsche's tonight at 11. . . . Looks like the Talas reunion is going to be a sellout when Billy Sheehan and the boys play Kleinhans Music Hall on Nov. 29. Just a few seats remain. . . . A recent story inferred that R.E.M. is having problems selling concert tickets. Though sales slumped for R.E.M.'s last album and the group did not sell out its Buffalo concert, the group remains a popular draw at live shows. . . . Billboard No. 1, Oct. 17, 1988, "Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins.

Mark Drost, former local music promoter and head of ICONcerts, who was reportedly arrested in May and charged by the FBI in San Diego with extortion, is back in town. Drost says his legal problems are over. "I want people to know I'm back in Buffalo, I'm not facing any jail time, and everything in California has been settled," he said this week. "I hope to get back into music." . . . Alison Pipitone plays Saturday at 10 p.m. in the Star Bar, 414 Pearl St. . . . Scene quiz: Who said, "Good and evil go hand in hand"? Was it Axl Rose, Al Gore or Marilyn Manson? Answer: Marilyn. . . . The Jump Kings play Saturday at 11 in Mohawk Place. . . Billboard No. 1, Oct. 17, 1978: "Kiss You All Over," by Exile.

Raise a glass and remember John Denver, killed earlier this week in an airplane crash. . . . Latest controversy for Sinead O'Connor is her portrayal of the Virgin Mary in an upcoming Irish film called "The Butcher Boy." Critics were infuriated over allegedly blasphemous scenes and O'Connor's use of vulgar language in the film. . . . Among those nominated for 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: the Eagles; Earth, Wind and Fire; Fleetwood Mac; Billy Joel; the Mamas and Papas; Gene Pitney; Del Shannon; Santana; the Stooges; and Gene Vincent. . . . New boxed CD sets are due out soon for the Doors and Simon and Garfunkel. . . . Mobius plays original music tonight at 10 in the Showplace, 1063 Grant St. . . . Egghead, a Syracuse band, plays original sounds Thursday at 10 p.m. at Sanctuary, 333 Franklin St. Doombuggy is also on the bill. . . . Billboard No. 1, Oct. 17, 1969: "I Can't Get Next to You," by the Temptations. . . . Chanka Chank plays bluesy sounds tonight at 10 in the Lafayette Tap Room. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy John Denver: "Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy."

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