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Today: Buffalo is alive with the sound of music, thanks in great part to the Buffalo Guitar Festival. Events include classical guitarist Sharon Isbin at 12:30 p.m. in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; a cornucopia of rock guitarists, including Slash from Guns N' Roses and Talas with bassist Billy Sheehan on board, at the Great Guitar Gig starting at 1 p.m. at Erie Basin Marina; and veteran jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder at 2 at the Juneteenth Festival in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Not to be overlooked, meanwhile, is Americanarama, which winds up its three-day run outside Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., with a lineup that starts with the Steam Donkeys at 1 and concludes at 8:30 with Johnny Dowd, the deliciously dour singer-songwriter from Ithaca.

Then there's Drums Along the Waterfront 2001, which brings leading American and Canadian drum and bugle corps together in competition at 6:30 p.m. in Dunn Tire Park. Among them will be last year's co-champions, the Cadets from New Jersey and the Cavaliers from Illinois.

Wednesday: The week's biggest concert event finds the Dave Matthews Band in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park in a show that begins about 6 p.m. with sets by singer-songwriter Macy Gray and Afro-pop singer Angelique Kidjo.

Thursday: Midsummer Night in Delaware Park celebrates the longest day of the year with a stroll through Rumsey Woods near Hoyt Lake at 5:30 p.m. Leading the walk will be naturalists from Earth Spirit Educational Services, who will illuminate solstice folklore. To register, call 838-1249, Ext. 12.

It's also opening night for "Romeo and Juliet," the first Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of the season, with live music prefacing the start of the play at 7:30. Performances continue through July 15.

The rock jam band moe., born in Buffalo 10 years ago, headlines the weekly free Thursday at the Square concert series in Lafayette Square, following preliminary sets by DJ Logic and Project Logic. Music starts about 5 p.m.

Friday: Dr. John is reason enough to motor up to the Bluesfest in the Majestic Theater in North Tonawanda's Wurlitzer Park, but there's more: the venerable Bobby Blue Bland and none other than Magic Dick and J. Geils. Music starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday: The first Buffalo Riverfest celebrates the city's industrial heritage along the Buffalo River from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a river regatta, a parade of antique boats, tours aboard the Miss Buffalo and walking tours of the historic grain-milling district.

The annual Ride for Roswell brings thousands of bicyclists to Baird Point on the University at Buffalo North Campus to embark on five rides of varying length, depending on expertise. Proceeds benefit cancer treatment and research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For information, call 845-8788.

State parks throughout the region open their beaches and pools on a daily basis starting today and continuing through Labor Day.

The first 4,000 fans through the gates at Dunn Tire Park will receive a free bottle of spring water in tonight's Buffalo Bisons promotion. On the field, the team takes on the Louisville Redbirds. First pitch flies at 7:05 p.m.

Next Sunday: The annual Artvoice Street Festival closes West Chippewa Street from noon to 9 p.m. for a free concert featuring Blue Rodeo, 54-40, Treble Charger, Oleander, Econoline Crush and a host of top local bands ranging from the Enemies to Mexican Cession.

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