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MUSIC CHATTER

Homegrown music

The Homegrown Music Fest returns Saturday with a day of music out in Freedom Park, Town of Hartland. Co-headlining with Niagara Falls' hardcore act Stemm is Boston's Eastcide, a band recently called the "biggest unsigned metal act in the United States" by MTV. Joining them are Hollowpoint, Manhandle, Figure, Displaced, Detriment, Red 45 and Pittsburgh acts Dissevered and Negative Theory. Stemm guitarist Joe Cafarella said the band is pleased to have Eastcide join them on this bill. "We are very excited. We've played some shows with them and they are class-act guys with an incredible stage performance," Cafarella said. On another bright note for Stemm, the song "Slippin'" has jumped to No. 3 on the MP3.com rapcore charts, closing in on Papa Roach in the top spot. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the all-ages Homegrown Music Fest; overnight camping is available. Tickets are $10 and available through the bands, at the gate or through www.stemm.net.

An original jam

Music, free pizza, bubble hockey, foosball and air conditioning - it doesn't get much better than that. Those are the highlights of the Hybrid Jam, an original music showcase taking place tonight in the Purple Moose, 1800 Union Road, West Seneca. Music starts with the '60s flavored pop of Tameron at 9 p.m., followed by the melodic alt-rock of the Perfect Tragedy and the progressive alt-pop of Oracle Junction. Cost is $2 at the door. Organizer John Telaack said he created the Hybrid Jam to showcase original music and, at the same time, prove to bar and venue owners that original music can draw as well as cover bands.

Musical Reminders

Don't forget to check out the acoustic trio the Reminders at noon Monday as part of M&T Bank's Plaza Events Series. Also performing next week: Colleen Williams and the Bobby Jones Trio on Tuesday; the Phil Sims Orchestra on Thursday; and Joyryde and the Hit Man Horns on Friday. The free series runs from noon to 1 p.m. weekdays at One M&T Plaza.

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