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Blue Rodeo has always had a thing for the Buffalo area. Ever since the group first emerged from its native Toronto, back in 1987, it has been heading south to play for appreciative audiences in our neck of the woods.

Outside of its rabid fan base in Toronto -- built, starting in 1988, after the release of the band's second album, "Diamond Mine," at the hipster hangout the Horseshoe, on Queen Street West -- Buffalo was one of the first cities to bow to Blue Rodeo's smart, savvy and eminently tuneful blend of country, rock and pop.

The group now works its touring schedule around the side projects of its members, including co-leader Jim Cuddy, who recently passed through town with his own band. But fans know that the Buffalo shows are meaningful ones for the band and still flock to catch their gigs in a variety of venues.

This time through, Blue Rodeo visits Lewiston for a 6:30 p.m. show Tuesday as part of Artpark's Tuesday in the Park series. Admission is free.

-- Jeff Miers

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