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Their music is melodic, charged with rhythmic ostinato and instilled with an alternative rock twist. Their style transformed the grunge genre from a distorted, angst-filled hurricane of sound to a more controlled hard rock. Seventeen years after the release of the hit song "Shine," Collective Soul's influence is still akin to a piercing ray of light.

The band, whose roots are in the small town of Stockbridge, Ga., performs Wednesday as part of the "Starry Night in the Garden" concert, held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The concert, which is sponsored by Star 102.5, also features Serena Ryder, Alex Band from the Calling and Melanie Fiona.

Collective Soul launched its successful career with the release of its first album, "Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid" in 1993. Since then it has become popular in the alternative rock, mainstream rock and pop music spheres. The band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in September 2009, went on tour alongside Aerosmith and acquired a spot on the Woodstock 1994 roster. Besides "Shine," the band is well-known for "December," "Heavy," "Run," "World I Know" and "Why, Pt. 2."

Tickets are $40 and include food and wine sampling, or $100 for VIP tickets (private catered food, wine, front stage access and meet-and-greet opportunities.

-- Allison Eck

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