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Canalside announces 2016 Thursday concert series lineup

Thursday concerts will return to Canalside starting June 9 with the funk-soul of Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires and ending with the space-rock of Claypool Lennon Delirium.

Between, concertgoers will be treated to everything from hip-hop to Americana and a tribute to David Bowie by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Canalside Concerts remain free, but VIP tickets will be available for $55 via Visit for more information. Here's a rundown of what to expect.

June 9: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

It’s time for the Canalside crowd to learn what audiences from the Coachella Festival to Harlem’s Apollo Theatre have known for a few years – that Bradley is one of the funkiest and most soulful singers out there. Fans of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Otis Redding, this one’s for you.

[See how local Twitter reacted to the concert announcements]

June 16: Frank Turner with July Talk

British folk-punk singer-songwriter (and former Million Dead member) Turner is the genuine article – a passionate and fiery performer who puts the lie to the idea that folk music should be polite and mellow.

Fans of Billy Bragg and Ani DiFranco, take note. Buffalo fans already are familiar with the irresistible July Talk, but in case you missed one of the band’s previous area shows, this quote from its BandCamp page will give you an idea of what the band is about: “Imagine Tom Waits and Amy Millan shouting whiskey-soaked lullabies while backed by Crazy Horse.” Yes.

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: Rappers Chuck D (L) and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy perform onstage at Samsung Galaxy Life Fest at SXSW 2016 on March 12, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung)

Rappers Chuck D, left, and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy. (Getty Images)

June 23: Public Enemy

The godfathers of hip-hop and still an absolute powerhouse on the concert stage.

June 30: Frankie Ballard

Country, blues and southern soul up-and-comer Ballard is one of the more inspired performers on the modern country scene and will appeal to folks fond of the likes of Chris Stapleton and Eric Church.

[Read about how Ballard stood out at last year's Taste of Country]

July 7: Dweezil Zappa plays Frank Zappa

Fans might notice the slight name change, from Zappa Plays Zappa to Dweezil Zappa plays Frank Zappa. Blame it on the lawyers. The song remains the same.

No one is more suited to play this brave, ambitious music than Frank Zappa’s eminently talented bandleader son. (Dweezil has an excellent new solo album out, by the way. Check out “Via Zammata.”)

July 14: Shakey Graves and Preservation Hall Jazz Big Band and Wild Child

Austin’s king of lo-fi indie-Americana, Shakey Graves – born Alejandro Rose-Garcia – will be joined by the official house band for New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and fellow Austin indie-folk outfit Wild Child. A taste of the old, weird and wonderful American south.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: Musician Dan Auerbach of The Arcs performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

Musician Dan Auerbach and The Arcs will perform July 21 at Canalside. (Getty Images)

July 21: The Arcs and Mariachi Flor de Toloache

The Arcs is a side project for erstwhile Black Keys singer/songwriter/guitarist Dan Auerbach, but so inspired is the band’s blend of garage rock and Americana-noir that one could easily see this becoming a full-time gig.

Mariachi Flor de Toloache is an all-female Mariachi powerhouse that has been turning heads by bringing modern influences to bear on traditional Mexican music.

July 28: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's "A Tribute to David Bowie"

When the BPO presented its tribute to the late, irreplaceable David Bowie in early spring, Kleinhans Music Hall was stuffed to the rafters. If you missed it, here’s your chance for a make-good.

Aug. 4: Tritonal

One for the dancers. Progressive trance meets bubbly EDM.

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Serena Ryder will open for fellow Canadians Lowest of the Low on Aug. 11. (Getty Images)

Aug. 11: Lowest of the Low and Serena Ryder

The love affair with Buffalo audiences continues for the Lowest of the Low. Serena Ryder, winner of the 2014 Artist of the Year Juno,  – will give the headlining Low a run for their money: Imagine roots music queen Lucinda Williams with a three-octave vocal range.

[Read a recent interview with Lowest of the Low's Ron Hawkins]

Aug. 18: Coolio

It’s all about the ’90s. You know him for turning Stevie Wonder’s sorrowful lament “Pastime Paradise” into the much more attitude-driven “Gangsta’s Paradise,” and selling 17 million albums along the way.

Aug. 25: The Claypool Lennon Delirium

The world’s first space-rock super duo will touch down to bid adieu to the summer concert season of 2016. That’s Sean Lennon – son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono – and Les Claypool, he of Primus, Oysterhead and Frog Brigade fame.

If I was a betting man, I’d drop a Harriet Tubman or 10 on this being one of the best shows of the summer.

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