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Diverse lineup highlights Canalside Live concert series

Hip-hop, modern blues, jam bands, indie rock, ska-punk and whatever it is that Vanilla Ice does are all represented in the just announced Canalside Live 2018 concert season.

The 10-concert series opens June 7 at Canalside with the hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman with eight shows on the traditional Thursday night slot one each on a Friday and Saturday. Tickets will remain $5 for each show.

Here's the full lineup with openers to be announced:

June 7: Method Man & Redman

June 14: Fitz & the Tantrums

June 28: Umphrey's McGee

July 7 (Saturday): Vanilla Ice

July 12: Arrested Development

July 19: Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Beth Hart

July 26: Father John Misty

Aug. 2: Dark Star Orchestra

Aug. 9: Headstones and The Glorious Sons

Aug. 17 (Friday): Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Lowest of the Low

A feather in the season's cap is surely the July 26 booking of indie-rock renegade Father John Misty, an artist who is making some of the most thoughtful popular music in recent memory.

Father John Misty puts on unforgettable show

Similarly, the inclusion of Beth Hart on the Kenny Wayne Shepherd bill will afford us an opportunity to hear one of the most soulful voices in modern R&B and blues.

Beth Hart shares a bill with Kenny Wayne Shepherd on July 19 at Canalside. ( Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

And in a summer concert climate that is decidedly light on hip-hop, it's to the Canalside season's credit that artists who must be considered royalty of the genre – Method Man & Redman and Arrested Development – will appear on our waterfront.

Redman, left, and Method Man will kick off the 2018 season of Canalside Live with authentic old-school hip-hop on June 7. (Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Though formerly free summer shows have been embracing ticketed admission at various price-points for several years, Canalside Live is sticking to a low-dough philosophy, with general admission to all 10 of the season's show staying at $5. VIP tickets are $35 and include access to prime viewing, a VIP tent and various amenities.

Gates open at 5 p.m.; the music starts at 6 p.m. Advance tickets will be available at Canalside's ticket kiosk on the boardwalk, and all 17 Western New York Consumer's Beverages locations, beginning at 3:30 p.m. May 10.

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- Review of Eric Paslay's 2017 show at Canalside
- Smiles and the band at the Bosstones' 2015 Canalside show

- 100 Things: Catch a Canalside summer concert
- Miers' takes on a diverse 2016 lineup


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