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3 can't-miss shows: Resistance Dance Party, Black Canyon Lights, Jenny Lewis

Resistance Dance Party, 5 p.m. July 20, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), $5-$10.

Transmission Dance Party's family-friendly counterpart is returning to Sugar City's DIY headquarters for an (early) evening of decade-spanning dance jams.

For four installments and counting, DJs Jennifer and Bill Page's Resistance Dance Party has been providing a safe, all-ages space to bring dance-ready families. In fact, bringing the whole crew down is the best bang for your buck. Entry for a family only costs $10 for the chance to get down to jams by Blondie, Hot Hot Heat, Kero Kero Bonito and a whole lot more.

In keeping with tradition, all monies taken in at the door will be donated to a worthy local charity, which in the past has included Planned Parenthood and Haven House. For this volume,  the proceeds will benefit the community health center Jericho Road. The timely donations will help the center provide medical care for refugee and low-income community members of Buffalo.

Keep an eye on the dance party's event page for a tease of some of the songs the Pages will be spinning.

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Black Canyon Lights, 10 p.m. July 21, Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.), free.

Thin Man Brewery continues its strong summer of live music by welcoming Black Canyon Lights to its Elmwood Village headquarters.

First debuting as a classic country cover band at the tail end of 2016, the retro Americana act is now performing original work as well, heavily indebted to classic Los Angeles folk acts like Buffalo Springfield, Gram Parsons and his cosmic American music projects the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers in addition to modern bands including the influential alt-country group Son Volt and the space cowboys of Beachwood Sparks.

The unassuming Black Canyon Lights has quite the local pedigree going for it, too, as the band features members of the late great stoner rockers CHYLDE, as well as power-pop heavyweights Girlpope.

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Jenny Lewis, 7 p.m. July 25, Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.), $25.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis will be making her much-awaited return to town at Babeville's Asbury Hall.

Former front woman to the beloved Los Angeles indie outfit Rilo Kiley, she continues to tour in support of her third studio album, 2014's "The Voyager." While Lewis has yet to announce a proper follow up to the record, she recently teased new music by sharing a photo of herself in the recording studio, so don't be shocked to hear new songs when she hits the stage.

Lewis' Babeville engagement will be her first in the area since performing at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts in 2006 in support of the freshman solo record "Rabbit Fur Coat," her blue-eyed soul collaboration with the sisterly folk duo the Watson Twins.

Opening the show will be retro-pop act Cut Worms, the project of New York City artist Max Clarke. Heavily influenced by the work of the Everly Brothers, the musician shared his well-received debut release "Hollow Ground" in early May.

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