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This Week in Buffalo: Two KeyBank Center concerts lead the charge

Michael Buble and Travis Scott might share just two things in common: they'll both be in Buffalo this week, and their careers are both on the ascent.

While Buble is on the comeback trail after a scare in his personal life, Scott is riding high as one of hip-hop's biggest names following a high-profile performance at the Super Bowl.

This pair of mainstream musical superstars will hit KeyBank Center on back-to-back days; we're curious how many people in Buffalo will attend both of these shows.

Other highlights for the week include a new touring production at Shea's, a quality tribute to David Bowie and some metal in Niagara Falls.

Michael Buble, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in KeyBank Center. Tickets start at $69.50 here.

Traditional pop singer-songwriter Michael Buble - praised for his charm, both on stage and in his lyrics - continues his comeback after taking almost two years off in late 2016 to be with his son, Noah, who battled against a rare liver cancer.

Buble is in strong form now, however, starring at his sold-out Madison Square Garden show before mesmerizing a crowd in Pittsburgh (while making NFL quips amid playful banter with the crowd). Also, Buble's presence in the bubly sparkling water commercial? Funny or not?


Travis Scott, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in KeyBank Center. Tickets start at $39.95 here.

Houston-born Travis Scott was last in the national spotlight for his performance at Super Bowl LIII, where he joined Big Boi and Maroon 5 on the bill. "Astroworld," Scott's third release, earned a Grammy nomination and finished seventh in Billboard's Top 50 albums of 2018.

Here's how Billboard describes the disc: "The result is a lush, psychedelic dreamscape that haunts, surprises and delights, much like a carnival itself." Elements of trap and other forms of EDM are infused in Scott's work, which gives it a slightly different character than many of his peers. Stay tuned to for Jeff Miers' insights on Scott.

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"Miss Saigon," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 through March 3 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). Tickets begin at $32.

"Miss Saigon," the Broadway musical by the creators of "Les Miserables," is loosely based off the storyline of "Madame Butterfly," the 1904 Italian opera. Set during the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the visiting play delivers a compelling love story of separation and reunion (sorry if I ruined it for you), starring 17-year-old Vietnamese character Kim.

Some will find it relatable, likely all will find it stirring. As far as Broadway shows go, the production is an affordable and family-friendly outing.


A Bowie Celebration, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Admission ranges from $39 to $179.

The David Bowie Alumni Tour drops by Buffalo with Mike Garson, a longtime bandmate of Bowie's, leading the fray. Garson was the guitarist in the late Englishman's band, in both Bowie's first and last shows on American soil, and he'll be well acquainted with the artist's major hits and some of lesser-known works.

Bowie fans will cherish the memories of one of the more influential musicians in the world over the last 50 years. News contributor Mac McGuire wrote the concert announcement and passed along more detail.

[Related: Smiles at the BPO's David Bowie Tribute at Canalside, 2016]


Coheed and Cambria, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $32.50 to $112.50 in advance, $37 day of show.

Radio station 103.3 The Edge presents Coheed and Cambria, the Nyack-born band that fuses progressive rock with metal and hardcore touches. The Claudio Sanchez-led group released "Vaxis: Act 1 - The Unheavenly Creatures," in October as a continuation to the "The Amory Wars" series, based on the lead singer's science fiction comics. Sanchez's epic head of hair is an additional perk to the show.


August Burns Red, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Admission is $22 in advance or $25 at the door; ages 16 and up.

Lancaster, Pa. band August Burns Red is a metalcore fixture that's endured despite a tough genre, often weaving in positive messages and melodic elements without deserting the style's intensity and bent toward anger. Ohio State University's The Lantern reviewed a Feb. 20 show by August Burns Red, calling the band's music "incredibly fluid, even seeming elegant."

An added note of intrigue: The Lantern mentioned that August Burns Red's three guitarists remained on stage during the encore to play a medley of songs from "The Legend of Zelda."

[Photos: Smiles at August Burns Red's visit in 2017 | Band shots from that show]


Polish Happy Hour Fat Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in Skoob's Village Grille (50 Central Ave., Lancaster). Free to attend.

The final Thursday before Lent is a prime chance for Polish food-and-drink revelry before the seemingly-never-ending period of austerity begins. Fat Thursday is the traditional day in Poland in which paczki and other desserts are sold and enjoyed.

Skoob's in Lancaster will debut as a Polish Happy Hour destination, and the usual free Polish fare complements a wide range of beer and liquors. Music will be handled by John Gora and DJ Red, with two traditional dance performances scheduled, too. Polish Happy Hour will host a Fat Tuesday event, too, for which you can find details here.

[Related: Starters at Skoob's Village Grille


Peter Case, 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

A progenitor of the Americana movement, Buffalo native Peter Case will play the city's hub of that genre - the Sportsmen's Tavern - on Thursday. His most recent solo work, "HWY 62," was released in 2015, but the elite songwriter has 25 years of material to fall back on, including his work with the Nerves, the Plimsouls and the Breakaways. Read Jeff Miers' thoughts about Case, from 2015.


5 events to look forward to this weekend

Olcott Polar Bear Swim for Sight
Bloody Mary Fest in RiverWorks
Shamrock Run at Old First Ward Community Center
Cure vs. Smiths Dance Party in Iron Works
Lepre-Con Bar Crawl on Chippewa


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