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Jeff Miers

The News' music critic since 2002, Jeff Miers also compiles the "90 Minutes" series where he highlights things to do in various Western New York neighborhoods. Miers co-hosts the monthly Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at the Sportsmen's Tavern.


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As the local concert scene continues to grow and morph, it’s become increasingly easy to forget about our old friend, the dearly departed Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The Aud, which closed its doors in 1996 and was demolished in 2009, was a preeminent concert facility during the golden age of the fully produced, hyper-amplified rock concert. Jeff Miers remembers the old…

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As the local concert scene continues to grow and morph, it’s become increasingly easy to forget about our old friend, the dearly departed Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The Aud, which closed its doors in 1996 and was demolished in 2009, was a preeminent concert facility during the golden age of the fully produced, hyper-amplified rock concert. Jeff Miers remembers the old…

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On April 1, 1957, the Aud welcomed a 22-year-old former truck driver from Memphis named Elvis Presley for a 30-minute concert that produced one of the most iconic photographs in the history of rock 'n' roll. But it was during the golden age of the fully produced, hyper-amplified rock concert – which commenced with the Rolling Stones' 1968 tour, and carried on until the end…

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As the local concert scene continues to grow and morph, it’s become increasingly easy to forget about our old friend, the dearly departed Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. Jeff Miers remembers the old Memorial Auditorium in a series of posts proving the Aud wasn't just a hockey arena – it was an electric church. Here are even more of the top concerts the Aud hosted. • • • …

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The first time I laid eyes on Buffalo, it was dark, I was nervous because my friend was driving fast and a touch recklessly, and I was wondering what those miniature Statues of Liberty with their little green beacons atop that rather ornate downtown building were all about. It was Nov. 14, 1987, and before I left SUNY Fredonia for my first semester break, I had a date w…

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What a long, strange, pyro-heavy trip it's been. Kiss rolled into town with its greasepaint and electrified boogie in tow Wednesday for a KeyBank Center stop on its “End of the Road” tour, a lengthy sojourn that the band insists will be its last. And for so many rock fans spanning several generations, saying farewell to the glam/power-pop/hard rock quartet bears signifi…

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A billboard on the I-190 south heading out of downtown Buffalo appears to suggest that the Rolling Stones might be planning a Buffalo stop in the not too distant future. Sporting the classic Stones tongue-and-lips logo, and alternately emblazoned with the hints "Let's Spend the Night Together," "Emotional Rescue" and "Get What You Need," matched similar billboards in Ch…

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It was always going to work better as symbolism than as music. The pairing of international pop stars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez for the Super Bowl LIV halftime show at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami can be seen as a badly needed celebration of the diversity that is at the core of this country’s greatest collective accomplishments. The two Latina superstars – J-Lo grew up i…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's just announced 2020-21 season is stuffed to the brim with classics, new works, pops programs and returning favorites. On the surface, the lineup appears to be doing what any competitive orchestra in a market like ours should be doing – offering a little bit of something for everyone and walking the tightrope between the wholly artist…

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Deborah Dugan was hired as the first female CEO of the Recording Academy last August after the retirement of former CEO Neil Portnow. Six months later, she’s out of a job and appearing on talk shows explaining her recent legal complaint alleging that the Academy is a “boy’s club” given to corrupt voting practices, and that Portnow was offered a $750,000 consulting contr…

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The whole nation got a taste of Buffalo on Thursday night. This has nothing to do with chicken wings, beef on weck, or any of the other clichés routinely trotted out whenever our town gets mentioned by the mainstream media. (Can you blame them? Half the time, we do it to ourselves.) No, this was no Travel Channel-concocted view of our supposedly burgeoning downtown, but…

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Walter Kemp III, musician and music director at the Historic Colored Musicians Club has never been one to mince words. And he wasn’t about to start during a press conference announcing that CMC and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center were awarded the Cullen Foundation Collaborative Opportunities grant. “This allows Buffalo to cross over the Main Street divide," Kemp said …

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It’s 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening. It’s raining. Two hours ago, I was sitting inside Hi-Fi Hits Record Store in Buffalo, wrapping up an interview with the concert promoter and endlessly amiable raconteur Eddie Tice, regarding the dearly departed Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, where so many of the greatest artists in music history performed and changed lives in the process.…

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As we enter 2020, a group of concerned parents with students in the Buffalo Public Schools system is suing the district, believing the state mandate to provide music and arts courses to children is being violated. This story frames the decade’s end better than any other, for “violation” seems to be the watchword of our era. It seems troublingly fitting that a city br…

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A recent CityLab story suggested we here in Western New York might become a “climate refugee-friendly destination,” delivering a line that somehow encapsulates the Buffalo experience: “With climate change, the world is going to suck, but Buffalo may suck less.” The business of “sucking less” over the last year involved an expanding arts and culture scene that provided a we…