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Matt Chandler - Buffalo, New York

Matt Chandler has been a freelance contributor to The Buffalo News since 2014. His covers arts and entertainment for Gusto.


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Country superstar Dierks Bentley rolled into the Darien Lake Amphitheatre Saturday night for the latest stop on his “Mountain High” tour and delivered an evening of feel-good, rockin’ country music to a packed house . Bentley took the stage just after 9:20 p.m., under a starry sky with a cool breeze easing through the amphitheater. Dressed in black jeans and a plaid shi…

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Thousands of faithful descended on Darien Lake July 30 for the first full day of Kingdom Bound, the annual Christian music and arts festival. The day was filled with music and worship led by local and national speakers and performers. Taking center stage at the Performing Arts Center was former “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey. Remembered as much for his tragic back…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

When Margaret Kolodziejczyk adopted Conrad — a Labrador German Shepherd mix — eight years ago, she never suspected he’d inspire her to start her own business. “He had a lot of digestive issues,” Kolodziejczyk said. “Nothing seemed to make a difference until I started experimenting with homemade diets.” Kolodziejczyk said she has always been careful about her own heal…

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Luke Smallbone is on the road with his brother, Joel. The two Australian-born musicians, collectively known as for King and Country, are somewhere in the Midwest, in the middle of a packed summer of tour dates. The band will be releasing the new album "Burn the Ships" in October and its first single, "Joy," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian chart, making it the ba…

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For four days each summer, the Darien Lake Amphitheater is transformed into a place of worship, fellowship and praise for Kingdom Bound, the Christian music and arts festival that has become a staple of summer in Western New York. Festival organizers estimate more than 35,000 people will attend this year's festivities, which runs July 29 and through Aug. 1, featuring mo…

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Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid, best-known for his portrayal of rock n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis in the 1989 biopic, “Great Balls of Fire,” was in Niagara Falls Saturday night, but there were no movie cameras in sight. Quaid, who for 18 years has fronted a rock band, Dennis Quaid and the Sharks, was in town for a show at the Bear’s Den inside the Seneca Niagara Casino.…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Pets and privacy. For most homeowners, a fence serves the dual purpose of keeping Fido safe in the yard and carving out space away from the outside world. Practical, yes, but functional doesn’t have to mean bland. Charlie Reid of Picket Fence and Exteriors in East Amherst said most of his customers look to find a balance between affordability and curb appeal. Beyond mat…

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If you didn’t know it was Taste of Country night in Buffalo on Friday, you only had to get within a six-block radius of Coca-Cola Field before the sea of cowboy hats, oversized belt buckles and serious parking lot pre-gaming clued you in. The Taste of Country, an annual institution in the Queen City, returned with a 2018 lineup mixed with chart-toppers, rising stars and…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

In a country with a population of roughly 326 million people, the United States is home to an estimated 90 million dogs. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder more bars and restaurants are opening their patios and welcoming in customers of the two and four-legged variety. The good news for both residents and visitors to Buffalo: The Queen City is teeming with spots to …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

On a chilly Monday night in Depew, a dozen eager students, white aprons tied tight around their waists, hang on every word of Chef So Kimura as he explains the intricacies of a half dozen Asian dishes they are about to prepare. Kimura is a chef at Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant in Buffalo, but on this night, he is a chef instructor at Auburn Watson Culinary Arts Cent…

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Seated in the 17th floor conference room of the law offices of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman overlooking downtown Buffalo, attorney Amy Habib Rittling is preparing to do something she’s very uncomfortable with — talk about herself. Habib Rittling, a Buffalo native and graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law School, is far more comfortable extolling the virtues of others. Whether …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

With the impending sale of the Buffalo Bills in 2014, most fans were united in anxiety over a single question — would the team be sold to an owner who would relocate the beloved franchise? It was a question that hung in the air for several years preceding the death of Ralph C. Wilson Jr., founding owner of the hometown team, and it intensified upon his passing in March 201…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Laura Klein winces when asked what her monthly budget for groceries is, admitting she doesn’t really have one. Though she tries, life has a way of making that difficult for her and her husband, Tom, who both work full-time. Raising two teenagers, with their son Jeffrey playing on two travel hockey teams and a travel baseball squad, means much of their life is spent on the …

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It’s football Sunday at Edie’s Pizza and Subs in the Village of Hamburg and Bills fans are keeping the phone ringing and the seats full. A half-dozen employees are hard at work in the back, tossing wings, building pizzas and putting together salads for what, on this day, is a robust take-out business. Edie’s has been a mainstay in Hamburg for nearly two decades, though …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Imagine climbing the steps to the church, your heart heavy with sorrow as you prepare to attend the funeral of a loved one who has passed. As you open the door and enter, a friendly face asks, “Would you like a venti cappuccino?” Likewise, imagine departing the church after attending a service for a friend who was an avid lifelong motorcyclist. As you pull into line for…