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Nancy J. Parisi


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Picnicking is joyfully simple and spontaneous: a casual repast of finger foods in the great outdoors. Whether it takes shape on an old blanket with simple provisions or an elaborate menu packed into a fancy basket, it all works. The art of the picnic is knowing what to bring, how to transport it and where to go—and making the time to do so. Western New York has a wealth…

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Guess who finally made his way to the anxious, pining and adoring Queen City? After two tour date postponements that were to have Justin Timberlake and backup band the Tennessee Kids rolling through Buffalo late last year promoting his release "Man of the Woods," the entourage at long last played a nearly sold-out KeyBank Center on Saturday night. Timberlake reported…

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Commanding of stage, voice, and intersong banter that includes a smattering of adult humor, Michael Bublé played a packed KeyBank Center Wednesday night, part of a tour supporting his 2018 release, "love," his 10th. After a publicized starting time of 8 p.m. sharp (and no opener), the show got rolling after a half-hour delay, ostensibly due to the persistent regional snowf…

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Final rock tours – and that decisiveness – are received by fans with a dose of disbelief. So many musicians have stated that intent and then hit adoration highway again. But Bob Seger, out on tour with The Silver Bullet Band, is on an ultimate tour. And he seems to mean it. Seger came onstage beaming and, as in past shows, he dances and moves about when not seated at pi…

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Santa made some pre-concert announcements: the show would begin soon, it is naughty to use devices during the show, and after the concert one and all could meet the performers in the lobby. And then, singer/pianist Jim Brickman, and his "A Joyful Christmas" revue, played to what appeared to be a sold-out Riviera Theatre on Saturday night. As spotlights moved over the au…

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Should there be any opening slots in the rollicking road show that is Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a notice could read: musicians must have long hair, be able to play in the prog-rock style while smiling and in a low runner's lunge, plus move from stage to gigantic scissor lift at back-of-house quickly. Singers must also have flowing tresses and be buff. Applicants must be ab…

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Magical picking, resonant vocals and deep gratitude were at the core of the sold-out Lindsey Buckingham concert Tuesday night at Riviera Theatre. As the season's first real snow accumulated along Webster Street, fans (apparently ardent and vocal super-fans all) were treated to the passion and heat of the masterful guitar artist – and band – at work. Buckingham's intense…

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Semi-stormy Labor Day festivities included an all-night emo-metal celebration at Darien Lake Amphitheatre with a lineup of four bands at the top of the genre. Headlining Breaking Benjamin followed sets by Five Finger Death Punch, Nothing More, and Bad Wolves. A quick note for those unfamiliar with the music: despite bad-boy band names, wailing music, and thug-like appea…

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Sawyer Fredericks and band played Mohawk Place Saturday night, a tight set featuring a stream of stunning originals, and a well-chosen cover. As a folk-blues prodigy with a little rock in his bones, Fredericks (age 19) gained accolades and fame after appearing – and winning – the eighth season of televised singing competition "The Voice" in 2015. And what an exquisite v…

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Sizzling – both sweltering and appealing – is how the summer's final Artpark Tuesdays in the Park concert went down. The show featured a jubilant 1980s trifecta of Boy George and Culture Club, The B-52's, and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, playing to a sold-out crowd. It was a show of another era, but not nostalgic. There was real singing and real instrument playing. And…

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Named for the '60s surfing documentary, The Endless Summer Tour, with co-headlining rappers G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert, came to Darien Lake Amphitheatre on Friday night. The vibe was late-summer (a chill in the air) so the sporadic spraying of the audience with Super Soakers and beverages was pointless, aggressive and a bit off-season. With six different acts hitting th…

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Shockwaves of industrial metal core, created by a triple bill of bands, filled Darien Lake Amphitheatre on Sunday night. Billed as "Twins of Evil 2018 - The Second Coming," co-headliners Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, along with Montreal-based opener Deadly Apples, played to a near-capacity crowd. Rob Zombie, former frontman of White Zombie, a metal band that ruled t…

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Thousands of music fans moseyed from stage to stage at the Warped Tour on Wednesday at Darien Lake. Dozens of bands played the punk-focused summer festival that has crisscrossed the U.S. since 1995. After this summer, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has announced that it is a wrap. His long and sad post on the tour site sounds regrettable that Warped Tour won't be hitting…

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Sensual vocals, soaring instrumental solos, and compositions of several genres filled Artpark Mainstage Theater on Thursday night. Vanessa Williams, singer/actor and an avowed Buffalover, appeared with her band of two decades (a repeated fun fact), and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. BPO resident conductor, and summer season leader, Stefan Sanders, conducted. Artpar…

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It was a strange night at Canalside Live on Thursday with the previously advertised headliner Arrested Development was jettisoned from the headlining slot, leading to confusion with concertgoers and the band. Once word spread that Arrested Development was going on early (the band took the stage at 7 p.m. sharp), concertgoers were notifying friends via text of the lineup c…