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Nancy J. Parisi


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Jubilant ladies were spotted posing in front of the beaming, larger-than-life likeness of country superstar Carrie Underwood emblazoned on the side of a semi a few blocks from KeyBank Center as thousands made their way to the country star's concert on Sunday night. The "Cry Pretty Tour 360" features Underwood and her band, and two female-fronted empowering opening acts: tr…

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It was the night of the drummer: rollicking rock and rolling, spitting-on-the-stage before a solo, testosterone-fueled drumming that was the magnificent surprise of the Chainsmokers' EDM show at KeyBank Center on Saturday night, a stop on their "World War Joy" tour. Among the night's circuslike surprises were flaming drumsticks during the four hours of premium dance and po…

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"Festivals here, festivals there – all you need are four great bands," said Mike Ness, lead singer-songwriter and supreme guitarist for punk rock stalwarts Social Distortion. No one disagreed with that sentiment, uttered during the band's jam-packed Tuesday night Canalside Live concert. The show is the second-last of Canalside's outdoor season, which finishes on Aug. 30…

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More urban than Nashville is how the pre-concert playlist flowed on Monday night in Gusto Grandstand at the Erie County Fair. This was a sign that the show about to be underway was not a usual country music concert. The sold-out crowd with track-side and way-up-in-the-grandstand seats was there to see rising country-western star Kane Brown, and they were singing enthusi…

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The legendary Bryan Adams and Billy Idol, both masters of the heartfelt lyric and manly rock poses throughout their long careers, played Darien Lake Amphitheater Friday, a rainy night that left ardent fans watching from the lawn a little soggy. Despite being diplomatically billed as co-headliners, the main event was Adams' "Shine a Light Tour" in honor of the Canadian a…

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Sarah McLachlan, the Canada-born singer-songwriter and pop music foundress (she birthed women-focused, traveling Lilith Fair of yore), played Artpark Mainstage on Wednesday night. The sold-out show featured "My amazing big band," as she called them, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She is calling this her "Summer Symphony Tour," as she performs with various U.S. and Can…

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Rap superstar and mogul Wiz Khalifa brought his thunderous 29-city "Decent Exposure Tour" to Darien Lake Amphitheater on a hazy summer Sunday night, drawing a reported 18,000 revelers. The night was indeed hazy with humidity, a fog machine heavily put to use most of the show, and an oft-puffing crowd: each rapper encouraged indulging and several 7-foot inflatable joints to…

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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…