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Nancy J. Parisi


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Sinewy and savvy showman Steven Tyler opened his Artpark show on Tuesday night with one Aerosmith's most recognizable hits. "Sweet Emotion," a sexy '70s classic rock anthem, began the night with his new group, The Loving Mary Band. This was the first of the dozen concerts in Artpark's Tuesdays at the Park series. Tyler and fellow musicians paid homage to rock inspirations…

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"This band has never rehearsed," says Dwane Hall, member of Twang Gang and owner of Black Rock Americana barn/palace Sportsmen's Tavern. The band has held down the Tuesday night slot for eight years in this busy club that produces nearly 500 gigs per year. This week the band and guests played to a full, adoring room: Hall, as is his style, spots various people in the room,…

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Rabble-rouser extraordinaire Billie Joe Armstrong, eyes rimmed with heavy black, silent film star liner, encourages anything but silence. He with bandmates – Green Day – played over two hours of raucous rock 'n' roll at a nearly sold-out Saturday night show at Darien Lake amphitheater. Green Day's pyrotechnics (explosions of white-hot sparks as well as shooting orange f…

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In appropriately named Sunbright, Tenn., the Beatles' "I'll Follow the Sun" blared from the car speakers, instantly becoming the Eclipse Day theme song. En route to Frozen Head State Park in Wartburg, a site that promised 100 percent totality during the eclipse, the question arose: Are eclipse enthusiasts following the sun or chasing the moon? The band of moon shado…

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Summer’s final Canalside Live concert happened on Thursday night with a double bill of Toronto talent: headlining USS and opening band Nikki’s Wives. Relentlessness was the night’s overarching theme as nonstop pelting raindrops – and driving dance beats, hit the crowd. Moments before USS took the stage, their modest black band banner was hoisted, inspiring chants of …

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A night of mighty power-pop born in the 1970s, songs that launched millions of proms, weddings and general shenanigans, happened Friday night at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. The line-up of classic rock-and-roll – and seasoned bravado – featured Foreigner as headliners, Cheap Trick in the middle slot, and Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience as openers. Despite…

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Erics – and their BuffaLove – ruled the night. Two bands featuring singer-songwriters (and bandleaders) named Eric performed at a soggy – yet sunny – Canalside Live on Thursday night. After a second consecutive Thursday of torrential rain, and funnel clouds whipping through the Southtowns during the afternoon, the sun came out to shine upon this pre-weekend party. Er…

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Torrential downpours stop Vans Warped Tour? Not a chance in rock 'n' roll. The producers of this annual traveling festival pivoted the footprint of the show taking place at Darien Lake on Thursday morning, avoiding grass and mud pits (except some sodden parking areas on grass). Six of the eight stages, band and organization tents, as well as concert concessions, were…

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A trio of bands born in the '90s – and going strong – hit the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center stage on Wednesday night. Headlining Nickelback, Daughtry in the middle slot, and opener Shaman's Harvest played an explosive show to a mostly sold-out crowd. That crowd, visibly pumped for the show and sporting Nickelback and Daughtry concert tees from various tours, came t…

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DARIEN CENTER – Zac Brown Band plucks songs from multiple sources for its concert playlists: its own extensive opus, Country-Western forebears, and rock and roll (classic as well as contemporary). Its lively Sunday night show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – two sets with a snappy, five-minute intermission – kept all fans on their toes as it swung from country to bl…

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Buffalo weather reports foretold a rainy Father's Day and, sadly for thousands of fans of Kiss the Summer Hello, the reports were correct. The annual concert, produced by pop radio station Kiss 98.5, is the sonic harbinger of the city's most temperate season, a showcase of the pop artists populating the station's playlist. The setting was soggy, but the show did play on…

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The perfect visual and aural mashup of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Stefan Sanders, and New Wave survivors The B-52s, happened on Wednesday night. The crowd, largely seasoned fans of the band (some with children in tow), filled nearly every seat of the venerable Kleinhans Music Hall. Black fabric draped the rear wall of the stage. Projections of…

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Is it a violation of journalistic ethics to enthusiastically – and with great purpose – kiss the cheek of the headlining R&B superstar that one has been sent to review? Well, it happened. Swept up in the culminating moment of a well-paced, 90-minute set of nonstop hits, having watched the headlining R&B superstar whip off his jacket, and then his shirt, and then…

A three-act rock opera – a night of big, blustery music teeming with lyrical poetry – happened at Darien Lake amphitheater on Saturday night. It was the best that rock offers: majestic guitar flourishes, unabashed joy on and off the stage, and mega-smashes that have nestled into airplay/personal soundtracks.Goo Goo Dolls, headliners, of course, chose to create a rollicking…

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Thursday night’s second-last Canalside concert was, without question, Buffalo’s most vast and lusty summer dance party.The line-up, ranging from mega-hit hip-hop, to keys-propelled jazz, featured headlining T-Pain with two local openers – The Buffalo Spell and Radarada.Some said at the concert that 25,000 were in attendance. Before T-Pain’s time on stage that estimated num…