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Buffalo has a soft spot for jam bands, especially when they were reared in Western New York. moe., now 30 years after its formation at the University at Buffalo, doesn't schedule a homecoming too frequently, but this one is especially meaningful as Rob Derhak (vocals/bass) is now cancer-free. The jam band has a lot of laudable traits honed over those decades – happy mus…

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Since the beginning of summer, there hasn't been a more diverse weekend of attractive events. Chances are high that any or all of the words "Fichtner," "dinosaurs," "bikes" or "beer" will pique your attention. William Fichtner, the famous actor who grew up in Cheektowaga, will be in town Saturday and Sunday as "Cold Brook," a movie filmed partly in Western New York two …

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Coles on Elmwood is one of the bar-restaurants where most Buffalonians have a memory. After all, it's been there forever. Maybe you were a local college student, squished between dozens of peers on a Thursday night, trying in vain to maneuver your way to the bar, trying all sorts of tactics to get the bartender's attention. Maybe you're a classy adult, rolling in for…

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Still have an appetite for more Halloween after the weekend's robust parties at the Statler, Thin Man Chandler and in RiverWorks? Good, because the calendar doesn't slow down as we speed toward Thursday – Halloween itself. Many Halloween parties present the same entertainment – prizes for best costume, themed drinks and food, and dancing to spooky music – so the setting…

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Buffalo's Biggest Halloween Bash set the mood for spooky season, serving as a fantastic source for costume ideas and reminding how creepy/bizarre this tradition can be. We're only getting started. The schedule hits full bore this weekend, with a bevy of annual Halloween events - from ultra creepy to ultra heavy to ultra '90s - lined up for Buffalo-area haunts (get it?).…

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While Buffalo has a reputation as a drinking culture, it doesn't turn up its nose at family-friendly events. Seasonal destinations - the Great Pumpkin Farm, Kelkenberg Farm, Pumpkinville, Mayer Bros. and Becker Farms, among others - are easier to fit into schedules, but well-organized specific events have the same, if not more allure. Entertaining kids is easy work t…

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Carrie Underwood isn't a total stranger to Buffalo. She played the former First Niagara Center twice, in 2013 and 2016, and even played the Erie County Fair back in 2006, the year after she won "American Idol." Reviewer Ben Siegel was on to something 13 years ago, when he wrote: "Still, this young performer shows glimmers of a bright future. Maybe it's a sign of the tim…

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Is there any way to tie together a crucially important food-focused fundraiser, a concert by one of the world's hottest hip-hop artists and a hard-cider tasting celebrating the region's best? Not really, other than in this Buffalo event rundown below. Daniel Tracy's Iron Event IX leads the weekend charge for two reasons: first and foremost, the desperate need for an eff…

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Live Nation recently purchased a large portion of the music festival portfolio held by Townsquare Media – the marketing, media and entertainment company that owns 321 radio stations in 67 markets across the country, among them Buffalo's WYRK-FM country music station. Initial reporting on the purchase by InsideRadio.com – based on a transcript of an August earnings call …

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Fall in Buffalo will start off with a bang. Sure, autumnal activities were the theme of this week's Gusto cover story, but the wheels are already in motion. The festival schedule is absolutely packed this weekend; Oktoberfests and harvest fests are happening around virtually every corner, suburbs and cities alike. Will you find out what Black Rock and Riverside have …

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Think of it as an artists' Brigadoon: Once every year, an entire community of artistic expression appears in the rooms and hallways of a former high school in Medina (less than an hour north of Buffalo) for an experience known as "PLAY/GROUND." The creative explosion of immersive exhibits lasts only one weekend – this one. For the second time, more than two dozen artist…

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The Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn dance company, will present one public performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts drama theater on the UB North Campus. "Walking with 'Trane" is inspired by the late great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Local pianist, educator and composer George Caldwell is co-composer of the work and will acco…

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Borderland has set its standards high, even though the East Aurora-based music and arts festival enters just its second year. The idyllic setting of Knox Farm was a powerful memory from 2018, while The News' Jeff Miers was complimentary of the roots and Americana-focused lineup that created a "chilled out, mini-Woodstock feel." How could Borderland possibly top that deb…

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Smell that? It's apples, cinnamon and everything pumpkin. Autumn is in the air and that means local activities are moving into corn fields and pumpkin patches. We’ve found a multitude of fall festivals and events throughout the area. Many are packed with activities for the kids like pumpkin decorating, hay rides and petting zoos. Take a look and make your plans - there'…