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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'…

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The Electric Lights Parade, a holiday tradition in the Town of Niagara for the past 14 years, will not take place this year, Supervisor Lee S. Wallace confirmed Saturday. Instead, the parade traditionally held along Military Road in early November will return in 2020 in conjunction with “Noel at Niagara” at Veterans Memorial Community Park in Niagara Falls, said the sup…

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Oteil Burbridge has a serious resume. In fact, it's about as serious it gets in the world of improvisation-heavy music. A founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit under the direction of the late, great Col. Bruce Hampton, Burbridge spent six years as the band’s bassist, before the Allman Brothers Band came knocking. He became a major factor in that band’s later-caree…

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Nothing is exact anymore. The Buffalo-area's Oktoberfests begin in the middle of September and Buffalo Beer Week is actually 10 days long. It reminds us of the time when Positively Main Street was on Elmwood Avenue. As amusingly misleading as these titles may be, a bounty of quality events lies ahead for the weekend of Sept. 13-15. The Meatball Street Brawl, one of the …

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After an intense final round of concert performances, the judges in The Buffalo News’ Battle for the Borderland have determined a winner. This was no mean feat, as all three bands that progressed to the finals – Two Hills Reloaded (Sportsmen’s Tavern), the Greg Klyma Band (42 North Brewery) and Uncle Ben’s Remedy (Buffalo Iron Works) – put on killer shows at their respe…

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Here's a whirlwind tour through the big events for this post-Labor Day weekend: Music Is Art at River Fest Park and RiverWorks, the South Buffalo Irish Festival in Cazenovia Park and the Niagara County Peach Festival in Lewiston. These are fantastic annual festivals, but there's a first-timer on the docket that's a few strides from the norm. Given Buffalo's proven fasci…

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Photography by Lawrence M. Ross and the photo group View Finders will be on exhibit in September and October at the galleries of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Ross's "Images from Near and Far (Encore)" opens with a free reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Levy and Daniel Families Gallery in the Holland Family Building (787 Delaware Ave.). R…

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The 17th annual Music Is Art Festival takes over the grounds of Buffalo RiverWorks and the adjacent River Fest Park beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. More than 150 bands, 140 DJs, 50 exhibiting artists and live artists, and assorted dancers and dance troupes spread across 21 stages and various performances spaces will represent what founder and Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby …

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The first week of school is quiet in only one way: Buffalo's event slate. After all, the change of routine for many and suddenly slammed schedule leaves Netflix and a calming beverage (like tea!) as the most desired evening options. But for those with boundless energy, we've got a surprising collection of things to do for Tuesday through Thursday, with a teaser for a ra…

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The bounds of the National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival extend well beyond the name – Drew Cerza's event is an international phenomenon. Competitors for the eating challenges hail from all over the world, while wing wielders represent not just Surprise, Ariz., and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but London, England, and Mexico, too. Big-time Buffalo names such as Gabriel's Ga…