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One sign Buffalo is in festive spirits is the quick ticket sales for Hotel Henry's Jazzy Christmas - featuring the Ladies First Jazz Big Band and the Buffalo Dolls - which has sold out in advance. After a busy weekend, the pace unexpectedly slows down this week, but there's still ample opportunity to go dashing through the snow to a Buffalo event. 1. John Morris Russ…

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Hozier's latest batch of tour dates will include a local stop at 8 p.m. March 10 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). The Irish soul-rocker returned earlier this fall with the EP "Nina Cried Power," the first collection of new music from the musician since dropping his hugely successful debut in 2014. The four-track release features a collaboration with gospel icon…

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Indie musician Lucy Dacus will return to Buffalo for a show at 7 p.m. March 12 in the 9th Ward @ Babeville. The confessional singer-songwriter is coming off a career year that not only saw her drop an acclaimed sophomore album in "Historian," but also release the debut EP from her much buzzed -about super group boygenius. Consisting of fellow rising songwriters Julie…

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Allentown is changing, they say. That was the buzz as I spent a late fall afternoon and evening indulging in food, drink and music, digging what I’ve long believed to be a deep Bohemian vibe in this funky first neighborhood north of the Buffalo downtown-proper border. “It’s not like it used to be, man,” a grizzled acquaintance drawled when I ran into him after indulg…

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Bill Kirchen’s Americana music credentials are impeccable. As a guitarist and seminal member of irreverent hard-core country/rock legends Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Kirchen developed a reputation as one of the finest musicians in the genre. He has that “twang” guitar sound and an ingratiating sense of humor that comes through in Kirchen’s between-song patte…

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Every Christmas season finds chestnuts roasting by an open fire and being played in concert. This time JoAnn Falletta, along with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, tossed a slight wrinkle into proceedings and it helped differentiate it from other seasonal offerings they’ve performed in the past. Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet and Handel’s oratorio “Messi…

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Long dubbed the M.A.S.H. Bash because of its military theme connected to the classic TV show, the renamed Red Cross Bash was thought to have run for the final time in 2018 after 20 years. Although it won't be quite the same, the Bash will return at 5 p.m. June 7, 2019, thanks to Mercy Flight of Western New York's decision to carry the torch. The venue will move from …

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Americana troubadour John Prine is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. June 21 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). The sly folk singer will be taking the Theatre District stage to perform selections from his easygoing new record "The Tree of Forgiveness," his first collection of new original music since 2005's "Fair & Square." The album features contributions and g…

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Guess what? You can wear a Santa hat to eight of these 10 events, which comprise some of Western New York's best activities this weekend, without any concerns over appropriateness. Take advantage of this while you still can! Here is what's ahead. 1. SantaCon Buffalo, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 along Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo. Cost is $10 in advance here or a…

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Justin Timberlake is tearin' up Buffalo hearts again. The pop superstar has canceled the rest of the December dates on his tour, which includes the Dec. 19 show at KeyBank Center. The concert was originally scheduled for Oct. 28. On Thursday morning, Timberlake announced the rescheduled show for April 6. He posted a message to fans on Instagram late Wednesday explain…

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David Bowie released “Blackstar” on Jan. 8, 2016. Two days later, he succumbed to liver cancer. This was always going to make “Blackstar” an album viewed through an emotionally skewed lens. That any true Bowie fan would have to place the album in the upper echelon of Bowie’s artistic accomplishments made it even more so. Three years later, we see that “Blackstar” is a g…

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Pinegrove is set to make its local debut 7 p.m. March 7 in Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.). After a self-imposed, yearlong hiatus following sexual coercion allegations made toward frontman and primary songwriter Evan Stephens Hall, the Montclair, N.J. band returned earlier this fall with a string of tour dates to support the recently released new album, the soft and refle…

The choir of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo will perform Part V of Johann Sebastian Bach's six-part Christmas Oratorio during Sunday's 10:30 a.m. service at the church, 695 Elmwood Ave. The program, conducted by Music Director Daniel Bassin, will feature not only the choir, but soloists, all of whom will be accompanied by musicians from the Buffalo Philhar…

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Black Canyon Lights started out as a band covering country classics three years ago, but as is so often the case, the synergies between the band members – long-serving denizens of the Buffalo music scene, all – ended up dictating the course the music would take. “It’s evolution, baby,” as Eddie Vedder once famously screamed. “I’d say it’s a band that is rooted in Americ…