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Memorial Day Weekend is the ideal three-day respite to relax, appreciate better weather and spend time outside - whether it's dusting off the grill, heading to a nearby green space with friends or even following Francesca Bond's suggestions. With one more day to account for, this edition of the biweekly event rundown is robust but balanced, with a wealth of options rang…

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Rick Springfield's just-added "Best in Show" 2019 tour dates will complete Artpark's 2019 Tuesdays in the Park series at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). Best known for his mega-smash single "Jessie's Girl," the chart-topping entertainer has been delivering hits and breaking hearts for over four decades. His most recent record…

Johnny Nobody, 8 p.m. May 24, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. Johnny Nobody will emerge from its annual hibernation for its first show of the calendar year at its old stomping grounds. Lockport's long-running rock trio, a relic of Mohawk Place's past when acts like the Old Sweethearts, the Sleeping Kings of Iona and other Harvest Sum bands performed to full room…

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It’s a question we all ask before going to outdoor summer events and it starts with the same three words: "Can I bring ... ?" Can I bring food? Can I bring my dog? Can I bring a chair? The list goes on. The one variation: Where can I buy tickets? Thankfully our major outdoor venues including Artpark, Canalside and Darien Lake, have slowly adopted similar rules on wha…

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I’ve been a cheerleader, and often, I admit. But this year, even though my personal calendar is overly stocked with concerts, festivals and club shows I’m incredibly excited about, I’m just not feeling it the way I once did. My past cheerleading was genuine, earnest and offered in good faith. It really all came down to a sense of hope. I hoped that the Buffalo Renais…

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Canadian rock fans listen up. "Bordercrash" is set to invade our lands at 5 p.m July 13 in the Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). Headlined by the hard-rocking group the Headstones, the one-day mini festival will feature sets by a handful of north-of-the-border acts near and dear to the hearts of local music fans including melodic Hamilton outfit the Tr…

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In 2017, blues vocalist and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee Patti Parks was invited to Memphis to speak as part of a panel during the Blues Foundation’s annual International Blues Challenge Festival. The symposium, “Blues as Healer,” found the singer sharing her experience of music’s restorative powers, much of it witnessed during her day gig hours as a nurse, and s…

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Summer’s a time to increase your concert intake of familiar names, but it’s also a chance to fall in love with new music. Don’t think you need to deviate from the six bands you loved in high school? Understood, though note: there are plenty of acts headed to town that, though unfamiliar to you, are currently delivering material worthy of rotation inside your select whee…

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The Rolling Stones' 1968 "Beggars Banquet" album, featuring classic songs like "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Street Fighting Man," is the selection for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour on Monday, June 10 in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West co-host each event of the series, held on the second Monday of each month. Miers …

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The Common Council approved today a permit for the Sportsmen’s Tavern to produce various public events, including concerts, art shows and an open-air market, on a vacant lot owner Dwane Hall recently purchased that sits adjacent to the Amherst Street club. Hall said the first show on the new grounds will be an Aug. 4 performance with Dale Watson, Bill Kirchen, the Lustr…

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My cup overfloweth, and my iPhone calendar is stuffed to the point of bursting. We’re in for a busy few months, folks. Great shows fill the roster, from the Waterfront to Lewiston to Darien Lake and back. I had a terrible time whittling it all down to a mere 10, which has not always been the case in years past. What follows is a list of gigs I’m most psyched for. I’m happy…

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The Memorial Day weekend begins with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual patriotic commemoration “An American Salute,” honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and celebrating the nation for which they died. Nashville singer and “X Factor” finalist Rachel Potter will join Pops Conductor John Morris Russell and the BPO Chorus as soloist and narrator for the…

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Buffalo's appreciation for the past runs deep. Whether it's a brilliant songwriter like Paul Simon, an influential jam-rock band like the Grateful Dead or an Orchard Park restaurant that endured for nearly 50 years, there's deep respect shown by event organizers and attendees. Powerful ties to the past connect several events in this week's preview, which touches on m…

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With six months of events packed into three over the summer, music is somewhere nearly every night. But what about live outdoor music for families? Having children doesn’t make you yearn for Tragically Hip covers any less than when you were traipsing from show to show untethered to responsibility, so what are parents to do? Thankfully, there are plenty of kid-friendl…