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There is only one Betsy Carmichael and there is only one chance this season to see her in her element, in O'Connell & Company's bonus show for November, "Betsy Carmichael's Bingo Palace." Born the daughter of a Buffalo bingo caller (according to her unofficial biography), Betsy grew up determined to spread bingo joy to all the world. With help from alter-ego Joey B…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes its former longtime music director Maximiano Valdes for two concerts celebrating works of European masters Wagner, Liszt and Sibelius. Max, as Buffalo knows him, and the musicians will be joined by pianist Drew Peterson for the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1. Concerts are at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15, preceded by complimentary coffee and…

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Dogs in Stereo, 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $7. Lo-fi Buffalo project Dogs in Stereo will be kicking off the weekend early as it readies the release of its latest EP at Mohawk Place. Guided by frontman Joe Cardina, the languid indie act will be performing selections from its new six-track effort "Idle." The musician offered taste of the EP back i…

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When news of a news conference to announce a summer 2020 concert at New Era Field was announced, speculation ran high. “It’s gonna be Springsteen & the E Street Band,” many said on social media, apparently not knowing that Springsteen’s planned show at the stadium in 2003 was moved to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center due to sluggish ticket sales. “Dead &…

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Billy Joel will play New Era Field on Aug. 15, 2020, it was announced at a news conference this morning including Buffalo Bills owner and President Kim Pegula, and officials from Live Nation. Tickets are $64.50 to $184.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 through livenation.com and ticketmaster.com. A presale for American Express card members runs from 10 a.m. Nov. 18 t…

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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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Music from the Beatles as part of a holiday celebration is the selection for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News subscribers can purchase a discounted $5 ticket in advance here. Non-subscribers can purchase a $10 ticket in advance here, or subscribe to The News at BuffaloNews.com/subscribe to become eligible for th…

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Friday, Oct. 30, 1992. On this night, which I'll assume was a blustery one,  I had a gig at Broadway Joe’s on Main Street. I knew my band was sharing a bill with Monkey Wrench, the Buffalo punk outfit known for playing loud, fast, booze-soaked shows. What I didn’t realize until I arrived was that a third band was also on the roster. It was called moe., and my good frien…

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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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The year may be winding down, but the arts season is just starting to get its second wind. The monthlong Great Performers Series at Buffalo State's Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall begins with acclaimed jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui. Matsui may be best known for her album "Full Moon and The Shrine," which inspired the PBS special "Keiko Matsui: Light Above the Trees…

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April 16, 1952 – Oct. 31, 2019 Where Valerie L. Heywood sat in the viola section, there was an empty chair at last Saturday’s Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. On its seat – a bouquet of flowers. There was a moment of silence, then the orchestra played a number not on the program – Bach’s “Air on the G String” – in her memory. Violist…

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I've been thinking lately about how music junkies like myself – and I know an awful lot of them around here – can fulfill a need for live music in an era where a single concert ticket can cost upward of $100 as artists have jacked up prices to accommodate for the lack of income earned from recordings in the streaming age and secondary sellers grab tickets so quickly that p…

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Hollerado, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $20. Canadian indie-rockers Hollerado will be making a final stop through Buffalo as the band continues to chug along on its farewell tour. With its last show set for Dec. 12 in Toronto's Danforth Music Hall, the shouty Ottawa act will thankfully be back at the Town Ballroom on its "The One Last Time Tour" to su…

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Dec. 4, 1948 – Nov. 4, 2019 Jerry Hudson, co-founder and lead singer with The Road, a legendary Buffalo rock band from the late 1960s and early 1970s, died Monday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 70. The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame reported on Facebook last November that Mr. Hudson had been hospitalized following a stroke. Born Gerald K. Hudson Jr. in Buffalo,…