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Spring and summer in Buffalo feel significantly shorter than fall and winter. The seasons are obviously the same length, but warm weather tends to vanish in a flash - and, err, take its time arriving - which limits the period we can bask in the sun while absorbing Buffalo's wealth of admittedly jammed-together summer events. From a food truck event centered on world cui…

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Beck. Elvis Costello. Wilco. My Morning Jacket. Rufus Wainwright. The National. Blondie. The list of artists associated with the Rockin' at the Knox concert event over the past 15 years is a formidable one. Perhaps most impressive among the series’ accomplishments has been the curatorial style of the booking, which has resulted in some compellingly unique multi-act bill…

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The 2019 Taste of Country packed ‘em in at Sahlen Field on Friday, with a multi-act mini-festival that simultaneously celebrated modern country music’s strengths while highlighting some of the quandaries the form faces. Mostly, though, it was nothing but a big ol’ party, with five country artists providing the soundtrack, Budweiser providing the liquid courage, and Sahl…

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This is an elite concert and festival weekend in Buffalo, as it's entirely reasonable to hit four major happenings in the span of three days. For those who acted fast for the sold-out Taste of Country, that accounts for Friday night, with a prospective doubleheader of Juneteenth and Thin Man's Summer Solstice a diverse selection on Saturday. Cap the weekend with Death C…

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Florida rock band New Found Glory, with more than two decades and nine studio albums of experience, sold out its Buffalo show on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Town Ballroom.

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As either the last production of the main theater season or the first of the summer shows, the musical "Nine" is making its regional premiere this week in Shea's Smith Theatre, nearly 40 years after it took Broadway by storm. Leave it to Second Generation Theatre – founded by three women – to produce the multi-Tony Award-winning show about one man's midlife crisis, as seen…

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The first time I found myself in New Orleans, I wandered into the Louisiana Music Factory on Frenchmen Street and grabbed two albums. One was a rare Miles Davis collection in its original pressing. It still holds a place of pride in my vinyl collection these many years later. The other boasted a picture that screamed pure New Orleans voodoo and funk, through a back-l…

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Ben Nichols, 7 p.m. June 15, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $20. Ben Nichols and Oliver Peck's joint Bikeriders tour will roll into town for a pit stop at the Town Ballroom. Longtime frontman of the gritty Memphis alt-country outfit Lucero, the gravel-voiced songwriter has taken his tour around the country for a handful of years to share songs from his debut solo effo…

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M&T Bank wants to make this year's plaza event series about more than just hosting live performances. The bank is collecting used musical instruments throughout the series to donate to Buffalo Public Schools. M&T's chief marketing officer, Peter Eliopoulos, donated his seventh-grade violin on Monday, the opening day of the summer series. The donations will be…

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When Chris Brown sold out Darien Lake in 2015, the major reaction was just how elite of a dancer the pop/R&B artist proved to be, even approaching Michael Jackson levels. The same energy and moves will be on display when Brown returns to Buffalo, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in KeyBank Center. Tickets go on sale at noon June 14 at the KeyBank Center Box Office, Tickets.…

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For 30 years, you could bank on it: Thursday nights in Buffalo would feature live music outdoors throughout the summer. The names of the locations and series changed frequently - we even got to say "wharf" for a few years - but leaving work Thursday often meant fresh air, a domestic beer and the joy and release that accompany a band jamming in the summer heat. When Cana…

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In 1987, Buffalo Place and Fountain Plaza hosted the first "Thursday at the Park" concert. Within a year, the after-work happy hour concerts outgrew the space and were moved to Lafayette Square, becoming the popular "Thursday at the Square" weekly concert series. Now, the newly renamed "Thursday & Main" concert series (formerly Queen City Social) hearkens back to th…

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The last time I spent a few hours with Alan Evans, he was back in his native Buffalo to say goodbye and celebrate the life of his father, the athlete, former UB football star and educator Willie Evans. “Music was so prevalent in our house, that it felt completely normal to us to be totally immersed in it,” Evans told me that day in January 2017, as his siblings gathered…

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Brian Wilson announced today that his summer tour, which includes a June 15 stop at Artpark, has been postponed due to health concerns. "As you may know, in the last year or so I've had three surgeries on my back," Wilson said in a news release. "The surgeries were successful and I'm physically stronger than I've been in a long time. However, after my last surgery I sta…

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Unless you're a devoted classical music fan, Kleinhans might not be on your usual route when going out. But, at least for this weekend, the home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra meanders deep into pop culture, welcoming former pop stars Hanson and local stalwarts the Strictly Hip. These quirky pop/rock-meets-classical back-to-back shows stick out in an otherwise imp…