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It was an often deeply moving cultural mashup, structured around themes of connectivity, compassion, mutual respect and inclusivity. On Saturday, the inaugural Strawberry Moon Festival took place at Artpark. Not just a music festival, Strawberry Moon celebrated the fact the sky does not acknowledge borders, as different cultural factions from Western New York and Canada…

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Kerfuffle, the annual daylong music event held at Canalside, no longer feels like a buzzy, new event. Now six solid years in, Kerfuffle has become a reliable early-summer staple promising big-name artists, sweet sounds and rocking rhythms to Buffalo’s alt-rock fans. On the first official day of summer, “the music event of the summer” (as dubbed by presenting radio stati…

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We’ve been misunderstanding Bruce Springsteen for decades. In common parlance, he’s some sort of “heartland rocker,” a singer of “populist songs” and paeans to the working class. He runs a band that’s a human jukebox stuffed with New Jersey soul 45s capable of playing marathon, sweat-drenched shows. He’s a sturdy, meat-and-potatoes kind of dude. While many of these w…

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The Who's 1971 "Who's Next" album, featuring "Baba O'Riley," is the selection for Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour on Monday, July 8 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 and West select a classic album from one the great forms of American mu…

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Buffalo's summer event schedule would be more dull if it just repeated festivals year after year. There's nothing wrong with tradition - this weekend's Ride for Roswell and Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle are reasons to look forward to each summer - but the spice of new, creative options injects a little more excitement to this list of things to do. Artpark's Strawbe…

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The Strawberry Moon Festival starts at 3 p.m. June 22 at Artpark. It is free between 3 and 5 p.m. All-day access tickets are $28, and cover all activities between 3 and 11 p.m., including the mainstage concert performances. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free. Re-entry will be allowed until 5 p.m. Carry-in chairs will be allowed in designated areas. Ticke…

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We all love a good festival. Sometimes just throwing a slew of strong acts together on a bill, popping up a beer tent or two, and having a party is enough. At other times, however, we’re looking for something a little bit deeper, even if we don’t realize it consciously. We’re in need of a ritual that seeks to connect us. To each other, yes. But to our natural environment a…

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Alpha Hopper, 8 p.m. June 22 at Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $10. Gripping noise-punk outfit Alpha Hopper is readying the release of its latest record "Aloha Hopper," set to drop on both Radical Empathy and Swimming Faith Records this weekend. No strangers to West Side basements and DIY spaces ("Our particular brand of rock 'n' roll weirdness does often co…

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Willie Nile texted me shortly after the recent “Mary Moser Forever” concert celebration at the Town Ballroom, saying he would be back in Buffalo to play "an outdoor stage downtown” in early June. I added the date to my calendar, but then a band rehearsal was planned for that night, so Nile’s show was banished to the ever-growing “Wish I could be there, but I can’t be in tw…

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One late spring night during my first official summer living in the city, I spent hours ferociously Googling. I scoured Facebook, blogs and media sites for festivals, concerts, events and restaurants. I jotted everything down, organized by date, in my notes app and sent the finished list to nearly everyone I knew. Of course, I didn't end up crossing everything off my li…

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Borderland Music & Arts Festival has a couple of announcements for the folk-listening, guitar-strumming music fans people whose minds jump to album art and concerts instead of giant fluffy dogs at the word "sheepdogs." Single-day tickets and the daily lineups have been announced for Borderland Music & Arts Festival, taking place Sept. 21 and 22 at Knox Farm Stat…

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The calendar reads June, but it still doesn’t feel like summer. Yet. Blame it on a spring that never happened, or recent weeks that have felt more applicable for brown ales than beach parties. But if you want to get technical, summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21 — which makes this year’s scheduling of 107.7 Alternative Buffalo’s Kerfuffle all the more appr…

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Theater lovers rejoice. Ten plays are opening this week – all on one stage at the Alleyway Cabaret. Buffalo United Artists' annual short play production "BUA Takes 10" has a special theme this year marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village. Works by a dozen nationally known playwrights – including two from Buffalo – tell the "before, during a…

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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…