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Chicago and REO Speedwagon have been performing for decades. Each outfit has a sound that’s not exactly intertwined with the other, and neither needs the other to fill an amphitheater—yet here we are. What does this mean for fans of both bands? A two-for-one special, scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater. Here's a quick look at where both bands have b…

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Thousands of faithful descended on Darien Lake July 30 for the first full day of Kingdom Bound, the annual Christian music and arts festival. The day was filled with music and worship led by local and national speakers and performers. Taking center stage at the Performing Arts Center was former “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey. Remembered as much for his tragic back…

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Wilson Buffalo date announced Steven Wilson has added dates to his "To the Bone" tour, and one of them just happens to be a Nov. 27 stop at the Town Ballroom. Happy Thanksgiving! Kick out the Words MC5 founder Wayne Kramer's biography "The Hard Stuff" (Da Capo) is often harrowing, sometimes hilarious and always compelling. The other Beck If you've seen J…

Food and Drink

Live at Larkin's South Buffalo Night 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend. When done right, community celebrations can be lively gatherings bursting with pride. Through its six previous seasons, Live at Larkin's South Buffalo Night has been among the most popular of each summer, with congressman Brian Higgins and his Exchange Street B…

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Sunshine combined with beautiful blue skies, gentle breezes and moderate temperatures to provide a near perfect setting for the fourth of five summer Sunday jazz concerts at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. While there were folks sitting close to the stage, shade was at a premium and the bulk of the formidable-sized audience sought comfort under the leafy canopy of trees …

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For many, Slayer is not a band as much as it’s an essential element of existence. You don’t just pop in for a single or two from the metal lords’ catalog. You absorb it, dress like it, and get lost in the morbid imagery of it all. It’s been a hell of a run for the Grammy Award winners, but it’s coming to an end with its Final World Tour, pulling into Darien Lake (with gues…

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What else can Buffalo hardcore band Every Time I Die accomplish this month? It's almost as if allegedly saving a life in bizarre circumstances and helping close out the final Vans Warped Tour wasn't enough, as ETID has been added to the Fall Out Boy and Machine Gun Kelly show at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in KeyBank Center. Tickets for that show range from $30.50 to $70.50 and a…

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So that thing happened to me. You know, the one where you feel the goose flesh rise on your arms, you throw your hands toward heaven (or the sky, for secular types) and you are possessed by the uncontrollable desire to hug your neighbor, who’s a stranger? All because of four chords, a melody and some lyrics that hit deep? Father John Misty's Canalside set started mellow…

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After decades of waiting, I finally saw Radiohead in concert, only to realize I had become a character in one of the band's songs. I had been waiting for the opportunity to catch the band in concert since the 1997 release of "OK Computer." Radiohead has never played Buffalo as a headliner, and though it stops in Toronto and New York City often, the stars never aligned f…

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The "MmmBop" kids are going symphonic. Former teen-pop idols Hanson will perform a special concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra that will feature symphonic works off the band's future  album, "String Theory," set for a fall release. The concert - featuring brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson - is set for June 7, 2019 in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are …

Festivals

1) Ludacris, 5 p.m. July 28 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). General admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased here; VIP tickets run for $40. Commentary: Luda! The late addition to the Canalside Live! lineup is the second Saturday show of the series, following Vanilla Ice's unusual appearance earlier in July. Known for "Roll Out," "What's Your Fantasy?" and other ti…

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Thousands of music fans moseyed from stage to stage at the Warped Tour on Wednesday at Darien Lake. Dozens of bands played the punk-focused summer festival that has crisscrossed the U.S. since 1995. After this summer, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has announced that it is a wrap. His long and sad post on the tour site sounds regrettable that Warped Tour won't be hitting…

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King Crimson's seminal 1969 prog rock album, "In the Court of the Crimson King," is the next selection for the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 in the Sportsmen's Tavern. The previous three events in the Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour series were held before near capacity crowds. Those wishing to attend Aug. 6 are encouraged to arrive early, as entry i…

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Luke Smallbone is on the road with his brother, Joel. The two Australian-born musicians, collectively known as for King and Country, are somewhere in the Midwest, in the middle of a packed summer of tour dates. The band will be releasing the new album "Burn the Ships" in October and its first single, "Joy," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian chart, making it the ba…

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For four days each summer, the Darien Lake Amphitheater is transformed into a place of worship, fellowship and praise for Kingdom Bound, the Christian music and arts festival that has become a staple of summer in Western New York. Festival organizers estimate more than 35,000 people will attend this year's festivities, which runs July 29 and through Aug. 1, featuring mo…