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Christmas in July strikes many as a strange concept (or totally unnecessary), but nevertheless, it's celebrated in Buffalo. But what about St. Patrick's Day in August? Why not give that a chance? This week's event list suggests the creation of another faux holiday, thanks to the arrival of Flogging Molly on Tuesday and the Irish-tinged Almost Halfway to St. Patrick's Da…

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It really seemed like competitor pig "Jim Smelly" was the favorite in one of last year's Erie County Fair Swifty Swine races. He had the first challenge – facing the proper direction at the starting gate – down, more than could be said for "Russell Bo-swine," who looked thoroughly confused by the obstacle course in front of him. As it turned out, neither pig named after…

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Sarah McLachlan, the Canada-born singer-songwriter and pop music foundress (she birthed women-focused, traveling Lilith Fair of yore), played Artpark Mainstage on Wednesday night. The sold-out show featured "My amazing big band," as she called them, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She is calling this her "Summer Symphony Tour," as she performs with various U.S. and Can…

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A weekend of glorious weather approaches, which is thrilling in light of Buffalo's events on the agenda. In fact, there's not one indoor event on this list, which touches on food festivals, a wild assortment of live music and even activities to appease garden and art lovers. The scenery at these events is also worth appreciating; there's Gratwick Park overlooking the Ni…

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My earliest memories involve music. They are a bit hazy, naturally – more impressionism than realism. Nevertheless, when I think back to my childhood, I hear music. It offered me a world of wonder. A universe governed by innocence and naivete, with no one telling me to keep my imagination caged and accept conventional reality. Perhaps this is why my deepest musical e…

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The Buffalo-area has reached the pinnacle of its festival season, with annual giants such as Taste of Buffalo, Jam in the Valley, Queen of Heaven and Canal Fest all running this weekend. These four festivals all cater to different interests, too, with the Taste focusing on food, JiTV celebrating country music artists big and small, Queen of Heaven pitching carnival ride…

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A nod to Buffalo's fame as a 19th-century port city and the city's intimate connection with the Great Lakes, 12 tall ships from around the world will converge upon the waterfront from July 4-7 in a festival dubbed Basil Port of Call. It's a special time, News contributor Michael Farrell explains, and the eye-catching fleet is here for more than just ogling from afar. Ti…

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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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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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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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'90s nostalgia is alive and well, as two of the decade's favorites will link up for the first show announced for Artpark's 2019 season. Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World will perform at 6 p.m. July 3 at Artpark Amphiteatre (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston) as part of the venue's Coors Light concert series. Ra Ra Riot will open the show. Tickets, which will cost $49.50 in …

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Sizzling – both sweltering and appealing – is how the summer's final Artpark Tuesdays in the Park concert went down. The show featured a jubilant 1980s trifecta of Boy George and Culture Club, The B-52's, and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, playing to a sold-out crowd. It was a show of another era, but not nostalgic. There was real singing and real instrument playing. And…

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With the Mighty Mighty Bosstones show on Friday, the summer's Canalside Live slate has concluded, leaving those with an insatiable craving for live music to look elsewhere. Fortunately, this week in Buffalo offers a wealth of free shows – at venues such as Gateway Harbor, Larkin Square and Banchetti By Rizzo's – as well as several other alluring events from Monday throu…

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Call it civic pride of the first order. Troy Andrews, known to fans of furious funk and roots music as Trombone Shorty, has such a deep and abiding love for the city of his birth that he decided to take a celebration of that city on the road. Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown stopped by Artpark on Aug. 14, with Trombone Shorty acting as lead ambassador for New Orlean…