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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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We all tend to collapse toward nostalgia, and it’s not just the gravitational pull of aging that makes this so. No, after a while, we tend to stick with what we already know, and then we romanticize what once was, repaint it as if it was somehow perfect, and then lament the erroneous belief that “nothing new will be as great as that was, ever again.” How do we escape th…

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Rick Springfield's just-added "Best in Show" 2019 tour dates will complete Artpark's 2019 Tuesdays in the Park series at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). Best known for his mega-smash single "Jessie's Girl," the chart-topping entertainer has been delivering hits and breaking hearts for over four decades. His most recent record…

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Canadian rock fans listen up. "Bordercrash" is set to invade our lands at 5 p.m July 13 in the Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). Headlined by the hard-rocking group the Headstones, the one-day mini festival will feature sets by a handful of north-of-the-border acts near and dear to the hearts of local music fans including melodic Hamilton outfit the Tr…

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The Flaming Lips will be joined by the Claypool Lennon Delirium for a co-headlining engagement at 5 p.m. July 27 in the Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). Last seen locally at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls in 2017, the seasoned Oklahoma psych-rockers will be back in the area to perform songs from the band's latest release "King's Mouth." Origin…

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These two performers are remarkably different, but it's possible - even likely - that both will sell out their just-announced Artpark shows next year. Brian Wilson - the founder of the Beach Boys - will bring his Pet Sounds Tour on June 15 to the Artpark Mainstage Theatre, while polka parody king Weird Al Yankovic's Strings Attached Tour will include an area stop at 5 p…

Attractions

Soon, we'll all hole up indoors, trapped by freezing temperatures and no desire to wipe piles of snow off our cars. But in the short window between stifling heat and bone-chilling cold, we're treated with a pleasant middle season, abounding with perks like 65-degree days and multicolored red, brown and yellow trees lining the streets. At Letchworth, drench yourself i…

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Beatles Rooftop Tribute, 6 p.m. Aug. 9, Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), free. One of Buffalo's newest traditions is gearing up for its third installment. Hydraulic Hearth's rather popular Beatles Rooftop Tribute is back for another summer to shut down Swan Street and give audience members a stiff neck while rocking out to a night full of music from the legendary Bri…

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Fleet Foxes, 6:30 p.m. July 27, Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston), $41-$46. Seattle's lush and harmony-rich indie-folk act Fleet Foxes will make its much-anticipated return to the area with an engagement at Artpark, the band's first area performance since 2008. Following the release of its triumphant second album, the 2012 Grammy nominated "Helplessn…

Festivals

Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle Gates open at 12:30 p.m., music runs from 1:45 p.m. to 11 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). General admission tickets are $35 plus fees and may be purchased here. Entercom indie radio station Alt Buffalo trots out another lineup that blends familiar visitors such as Matt and Kim, Taking Back Sunday, AWOLNATION and Robert DeLong with newer art…

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Bad news, Buffalo-area concertgoers. Portugal. The Man, one of the most buzzy bands booked for Western New York this summer, has canceled its show scheduled for Aug. 1 at Artpark. Here's the band's explanation, via a release from the venue: "Sorry for this news, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to cancel our show in Lewiston, NY. Please know, this is n…

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Middle Kids, 7 p.m. June 7, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $13. Up-and-coming indie act Middle Kids is set to make its Buffalo debut at the downtown live music hot spot. The hook-heavy trio from Sydney, Australia is currently riding a considerable amount of buzz following the release of its breakthrough debut full-length "Lost Friends," plus a seal of approval from…

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The Decemberists Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 in Artpark Mainstage Theatre (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Admission is $34-$68 and may be purchased here. The Decemberists, indie rockers from Oregon, have a folk, Americana sound, and they often sing of the sea. They are inspired by particular locales and thrive in a live atmosphere, responding to their audiences and often pa…

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The 2018 summer concert season was afforded a grand kickoff at Artpark on Wednesday night, as perfect weather, a pair of spectacular stoner-metal bands and a headlining set from one of the most wonderfully weird rock bands in history conspired to form an experience that will be tough to top in the coming months. The only thing missing was… well, you, perhaps. The cro…