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Borderland has set its standards high, even though the East Aurora-based music and arts festival enters just its second year. The idyllic setting of Knox Farm was a powerful memory from 2018, while The News' Jeff Miers was complimentary of the roots and Americana-focused lineup that created a "chilled out, mini-Woodstock feel." How could Borderland possibly top that deb…

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Because of its spot on the calendar, this year’s Borderland Music + Arts Festival — set for Sept. 21 and 22 in East Aurora’s bucolic Knox Farm State Park — can bill itself in a handful of ways. It’s a goodbye to summer, occurring on the season’s last two official days. It’s a welcome to fall, happening on the doorstep of the region’s arguably most beautiful season. And …

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Rayland Baxter, 5 p.m. Sept. 21, Knox Farm State Park (230 Knox Road, East Aurora). Heart-on-his-sleeve singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter is one of the must-catch acts set to hit the stage during the sophomore installment of the Borderland Music +  Art Festival. The hard-touring, Tennessee-born musician is once again on the road as he continues to support his 2018 eff…

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Oteil Burbridge has a serious resume. In fact, it's about as serious it gets in the world of improvisation-heavy music. A founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit under the direction of the late, great Col. Bruce Hampton, Burbridge spent six years as the band’s bassist, before the Allman Brothers Band came knocking. He became a major factor in that band’s later-caree…

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After an intense final round of concert performances, the judges in The Buffalo News’ Battle for the Borderland have determined a winner. This was no mean feat, as all three bands that progressed to the finals – Two Hills Reloaded (Sportsmen’s Tavern), the Greg Klyma Band (42 North Brewery) and Uncle Ben’s Remedy (Buffalo Iron Works) – put on killer shows at their respe…

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Borderland Music + Arts Festival and The Buffalo News are hosting a battle of the bands, in which one local band or performer will be selected to play the Borderland Festival on Sept. 22 and be showcased alongside 24 national and regional bands. Borderland Music + Arts Festival is a two-day music and arts festival held at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, and this ye…

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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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Gov’t Mule and Greensky Bluegrass will headline the return of the Borderland Music & Arts Festival, which will also feature a performance by the legendary R&B and gospel singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples. The second annual festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22 at Knox Farm State Park and will showcase more than 20 bands on thr…

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It's not your normal chicken sandwich (at least not judging by the lines). They're definitely not your normal bumper cars, either. But if you like Chick-fil-A, or if the idea of driving crazily on ice is appealing to you, then 2018 was a good year to be a Buffalonian. The last 12 months have seen popular television personalities leave the Buffalo airwaves and local lege…

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The very beginning of the sunset – that was the moment everything really clicked. We’d been at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora since noon, immensely enjoying the maiden voyage of the Borderland Music & Art Festival and its broad but focused lineup of roots and Americana-based artists and local vendors and artisans. But it took a transcendent display of the color…

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1) Borderland Music and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. Sept. 22 and 23 at Knox Farm State Park (437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora). Tickets range from $65 to $359; more info on that here. Commentary: Set-to-debut Borderland has everything necessary for a big music festival: a gorgeous setting, a strong and varied lineup of live music, local art and craft vendors, and a wealth of lo…

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It's only fitting that Knox Farm, an estate that shares a name with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, is the new home of Buffalo's two-day music and cultural festival, Borderland. The sprawling, 633-acre former estate of Buffalo's prominent Knox family, is best known for its strikingly-scenic public grounds and popular dog park. And now, for being the home of a two-day mus…

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Bully with JEFF the Brotherhood, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $15. Grunge-torchbearers Bully will be paying a visit to Mohawk Place this weekend nearly three years to the date of its last local appearance. After breaking through in 2015 with its critically acclaimed debut album "Losing," the throwback group returned with its sophomore effort in 2…

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The Sam Roberts Band and John Oates are just two of the performers slated to headline the inaugural Borderland Music & Arts Festival on Sept. 22 and 23 in Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. Local business owner and entrepreneur John Cimperman was inspired to create the festival after attending the 2017 Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, Tenn., a celebration of…