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"Festivals here, festivals there – all you need are four great bands," said Mike Ness, lead singer-songwriter and supreme guitarist for punk rock stalwarts Social Distortion. No one disagreed with that sentiment, uttered during the band's jam-packed Tuesday night Canalside Live concert. The show is the second-last of Canalside's outdoor season, which finishes on Aug. 30…

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Since Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coined the phrase “rock 'n’ roll” in 1951, decades of performers have become legends under the genre banner. And whether with their sound, specific songs or onstage theatrics, some of these icons have made an indelible impression on the generations of musicians. With this noted, it is understandable that some bands intentionally or…

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The son of an evangelical Christian preacher, the Struts frontman Luke Spiller was drawn from gospel to glam rock after hearing the Darkness' "flamboyant, dangerous" music. Perhaps it's human nature, but a portion of Buffalo's event-goers seems drawn to activities with an edge, or at least a rebellious attitude, enticed by the same recklessness that appealed to Spiller.…

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I walked into Canalside on Thursday expecting an enjoyable nostalgia trip co-headlined by a pair of the finest English bands of the 1980s/early '90s alternative rock era. I left having had what felt an awful lot like a religious experience. That religious experience was delivered by james, the often daring, deeply melodic Manchester-born band best known to American audi…

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While there might not be any mules named Sal, there's lots to be done this week by the Erie Canal. (Sorry if that song gets stuck in your head). Aside from the Erie County Fair, Canal Fest of the Tonawandas offers the longest opportunity to take part, touching on two separate weekends and five weekdays with activities to appease both kids and adults. The bustling can…

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It's time for the opening night – or weekend, in this case – of Canalside Live and we know what that means: You have questions. When does the show start? Can I bring food? My backpack? An umbrella? Whether you're a newbie going to your first show or a Canalside veteran who needs a refresher, we've gathered the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Cana…

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Arkells, openers for The Who on Thursday, announced a Canalside show from the KeyBank Center stage. Tickets for the Aug. 2 show, for which the Dirty Nil will open, went on sale at 10 a.m. May 10 through Eventbrite.com. VIP passes are $40, while general admission costs $10. At a later date, tickets may also be purchased at the area's 17 Consumer's Beverages locations and…

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A Buffalo summer music tradition is quietly coming to end. The weekly Thursday night concert series, a tradition in downtown Buffalo for more than 30 years, will no longer be limited to Thursday nights – nor will it be weekly. It's all in an effort to book the best available bands through the summer for Canalside Live, said Erin Marra, assistant general manager of Ca…

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Canalside is wasting no time in filling up its already busy summer schedule. Genre-blending jam band Twiddle and the Led Zeppelin tribute act Get the Led Out are the two newest concerts announced for the waterfront stage. Twiddle will perform June 29 at Canalside. The Vermont-based outfit continues to be a live music machine. In addition to a string of summer dates, …

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Rock fans will be riled up with excitement, as Social Distortion and Flogging Molly will both perform on Aug. 27 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). VIP tickets, which run for $45, go on sale at 10 a.m. April 26 through Eventbrite.com and include access to the Honda VIP Pavilion, two complimentary drinks, private restrooms and front-of-stage access. General admission ticket…

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After announcing a series of rock acts, Canalside has unveiled the first rapper coming to the Buffalo waterfront this summer: T.I. The Atlanta, Ga.-born hip-hop star, who broke out in the early 2000s, will perform at 5 p.m. June 29 at 44 Prime St. VIP tickets are $40 and are on sale now through Eventbrite. The VIP ticket includes access to the Honda VIP Pavilion, two…

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On the heels of Incubus and the Psychedelic Furs - the two previous announcements for the 2019 Canalside Live Concert Series - a powerful double bill has been unveiled for this summer by the water. The Struts, an English glam-rock band, will be complemented by rapidly rising The Glorious Sons on July 25 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). VIP tickets are on sale now for $35, whi…

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The Psychedelic Furs and james, two bands that left an indelible mark on the British music industry, are co-headlining a concert on July 18 at Canalside. The Psychedelic Furs, best known for hits like "Pretty in Pink," "Love My Way" and "Heaven," will be led by original members and brothers Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass). Joining them are longtime band me…

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California rock band Incubus will play Buffalo's waterfront this summer. The Canalside Live Concert Series announced that the band, fronted by Brandon Boyd since its formation in 1991, will play at 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at 44 Prime St. VIP tickets are $40, on sale through EventBrite and include access to the Honda VIP Pavilion, two complimentary drinks, private restrooms and…

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The sixth annual Alternative Buffalo Kerfuffle returns to Canalside with a lineup of familiar musical friends and some new faces. Walk the Moon, the Head & the Heart, Bishop Briggs, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Atlas Genius, Houses and Matt Maeson are set to perform at the daylong music festival June 21. Gates open at 2 p.m. with the show at 3:20 p.m. The all-ages e…