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Buffalo's appreciation for the past runs deep. Whether it's a brilliant songwriter like Paul Simon, an influential jam-rock band like the Grateful Dead or an Orchard Park restaurant that endured for nearly 50 years, there's deep respect shown by event organizers and attendees. Powerful ties to the past connect several events in this week's preview, which touches on m…

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With six months of events packed into three over the summer, music is somewhere nearly every night. But what about live outdoor music for families? Having children doesn’t make you yearn for Tragically Hip covers any less than when you were traipsing from show to show untethered to responsibility, so what are parents to do? Thankfully, there are plenty of kid-friendl…

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British rock icons. Hair metal virtuosos. Fashioners of the anticipatory synth riff, and enablers of the most famous double-Jaguar dance sequence in music video history. The David Coverdale-led Whitesnake has rode those accomplishments to endure through breaks and lineup changes over its more than 40 years of existence. Whitesnake is bringing its “Flesh & Blood” wor…

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EELS, 7 p.m. April 29, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $32.50. Eccentric indie outfit EELS will finally return to Buffalo after a prolonged absence. The long-running act of off-kilter musician Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) will take the Theatre District stage to perform tracks from the project's latest record, 2018's "The Destruction." Full of strings, samples, loops and…

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Back-to-back days of celebration can be a lot to handle. Easter typically brings baskets of chocolate bunnies (with odd expressions) and jelly beans, family meals with heaps of ham, and the awkward cutting of a cute butter lamb. Dyngus Day immediately follows with awkward squirt gun and pussywillow flirting, a longer parade route and a chance to revel with Polish bee…

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One is the hottest female pop star of the moment, while the other is a three-decade veteran of the spotlight. Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey, two female pop icons, both come to Buffalo this weekend for shows in KeyBank Center and Shea's Buffalo Theatre, respectively. Even though they're more than 20 years apart in age, the pair has much in common: exceptional vocal t…

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At an even 5-feet tall, Ariana Grande appears to be standing on top of the world. Already this year, the 25-year-old pop star won her first Grammy, became the most followed woman on Instagram (147 million followers) and broke the record for most streams in a week (307 million) on the Billboard Hot 200. Grande released her fifth studio album “thank u, next” in Februar…

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Unexpectedly, I wound up watching a marathon of "Fixer-Upper" on HGTV last weekend. As a devoted viewer of "Chopped" on the Food Network, it wasn't hard to grasp the practical appeal of HGTV, even if Buffalo's buyers market isn't exactly ideal. The Buffalo Home Show comes to town this weekend and next, with celebrities, designers and local businesses all showcasing thei…

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This might be a confusing week for your stomach. While Monday and Tuesday are largely dedicated to gluttony - akin to a groundhog feasting before hibernation - Ash Wednesday kicks off the 40 days of sacrifice for Catholics during Lent. Buffalo offers plenty of events for the jovial mood of Tuesday - from Polish sweets and a Chippewa Street bar crawl with fireworks - …

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It's not quite News of the Weird, but many of Buffalo's events this week come with unusual twists. For instance, YouTube stalwart Postmodern Jukebox has exploded thanks to leaping the bounds of musical genres, while 1987 cult classic "The Princess Bride" - starring a character named Prince Humperdinck - has carved out a place in cinematic lore. Toss in a blossoming regg…

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Whether love makes your spine tingle or spurs immediate pangs of nausea, it's Valentine's Day Week, and Buffalo is strewn with classic dinner-and-a-movie offers for couples. Fortunately, there's plenty of other options, and that's what we're here for. Consider a "Parks and Rec"-inspired Galentine's Day, a bluster of concerts - both sentimental and sad, and a dance party…

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One of the nicest new Valentine’s traditions in the city is a musical one. For the fifth year, saxophonist Will Holton has gathered a group of his talented friends for “Love Cadenza,” a romantic concert of jazz and R&B musical stylings. The concert is 8 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Tralf Music Hall. Joining Holton this year are Buffalo pastor, singer and drummer D’Mott Motley…

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We promise this week's Buffalo events will be more entertaining than the Super Bowl, the rather dull, low-scoring affair in which the Bills' bitter adversary continued its (rather sketchy) dynasty. It won't take much to trump it, and yes, it was agonizing to write that last sentence. Although there's not much scheduled for Monday - go outside and enjoy the sun and the h…

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Native Harrow, 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $10. Last seen locally opening for Toronto's Great Lake Swimmers at Buffalo Iron Works this past spring, Woodstock, N.Y. folk project Native Harrow will be making a welcome return visit to Buffalo this weekend in a headlining role. Following a 2018 that saw the band trek through 100-plus performa…

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The best advice for this week is probably to stay inside and huddle under several layers of clothing. Buffalo will still have events going on next week, after all. We kid. The temperatures are expected to rise midweek, and while we might be reluctant to emerge from the warmth of our lairs, there are a handful of steamy events to make it worthwhile. Disney on Ice: Wor…