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Free concerts are fundamental to Buffalo summers. Enjoying a green space or bustling village while listening to local and regional musicians is an enduring pastime, and there's ample opportunity to participate. Buffalo River Fest Park's concert series opened nearly three weeks ago, while the popular Picnic in the Parkway will return to the Elmwood Village later in June.…

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Memorial Day was absolutely gorgeous in Buffalo, which benefited everything from town parades to the beaches, each overflowing with attendance on the first summery day of the year. (Take that, other rainy weekends in May). Even though it's a shorter-than-usual scope for This Week in Buffalo - just Tuesday through Thursday - plenty of events are packed into those three d…

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In 2017, blues vocalist and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee Patti Parks was invited to Memphis to speak as part of a panel during the Blues Foundation’s annual International Blues Challenge Festival. The symposium, “Blues as Healer,” found the singer sharing her experience of music’s restorative powers, much of it witnessed during her day gig hours as a nurse, and s…

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Summer’s a time to increase your concert intake of familiar names, but it’s also a chance to fall in love with new music. Don’t think you need to deviate from the six bands you loved in high school? Understood, though note: there are plenty of acts headed to town that, though unfamiliar to you, are currently delivering material worthy of rotation inside your select whee…

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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…