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Call it civic pride of the first order. Troy Andrews, known to fans of furious funk and roots music as Trombone Shorty, has such a deep and abiding love for the city of his birth that he decided to take a celebration of that city on the road. Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown stopped by Artpark on Aug. 14, with Trombone Shorty acting as lead ambassador for New Orlean…

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Shockwaves of industrial metal core, created by a triple bill of bands, filled Darien Lake Amphitheatre on Sunday night. Billed as "Twins of Evil 2018 - The Second Coming," co-headliners Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, along with Montreal-based opener Deadly Apples, played to a near-capacity crowd. Rob Zombie, former frontman of White Zombie, a metal band that ruled t…

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Earthy Texas blues, primal Chicago-soaked electric boogie, swampy deep-south soul, a dash of pop smarts, and a hat-full of unforgettably catchy riffs helped ZZ Top sell tens of millions of albums over the past 50 years and along the way endeared the band to a broad cross-section of arena rock and roots music fans. Long-time proponents of the “If it ain’t broke, don’t ev…

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Country superstar Dierks Bentley rolled into the Darien Lake Amphitheatre Saturday night for the latest stop on his “Mountain High” tour and delivered an evening of feel-good, rockin’ country music to a packed house . Bentley took the stage just after 9:20 p.m., under a starry sky with a cool breeze easing through the amphitheater. Dressed in black jeans and a plaid shi…

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Slayer's reign as the undisputed overlords of dark, aggressive thrash-metal is coming to an end after 38 years. Unsurprisingly, the band is not going quietly, as an Aug. 3 stop at Darien Lake Amphitheatre, part of the band's farewell tour, made plain. If this was indeed the end, then Slayer departed at the height of its powers - grimly defiant, dangerously loud, awash i…

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Frustration with life's particulars doesn’t cease with age, nor does the simmering angst that accompanies the feeling. It’s always there, somewhere in the stomach or recesses of one’s memory, begging to be relieved by a savior or a sound. For many, both can be found in punk rock. And for those who understand the genre’s potency at its adolescent best, there’s the cheris…

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Thousands of faithful descended on Darien Lake July 30 for the first full day of Kingdom Bound, the annual Christian music and arts festival. The day was filled with music and worship led by local and national speakers and performers. Taking center stage at the Performing Arts Center was former “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey. Remembered as much for his tragic back…

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So that thing happened to me. You know, the one where you feel the goose flesh rise on your arms, you throw your hands toward heaven (or the sky, for secular types) and you are possessed by the uncontrollable desire to hug your neighbor, who’s a stranger? All because of four chords, a melody and some lyrics that hit deep? Father John Misty's Canalside set started mellow…

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Thousands of music fans moseyed from stage to stage at the Warped Tour on Wednesday at Darien Lake. Dozens of bands played the punk-focused summer festival that has crisscrossed the U.S. since 1995. After this summer, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has announced that it is a wrap. His long and sad post on the tour site sounds regrettable that Warped Tour won't be hitting…

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As a mid-summer streak of gorgeous weather continued to bless the region, "The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore" tour hit up Darien Lake on Sunday for a weekend encore performance. Each set had crowd-pleasing highlights, but the party didn’t start ‘til Kesha walked in. As Macklemore’s set ended and Kesha landed from her spaceship, it felt like she grabbed the crowd…

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Over the past four decades, I've reviewed concerts of almost every kind for The Buffalo News – from rockers like Van Halen to country legends like Johnny Cash. I reviewed blues master BB King, night club crooner Tony Bennett, soul shouter James Brown and many, many others. But I never thought I'd find myself reviewing a Yanni show. An editor asked me to do it, and I …

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Sensual vocals, soaring instrumental solos, and compositions of several genres filled Artpark Mainstage Theater on Thursday night. Vanessa Williams, singer/actor and an avowed Buffalover, appeared with her band of two decades (a repeated fun fact), and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. BPO resident conductor, and summer season leader, Stefan Sanders, conducted. Artpar…

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Buffalo knew pure "Mellow Gold" was in store when Beck was announced as the headliner of Rockin’ at the Knox. But while gold was struck in the undefinable musician's decades-long and genre-spanning performing prowess, so too did lightning. It warned us in the distance, sent dark, gray skies and wind gusts as fair warning, then arrived in full force with heavy rain th…

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You could feel the unanswered questions hanging in the air as thousands of Eagles fans filed into KeyBank Center for the legendary band's Saturday night concert. What would they sound like without founder Glenn Frey, who died in 2016 after leading the band for 45 years? Can they still sing the trademark soaring harmonies with three senior members – Don Henley, Joe Walsh…

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It was a strange night at Canalside Live on Thursday with the previously advertised headliner Arrested Development was jettisoned from the headlining slot, leading to confusion with concertgoers and the band. Once word spread that Arrested Development was going on early (the band took the stage at 7 p.m. sharp), concertgoers were notifying friends via text of the lineup c…