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It's not too hard to please country music fans. Let them relax to the genre on a warm summer day with cold drinks in a rural setting, and - in most cases - they won't complain. This falls in line with the 2019 Country Megaticket lineup, which changes only modestly each year; few risks are taken in determining the lineup, as Live Nation can be confident that the big name…

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Storming into Buffalo's then-First Niagara Center on St. Patrick's Day 2016, country star Blake Shelton delivered what reviewer Tim O'Shei called a "rocking celebration." Now, Shelton - still one of the biggest names in country and regularly in the spotlight as a competitor coach on "The Voice" - has announced a Feb. 22, 2019 show in KeyBank Center. Tickets, ranging …

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If the Country Megaticket wasn't enough to satiate the Buffalo area's fans of the genre, then perhaps this announcement for early fall will rouse excitement for the coming concert slate. Kid Rock and Brantley Gilbert will drop by Darien Lake Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 on the Red-Blooded Rock 'N' Roll Redneck Extravaganza. Tickets, ranging from $39.50 to $129.50,…

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Blake Shelton was imploring his Buffalo crowd to sing along when he tossed in a little motivation. “If I read a bad review tomorrow,” he said, “it’s all y’all’s fault.” Here’s that review. And the verdict: Both Shelton and his five-digits crowd of newly anointed backup singers inside First Niagara Center get a double thumbs-up, flying-colors, cool-cliché-of-your-choice g…

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Blake Shelton is all over the news these days, though most of the “reporting” has little to do with music, and much to do with gossip. It’s all “Blake and Gwen yadda yadda yadda,” as pop pundits trip over each other to garb a fistful of dirt on Shelton and his relationship with pop princess Gwen Stefani. It’s tedious stuff for us, and probably more so for Shelton and Stefa…

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Zac Brown Band's return to the area falls during a major summer holiday weekend. The country artist will perform at 7 p.m. July 3 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Drake White & the Big Fire open. Tickets are $42.50 to $78.50 reserved, $32.50 lawn and $98 for a lawn four-pack and go on sale at 10 a.m. March 4 through LiveNation.com, …

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Friday will be a little brighter start to the weekend than usual for country fans. LiveNation announced the lineup for the 2016 Country Megaticket in Darien Lake, which features seven shows by high-profile musicians between June and October. Here's the lineup: June 23: Miranda Lambert with Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne July 8: Brantley Gilbert with Justin Moore and Co…

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Not a stranger to Western New York, country megastar Blake Shelton has booked his biggest Buffalo venue yet. The six-time Grammy Award nominee and judge of "The Voice" will visit March 17, 2016 for a show in the First Niagara Center. Tickets go on sale Oct. 30 at Tickets.com and run from $29.75 to $69.75. Shelton last performed here on Aug. 2, 2014 in a muddy Darien Lake…

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It will be hard to miss the pungent scent of frying chicken wings this weekend in downtown Buffalo. Heck, 30 tons of wings -- that's 60,000 pounds! -- have been delivered by truck to Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field for Wing Fest, which runs Saturday and Sunday. If you're a local TV watcher, you've probably already seen "Wing King" Drew Cerza, the festival's founder, gallivantin…

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Darius Rucker, the king of soulful twang, takes stage again. Like the “Wagon Wheel” that’s the title of his hit single, Rucker makes his way back to the Buffalo area for a show at 7 p.m. Friday at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on his “Southern Style” tour. He’ll be joined by the familiar forces and faces of Brett Eldridge, A Thousand Horses and Brothers Osborne.Th…

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Country fans are a hardy bunch – some of them never miss a show – but these next few weeks will serve up a country marathon so loaded it’ll test the mettle of even the most dedicated fan.Darien Lake Performing Arts Center will host Jason Aldean (Thursday), the Zac Brown Band (Sunday), Darius Rucker (Aug. 21) and Luke Bryan for a pair of shows (Sept. 3 and a sold-out show o…

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Ride out the dog days of summer in style, or by attending any or all of these events in Western New York. After extensive research (read: Google), the official dog days of summer end on Tuesday, according to the "Old Farmer's Almanac," so this marks the final weekend I can correctly apply this phrase. Do you think Florence + the Machine is aware of this? Apropos of nothi…

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DARIEN – Tim McGraw knows how to play Buffalo, and it hardly required music. Standing onstage Thursday night at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, his muscular frame tightly wrapped in ripped blue jeans and sleeveless gray T-shirt beneath his obligatory black cowboy hat (and yes, the outfit is part of how he plays it), McGraw introduced himself simply. Smartly.Subtly.…

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On a night when the Western New York music scene was dominated by a quartet of aging Brits rocking a football stadium, it was a good ’ol boy from Clinton, Okla., strumming his guitar in the shadows of an amusement park that delivered an unforgettable evening of music. Twenty-five miles to the east of Ralph Wilson Stadium, there was only one Keith that mattered, and it wasn…

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Modern country music is in a glut, having run the course commenced in the ’80s by the likes of Garth Brooks, exploded into mainstream mega-success in the ’90s, and finally run into the brick wall that awaits all trends, as ideas begin to run dry and mediocrity and repetition take their seats at the head of the table.Brad Paisley, who played a rain-drenched and muddy Darien…