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Social media is a little weird sometimes. A tweet by Clarence High School alum Maddy Smith featured a still shot from the Instagram story of her friend, Marisa Miosi – confusing enough already, right? – that exulted the perks of being a member at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. It spread like wildfire, earning nearly 24,000 retweets and more than 200,000 l…

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The legendary Bryan Adams and Billy Idol, both masters of the heartfelt lyric and manly rock poses throughout their long careers, played Darien Lake Amphitheater Friday, a rainy night that left ardent fans watching from the lawn a little soggy. Despite being diplomatically billed as co-headliners, the main event was Adams' "Shine a Light Tour" in honor of the Canadian a…

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Since 1986, Kingdom Bound, the yearly Christian music festival launched by the late concert promoter Fred Caserta and area musician Michael Caputy, has made the Darien Lake Amphitheater and theme park a gathering point for fans of the genre. Now widely regarded as one of the biggest annual festivals of its type, the fest returns to its home venue for four days of music,…

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You could write a book about the recent history of the Italian Heritage Festival, and it would be far from boring. There were brawls in 2016, the final year on Hertel Avenue, precipitating a major location change to the Outer Harbor and an admission charge for the first time. Attendance at the 2017 festival set a record for the Outer Harbor, but social media reaction wa…

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Indie synth-rock heartthrobs The 1975 had a wooing Darien Lake crowd all up in their feels on Wednesday evening. Sensual but disconnected, confident but anxious, hot and cold or perhaps somewhere between—much like this show's 60-ish degree late-May night—the Manchester-bred six-piece makes synthed-out, angst-accented pop music for an eternally conflicted and disaffecte…

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Fresh off new, chill content on April 20, Wiz Khalifa has announced a stop in the Buffalo area this summer. Khalifa, who broke out with Pittsburgh-repping track "Black and Yellow," will play here July 21 at Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Corfu). French Montana and Playboi Carti are the chief openers, with additional support from DJ Drama, Moneybagg Yo an…

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February, March and April are the three biggest months of the year for summer concert announcements. The news that nationally recognized bands are coming to Buffalo whets the palates for music fans who crave warm weather and the chance to dance outside the confines of a crowded indoor venue. Here are six shows that have been announced in the last week: 311 with the Dir…

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The 1990s hard-rock heavyweights Korn and Alice in Chains' co-headlining summer tour will hit town at 6:30 p.m. Aug 2 in the Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center). Nu-metal pioneer Korn is in the midst of recording material that will eventually make up the group's 13th release. Its most recent effort "The Serenity of Suffering" dropped in 2016. …

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When Beck was announced as a headliner for the revived Rockin' at the Knox, Buffalo music fans buzzed with excitement - perhaps inspired by memories of a rousing opening set for U2 at New Era Field - selling out the show rapidly. Now, Beck is back with another area appearance, at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien), with more modern …

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Sure, we're in the throes of winter, but looking ahead to warm-weather concerts is a perfectly healthy form of escapism. Tickets for five solid area shows - from country to Swedish death metal - go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 8, and we're here to pass along the information. Zac Brown Band Who: Grizzly Zac Brown and his band return to Darien - separate from the Country Meg…

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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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The urge to see a single band is just one of the reasons to attend a concert at Darien Lake. There's the obvious tailgating in the parking lots, the pleasure of enjoying live music among other fans, relaxing on the lawn on a warm summer night and the people-watching inherent to shows of different genres. The list goes on. For the first time, Live Nation will offer a …

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If you want to rock and roll all night with KISS, this is your last chance. Seriously. KISS returns for its “final tour ever” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater. This concert is part of the just announced second leg of the band's "End of the Road World Tour." Many of the dates on the first leg of the tour, which starts Jan. 31 in Vancouver, British Col…

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Manchester dance-rock outfit the 1975 will return to the area at 7 p.m. June 2 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center). Making its first area appearances since back-to-back sold-out gigs at the Rapids Theatre in May 2017, the hook-heavy pop group will hit the road to support its forthcoming album "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships," …

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Consider this a gift from Niall Horan to his fans: He got them to put their phones away. About a half hour into his Sept. 7 tour stop at Darien Lake Amphitheater, Horan slowed down the evening, briefly transforming it from festive to reflective. The 24-year-old Irish singer and his five-piece band had already accelerated through a handful of his slightly poppy, slightly…