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Gusto

More urban than Nashville is how the pre-concert playlist flowed on Monday night in Gusto Grandstand at the Erie County Fair. This was a sign that the show about to be underway was not a usual country music concert. The sold-out crowd with track-side and way-up-in-the-grandstand seats was there to see rising country-western star Kane Brown, and they were singing enthusi…

Festivals

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…

Festivals

It really seemed like competitor pig "Jim Smelly" was the favorite in one of last year's Erie County Fair Swifty Swine races. He had the first challenge – facing the proper direction at the starting gate – down, more than could be said for "Russell Bo-swine," who looked thoroughly confused by the obstacle course in front of him. As it turned out, neither pig named after…

Gusto

Country star Kane Brown, who earned an American Music Awards hat-trick last year, will perform at the Gusto Grandstand at the Erie County Fair this summer. Brown's show is scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway. Tickets, which range from $55-$90, go on sale at 10 a.m. March 28 through Tickets.com, by phone at (888) 223-6000, or in…