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Because of its spot on the calendar, this year’s Borderland Music + Arts Festival — set for Sept. 21 and 22 in East Aurora’s bucolic Knox Farm State Park — can bill itself in a handful of ways. It’s a goodbye to summer, occurring on the season’s last two official days. It’s a welcome to fall, happening on the doorstep of the region’s arguably most beautiful season. And …

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After an intense final round of concert performances, the judges in The Buffalo News’ Battle for the Borderland have determined a winner. This was no mean feat, as all three bands that progressed to the finals – Two Hills Reloaded (Sportsmen’s Tavern), the Greg Klyma Band (42 North Brewery) and Uncle Ben’s Remedy (Buffalo Iron Works) – put on killer shows at their respe…

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Borderland Music + Arts Festival and The Buffalo News are hosting a battle of the bands, in which one local band or performer will be selected to play the Borderland Festival on Sept. 22 and be showcased alongside 24 national and regional bands. Borderland Music + Arts Festival is a two-day music and arts festival held at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, and this ye…

Festivals

1) Witches Ball, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). General admission tickets are $40 in advance here, while VIP passes are sold out. Commentary: One of Buffalo's most popular Halloween parties - Buffalo Rising's masquerade ball - rages again on Saturday in the historic Statler. Five categories of costume contests, with $1,000 doled out in prizes, ar…

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It's only fitting that Knox Farm, an estate that shares a name with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, is the new home of Buffalo's two-day music and cultural festival, Borderland. The sprawling, 633-acre former estate of Buffalo's prominent Knox family, is best known for its strikingly-scenic public grounds and popular dog park. And now, for being the home of a two-day mus…

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Bully with JEFF the Brotherhood, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $15. Grunge-torchbearers Bully will be paying a visit to Mohawk Place this weekend nearly three years to the date of its last local appearance. After breaking through in 2015 with its critically acclaimed debut album "Losing," the throwback group returned with its sophomore effort in 2…

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The Sam Roberts Band and John Oates are just two of the performers slated to headline the inaugural Borderland Music & Arts Festival on Sept. 22 and 23 in Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. Local business owner and entrepreneur John Cimperman was inspired to create the festival after attending the 2017 Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, Tenn., a celebration of…

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Shea's Wine, Food and Beer Festival 5:30 p.m. at 646 Main St. Tickets $30 pre-sale here, $35 door, $45 VIP. Bites and sips from area restaurants, breweries and winemakers take center stage for the 23rd festival raising funds for the grand dame of Buffalo theater. Besides food and drink, participants get a chance to explore areas of the 1926 theater normally off-limits …

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Fairy and Gnome Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.). Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+ with ID) and $6 for kids ages 3-12. Garden members and kids 2 years old and younger get in free. Costumed attendees get $1 off admission. The Fairy and Gnome Fest in the Botanical Gardens …

Local News

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the 14th Dalai Lama, born on this date in 1935, “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” . . . FUN TIMES – Trinity Baptist Church, 2930 Bailey Ave. at Collingwood Avenue, will hold a Community Fun Day and Health Awareness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be a bounce house, games, face pa…

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1) Buffalo Undy Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m. registration, race at 9 on April 30 in Delaware Park (84 Parkside Ave.). Cost is $35 in advance or $40 day-of for the adult 5K (ages 14 and up), and $30 in advance or $35 day-of for the youth 5K and the 1.7-mile fun run. (I agree, too. Anything longer than 1.7 miles is not fun). Commentary: The fundraising race for the Colon Cancer Alli…