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Carrie Underwood. Tiger Woods. Beyonce. And Buffalo. People magazine says our city is one of the "100 Reasons to Love America in 2019." The magazine released its annual summer list last week and it is included in its July 1 issue. The magazine wraps up its reasoning in two sentences: "A rust-belt city having a renaissance. Spectacular late-19th-century architectur…

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It's tempting to treat worldwide pop stars more as symbols of success than actual humans, focusing more on success metrics like album downloads, YouTube views and Grammys than philanthropic endeavors or social initiatives. For Lady Gaga, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the First Niagara Center, it's impossible to separate the social issues she defends from the art…

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For once, the weather won’t be a factor.The seasoned summer concertgoer is accustomed to taking in shows at the many outdoor and partially covered stages in our region, where basking in the sunshine is half the fun, and dealing with the potentially nastier elements is accepted as part of the gamble. But this summer, three of the biggest shows on the docket will be i…

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Back before the days of free and inexpensive soft-ticketed shows, this was all you had – a roster of paid concerts, most of which took place in hockey arenas or in the outdoor amphitheaters known in the industry as “sheds.” The preponderance of competing action in music-loving towns like ours has meant that there is increasingly tough competition for entertainment dollars.…