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From behind the plum-colored, sky-high Asbury Hall curtains, Joan Baez, lone and lean and of enviable, angular cheekbones, meandered onto the stage. The waiting audience applauded at the sight of her, quickly rising to their feet. “Coffeeshops, 1958, Cambridge,” were the first of her several spoken words conjuring her rich, folk past and that would skewer the topsy-turvy …

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The solitary man – Neil Diamond – is 74 years old and on his “Melody Road” 74-concert world tour. Coincidence? As coincidental as a pre-eminent performer’s perfectly paced show can be. Singer-songwriter Diamond, in fine form vocally and physically, played to a packed First Niagara Center on Tuesday night. “Melody Road,” his 32nd studio album, was released in the fall of 2…

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Under hazy golden spotlights, amid flickering faux vintage radios, and with projected film clips behind them, Diana Krall and band performed for nearly two hours at University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. The show, a rescheduled one due to a previous wintry cancellation, happened Tuesday night before an adoring, mature audience. “How you doin’?” Kra…

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Matinee show-goers seated within Seneca Niagara Events Center on Wednesday were greeted by a seasonal stage decorated with a pair of Christmas trees, pretend wrapped gifts, pine boughs and a neat row of poinsettias edging the stage. Prominent screens showed the cover art of “White Christmas,” the holiday recording by Deana Martin – the talent of this early hour. A lone ma…

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With area expressways – and exits – finally all officially opened for the first time after much intense snowfall and subsequent snow-removing days, a near-capacity crowd swarmed merrily into University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on Sunday night for the yuletide show by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. The bandleader loves Christmas: this is his 11th annual Chr…