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For 30 years, you could bank on it: Thursday nights in Buffalo would feature live music outdoors throughout the summer. The names of the locations and series changed frequently - we even got to say "wharf" for a few years - but leaving work Thursday often meant fresh air, a domestic beer and the joy and release that accompany a band jamming in the summer heat. When Cana…

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More than 14 years passed between Dave Matthews Band's 2001 show at Rich Stadium and the return of major outdoor stadium concerts in the Buffalo area. But these large-scale shows were a key part of the city's history of major concerts, especially during the glory days of rock-and-roll, and extensive renovations, beginning in 2012, gave the venue legitimacy again. With B…

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This past summer’s Rolling Stones show at Ralph Wilson was tremendous, but it wasn’t without points to critique. Tickets were expensive. Track selections were “Sticky Fingers”-focused and, for many, stadium seating kept Jagger and Co. at a binoculars-necessary distance.These are a few things that “Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Experience” will alleviate wh…

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Most of the union stagehands who worked at the Rolling Stones concert July 11 have gotten new paychecks to replace the ones that bounced in late July.However, a few of the 204 stagehands, in the words of the Stones themselves, can’t get no satisfaction.Among those for whom new paychecks still haven’t arrived is the Rev. Kirk A. Laubenstein, who was among the first to speak…

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Here are 10 outdoor shows you should not miss this summer. It’s to the credit of the 2015 summer concert season that I had difficulty whittling it down to 10.Widespread PanicJune 16, ArtparkAfter last summer’s Artpark show was cut short due to the arrival, mid-set, of a severe summer storm, Widespread Panic is back to finish what it started. One name should seal the deal f…

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Signs are literally pointing to a Rolling Stones tour announcement on Thursday. A digital billboard, now up on the I-190 near Ogden Street, is similar to a billboard in Rochester and other cities nationwide teasing a Rolling Stones tour with the band’s tongue logo and song lyrics such as “You Get What You Need.” The word “Thursday” on the bottom of the billboard is part o…

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Longtime Western New York music fans and concert veterans have been clamoring for big-ticket shows to return to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the entirety of the nearly decade and a half since the Dave Matthews Band played the last show on the Bills’ home turf in 2001. On Thursday, they got their wish … sort of. One Direction, the British boy band, subject of screaming idolat…