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In 1987, Buffalo Place and Fountain Plaza hosted the first "Thursday at the Park" concert. Within a year, the after-work happy hour concerts outgrew the space and were moved to Lafayette Square, becoming the popular "Thursday at the Square" weekly concert series. Now, the newly renamed "Thursday & Main" concert series (formerly Queen City Social) hearkens back to th…

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The Diamond Ball, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, featured the debut of locally produced hit "Against the Storm" on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Samuel's Grande Manor. See the dressy celebrants.

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One year ago, Joey Nicastro – a curly-haired rocker-turned-neatly gelled lawyer – called his buddy Tom Lillis, a banking executive. The conversation went like this: “It’s always been on my bucket list to have a song that’s taken off nationally,” said Nicastro, a personal-injury attorney with the Buffalo firm Ramos & Ramos. “It was on mine, too — a long time ago,…

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"Bleed a Little While Tonight." "Rosy and Grey." "Salesmen, Cheats and Liars." These are all songs penned by revered Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Hawkins more than 25 years ago, back before multiple generations of Buffalonians discovered these tracks and others by Hawkins’ Toronto-based Lowest of the Low to soundtrack secluded keg parties, barroom laughs or the unpleasa…

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Since 2009, the Hamburg Music Festival has been blending community-based grassroots fundraising with a dedication to regional entertainment, food, the arts and culture, while simultaneously offering one of the most family-friendly festivals in our region’s summer season. In the past, the festival has used funds generated by the sale of admission wristbands to make donatio…

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Regardless of the information on his birth certificate, it’s still hard for many to believe that Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Hawkins isn’t actually from Buffalo. His Lowest of the Low-backed barstool truths have resonated from local bar jukes for decades; the guitar-geared sneer of his Rusty Nails work is emblematic of the city’s jagged edges; and his narrative solo ef…

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Call it barroom indie rock for folks who like to read books. The sound of Ron Hawkins & the Do Good Assassins is both literary and acerbic, brimming with the smartly observed ephemera of everyday life, and bursting with poetry of an everyman’s vernacular. As he’s been proving for decades - first with the Lowest of the Low, later with the Rusty Nails, and for the past …