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Why does Buffalo's summer stampede by so quickly? It's likely because there's so much more scheduled during the week, in addition to jam-packed weekends, that the whole concept of time becomes a blur. Though June, July and August can feel frenetic, Buffalonians understand how crucial it is to take advantage of warm temperatures. The Tall Ships and Fourth of July holi…

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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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When Buffalo-based Tragically Hip tribute act the Strictly Hip first booked its June 8 show at Kleinhans Music Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, it was set to be a significant affair for a variety of reasons. It would be the nearly 25-year-old band’s first performance inside the hollowed confines of Buffalo’s historic music hall, a pinnacle achievement for a…

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Strictly Hip, 7 p.m. Jan. 4, the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $10-$12. The area's premier Tragically Hip tribute act will return to the Theatre District music venue to kick off its annual residency series. Each Friday during January, the band will deliver a faithful rendition of one of the beloved Canadian band's albums. The first installment will feature a front…

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Pressure Drop and Big Ditch peacefully join arms Pressure Drop Brewing (65 Vandalia St.) and Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) have released a new collaboration beer, Aqua Buddha. The 7.4 percent ABV beer is a double dry-hopped DIPA (double India pale ale) featuring dominant citrus notes and hints of cherry. Aqua Buddha was brewed to be a hybrid of east and w…

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Inspired by his brother's story and what he considers a broken system for treating autism, Max Muscato has worked tirelessly for more than a year, playing dozens of local shows to raise money for autism awareness and to prepare for the debut of his Rock Autism Music Festival. Muscato's work nears fruition, as he and the rest of the Rock Autism organization have announce…

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Dan Bern, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $15-$20. Ithaca-based promoter Dan Smalls has presented a wide range of acts - from big-name musicians to under-the-radar bands - in the Buffalo area since breaking into the market a few years back. His latest local presentation is Iowa-born singer-songwriter Dan Bern. Dubbed one of the many "next …

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No summer is complete without the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing under the stars. At Kleinhans Music Hall, you can hear every single note with crystalline distinctness. But concerts outdoors have a different magic. A beautiful Buffalo summer evening, the fun of relaxing on a blanket with a cooler, the lovely surroundings of a park or a parkway -- take all th…

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Strictly Hip performs "Live Between Us," 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $10. Throughout January, Strictly Hip has been tackling front-to-back renditions of some of its favorite albums by the Tragically Hip. For the concluding show of its month-long residency, the group will take on "Live Between Us," the tight-knit live album (the first from the …

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Strictly Hip, North America's premiere Tragically Hip tribute band, will hold an ambitious month-long residency throughout January in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). The four-part residency will find the band tackling a different Tragically Hip album every Friday through January. For the first installment at 8 p.m. Jan. 6, Strictly Hip will perform a front-to-back …