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By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, May 26, 2016

Buffalo’s summer of jazz is rich and laid back. Our festivals are relaxed, with grassroots origins. The Buffalo News’ Jazz at the Albright-Knox festival, for instance, was founded personally by Stanford Lipsey, The News’ longtime publisher, simply because he loved jazz. Every year it offers a mix of encore... Read More

By Mac McGuire » Thursday, May 26, 2016

As Buffalo music lovers quickly fill up their calendars with great touring acts and concerts passing through town, this seems to be as good of a time as any to remind people that summer is a perfect time to catch the countless number of fantastic locally bred acts that call the Queen City home. If you keep telling... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Thursday, May 26, 2016

Anyone who is a parent of young kids can get in tune with this dilemma: You want to bring “tween”-ager to a concert (or two, or three). But the music, the onstage banter and – especially – the crowd have you nervous. What’s appropriate? We’re here to help. Here are some shows that should be PG or cleaner and... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer’s a time for the region’s outdoor venues to shine. But just because amphitheaters and open-air stages rule the season, it doesn’t mean all the best gigs are happening outside. If you need a break from the pleasures of fresh air, here are 10 performances to consider adding to your concert calendar. Valerie... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1) Ray LaMontagne June 29 at Artpark LaMontagne’s recently released “Ouroboros” is one of the year’s finest albums. Haunting, spacious, with a slightly psychedelicized take on Americana, this material is likely to gain gravitas in the live setting. [Read: Ray LaMontagne in 'Digging through... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Wednesday, May 25, 2016

When Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed categorized the up-tempo R&B records he was spinning as “rock and roll” in 1951, few could foresee that his genre description would label a revolution. Will the term “boogie soul” have the same impact? Too early to tell. In the meantime, it’s a tag owned by Lockport... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It has become traditional for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus to end the Pops seasons with a Memorial Day salute. Last year, Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders struck just the right note – just solemn enough, just humorous enough. Sanders also will preside over this year’s concert, called “Star-Spangled... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Laura Marano has spent the last year writing songs, recording music, shooting videos, doing press, rehearsing for tour. She might be here; she might be there. She might start early; she may work late. It’s a fluid, mishmashed existence, one that’s standard for musicians. But for Marano, at 20, it’s not typical at... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jacob Whitesides’ music career began in the teeny-est way. Today he’s 18, with a record deal (of sorts), his own company and a social media following of 5 million-plus. It’s good stuff and big, with the potential of getting bigger, should pop radio latch on to his recently released single, “Lovesick.” But... Read More

By Kris Kielich » Monday, May 23, 2016

When you go to the website of the Dreamers (, you get a spooky, back corner of the internet, new-age conspiracy theory sort of vibe, with bright colors and a seemingly purposeful homemade look. But in a sense, there’s no better way to capture the essence of this band that describes itself as... Read More

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