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By Jeff Miers » Friday, April 29, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS – Steely Dan has its own place in music history, for no other group has so successfully married the sophistication of jazz harmony to the song-oriented strictures of pop, rock, funk and R&B. From its beginnings in the early 1970s through the present “The Dan Who Knew Too Much Tour,” which stopped... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Sunday, April 24, 2016

Brody Dolyniuk is the master tribute artist. He stood in for Freddie Mercury at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s tribute to Queen. He also stepped into Mick Jagger’s shoes. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall, he sat at the Steinway, donned flashy glasses and sang the bittersweet ballads of Elton John. This BPO... Read More

By Garaud MacTaggart » Friday, April 22, 2016

Last year marked the release of a remarkable album by the Minnesota based trio The Bad Plus in combination with saxophonist Joshua Redman. Friday night found them onstage in Rockwell Hall’s Performing Arts Center playing for a nearly full house of enthusiastic folks. On their own, the players had fairly full resumes in a... Read More

By Steve Sucato » Thursday, April 21, 2016

Proof of the adage “Good things come to those who wait,” Thursday night’s long-awaited performance by Richmond Ballet and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in “The Rite of Spring” at UB Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre had everything: excitement, drama, pathos, thrilling music and exceptional dancing.... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, April 2, 2016

John Lennon pleaded with us to give peace a chance. The music the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus are performing this weekend show that it’s not that simple. Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote his “Dona Nobis Pacem” as a plea for peace in 1935, as the Nazis were advancing and war was looming. Meanwhile Paul... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Monday, March 28, 2016

In 2016, Indie Rock is an attitude more than anything else, and has all but lost any connection to its original definition, as a sub-stratum of alternative music featuring unsigned or independent label artists. Two of the four bands comprising Monday’s Spring Fling concert package at First Niagara Center are signed to... Read More

By Nancy J. Parisi » Saturday, March 26, 2016

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... Read More

By Tim O'Shei » Friday, March 25, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS – Rock stars, particularly longtime rock stars and ones who aren’t named Springsteen, can be a bit robotic. It’s not their fault; try playing a hit song for two or three decades and make it seem fresh. Fans don’t mind; they’ve been listening to those same songs for those same decades. But a dose... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Much like the entertainment at a striptease club, the music at a Rihanna concert is somewhat incidental – it’s part of the whole presentation, but it’s far from the main attraction. On Wednesday evening at First Niagara Center, the main attraction sold sex with the help of a six-piece band, a host of dancers and a... Read More

By Garaud MacTaggart » Sunday, March 20, 2016

Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa has performed in Western New York before – first with pianist Vijay Iyer and secondly with his own quartet (both in the Art of Jazz series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery) – but his new quintet showcased their skills in the Drama Theatre at the University at Buffalo Center for the... Read More

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