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By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The music of Yes – that magical, genre-bursting marriage of classical, folk, jazz and rock that was to the 1970s and ‘80s what Radiohead is to the past 20 years of popular music – is not dead, but it has certainly been ailing of late. When Yes co-founder and bassist Chris Squire died last year, it seemed that the... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, May 14, 2016

Think it’s a mistake to pair Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 with songs from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”?It ain’t necessarily so.This weekend’s concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus is a dandy. We’ve got a majestic Metropolitan Opera diva, Angela Brown. She is paired with the fine baritone Kevin... Read More

By Daniel Bauer » Sunday, May 8, 2016

The members of Snarky Puppy, the Brooklyn-based instrumental jazz fusion force of nature, delivered their signature brand of music for both brain and booty at its sold-out visit to the Town Ballroom Saturday night in support of its 11th album, "Culcha Vulcha." Faultless by the standards of the fussiest music student,... Read More

By Alicia Greco » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

If you seek sounds similar to Skrillex, stop by Town Ballroom this week for a dubstep and bass heavy evening featuring Zomboy and Ghastly. Or if you may be looking for house and techno, and want a little taste of drum ’n’ bass, a slew of DJs will be found at the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center. Zomboy, 8 p.m. May 5 in... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, April 30, 2016

At Kleinhans Music Hall on Saturday night, before the show started, a gentleman shared with a few of us a boyhood memory of Sammy Davis Jr.Apparently Sammy was playing at the Glen Park Casino in Williamsville and he accepted an invitation to play bingo in his off hours. Not being a native Buffalonian, he had trouble... Read More

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

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