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Review Roundup: The return of moe., Canal concerts

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Al Schnier of moe. performs at Erie Canal Harbor on Friday. Photo by Adam Wolffbrandt / Buffalo News

The music has already been plentiful at Darien Lake, Artpark and Lafayette Square, but the outdoor concert season is hitting on all cylinders following Friday night's openers at Erie Canal Harbor and the Ulrich City Center in Lockport. In case you missed them:

•Buffalo favorite moe. kicked off the Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor series with a homecoming show that opened with Keller Williams. From News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers' review:

The first set started heavy, and got heavier, as guitarists Garvey and Schnier traded solos through gorgeous guitar tones. The effect was not unlike what one imagines the Allman Brothers Band might sound like jamming on a funk-based Phish tune. The groove supplied by Amico and Loughlin was the cornerstone, Derhak’s playing the cement, and the twin Garvey/Schnier improv the structure itself.

Here are Adam Wolffbrandt's photos.

Missed moe.? You've got another chance tonight. At 5 p.m. today, the action on the waterfront continues with Donna the Buffalo opening up for moe. Get primed for the show with Miers' piece on moe. from earlier this week.

Rusted Root, no stranger to the Molson Canal Concert Series, helped kick off this season's Lockport lineup. The News' Sharon Cantillon filed these pics of Rusted Root and opener the Ragbirds. Allison Eck's review gave Rusted Root high marks:

Their characteristic light indie tunes and fresh percussive licks contribute to their strong bluegrass feel and made for a great ending to a beautiful night. 

•Back inside, the Seneca Events Center hosted former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung. From Joe Sweeney's review:

Unlike the current lineup of Styx, whose concerts are thoroughly based in rock guitar heroics and fist-pumping choruses, DeYoung’s performance was more of a soft rock revue with the occasional blast of distorted riffage.

And if you're looking for a flick tonight, Jeff Simon had high praise for "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," wasn't as impressed with "Knight and Day," and had even less love for "Grown Ups." 

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