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Bob Dylan to play Artpark

Obama Medal of FreedomBob Dylan received the Medal of Freedom in May from President Obama during a ceremony at the White House. AP Photo

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will visit Artpark on Sept. 6, according to the musician's web site.

Dylan, 71, and his Band will tour across North America this summer beginning in August. He received the Medal of Freedom in May from President Obama during a ceremony at the White House. He last performed in Buffalo in 2005 at Shea's Performing Arts Center.

Dylan has used this paragraph penned by News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers to herald his arrival on stage:

"The poet laureate of rock ’n’ roll. The voice of the promise of the ’60s counterculture. The guy who forced folk into bed with rock, who donned makeup in the ’70s and disappeared into a haze of substance abuse, who emerged to ‘find Jesus,’ who was written off as a has-been by the end of the ’80s, and who suddenly shifted gears and released some of the strongest music of his career beginning in the late ’90s ... Ladies and gentlemen, Columbia recording artist Bob Dylan.”

Tickets go on sale July 13 at 10 a.m.

--Joseph Popiolkowski

Coming Sunday: Behind the scenes of Thursday at the Harbor


The summer of 2012 marks the first season that Buffalo Place is presenting its full free summer concert series at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf. Concurrent with the blossoming of a general enthusiasm towards waterfront development in Buffalo, Thursday at the Harbor -- and its ancillary arm, the ticketed Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor weekend concert series, which scatters shows throughout the summer -- is riding a rising tide of hope for downtown's future.

The wide, grassy waterfront area that houses the Thursday at the Harbor stage presents Buffalo in a positive light, certainly. An increased number of out-of-towners are making their way to the free and soft-ticketed shows this year. And, if the setting is not exactly bucolic, it is more than inviting as an urban oasis, one with plenty of room for large crowds to intermingle without needing to invade each other's personal space in order to grab a decent vantage point.

Behind the scenes, crews work hard to transform the Central Wharf into a temporary concert festival site each week, with all of the light, sound, and vending areas such a site demands.

In Sunday's Spotlight section, The News' photographers capture the work that goes into Thursday at the Harbor, from set-up to tear-down. Grab a copy and check it out.

-- Jeff Miers

(Photo: Built to Spill drummer Scott Plouf helps pack up after a recent show. Nick Agro/Buffalo News)

Live Chat on all things music with Jeff Miers

Return of the Prodigal Son

Jeff Miers is back from his recent siege in the land of what they used to call "the collywobbles" and will be ready to join me in our weekly Wednesday chat with readers at 1 p.m. So, as always, come one and all for whatever questions and comments you want to make. We'll be happy to have you.
--Jeff Simon


Buffalo Music Hall of Fame announces inductee class of 2012


During a press conference held this afternoon at Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac's GCR Audio Studios in Buffalo, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame announced its inductees for the class of 2012. 

The inductees will be honored at a ceremony slated to take place at the Tralf Music Hall on Thursday, October 4th.

As has been the case for many years, the BMHOF is honoring a broad cast of characters from varied walks of musical life this year.  In addition to the main Performer Category, the BMHOF also honors inductees in the non-performer category, as well as bestowing its Legacy and President's  Awards. 

The following will join such previous inductees as Ani DiFranco, Willie Nile, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Brian McKnight as the class of 2012.

 Performer Category:

- Bob Falk (guitarist; the Shadows, Lee Ron Zydeco, Hot Guitars of Buffalo)
- Al Hury (drummer; Joyryde, Sky, CPR Band, Black Cat Blues Band)
- Bernie Kugel (revered "Godfather of the Buffalo punk scene," member of Mystic Eyes and the Good)
- Shawn McQuiller (singer; Kool & the Gang)
- Mary Louise Nana (Acting Assistant Concert Master, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Conductor/Musical Director ARS Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra)
- Stave Sadoff (Esteemed session musician and performing artist)
- Tadj Szymczak (Polka musician; Jerry Darlek and the Touch)
- Pat Wilson (Drummer; Weezer)

Legacy Award:
- Carmeron Baird (Instrumental in establishing the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Violist with the BPO) 
- Arlester "Dyke" Christian (Musician, songwriter: Dyke and the Blazers. Wrote the classic "Funky Broadway.)
- Tom Lorenz (Revered music educator)
- Ralph Parker (guitarist; Billy McEwen, the Road)
- Tune Rockers (Band; had hit in 1958 with "Green Mosquito," appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand)

Non-performer category: 

- Marc Hunt (Musician, producer, engineer)
- Armand John Petri (producer, engineer, musician; worked with Sixpence None the Richer, Goo Goo Dolls, John & Mary, 10,000 Maniacs)

President's Award:

- The Dunlop Brothers (Recently rediscovered pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop and his drummer brother Frankie Dunlop

Congratulations to all the inductees! 

- Jeff Miers 


GustoTV: 24-hour musical festival

The lights are about to go back up on one of the most important stages in Western New York. On Saturday, the 710 Main Theatre (710 Main St.) at the edge of Buffalo’s Theater District will host its first public show since its former tenant, Studio Arena Theatre, went belly-up in 2008.

MusicalFare Theatre, the popular Amherst-based company, will have the honor of inaugurating the renamed space with its 24-hour musical festival. The festival begins tonight with a VIP reception during which four teams assembled by MusicalFare director Randall Kramer receive their assignments for a mini-musical.

The teams will spend one long, caffeine-fueled night writing their scripts, cast their shows in the morning, rehearse them in the afternoon and present their polished final products on the theater’s stage at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets to the Saturday performance are $25 or $15 for students and actors. More information is at 839-8540 or

—Colin Dabkowski

GustoTV: Painting for Preservation

From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Painting for Preservation, founded by painter Sara M. Zak, will assemble at the corner of Howell and Amherst streets, where a 1923 gas station designed by architect Karl Schmill stands neglected and in need of renovation. The group is small but growing collective of artists doing their part to merge the concerns of local artists and the growing preservation movement. Read Colin Dabkowski's preview of the event here and hear more from him in this video:

Live chat with Music Critic Jeff Miers at Noon

GustoTV: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is every bit as nutty as it sounds, says News Arts Editor Jeff Simon. Look for a review in tomorrow's Gusto.

GustoTV: "Moonrise Kingdom" gets 4 stars

"Moonrise Kingdom," the new film from director Wes Anderson about young love, gets a rare 4 star review in Friday's Gusto:

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