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Sam Roberts Band, Gord Downie among concerts announced for Canalside

Free Thursday concerts

Shows start at 6 p.m. They still are free, but now VIP tickets ($40) offer front-of-stage access, plus a VIP tent with beer, wine, appetizers and VIP restrooms.

June 12: Shaggy, Soul Rebels.

June 19: moe., Conehead Buddha.

June 26: Sam Roberts, July Talk.

July 3: Gord Downie & the Sadies, Hey Rosetta!, Boy & Bear.

July 10: Fitz and the Tantrums, Max Frost.

July 17: Lake Street Dive, the Oh Hellos.

July 24: Extreme.

July 31: Sheila E.

Aug. 7: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra plays the Music of Earth Wind & Fire and Michael Jackson.

Aug. 14: To be announced.

Ticketed shows

Four Saturday evening Canalside ticketed shows are planned; three have been announced. Prices and on-sale dates will be announced; information will be available at www.canalsidebuffalo.com

6 p.m. June 21: Tedeschi Trucks Band.

7 p.m. June 27: George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Fifth on the Floor.

6 p.m. Aug. 8: Girl Talk.

Aug. 14: TBA.

Also planned

“Local Favorites” is a “battle of the bands” in which area musical acts compete to open for a national band at one of the Canalside concerts. Dates are June 8 (blues), July 6 (Americana), July 13 (jazz and R&B), July 20 (TBA) and July 27 (“Lady Leads”).

“Music & Dance,” to be held 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from July 9 to Aug. 27, features local dance instructors teaching basics to novice dancers. After the 45-minute session, there will be two 30-minue dance sessions set to live music. Here’s the schedule: July 9, swing; July 16, tango; July 23, ballroom; July 30, salsa; Aug. 6, swing; Aug. 13, tango; Aug. 20, ballroom; and Aug. 27, salsa.

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