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Paul McCartney announces first concert dates of 2014, including shows in Albany and Pittsburgh


Paul McCartney has announced a handful of shows for this summer, his first full concert performances of 2014. They include dates in Albany and Pittsburgh, but as yet, nothing in Buffalo. Keep your fingers crossed! The dates and venue locations announced so far are: 

June 19 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center

June 26 - Louisville, KY - Yum! Center

July 5 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center

July 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center

- Jeff Miers


Bad Co. and Lynyrd Skynyrd will celebrate 40th anniversaries together at Darien Lake


(Bad Co., seen in this late 70s promotional image, share a bill with Lynyrd Skynyrd at Darien Lake in July.) 

Bad Co. and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team for a joint 40th anniversary tour this summer. The two bands will play Darien Lake PAC on Sunday, July 13th, at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 12th, through Ticket prices range from $34 for general admission on the lawn, to $117.65 for the reserved seats located closest to the stage.

- Jeff Miers 

Goo Goo Dolls drop live EP today

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The Goo Goo Dolls have released a 5-song live EP, comprised of material performed by the band last April, as part of the Warner Sound series "The Live Room." The group tackled four songs from its most recent effort, "Magnetic," at East West Studios in Los Angeles. The band also added ealrier hit "Slide" to the repertoire. "The Warner Sound Sessions Live" is available digitally here. 

The Goos arrive for a gig at the Bear's Den, Seneca Niagara Casino, on Saturday at 8 p.m. The band then returns for an exclusive engagement at the North Park Theatre (to be filmed for a planned DVD release) on April 29th. Fans will also have the opportunity to catch the Goos in our area later in the summer, when John Rzeznik, Robby Takac and co. team with Daughtry and the Plain White T's for an August 22nd appearance at the Darien Lake PAC

- Jeff Miers

Reflections on Saturday's Mary Moser Benefit at Town Ballroom


(David Miller and Richie English perform during Saturday's "Healing Mary Moser" benefit at the Town Ballroom.)


(Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip performs "Bobcaygeon" during Saturday's "Healing Mary Moser" benefit at the Town Ballroom.)

A full house - and then some - turned out for Saturday's "Healing Mary Moser" benefit at the Town Ballroom. The event - which sought to raise money to cover medical expenses for the Moser family, as Mary has been in a coma since July of 2013, after suffering a head injury during a fall - found members of the local music community gathering to show their love for Mary and her husband Bruce, prominent members of our music scene for the past three decades-plus. 

The music started at 7 p.m. and continued until past midnight. Highlights included an inspired solo set from the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie - which numbered amongst its slections a transcednent take on the Hip's "Bobcaygeon" - as well as a heart-rending song composed and performed in Mary's honor by David Miller of Dive House Union and composer/arranger/pianist Richie English.

Friends who were not able to make Saturday's benefit can visit this site for additional information.

- Jeff Miers


'The Best of Jethro Tull Performed by Ian Anderson' booked for UB's CFA

Ian Anderson - Alex Pavlou

Ian Anderson, mastermind and songwriter behind multi-platinum progressive rock legends Jethro Tull, will bring his band (guitarst Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O'Donnell) to UB's Center for the Arts on Tuesday, November 4th.

Anderson and co. will be performing the soon to be released "Homo Erraticus" album in its entirety, before delving into a set chronicling the history of Jethro Tull. 

Tickets (priced $69.50, $59.50, $49.50) go on sale Friday, April 11th, at 10 a.m., and will be available through and at the CFA box office. A "Homo Erraticus" teaser video is viewable here

- Jeff Miers

Blue Rodeo, Megadeth among new Artpark concerts

Blue Rodeo with 54-40, Megadeth and Ziggy Marley are among the new acts announced for the summer concert season at Artpark.

Added to the First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park lineup are Canadian favorites Blue Rodeo and 54-40 performing on July 1 (advance general admission tix are $7) and Megadeth on July 15 (advance general admission is $12).

New to the Coors Light Wednesday lineup are Ziggy Marley & Steel Pulse on June 25 (advance general admission is $6).

These acts join the recently announced O.A.R. with Phillip Phillips concert on July 2 (advance general admission is $11).

Tickets for all of those shows go on sale at 10 a.m. April 11 through the Artpark box office,, online at, and by phone at (888) 223-6000.

Front-of-stage (standing room) tickets are availabel for $27 for all Tuesday shows and $26 for Wednesday events.

Previously announced Artpark concerts are: Daryl Hall & John Oates (June 10), Widespread Panic (June 17), Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band (June 24), Boston (July 8), Arctic Monkeys (June 18) andSublime with Rome (July 9). Tickets for those shows are on sale now.



All-star lineup coming to First Niagara Center for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

 A North American arena tour of the classic Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber rock musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar," is headed to the First Niagara Center.

The 50-plus city tour will stop at FNC on Aug. 13 with an all-star cast including Brandon Boyd (Incubus) as Judas, JC Chasez (*NSYNC) as Pontius Pilate, Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) as Mary Magdalene and punk music icon John Rotten Lydon as King Herod. Newcomer Ben Forster is playing the title role.

Ticket prices and on-sale info will be released at a later date.

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair continues with letterpress demo, film screening, and readings

The 2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair continues its two day run-up to the start of the exhibit portion of the fair this week-end with a full evening of activities tonight at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street in Buffalo. 

From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., there will be an informal meet 'n' greet with letterpress printer, papermaker, and book arts legend Amos P. Kennedy of Kennedy Prints, followed by a brief Letterpress Print Demo by Kennedy, whose studio is currently based in Gordo, Alabama.

From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be screening of "Sign Painters," a documentary film by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, about the increasingly lost art of sign graphics, and the stories of the men and women artists who once worked, and in a few limited cases, continue to work in that field.

From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., the evening will conclude with the annual “All Poetry is Small Press Poetry” reading co-sponsored by Just Buffalo Literary Center, featuring several of the poets, editors, and small presses from Western New York and well beyond this region that will be represented in this week-end's fair.  This year's line-up of readers includes Buffalo area native Marina Blitshteyn, Safiya Sinclair, Iris Cushing, and Elizabeth Clark Wessel representing Brooklyn-based Argos Books; Marthe Reed, Susana Gardner, and Vincent Zompa representing the Rhode Island-based Dusie Kollektiv Press and the online journal Dusie; and Sarah Jean Alexander, Cassandra Gillig, Pat Kewley, Matthew Bookin, and Buffalo area native Jake Drum representing the zine Cage Match.

The exhibition portion of Buffalo Small Press Book Fair will feature over 140 vendors and will run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Porter Hall, 452 Porter Avenue in Buffalo.  All events sponsored by or occurring in conjunction with the fair are free and open to the public.

--R.D. Pohl

MusicalFare cabaret space opens tonight with tribute to Louis Prima and Keely Smith

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Debbie Pappas and Norm Sham will perform a tribute to Louis Prima in MusicalFare Theatre's new cabaret space.

MusicalFare Theatre will hold a soft opening tonight for its newly completed Premier Center Cabaret tonight with Norm Sham and Debbie Pappas' tribute to the music of Louis Prima and Keely Smith. The show runs at 8 p.m. tonight, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20.

The theater's renovation includes an expanded lobby and bar area in addition to the performance space. Here's a shot of it during a the opening of "Tommy":

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On April 11, Christina Rausa opens a three-day run of "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman show based on the life of Emily Dickenson. The space's official opening will coincide with the opening of MusicalFare's production of "Adrift in Macao" on April 23.

--Colin Dabkowski

Dirty Smile wins local round of Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands

Following the final four round of the local edition of Hard Rock Rising's Battle of the Bands, held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls on Thursday evening, regional act Dirty Smile has been determined as the winner.

The band now has the opportunity to move on to the nationwide top 25 competition, the winner of which will be determined by a panel of music industry judges. Fans can vote for Dirty Smile between April 28th and May 7th, here.

- Jeff Miers

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