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Band of Horses, Midlake to play Town Ballroom July 22nd

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An alt/indie rock double bill featuring Band of Horses and Midlake has been confirmed for the Town Ballroom (622 Main St.) on Tuesday, July 22nd. 

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 9th, at 10 a.m., through and at the Town Ballroom box office. They're priced $32 advance, $35 day-of-show.

- Jeff Miers 

Hamburg native Jankowski to discuss new book on Eastern Europe

Buffalo area native Tomek Jankowski will discuss his new book "Eastern Europe! Everything You Need to Know About the History (and More) of a Region That Shaped our World, and Still Does" this Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main Street in Buffalo.  The event is free and open to the public, and copies of Jankowski's new book will be available for purchase.

Jankowski--who grew up in Hamburg and earned a degree in history at the University at Buffalo--worked, studied, and traveled in Poland, Hungary, and other regions of Eastern Europe from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, gaining a functional literacy of several languages in the process.  He currently lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire, where he is a senior analyst at a research firm that specializes in producing market analysis for the management consulting world.  Part of his work involves writing private reports focusing on Eastern Europe and other emerging markets regions, as well as the financial services industry.

Library Journal describes the book as "a sweeping history of Eastern Europe [that] does an admirable job of getting information in on nearly every language and religious and cultural group that has existed in the area, a commendable feat. . . . Jankowski writes in an intelligent, accessible style, and it is easy to read the book from start to finish, or just to pick out sections on certain countries or events. . . . A meaty but not overly challenging read for history buffs and students, Eastern Europe scholars, and tourists with more than a passing interest in the region."

While noting the book presents a broad overview of  "nations and peoples living amid constantly shifting boundaries in a centuries-old battleground between East and West" that is well-suited for academic courses, Publisher's Weekly adds "Jankowski displays an ease and familiarity with cultural minutiae while briskly covering intense topics of genocide, religion, and Communist implosion. He intersperses sober descriptions with frequent "useless trivia" bits, covering key figures or issues—some lighthearted, some heartbreaking—under humorous titles such as Austria-Hungary as a Bug on the Windshield."

"Eastern Europe!" is published by New Europe Books, the Williamstown, Massachusetts based publisher of quality trade nonfiction and fiction focusing on or about  the former Eastern Bloc.  New Europe Books was founded and is headed by Amherst native Paul Olchvary, who will also be on hand for Jankowski's Talking Leaves Books presentation.

--R.D. Pohl

Zac Brown Band to play Darien Lake in August

Uber-popular country-rock outfit The Zac Brown Band will stop at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Aug. 23.

Zac Brown

It will be tough to top its performance last year - the second consecutive year the band sold out Darien Lake - when more than 22,000 people turned out for a show. On that occasion, News Reviewer Seamus Gallivan said the audience was watching "the emergence of an American melting pot party band with unlimited potential."

Tickets for this year's show are priced $75.50, $59.50 or $39.50 reserved and $35 general admission on the lawn. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 9t through Live Nation.

- Jeff Miers 

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Third time's the charm: Hank 3 will play the Town Ballroom in June


Grandson of Hank Williams and son of Hank Williams, Jr., Hank 3 will play the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) on Friday, June 13th. One of the few remaining true country outlaws, Hank 3 brings a punk rock edge and hardcore honky tonk irreverence to an often otherwise triesome modern country scene. He's the real deal. Just ask him. He'll be happy to tell you as much.

Tickets for Hank 3 go on sale Friday, May 2, through and the Town Ballroom box office. They're priuced $20 advance, $24 day-of-show.

- Jeff Miers 

Goth-metal legends Lacuna Coil to play the Town Ballroom


Italian goth-metal legends Lacuna Coil will play the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) on Wednesday, May 28th. The band will be joined by guests Anti-Mortem and Melia. Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 2nd, through and at the Town Ballroom box office. They're priced $19 advance, $24 day-of-show. 

- Jeff Miers 

Lisa Marie Presley Show at Iron Works Cancelled

The Lisa Marie Presley show scheduled for the Buffalo iron Works, 49 Illionois St., on June 23rd, has been cancelled. Refunds for previously purchased tickets are available through Buffalo Iron Works.

Presley has cancelled all of her remaining tour dates for the year, acting on the advice of her doctor, according to the Iron Works press release. Presley's health issues have not been specified.

- Jeff Miers

Buffalo Chamber Music Society unveils exciting new season


By Mary Kunz Goldman

The Buffalo Chamber Music Society, which wrapped up its triumphant 90th anniversary season on Tuesday with a lovely concert by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, celebrated the occasion by announcing its 2014-2015 lineup. Here it is:

Oct. 14: The Jerusalem Quartet, praised by the magazine the Strad as "one of the young, yet great quartets of our time," performs a program to be announced.

Nov. 11: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is offering a program that includes the Piano Quintet by the great American Romantic composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. 

Dec. 9: The Amadeus Trio, together 22 years, plays a program including the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio.

Jan. 20, 2015: The Ariel String Quartet, pictured above, is a young group formed in Israel that moved to America in 2004 and is currently the quartet in residence at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. The group's program is yet to be announced.

Feb. 17, 2015: Trio Settecento presents "An Italian Sojourn,"which focuses on the Baroque era.

March 17, 2015: Going head-to-head with St. Patrick's Day celebrations will be the Elias String Quartet, praised by the Washington Post for its "shimmering beauty." Program to be announced.

April 28, 2015: The Buffalo Chamber Music Society likes to end seasons on an especially high note, and the 2014-2015 season closes with the distinguished Juilliard Quartet. The group has a memorable motto: "Play new works as if they are established masterpieces, and play established masterpieces as if they are new." The program is as yet undetermined.

The aforementioned concerts all take place Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $20, with the exception of the last concert, by the Juilliard Quartet, which is $30. Season subscriptions are available for $100 and include all seven concerts. Student subscriptions are $40.

The Gift to the Community Concerts have also been announced. These are free concerts on three Sundays at 3 p.m. that feature up-and-coming talent scouted personally by Clementina Fleshler, the head of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

Sept. 21: Pianist Andrew Tyson. Next month, just to give an idea of his promise, he is performing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto at New York's Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

Nov. 9: Violinist Stephen Waarts. Born in 1996 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Waarts studies at the Curtis Institute and is also a star mathematician, winning various math awards.

March 1, 2015: The Hermes Quartet.

For info on the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, call (716) 462-4939.

Jimmy Buffett will (sort of) perform at the Transit Drive-In

The man who showed the world the way to Margaritaville is going to help music-lovers find their way to the drive-in to help kick off summer.

Jimmy Buffett and his band the Coral Reefers will perform what is being billed as a first of its kind ‘Live At The Drive-In’ concert on June 19. The concert will be livecast via satellite transmission from the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, Texas, to dozens of drive-in theater sites across the United States, including the Transit Drive-In in Lockport.

Transit Drive In

The Transit announced the event today on its Facebook page.

The post noted that "with technological advancements in digital projection and satellite delivery, properly equipped drive-in theatres are now capable of presenting a live concert performance in high definition with ultra bright light output on outdoor screens a hundred feet wide, or larger. CD quality sound is delivered to each vehicle using high fidelity FM broadcast.

"With popular hit songs such as ‘Margaritaville,’ ‘Cheeseburger In Paradise,’ and ‘Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes,’ singer Jimmy Buffett has amassed legions of dedicated fans worldwide, commonly referred to as 'Parrotheads.' ”

Advance tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and can be puchased on the Transit's website. Tickets also will be available at the theater box office during regular business hours, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Ford, Fisher, Hamill returning in seventh Star Wars film

Actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have been included in the cast for 'Star Wars: Episode VII', which has been announced today. (Getty Images)


After months of fan speculation, J.J. Abrams on Tuesday finally lifted the deflector shields protecting the identities of his “Star Wars” cast members. Seven newcomers and six stalwarts will star in the seventh installment of the space epic, which is scheduled for release in theaters in December 2015.

The newcomers are John Boyega, a young actor with mostly television on his résumé; Adam Driver, from HBO’s “Girls”; Oscar Isaac, who had a prominent role in the 2013 Coen brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis”; Domhnall Gleeson, an Irish actor recognizable from the last two “Harry Potter” films; the veteran Swedish actor Max von Sydow; the “Lord of the Rings” star Andy Serkis; and Daisy Ridley, a largely unknown British actress. No information was provided about the characters they will play.

The returning veterans are Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in late 2012, it acquired the popular and lucrative “Star Wars” franchise and immediately said it would produce a seventh installment. Abrams was named the director early last year.

“We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud,” Abrams said in a statement.

– New York Times

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