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LEWISTON — A “Rock and Roll Fantasy” played out at Artpark Tuesday night. As most of the great rock bands reach retirement age, it has become increasingly difficult to find a band that can fulfill rock and roll dreams; thankfully, Bad Company is still around.

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LEWISTON — We all need the human touch, at least according to one of Rick Springfield’s most popular songs. The Australian born musician, who became a soap opera star and then a pop star, added a few human touches to his bombastic first performance at Artpark on Tuesday night as fans relived…

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LEWISTON — One of the first things I do every Tuesday morning during the summer is check the weather forecast for Lewiston that evening. Tuesday night, when Chris Isaak was scheduled to perform at Artpark, there was a 90% chance of thunderstorms, so I was not surprised when the show moved to…

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A group of us were standing around near the soundboard waiting to photograph Weird Al Yankovic when someone said, “Could you have imagined this 30 years ago? We would all be here waiting to photograph Weird Al with a symphony orchestra.”

The atmosphere at Artpark was electric Tuesday night. Earth Wind & Fire’s show was the first sellout of the 2019 Tuesday series and the size of the crowd brought back memories of some of the greatest performances at the iconic Lewiston venue.

For the 37th year, the Canal Fest of the Tonawandas will launch on Sunday, with a full line-up of events, competitions, music, food and rides to celebrate the Erie Canal and the communities that border it. 


It was hard not to notice that the crowd was lighter than usual at Artpark, and harder to explain why. The triple bill of Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra and Tonic lead singer Emerson Hart were all hit makers in the 1990s, and Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath is a television personality. Tripl…

Better Than Ezra will make a triumphant return to Artpark on Tuesday. Last year, the group had a spectacular performance when they were sandwiched between KT Tunstall and the Barenaked Ladies, This year the group will appear with Tonic’s Emerson Hart kicking off the evening, and they will be…

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The progressive rock genre is known for its complex arrangements, lengthy songs with poetic lyrics, all of which don’t necessarily lend themselves to creating a party atmosphere. Asia was one of the first bands that moved the genre towards a more accessible sound, and while some prog purists…

In the music world, it’s generally agreed that singer Aretha Franklin, after a series of early recording successes beginning in 1961, confirmed her vitality and importance with the release in April 1967 of her version of Otis Redding’s “Respect.” She never looked back.

“My Gal Patsy: A Tribute to Patsy Cline,” returns to the Riviera Theatre Sept. 13 as part of the theater’s $20 Friday Nite Tribute Series, sponsored by Kenmore Mercy Hospital and WECK Buffalo.

On Tuesday, A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour, makes a stop at The Town Ballroom in Buffalo. With all the big names that are coming to town over the next few months, this is a show that may have flown under the radar for some music fans, and it is well worth checking out.

New Year’s Eve is one of the best nights of the year to go out and enjoy some live music. For my last column of the year I have three great choices, ranging from a massive outdoor show to a great offering in a club setting.

The inaugural Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition launches this weekend for a series of pyrotechnic displays in the skies above Niagara Falls. The event will take place over six weekend nights starting at 9 p.m. on Friday.


LEWISTON — Barenaked Ladies and Better Than Ezra both formed 30 years ago, one way up north in Toronto, and the other way down south in New Orleans. Despite the geographical differences, they share an approach to music that can be described in one word — fun.

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Donna R. Mauri passed away August 31, 2019 in Elderwood at Grand Island. Born October 25, 1930 in Lockport she was the daughter of Harold and Elsie (Durant) Riddle. Donna served in the Army from 1952 to 1956 and worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance in Lockport where she was the office mana…

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