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Khruangbin with men I trust

6:30 p.m. on August 1 at the Artpark Amphitheater, 450 S. 4th St., Lewiston; $49.50 – $70.

The local debut of Texas-based trio Khruangbin has been a beacon for me throughout the winter, an imaginary space where I travel where the sun shines and the people are joyful, as bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer and the drummer Donald Johnson bathe us in their jubilant mix of soulful psychedelia and supple Thai funk.

Trombone Shorty brings his “Voodoo Threauxdown” to Artpark in June.

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Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown

6:00 p.m. on June 14 at the Artpark Amphitheater, 450 S. 4th St., Lewiston; $19-$42.

New Orleans music is synonymous with carefree exuberance and deeply deep grooves. Since Trombone Shorty’s debut in the Artpark in 2018, the Threauxdown has become a highly anticipated event. This year’s lineup is made up of both legends and new generation ambassadors of New Orleans sound, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tank & the Bangas, Big Freedia, George Porter & Dumpstaphunk, Cyril Neville and the Soul Rebels. It’s about to get funky in Lewiston.

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The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour

7:30 p.m. June 18 at Lake Darien Amphitheater; $22.50 – $129.50.

What makes this show particularly appealing is the presence of vocalist/keyboardist Michael McDonald, who joins founding members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons and longtime guitarist John McFee in a lineup that spans early soulful rock and revolutionary R&B/rock. amalgamation of McDonald-era albums such as “Minute by Minute” and “Takin’ It To the Streets”.

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Moe at Art Park. From left to right, Chuck Garvey, Jim Loughlin (percussion) and Rob Derhak on bass.

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6:00 p.m. July 7 at Lakeside Event Lawn, Outer Harbor; $24 to $49.

A Moe. Back to basics is on the cards, and now more than ever, one of Buffalo’s most successful exports could use some town love from the good neighbors. The band played an abbreviated tour with the help of Schleigho guitarist Suke Cerulo and Percy Hill keyboardist Nate Wilson. They will temporarily fill the void left by founding member Chuck Garvey, who is recovering from a stroke he suffered in November.

Cobblestone Live Music and Arts Festival

6 p.m. July 15 and 1 p.m. July 16 in the Cobblestone District; $25 one day / $40 two days.

Over the past five years, the Cobblestone Live Festival – presented on multiple stages in the Cobblestone District – has become a must-attend summer event, seamlessly blending national tours with some of the best artists Buffalo has to offer. This year’s lineup includes Misterwives, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Andy Frasco & The UN, The Hip Abduction and Doom Flamingo.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters with Nicole Atkins

6:30 p.m. on August 9 at the Artpark Amphitheater,450 S. 4th St., Lewiston; $37 – $67.

There have been many versions of Elvis Costello over the years – the tense, wired new waver, the romantic country swing, the elegant (but tormented) balladeer, the collaborator of Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and the Roots, the full- throated singer facing a string quartet. But Costello, the conductor who moves like a house on fire, has long been the eye of the creative hurricane. And it’s this Costello who crafted “The Boy Named If” during the pandemic, an album that will be the centerpiece of the Artpark concert.

6:00 p.m. on June 8 at the Artpark Amphitheater, 450 S. 4th St., Lewiston; $41.50 – $49.

Two complete series of Goose, without an opener. The Connecticut-born quartet built their WNY following brick by brick, starting in clubs — and even recording a live album at Nietzsche’s — and building local buzz to match their growing national reputation. Be there to see a band seize their moment.

Metallica rocks the KeyBank Center (copy) 2018

Vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield, left, guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich during Metallica’s 2018 concert at KeyBank Center. The band returns for a summer gig at Highmark Stadium.

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Metallica with Greta Van Fleet and Ice Nine Kills

6 p.m. Aug. 11 at Highmark Stadium; $52.50 – $245.

Metallica, perhaps the greatest American heavy metal band of all time, is playing just two stadium shows this summer, and both with Greta Van Fleet and Ice Nine Kills. Buffalo gets one of those shows. What else do you need to know?

Bidwell Parkway Summer Concert Series

7 p.m., June 21 – August 9, Bidwell Parkway; free.

One of the best live music venues in Buffalo can be found in the village of Elmwood on eight consecutive Tuesdays in the heart of summer. All of the 2022 lineup looks great, but here I go with the June 28 appearance of George Caldwell & Star People, an ensemble of 716 members of jazz royalty, including pianist Caldwell, saxophonist Bobby Militello and drummer John Bacon, Jr.

1-6 p.m. May 21, Elmwood Village; free.


Farrow is playing Porchfest at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Lafayette Avenue in 2021.

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Since its maiden voyage in 2013, Buffalo PorchFest has grown into a major Elmwood Village event, featuring dozens of bands and artists performing in low-key, intimate settings on the porches of community members. It’s always a good time and offers music lovers the opportunity to discover the musical talent of our city.

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