Thursday, June 13, 2013

This Summer Music Is In the Air

By Steve Karosik

Music fans in Buffalo and Toronto have plenty to be happy about this summer, between free outdoor concerts in both cities, and awesome music programs playing on WNED-TV.

Buffalo: Thursday at Canalside
This revitalized, beautiful downtown location is celebrating its second year of free summer concerts. Unlike its former location at Lafayette Square, there’s an almost endless amount of room to enjoy a nice summer evening, scope out the waterfront, enjoy an ice cream cone and a beer (perhaps they don’t go so great together), and see incredible musicians play for free!

Can’t-miss appearances include:

Edward Shape & The Magnetic Zeroes - June 13

Teddy Riley & Blackstreet – June 27

G. Love & The Special Sauce – July 11

Yonder Mountain String Band – August 1

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Toronto: NXNE Festival @ Yonge-Dundas Square

There’s music/film/art goings-on around the city from June 10 - 16 for the NXNE Festival, but the best part is the free concerts in the heart of downtown by some INCREDIBLE musical artists!

Social Distortion – Thursday, June 13

The National – Friday, June 14

Billy Talent – Saturday, June 15

Ludacris – Sunday, June 16

Get more info here.


Concerts & Music programs on WNED-TV

When you’re not busy attending one of the many live performances in our area, check out some of WNED-TV’s terrific music programming!

The Austin City Limits series currently airs on Fridays at 11:30 p.m. Upcoming episodes feature legend Jimmy Cliff on June 14, Indie rock heroes Spoon on June 21,  and Blues/Soul saviors Raphael Saadiq / Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears on June 28.

There’s also the fascinating PBS documentary Music Instinct: Science and Song – airing on Wednesday, June 19 at 12:30 a.m., for the late night crowd.

Feel free to share with us about any music events in Buffalo or Toronto in the comments.

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