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QRS has manufactured piano rolls at its home on Niagara Street in Buffalo since the 1960s. By the end of this year, they plan to close their doors for good.  It’s the end of an era for player piano lovers. Former QRS Music Director Bob Berkman spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the company’s history and how his love for the instrument led to a lifelong career in Buffalo.


Burchfield Penney Art Center

Songwriter and pianist Gabriel Kahane will be performing at the Burchfield Penny Art Center Friday at 7 p.m. His latest album, Book of Travelers, came to be as a result of the 2016 presidential election. Kahane traveled 8,980 miles around the U.S. talking to strangers hoping to better understand his country. He talked with WBFO’s Nick Lippa to discuss his experience and putting it on to an album.

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It’s been a long journey for Pausa Art House co-owner Lazara Martinez who grew up in Cuba before coming to America. Now, her live music venue has become a hot spot for touring musicians. This weekend, Grammy nominated jazz artist Jane Bunnett will be performing with her all-women Cuban group Maqueque.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from across Western New York will flock to downtown Buffalo for the 61st Allentown Art Festival this weekend. Art lovers and people-watchers will find streets filled with arts, music, and energy.

Airport Music

A fixture of Cheektowaga and the local music scene has closed. After 40 years in business, Airport Music has shut its doors for the last time.

Ally Spongr

The first day or summer and longest day of the year is being filled with public performances of live music in the second annual Make Music Western New York.

Buffalo Museum of Science

A national holiday that pays tribute guitars of all genres spurred the Buffalo Museum of Science to stage a day-long celebration Saturday.

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Some young Buffalo artists created a special original song for First Lady Michelle Obama to wish her well as she leaves the White House. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the project was led by their youth instructor at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.  

American Accordionists Association

Buffalo will soon become the Accordion Capital of the World – at least for several days. Accordion buffs will flock to the region on Wednesday for the annual American Accordionists’ Association Festival. In a report produced by Waverly Colville, WBFO’s Brian Meyer takes a closer look at this unique instrument:

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Buffalo has an incredibly rich music scene. Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata joins WBFO's Mark Scott on this week's Press Pass to talk about the May music issue.


Blues Bash attracts sell-out crowd

Apr 9, 2016
Eileen Elibol

The opening act for WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash was still a half-hour away from taking the stage Saturday night, but Michael Campbell was already getting in the mood.

'The Boss' rocks sold out First Niagara Center

Feb 26, 2016
Nick Lippa

"The Boss" was back, and the sold-out crowd at First Niagara Center couldn't have been more pleased that a four-decade-long music tradition continued Thursday night.

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A 1974 graduate of the University at Buffalo is bringing lessons of immigration and refugees into his music classroom.


Jeffrey Mayne/WBFO News

Walk into Waiting Room on any given night and you’ll see a flourishing music scene that cultivates local artists while playing an integral role in keeping Buffalo on the national map. That wasn’t always the case.


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Rocking was taking place on porches across Elmwood Village in more ways than one, on Saturday.

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash attracts capacity crowd

Apr 25, 2015
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When the Ghost Town Blues Band walked on stage Saturday night and kicked off its energetic show with a rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In," the crowd enthusiastically clapped to the rhythm.

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The lineup for 10th annual Buffalo Infringement Festival was announced Tuesday evening. The festival is a free, non-profit event that allows people to perform in all art forms, including visual, musical, and media arts.

Mohawk No More

Jan 12, 2013

One of Buffalo's most beloved music venues will be closing tonight.

Financial challenges are forcing the owners of the Mohawk Place to shut their doors. The derelict atmosphere of the club attracted a devoted audience along with local and national musicians who performed at the club, making it a renowned stop for touring acts. The Mohawk has been a significant local nightclub for more than two decades.

A weekend concert series ends with tonight's "Last Waltz."

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The 13th Annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts gets underway on Saturday.

Nearly 200 world-class artists will combine with a variety of music and dance performers to transform the Elmwood Village into a vibrant celebration for two days. Festivities are ongoing from 10 AM until 6 PM on Saturday and from 10 AM until 5 PM on Sunday.

Elmwood Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Ferry to Lafayette Avenue throughout the weekend.

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The new Digital Music Ensemble debuted at Buffalo State earlier this week.

As one of the few of its kind in the country, the student led group played music on laptops, iPads and instruments that were only created in the past few years. In fact, the group is barely older than some of the instruments its members play.

Daniel Robison attended their concert and filed this report.

You can follow reporter Daniel Robison on Twitter @robisonrobison.

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A new music ensemble will make its debut at Buffalo State College tonight. But instead of using traditional instruments like violins or piano, they’ll play iPads, laptops, and use video game controllers. WBFO's Daniel Robison has more.

The performance begins at 7:30 PM Wednesday evening at Buffalo State.

You can follow WBFO reporter Daniel Robison on twitter @robisonrobison.