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Artpark: Welcome The Machine

Artpark: Welcome The Machine

It's a shame, really.

We hear the words "tribute act" and we immediately think of out-of-shape men in poorly sequined suits caterwauling something that's supposed to sound like an Elton John song. Or, our minds jump to that local bar band that's nothing more than glorified karaoke, and about as interesting as plain crackers.

This wouldn't be the case if every "tribute act" was like The Machine. For 24 years, frontman Joe Pascarell and his bandmates have tirelessly worked to provide audiences with something significant.

"What I'd like to think happens is that we really try hard to capture what it feels like to listen to Pink Floyd," Pascarell said.

And by that, he means forget you've even heard the words "tribute act."

Interview: Artpark Welcomes the Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson

Interview: Artpark Welcomes the Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson

Vocalist brings his "Breakfast in America Tour" to Lewiston

Tuesday's Artpark concert will be wonderful.

A miracle.

Beautiful.

Magical.

And all the fans in their seats, well, they'll be singing so happily, joyfully, playfully, watching Roger Hodgson, the legendary voice of Supertramp.

An acclaimed singer, Hodgson also wrote the tunes that fueled Supertramp's 60 million record sales (including "The Logical Song"). He is bringing his "Breakfast in America Tour" to Lewiston on Aug. 21. Hodgson will headline the "Tuesday in the Park" concert series at Artpark.

Grisanti Sponsored “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” Signed By Governor

Grisanti Sponsored “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” Signed By Governor

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” which passed the Senate in June.  This Bill which Grisanti introduced amends the environmental conservation law to establish a procedure for the operator of any sewage treatment plant to notify the public of all raw sewage overflows within 24 hours. The bill spells out all the information that must be reported to the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation including when, where and how much has been spilled.   The purpose of this legislation is to provide valuable information to the public about spills in a timely manner and in an effective way.

"Greater Buffalo": A City Beautiful From the Lake to the Falls

"Greater Buffalo": A City Beautiful From the Lake to the Falls
"GREATER BUFFALO" A BEAUTIFUL CITY FROM THE LAKE TO THE FALLS - Assemblyman Quinn's Bill Provides For New County and Municipality Taking in Niagara Falls, the Tonawanda's, & Other Towns Comprised in Territory of More Than 25 Miles--Many Improvements.  GRAND ISLAND USED FOR INSTITUTIONS

Buffalo Courier Feb. 11, 1906

  • Albany, Feb. 1.-- Picture a city with 500,000 inhabitants with a chain of parks and parkways more than 35 miles in length, traced through with a smooth macadam boulevard ending at the world's grandest bit of scenery, Niagara Falls; add to this sketch a municipal power plant capable of supplying light for millions of electric lamps and forcing cars over leagues and leagues of track and there you have portrayed a part of the proposed Greater Buffalo...

Heart Performs at Artpark: Interview with Ann Wilson

Heart Performs at Artpark: Interview with Ann Wilson

Does being a rock 'n' roll star and performing in front of thousands and thousands of singing, fist-pumping, hand-clapping fans ever get old?

What do you think?

"No, that would not be old," Heart lead singer Ann Wilson says.

The vocalist behind a heap of hit songs says, "That's why we do this, is because we have something to say. We really do want to get with people and do our thing and connect with them."

Alongside her sister, ace guitarist Nancy Wilson, Ann has said plenty in songs such as "Magic Man" (about the dangers of young love), "Barracuda" (about working in the despicable music industry), "What About Love?" (about finding romance in the mayhem of life), "Never" (about not giving up), "These Dreams" (about fantasy colliding with reality), and "Alone" (about struggling to find and keep "the one").

Interview: Foreigner Returns to Artpark with Fresh Songs, Attitude

Interview: Foreigner Returns to Artpark with Fresh Songs, Attitude

It's no coincidence Foreigner is touring in support of its three-disc "Feels Like The First Time" collection. The work's title is a worthy description of where the band is at in 2012.

When the single, "Feels Like The First Time," was released in 1977, Foreigner was comprised of Mick Jones on guitar, Lou Gramm behind the mic, Ian McDonald on sax, drummer Dennis Elliot, Ed Gagliardi on bass and keyboardist Al Greenwood. The sextet went on to record hits songs such as "Cold As Ice," "Hot Blooded" and "Double Vision."

But then the band started to change.

McDonald and Greenwood left, while Rick Wills replaced Gagliardi. The new, sleeker version of Foreigner released even more hit singles in the 1980s, including "Urgent," "Juke Box Hero," "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "I Want to Know What Love Is."

Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S.6248 to help Buffalo fight its vacant building problem by passing a labor law exemption for contractors employed by the City of Buffalo from payment of asbestos project notification fees for demolitions.  

The cost of an asbestos notification fee can be more than $4,000.  This fee is ultimately paid by the city and the taxpayers in the City of Buffalo.  Since July of 2008, over half of all demolitions in Buffalo have required an asbestos notification fee.  When a project is large, subdivided and has a garage, it is often viewed to be multiple projects thus requiring the submission of several notification fees to the state.