The Shades of Blue build upon their 46-year history at each stop of their nationwide tour. The group reassembled in the early 2000s after surviving a series of lineup changes and the format shift from vinyl to earworm, reacquainting ears to their 1966 hit "Oh, How Happy" and performing R & B staples such as "My Girl" and "Stand By Me." The Legendary Teenagers, the former backing group for Frankie Lymon, also weave their harmonious voice threads on stage with their signature hit, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love." Two of the original Teenagers have teamed up with a pair of established R & B crooners to recapture the sounds that vaulted the group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Bridging moments of melodramatic bombast with sweet, gliding melodies, the compositions of Pyotr Tchaikovsky naturally lend themselves to classical ballet. That being so, the talented performers of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Neglia Ballet converge on stage in celebration of the prolific composer's career-defining masterpieces. Legendary choreographer George Balanchine's Serenade, which was written to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C, famously laid the groundwork for American ballet, which typically eschews concrete storylines for abstract generalizations, emphasizes form and geometry, and requires all dancers to don star-spangled top hats. As a former student of Balanchine himself, artistic director Sergio Neglia carries on the legacy of his mentor with the dance troupe's performance of the timeless ballet.
Greg Frewin boggles minds with an act chock full of mundanity-mocking illusions that helped him win the title of 2009 Magician of the Year from the World Magic Awards. Delivering the dazzle of a Las Vegas performance, the extravagant showman thrills audiences with feats of levitation and games of Twister with a menagerie of savage tigers and vividly coloured exotic birds. A troupe of beautiful dancing girls adds a glitzy flash to the mystical proceedings, participating in tricks and backing up illusions with choreographed numbers. A delectable buffet dinner ($24, not included in this Groupon) is available at 6:30 p.m. for evening performances, allowing patrons to fuel vigorous eye rubbing and epic jaw drops with hearty platters such as baked Atlantic salmon and roast beef accompanied by vegetables, roast potatoes, and a toasty spread of fresh baked pies.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, RedFoo and SkyBlu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," whose bouncy swagger dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. The band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, recognized as the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Their chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, will also see its hooky anthems represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Wunderkind Rachel Crow of The X-Factor fame and Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson start the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
The Beach Boys pick up sterling vibrations and mass excitations as Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks share the stage for the first time in more than two decades on their highly anticipated 50th anniversary tour. One of the most celebrated and influential bands in pop-music history, The Beach Boys radiate fans and baffle meteorologists as their chipper instrumentation and multilayered vocal harmonies evoke endless summers. To commemorate an upcoming album and the half century since their debut LP, Surfin’ Safari, changed the musical climate, the SoCal brotherhood hops in their woody to treat the nation's ears to a timeless and diverse catalog of hits. Expect to hear the band’s signature odes to surfing ("Surfin' U.S.A.”), girls ("California Girls"), and girls who surf ("Surfer Girl"), along with more introspective tracks from the baroque pop masterpieces Pet Sounds and last year's long-awaited Smile. Though The Boys will brandish their own instruments, their wall of euphony will be further bolstered by actor, multi-instrumentalist, and adoptive band uncle John Stamos, as well as members of Brian Wilson's crack backing group, The Wondermints.
Strawloo's 4,000-square-foot showroom pays homage to a bygone era with its antique furniture and vintage collectibles, and its in-house café—Mama Gilmore's Bistro—serves up hearty house-made fare to patrons before they browse the timeworn objects. Every day, chefs at the café simmer soups brimming with fresh ingredients ($2.75 for small) to pair with café sandwiches with rye or whole-grain foundations and spiral ham, turkey, or albacore tuna toppings ($4.75). Grilled kaiser rolls bookend quarter-pound Angus burgers ($4), and ciabatta-bread paninis and tomato or spinach wraps encapsulate fresh meats, cheeses, and fixings ($5.75). The on-site ice-cream shop with 24 flavors of Hershey's ice cream and 26 smoothie flavors serves treats sweeter than a chocolate-covered Girl Scout.