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Local Buffalo Music Scene

Buffalo is surrounded by beautiful scenery that attracts tourists from all over the world. The city is on Lake Eerie and is a short drive from Niagara Falls. In the 2010 census the Buffalo metropolitan area had over one million residents. At one time in the early 1900s Buffalo was the tenth biggest city in America.

The city's population peaked in the 1950s and has been declining since, although in 2010 Forbes rated Buffalo as one of the best cities to raise a family. Throughout the 2000s the city has been working on a revitalization plan. The history of the Buffalo music scene has included Rick James, Ani DiFranco, Spyro Gyra and The Goo Goo Dolls. Campuses include University of Buffalo and Buffalo State College. The local music scene is covered by Buffalo

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Buffalo Local Music Scene History

The Buffalo music scene lost musical instrument expert Scott Freilich, 66, on April 15, 2020. He was known for restoring vintage instruments, which elevated him to international attention. Major acts that hired him included Van Halen, ZZ Top, The Black Crowes, Randy Bachman and Goo Goo Dolls. Freilich also launched and hosted the Buffalo Friendship Guitar Show, which showcased collectible instruments.

Craig Reynolds, the founder of the now closed underground music venue and dance club Soundlab and the alternative quarterly publication Basta!, died in November 2014 at the age of 41. Soundlab, located in a basement at 110 Pearl Street, was a haven for music fans outside the mainstream in the 2000s. One of the bands to rise out of Soundlab with bookings by Reynolds to international success has been The National. Another successful band that got their start at places like Soundlab was Phantogram.

The Goo Goo Dolls, who remain the most successful band to have come from Buffalo, returned to their hometown to appear at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 18, 2013. The band has now put out 10 albums. They began to rise to prominence in the local scene in 1990 as punk rock trio. After getting a deal with Warner Brothers, they went on to have a series of more laid back national hits starting in the mid 90s as "Iris" was one of the most successful singles of the decade. The band is led by John Rzeznik and Robbie Takac, who both went to school and grew up in Buffalo. Takac invests in the local scene with his Music Is Art Foundation. The band was written about in this Jeff Miers article 8/18/2013 in the Buffalo News.

The City of Buffalo announced it will try to restore music programs in 14 schools with money from the general fund, which must be approved by the Buffalo Common Council. Mayor Byron Brown made the announcement on August 13, 2013 that the city will offer the schools $400,000 to bring back the instrumental instruction programs that were cut for the 2013-2014 school year due to a tightening budget. The issue was written about in this Ed Reilly article 8/13/2013 on

The Buffalo Hall of Fame announced its 2013 inductees in July 2013 for the October 3 ceremony at the Tralf Music Hall. Those inductees are Jony James, Joe Public, Howard Fleetwood Wilson II, Bobby Previte, Natalie Merchant, Linda Lou Schriver and Ed Supple, who are all scheduled to perform. Inductee who are not scheduled ot perform will be Dave Fridmann, Jim Santella, Andy Anselmo, Fred Caserta, Cannibal Corpse and New Buffalo Shirt Factory. This event was written about by Megan Erbacher article 7/23/2013 on

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