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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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The Grapevine

The Jonas Brothers, Nas, Wiz Khalifa: The biggest comeback story in pop this year, a hip-hop legend and a slightly-past-his-prime rapper are just a few of the many acts taking the stage in Buffalo this summer. Just because students can finally take a break doesn’t mean Buffalo’s music scene needs to. The Spectrum compiled a list of some of the hot music events coming up during the warm summer months.

NOVEL restaurant offers an eclectic array of entrees in a modern atmosphere

Post-graduation gourmet

College graduation is a significant milestone for many students. Graduation parties are gone, but it is still a time for celebration. Buffalo is known for wings and beef on weck, but that doesn’t mean there is a lack of fine dining in the area. The Spectrumcompiled a list of restaurants that are fancy enough to convince your mom that you took care of yourself for the last four years.

Graduation is a time for celebration. The Spectrum compiled a list of songs to commemorate the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Graduation grooves

The end of the year is a time of celebration. You can find a reason to rejoice if you survived finals week. Especially if you’re a senior.

Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie saw the most energy out of Saturday's Spring Fest crowd.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie wins over Spring Fest crowd

A late lineup change didn’t impact this year’s Spring Fest’s turnout. And it didn’t impact the crowd’s energy either. Opener Rich the Kid pulled out of his slot on Friday, just one day before he was set to open for Lil Baby and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. But his replacement, New York rapper Young M.A, didn’t feel anything like a replacement.

The UB Choir practices for “Love Songs from the British Isles.”

UB Choir prepares for Spring concerts

UB Choir Director Claudia Brown doesn’t care about being new. Brown, who began directing the choral program in 2017, harbors the challenge of running vocal groups and channels it into building a strong and diverse performance.

Vampire Weekend performs at Asbury Hall. The band mixed old hits with new cuts to ensure an enjoyable night.

Vampire Weekday

Vampire Weekend fans didn’t want to leave Tuesday night’s show and neither did the band, which performed for an additional 45 minutes after running through the setlist.

Sean Ryan is the Dance Captain, swing, and an understudy for the 20th Anniversary Tour of “RENT.” He was also in the “Fame: The Musical,” and “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” National tours. The ‘16 music theater alum sees his time performing at UB as instrumental to who he is as a performer.

From dorming fees to ‘RENT’

Sean Ryan never knows when he has to jump into a role. He has to be available at “any given notice” as an ensemble understudy in the “RENT” national tour. Ryan performs as a swing –– an understudy for ensemble roles –– for the character Mark.  But just a couple years ago, he was gracing stages at UB.

Retired music mogul Shep Gordon holds a copy of his documentary, which Mike Myers made about his life. Gordon often refers to his time at UB as some of the greatest years of his life.

Chefs, drugs and rock n' roll

Shep Gordon’s parents brought their son to a Queens Greyhound station in the summer of 1964 and loaded his bags onto a midnight bus to Buffalo. Once Gordon got off the bus, he and a friend decided to hitchhike all the way to Buffalo State College, where they heard “beautiful women” attended school. 

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