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Q&A: Ashley Newbrough finds 'Love in Glacier National,' success in romantic roles
Fri, Feb 3rd 2023 07:00 pm
Ashley Newbrough hits the bullseye with a nuanced approach to her roles. The actress is superb in striking just the right balance of real life and Hollywood dreams, crafting characters that are relatable and aspirational.
Entertainers of the Year: Joshua Maloni's top artist interviews of 2022
Tue, Dec 20th 2022 07:20 pm
The artists interviewed here - my Entertainers of the Year - are responsible for the songs in our heads, the faces on our 55-inch, high-def frames, and the dinner we're about to eat. They are worthy of this recognition - and my thanks for taking time out to chat and say "Hello" to the NFP audience.
Q&A with Hallmark's Kimberley Sustad, star of 'Lights, Camera, Christmas!'
Wed, Nov 2nd 2022 07:15 pm
The network teamed with Lighthouse Pictures for a tongue-in-cheek, movie-in-a-movie appropriately titled, "Lights, Camera, Christmas!" One of the best Hallmark offerings you'll find this year, the film humorously and lovingly pokes fun at - and celebrates - the magic that comes from making (and watching) a "Countdown to Christmas" feature.
Newly defined Echosmith looking forward to returning to Toronto: 'A great city' with 'a lot of good food,' 'a lot of sweet people'
Sun, Oct 23rd 2022 01:20 pm
The Sierota siblings spent their pandemic pause much like the rest of us - taking a deep-dive into their lives and wondering what could be improved. The members of Echosmith found they're more alt-pop leaning and, more importantly, their music should be a means to unite people in positivity.
Q&A: Mandeep Dhillon offers clues into 'CSI: Vegas' season 2
Thu, Sep 29th 2022 06:50 pm
When CBS debuted "CSI: Vegas" last season, part of the appeal was that the show was bringing back original "CSI" stars William Petersen (Gil Grissom) and Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle). While that caught the attention of both hardcore fans and casual channel-flippers, it was the new cast members who made the iconic franchise feel fresh and fun.
'One Chicago' preparing for Jay Halstead's departure
Tue, Sep 27th 2022 04:10 pm
"One Chicago" - the triumvirate of "Chicago Med," "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D." - has become the cornerstone of NBC's scripted programming, with each show among the network's most-watched series. At the foundation of that universe is the Halstead brothers - Dr. Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Det. Jay (Jesse Lee Soffer).
Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze to perform at Town Ballroom
Tue, Sep 13th 2022 04:15 pm
Glenn Tilbrook has no shortage of songs he can perform on stage when touring. He has hits crafted by himself and Chris Difford in their '80s band Squeeze (including "Tempted," "Take Me I'm Yours," "Pulling Mussels From A Shell," "Up The Junction" and "Black Coffee In Bed"), as well as solo selections from albums "The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook," "Transatlantic Ping-Pong" and "Pandemonium Ensues."
Q&A: Amanda Schull brings something new to screen
Tue, Sep 6th 2022 07:00 am
Amanda Schull is a unicorn. She is an outlier in an industry that relishes sameness. A creator whose path to success is contrary to established convention.
Interview: Jeremy Camp brings 'I Still Believe Tour' to Buffalo
Thu, Sep 1st 2022 09:10 pm
The story of Job has been shared over the years in myriad church and Sunday school sessions. For many, that's all it is - a story. But for Jeremy Camp, a key question within the 42-chapter book became all too real when his 21-year-old wife died 21 years ago.
Q&A: Katy Nichole's life takes unexpected turns, leading to unimaginable blessings
Thu, Sep 1st 2022 09:05 pm
None of this was supposed to happen to Katy Nichole.
Q&A: Gabby Barrett is, in fact, 'One of the Good Ones'
Fri, Aug 26th 2022 08:10 pm
Though no one knew who Gabby Barrett was five years ago, she knew herself - what she believed in, what she was capable of, and what she could accomplish if given the right platform.
Zach Williams to bring 'Heart of God' to Erie County Fair
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 04:10 pm
Grammy Award-winner Zach Williams will perform a free show at the Erie County Fair at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. This performance is free with gate admission. No grandstand tickets are required for entry.
Q&A: Kenny Wayne Shepherd brings new blues festival to Artpark
Thu, Aug 4th 2022 04:05 pm
Forging something out of nothing is, well, nothing new for blues rocker and five-time Grammy Award nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Garth Brooks makes Buffalo crowd feel at home
Mon, Jul 25th 2022 03:25 pm
It's 8:20 p.m. on a hot Saturday night in Orchard Park, and at Highmark Stadium, Garth Brooks is getting ready to make his entrance. As the drums rise up, they reveal Brooks underneath them, looking like Hercules lifting them skyward. It's a grand entrance, and the fans respond with a loud roar. It's finally showtime.
Q&A: Matthew West bringing fresh perspective to Kingdom Bound
Sat, Jul 23rd 2022 11:00 am
Matthew West is not really an awards kind of guy - ironic, in that he keeps getting asked to host the K-LOVE Fan Awards show, alongside his buddy, Tauren Wells.
Once an onlooker, Brooke Nicholls returns to Kingdom Bound as PAC performer
Fri, Jul 22nd 2022 04:55 pm
An estimated 40,000 people will attend Kingdom Bound at Darien Lake over the next week. In between campouts, games and inspirational events, the mostly teenage crowd will be stirred up by some of the top names in Christian music. How many of them will look up on the PAC stage and wonder if, someday, they might be the one motivating the masses?
Kingdom Bound returns after 2-year pandemic pause
Thu, Jul 21st 2022 08:45 pm
Two consecutive summers where large gatherings were frowned upon, if not prohibited, made it impossible for Kingdom Bound Ministries to hold its annual four-day festival at Darien Lake. But with all COVID-19 restrictions lifted, and concert and event attendance rising - particularly outdoors - Kingdom Bound is a full-go, this weekend, for the first time since 2019.
Howard Jones bringing new collection, approach to humanity to Buffalo - plus more than a few hit songs
Wed, Jul 6th 2022 08:40 am
Among the titles given to Howard Jones - new wave icon, synth/electronic music pioneer, 1980s hitmaker - we can now add humanitarian.
Barenaked Ladies visit Hibbard's, lend name to custard fundraiser
Tue, Jul 5th 2022 05:15 pm
It was three summers ago that Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard announced a partnership with acclaimed Toronto band The Barenaked Ladies. The end result was "Big Barenaked Bang," an original recipe made with ground coffee, chocolate coffee beans and semisweet chocolate bits.
Flogging Molly to bring honesty - plus a little 'Swagger' and 'Anthem' - to Artpark
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 07:00 am
A little over 20 years ago, I caught Flogging Molly performing at a small club in Rochester. I was a single, custodial dad of a couple of young sons, and one of them begged me to take him and his younger brother to the show on a school night.
Q&A: Wiser from pandemic, Josh Groban excited to be back on tour
Mon, Jun 20th 2022 08:25 pm
In took a pandemic to bring Josh Groban the one thing he hadn't earned over the course of his storied career: a break.
Shantel VanSanten pleased with 'FBI' experience, excited to find work that 'scares the crap out of me'
Mon, May 23rd 2022 06:35 pm
While it was shocking to see Shantel VanSanten's character come to such an abrupt end on the USA Network's "Shooter," it wasn't a surprise to see her career skyrocket once that series wrapped in 2018.
NEEDTOBREATHE takes fans 'Into the Mystery' with new tour
Fri, May 13th 2022 10:00 am
For South Carolina's NEEDTOBREATHE, silence was a chance to create something special. Speaking before a concert Tuesday in Ames, Iowa, keyboardist and vocalist Josh Lovelace recalled a particular period of production - what would eventually be chronicled in an album and documentary titled "Into the Mystery."
Modest Mouse to bring unique, exciting, unpredictable show to Artpark
Fri, May 13th 2022 09:55 am
Modest Mouse will bring their unique indie rock sound to Artpark's Amphitheater on Friday, May 27. Formed in the small town of Issaquah, Washington, in 1992, Modest Mouse spent their first decade together releasing critically acclaimed records before achieving mainstream success with the 2004 release "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" and the single "Float On."
'Most Wanted' Dylan McDermott looks forward to playing 'good guy' on 'FBI'
Fri, Apr 8th 2022 02:00 pm
Dylan McDermott's Remy will join the FBI fugitive task force in Tuesday's episode, which centers on the nefarious underpinnings of a cult-like church. He is immediately portrayed as a well-thought-of wheel-greaser, with an impressive resume in law enforcement. But as the episode unfolds, and the team begins to learn more about Remy, David Hudgins' comment rings true: "There's something going on with this guy."
Q&A: Geoffrey Zakarian to give one aspiring restaurateur $250,000 on new Food Network series 'Big Restaurant Bet'
Fri, Apr 1st 2022 11:45 am
With aspiring restaurant owners in need of guidance - particularly with everything they've faced since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic - Geoffrey Zakarian is taking a "can-do" approach to "Big Restaurant Bet." He is putting $250,000 of his resources into "the next rising star in the restaurant world" on a new Food Network competition series premiering Tuesday, April 5 (10 p.m. ET/PT).
Rebecca St. James proves good triumphs over bad with release of 'Kingdom Come'
Tue, Mar 22nd 2022 02:05 pm
Rebecca St. James' musical comeback is complete this week with the release of "Kingdom Come," her first full-length record in 11 years.
We Are Messengers invites listeners in, eager for Buffalo show
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 03:35 pm
If you think Christian music is judgy, preachy, stuffy or boring, then you're doing it wrong. We Are Messengers can help.
Casting Crowns set to perform first of 2 2022 Kingdom Bound concerts in Buffalo
Sat, Mar 12th 2022 05:30 pm
Batman is all the rage these days - and you can find him in everyday people. No mask or cape required. Take Mark Hall, for example.
'Chicago P.D.': 'Burzek' faces toughest challenge yet
Tue, Mar 8th 2022 08:10 pm
"Burzek" just can't catch a break. Engagement, separation, pregnancy, miscarriage, near-death experiences - in nine seasons of "Chicago P.D.," intelligence unit officers Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) have gone through a lot together.
Q&A: Lizzy Greene making her mark on 'A Million Little Things'
Tue, Mar 1st 2022 08:40 pm
Lizzy Greene has achieved something many of her contemporaries have not: a second act.
Q&A: Guitar great Samantha Fish returns to Buffalo with fantastic 'Faster'
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 05:00 pm
Samantha Fish should consider hiring Maxwell Jacob Friedman as her hype man because, as he might say, she's better than you - and you know it.
Dun-dun. Original 'Law & Order' returns to NBC; Odelya Halevi Q&A
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 05:55 pm
The mothership is back. "Law & Order" is returning for a 21st season on NBC - complete with Sam Waterston as D.A. Jack McCoy!
Q&A: Brooke Williamson eager to take back belt in 'Tournament of Champions III'
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 01:00 pm
With double the contestants and double the challenges, who better to win Food Network's "Tournament of Champions III" than B Dub? "Top Chef" alum and season one titleholder Brooke Williamson leads a field of 32 culinary masters looking to win host Guy Fieri's meat-grinder of a competition and take ultimate bragging rights.
Joshua Maloni's top artist interviews of 2021
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 03:35 pm
For about a decade now, I'm compiled a yearend list of my favorite celebrity interviews. But as I thought about the 2021 edition, it occurred to me that "celebrity" connotes fame, and fame is fast, fickle, fleeting - traits not associated with these entertainers.
Q&A with Christmas superfan and Hallmark Channel star Ashley Newbrough
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 10:20 am
Ashley Newbrough doesn't need a Christmas tree farm in her heart. She has her parents' house in Ontario.
Lindsey Stirling returning to Buffalo to spread holiday cheer
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 05:45 pm
At the "Lindsey Stirling Holiday Program," fans expect a mix of hit songs - plus new music from "Artemis," a musical collection Stirling turned into a comic book series - and selections from "Warmer in the Winter." Stirling's holiday album is a fun collection of Christmas covers - including "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," "Santa Baby" and "Somewhere In My Memory (Main Title From 'Home Alone')." The virtuoso violinist also sings on "I Wonder as I Wander."
Maggie & Tim: 3rd 'Psych' movie continues character growth, highlights franchise's creative genius
Fri, Nov 12th 2021 04:40 pm
It's the most underrated coupling on TV's most underrated franchise that has made "Psych" special. And it almost didn't happen.
Our Lady Peace to give away free music to fans at (or near) Buffalo show. No, really.
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 10:55 am
If Western New York has a Mount Rushmore of touring acts, Our Lady Peace is definitely etched in stone.
 

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