Cover design by Chastity Taber.

A long, long time ago (May/June 2005) ... but we can still remember ... how Spree’s first-ever local music issue made us smile—and cry. After all, a single issue couldn’t include everything there is to be said about the subject. But good news! It’s time for us to take another look at the people, venues, and subcultures that make WNY such an astounding sonic playground. There’s country and polka, Comets and Blazers, opera and post-punk. And, of course, there’s Terry Sullivan, a genre unto himself. We’ve got a round-table talk with promoters in the know, images of a night of concerts all over downtown, a BPO timeline, and more. Think of it as Buffalo’s music scene on shuffle. Make sure the earbuds are in tightly, and please, no skipping.
By Tony Billoni, Ron Ehmke, Jana Eisenberg, Gerald Mead, Phil Nyhuis, Nancy J. Parisi, Jay Pawlowski, Sarah Quintal, Christopher Schobert, and Julie Wesolowski.

Buffalo trail-Blazers
By Bruce Eaton
Keeping time with the BPO
A pictoral history

By Jeffrey Levine
The shows must go on
A friendly roundtable with some Buffalo concert promoters

By Joe Sweeney
Adam Levite: Making the video
By Jeffrey Levine

Q&A: Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker,
President/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

By Christopher Schobert; photos by kc kratt
Buffalo Books
By Cynthia Van Ness
Spree Insider: Sundance, Cannes … Buffalo? Plus, a Gardens hunt
By Christopher Schobert
The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Profile: An American story
By S.D. Liddick; photos by Lawton King
Iran Maiden: Marjane Satrapi
By Joe Sweeney

Fashion: A week on the runway
By Catherine Berlin
Gadget Planet: Music boxes
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin
Gardening: A greener garden
By Sally Cunningham
Vanity Wars
By “Faith” and “Ambrose”

Reviews of Russ Salvatore’s new venture and two new coffee shops; Mark Criden wines (and dines) in Sonoma; WNY goes Dining Out for Life; the Foodies have a platter of que at Suzy Q’s; a burger bargain at Vizzi’s; great garlic ideas; and the month in charity galas.
By Reine Hauser, Caroline Huftalen, Jessica Keltz, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Kevin Purdy, and Jennifer Wutz-Lopes.

Bargain Dining: Vizzi's: Buffalo's best burger
By Alan Bedenko; photos by kc kratt
Wine: Liquid assets in Sonoma
By Mark Criden

Editor’s letter, Deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there
Bflo Days:
Buffalo hoop dreams
By Christopher Schobert