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February 27, 2014

JENNINGS: Many musical acts to choose from this week

Niagara Gazette — There is no shortage of great shows this weekend, including three tribute bands, a legendary southern rock band, a great blues band and a pioneer from the psychedelic rock era.

We start on Friday at Seneca Niagara’s Bears Den where they will be hosting The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The band was at the height of its commercial success in the mid-1980s with hits like “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap it Up,” when the band featured guitarist Jimmy Vaughn, the brother of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The group still features founding member Kim Wilson on vocals and harmonica. Even though Wilson is not an Austin, Texas native, The Fabulous Thunderbirds sound is Austin blues at its finest.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $35 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Also on Friday over at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, is Badfish, A Tribute to Sublime. I have seen these guys a few times over the years and they put on an amazing show. At $17 advance and $19 day of show, these tickets are a steal. They are available on tickets.com

Saturday night at the Bear’s Den, Blackhawk and The Outlaws will be on stage. The “and” in this case does not mean both bands will be performing individual sets, instead, the group will combine members and feature songs from both the country band Blackhawk and southern rockers The Outlaws. The groups shared common members over the years, and the marriage of the two just goes to show you how close southern rock and modern country are in musical terms.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $50 and are available through Ticketmaster.

On Sunday, The Tossers will be at The Tralf for a 9 p.m. show just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day season. The Chicago-based Celtic punk and pre-dates Dropkick Murphy’s and Flogging Molly. I saw them open for the Murphy’s a few years back, and from what I remember (I have been known to consume copious amounts of Guinness at such events) they were great live. It will be a great way to celebrate completing the Shamrock Run in Buffalo the day before.

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