Niagara Gazette

February 27, 2014

JENNINGS: Many musical acts to choose from this week

By Thom Jennings
Niagara Gazette

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

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.

Monday will present a dilemma for fans of classic rock; over at Kleinhan’s Music Hall they will be hosting The Straits playing the music of Dire Straits. You can check out my interview with former Dire Straits members Alan Clark and Chris White in this issue of Night and Day for more information.

Back over at The Tralf on Monday they will be hosting The Security Project: A Unique Celebration of the Work of Peter Gabriel. I had the good fortune to catch Gabriel live on the “Security” tour in 1982, and “Plays Live” is one of my all-time favorite live albums.

Tickets for the Tralf shows are available through Ticketmaster. The Tossers tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. The Security Project tickets are $21 in advance and $25 day of show.

On Tuesday over at Shea’s they will be hosting Bob Weir & Ratdog. When I first started seeing and listening to the Grateful Dead in the early 1980s I was a huge Bob Weir fan. Looking over some of their recent set lists they are playing some of my favorite Dead songs including “Throwing Stones” “Franklin’s Tower” and “Not Fade Away.” It sure makes me miss Jerry Garcia, but at least Bob can still “wave that flag.” There were just a few tickets left on Ticketmaster when I checked on Monday.

Finally, our show on a tank of gas will only take you to nearby Medina at the historic Medina Theatre at 603 Main St. They will be hosting Rumourz, the best Fleetwood Mac tribute band in the area, who will be playing “Rumours” in its entirety. My band, Tuesday’s Gun, opens the show at 7:30 p.m. and after you see me sing and play guitar you will know why I appreciate great musicians! Call 585-993-2274 for ticket information.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.