Niagara Gazette — The artists keep flowing into the area and this weekend there are more than enough solid offerings to satisfy various musical tastes.
We will start on Friday at Buffalo’s Asbury Hall inside Babeville, where they will be hosting guitar legend Richard Thompson with special guest Teddy Thompson, the son of Richard and his former wife and singing partner Linda Thompson. Their “Shoot Out the Lights” album appears atop many music writers lists as one of the greatest of all time.
I was first introduced to Richard Thompson’s music in the mid 1980s. His “Across the Crowded Room” album was the first I owned and not long afterward, he performed at the Red Creek in Rochester while I was a bartender there. The solo acoustic show absolutely blew me away, and Richard as a person was one of the nicest musicians I have ever met.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 day of show and available at Tickets.com.
Over in Canada, The Niagara Fallsview Casino hosts a two night stand with The Lovin’ Spoonful starting Friday. They still have two original members from back in the day when they sang all those ‘60s pop hits like “Do You Believe in Magic,” and “Summer in the City.”
Tickets for their shows are available through Ticketmaster and start at just $20.
On Saturday at The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, they will be hosting The Official Blues Brothers Revue. Before Belushi and Akyroyd graced the silver screen for one of my favorite movies of all time, they put out an impressive album called “Briefcase Full of Blues.” I imagine these guys will perform most of that album.
The Blues Brothers show is sandwiched between a couple of Irish acts just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day season. Gaelic Storm is at The Riv on Friday and The highly anticipated farewell performance from The Irish Rovers will be there on Sunday. The group has performed together since 1963!