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December 26, 2013

JENNINGS: Closing out 2013 on many high notes

Night & Day — Lots of great music is coming to the area to close out 2013, including a former beauty queen, a Canadian legend, 1960s chart toppers, an influential folk singer and a Grammy Award-winning hard rock band from the 1980s.

Seneca Niagara Casino’s schedule is packed and begins on Friday with a performance from Kim Mitchell, current Q107 disc jockey and former member of Max Webster. Mitchell is no stranger to the region, I have seen him many times and own his entire solo catalogue, including his last effort “Ain’t Life Amazing” which was released in 2007.

Mitchell will be appearing at The Bear’s Den, and the show is sold out. Lucky ticket holders will hear “Go For a Soda” and “All We Are” and I am sure he will work in a couple Max Webster classics. This is a show I am devastated that I won’t be in town for, Kim is an amazing performer and when I had the honor of meeting him a few years back he was easy to talk with and didn’t have an ounce of rock star ego.

On Saturday at the Seneca Niagara Events Center, they will be hosting Vanessa Williams, who is the subject of my feature piece this week.

On Sunday at The Bear’s Den, folk singer Judy Collins will be headlining a 7 p.m. show. Collins is best known for her renditions of “Send in the Clowns” and “Amazing Grace.” My personal favorite is her version of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on a Wire.”

Also on Sunday, Steve Forbert will be at Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo for a 6 p.m. show. Orbert is best known for “Romeo’s Tune” a great song well worth looking up on YouTube. That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the great songs Forbert has penned and performed. At $15 advance and $20 day of show, it is a huge bargain.

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