Niagara Gazette

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March 20, 2014

JENNINGS: Saturday shows highlight weekend music scene

Niagara Gazette — Friday marks the first official day of spring, which means that people will start looking towards the summer concert season, and hopefully some warmer weather and smoother roads to go along with it. A couple of big summer shows were announced early in the week, including a rare small venue appearance from John Mellencamp, who will be at the Seneca Niagara Events Center on July 3 and the double bill of Kiss and Def Leppard will be at Darien Lake on Aug. 13.

It’s interesting how things change over the years. In 1982, John Mellencamp — then known by the stage name John Cougar — was opening for Heart and this year they will both headline the same venue on their own. (Watch for an exclusive interview with Heart’s Ann Wilson next week).

Just three short years ago, Heart was opening for Def Leppard at Darien Lake and now Def Leppard is the opener for Kiss.

If you are looking for music this first weekend of the spring concert season, Saturday looks to be your best bet. There are two offerings in the area, including a prominent jazz singer and a tribute band at the Riviera.

We will start at The Tralf this week. The legendary Buffalo venue has been consistently offering up a variety of entertainment, including boxing and comedy. Nevertheless, they still manage to come up with some fascinating music shows, and this Saturday they will host Rachelle Ferrell for two shows.

Ferrell has one of the most amazing and unique voices in the world. She has a range over six octaves which tops out in the whistle range, the highest register in the human voice. Ferrell’s phrasing and command of her voice are unparalleled and she will surely fill the room, and then some, with her voice.

Tickets for the show are $45 in advance and $50 day of show. The early show starts at 8 p.m. and the late show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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