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March 27, 2014

JENNINGS: 'Sell-outs' dominate the weekend music scene

Niagara Gazette — The weekend and the music scene is starting to warm up. Last week, Artpark announced three more shows that will only add to their reputation as the premier live venue in the region. Tickets go on sale for four Tuesdays in the Park shows Friday at 10 a.m. and you will want to get them early because all of the shows are likely to sell out.

Those shows are Hall and Oates, Widespread Panic and Boston. Artpark is already selling tickets for other shows, including Artic Monkey’s, Rodney Atkins and Willie Nelson. Check out Artpark.net for ticket prices and information. It’s also important to note that season passes for the Tuesday series go on sale Friday as well. Even with a glimpse of the Tuesday lineup, the season tickets will be a great investment.

While you are waiting for summer concerts, there are some excellent selections coming to town. Tonight at Seneca Niagara they will be hosting a sold-out performance from Heart (for more on the show check out this week’s interview with Ann Wilson) and on Friday they are hosting a sold-out Todd Rundgren show at The Bear’s Den.

Todd’s show is billed as “An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren.” As advertised, anything goes in this format. I was at the first “Unpredictable” show in New York City in 2012, and true to its name, Todd played a Lorne Greene cover and the theme from a Heineken beer commercial.

Todd’s show is irreverent, funny, and unique. Don’t go expecting “Hello It’s Me” — he may or may not play it — but do attend with an open mind. It will be my 126th Todd Rundgren show, and I will be traveling to Cleveland to see him the following evening.

If you did not get tickets to see Todd then just a few miles up the road at Hops-n-Vines at 490 Center St. in Lewiston, they will be hosting Jaimie Holka’s album release party at 9 p.m. Jaimie sent me a copy of the album “Git In Where You Fit In” and I absolutely love it! Jaimie plays a unique brand of solo guitar that sounds like three people playing at once. For more information on the show call the venue at 405-7188.

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