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Night & Day

September 26, 2013

JENNINGS: Randy Houser, moe. make for impressive week of live music


Night & Day — Over at Kleinhans Music Hall on Friday is Bernadette Peters. I fell in love with her when she appeared in Steve Martin’s “The Jerk.” That appearance is only a small part of her amazing career, which included Broadway musicals, television appearances and her recordings. Peters is a legend, and just an amazingly talented individual. Tickets start at $43 and are available at

There are three other shows on Saturday worth mentioning, including Celtic Thunder at Shea’s Performing Arts Center,The Canadian indie band Stars at The Tralf and The Border City Shakedown at Taps Brewery in Niagara Falls.

On Tuesday, not one, but two of the greatest guitarists in the world come to UB’s Center for the Arts, Joe Satriani and Steve Morse. Both of these guys hold plenty of megabytes on my iPod. I have never seen Satriani live so my fingers are crossed that I will get approved to cover the show, as for Morse, well I had the honor of driving him from the Rochester airport to a show at The Red Creek Inn in 1990 shortly after he released “High Tension Wires.” Morse flew his own plane at the time!

Morse is also known for his great work with The Dixie Dregs, Kansas and is currently the guitarist for Deep Purple. Satriani also performs with Chickenfoot, a supergroup featuring former Van Halen alumni Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony. Tickets start at $29 and are available at

Finally, our show on a tank of gas, on Tuesday in Hamilton Ont., Grammy Award winning trumpet player Chris Botti will be performing at Palace Theatre.

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

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