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October 10, 2013

JENNINGS: Decade by decade, a good week for local concerts

Night & Day — If you aren’t one of the lucky ones that scored tickets to Pearl Jam on Friday there are plenty of other great shows coming to the region, including soft rockers and other alternatives. In fact, this weekend’s shows represent artists from the 1950s to the present, and so to change things up I’ll present them to you in their respective decades.

We’ll start on Tuesday, where over at the Tralf, they will be hosting John Mayall, who formed his first band in 1956. Of course Mayall’s claim to fame is his stints in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band that over the years featured some amazing guitarists including Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Walter Trout and Coco Montoya (who played in the area last weekend).

On Friday, our band from the 1960s is Savoy Brown, who are at The Forvm (part of the Maple Entertainment Complex in Buffalo.) Originally formed in 1965, the band has undergone many personnel changes — they launched the career of the late “Lonesome Dave” Peverett of Foghat — but through it all the constant has been guitarist Kim Simmonds. I saw the band in the early 1990s and they were great! If you like hard driving British blues, these are the guys to see.

On Friday and Saturday, the 1970s are represented by soft rockers Air Supply who are at the Niagara Fallsview Casino in Canada. The band hails from Australia, which means that the land down under has arguably produced the greatest soft rock group, Air Supply, and the most famous hard rockers, AC/DC.

Our 1980s offering is Soul Asylum, formed in Minneapolis. They play The Tralf on Tuesday with Fountains of Wayne. I won’t miss this show, they are one of my favorite live acts and their live album “After the Flood” is an album I listen to often.

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