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October 10, 2013

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


Night & Day — That brings us to the 1990s and Pearl Jam. The band comes in to town on Saturday for a sold-out show at First Niagara Center. The band sold all of their tickets for $69, and are one of the few major concert acts that has fan friendly ticket policies. They will be performing songs from their album “Lightning Bolt,” which will be released on Tuesday. At the time of this writing, there were some reasonably priced tickets on StubHub.

From the 21st century on Tuesday, Selena Gomez comes to First Niagara Center. From 2002 to 2004 she appeared in “Barney and Friends,” a show that my kids grew up on. She also appeared on Hannah Montana and a bunch of Disney kid shows. She has yet to twerk or host “Saturday Night Live,” her biggest mistake was her choice of boyfriends, but she has corrected that one.

Finally, our show on a tank of gas and a bonus show. Tonight, in Syracuse at a venue called The Lost Horizon, where District 97 featuring John Wetton will be performing. Wetton is progressive rock royalty and best known for being the voice of Asia’s biggest hits like “Heat of the Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell.” He also did time in King Crimson and U.K. Wetton appears on District 97’s latest album “Trouble with Machines.” The band features former American Idol contestant Leslie Hunt. They represent a new generation of prog rockers. This is a show I am devastated isn’t coming closer. It’s going to be a great one.

Over in Rochester next Thursday at The German House Theatre you can catch another legend, folk singer Arlo Guthrie. I have seen him numerous times and if you read my Sunday column, you may remember that Guthrie’s version of “Amazing Grace” is one of my top five concert moments. If you don’t want to drive to Rochester he will be at Babeville on Wednesday. Honestly, it’s worth seeing him two nights in a row if you have the time.

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