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November 7, 2013

JENNINGS: This weekend's lineup is a laughing matter

Niagara Gazette — This weekend you will get a break from the local elections and have a few laughs with some major comedians, or take in some great music to forget about politics.

We’ll get started with Friday night in Buffalo at Shea’s, who will be hosting comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Of course, Seinfeld is the star of one of the most enduring sitcoms, aptly named “Seinfeld.” The show ran from 1989 to 1998, and the only factoid I can present that people probably don’t know is that a former co-worker of mine in my teaching days used the “Seinfeld” scripts to teach high school English.

Since the show ended, Jerry Seinfeld has made many guest appearances on other shows, including “Saturday Night Live” where in 2010 he appeared in the recurring “Really?” segment on “Weekend Update” with Seth Meyers.

Speaking of Seth Meyers, while Seinfeld is doing his act in Buffalo, Meyers will be at Seneca Niagara Casino headlining his show. Really? Yes it’s true, the future replacement for Jimmy Fallon, host of “Weekend Update” and head writer for “Saturday Night Live” is coming to town.

Seinfeld’s show is sold out and at press time Meyers was close to a sellout, tickets start at $46.50 and are available through Ticketmaster.

If you want some music, Styx will be starting what has become a mini annual residence at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ont. The three-night stand from the band that was the first rock group I saw perform live in 1979, starts tonight and runs through Saturday. The current lineup features James “J.Y” Young, Tommy Shaw, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Philips, Todd Sucherman and Chuck Panozzo. I saw this lineup perform “The Grand Illusion” and “Pieces of Eight” and they are smoking!

After I saw them in 1979 I went out and bought all of their albums and plastered my wall with Styx posters. One of my prized possessions is an autographed copy of the “Pieces of Eight” songbook, signed by all of the members of the classic lineup, including the late John Panozzo, the twin brother of current bassist and founding member Chuck Panozzo.

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