Niagara Gazette

June 6, 2013

Canalside concert series kicks off tonight with The Hold Steady

By Thom Jennings
Night & Day

Night & Day — Perhaps your last chance ever to see The Rolling Stones in this part of the country takes place in Toronto this evening. The Stones and Toronto have a storied history and tonight’s show may be the final chapter for the band and one of their favorite cities to perform in. It will be a great show — if you can afford the ticket.

Tonight is the first night of Buffalo’s free “Thursday at Canalside” series. The show features The Hold Steady with Hollerado and Johnny Nobody. I saw Hollerado last year in Lockport and they are a really fun band live, I highly recommend you get to the show early enough to catch them.

Also going on this weekend there is an eclectic mix of music, including a free show featuring a legendary bassist in North Tonawanda, a slide legend in Niagara Falls U.S.A and a legendary Canadian rock group from the 1970s over the border in Niagara Falls Canada.

Tomorrow night an up and coming band out of New Orleans is playing The Tralf, the band is named Royal Teeth, and I like their music a lot better than their band name. They are a young indie pop band whose current claim to fame was a spot on CNN’s website where they performed a special session.

Royal Teeth’s debut album doesn’t come out until August so you can take a gamble that the band will hit the big time and catch them while they are in a smaller club. By all appearances, it looks like they have a solid promotional effort behind their forthcoming album, and that means they should be generating a buzz later this year.

On Saturday, Chilliwack performs at the Niagara Fallsview Casino. The band has been around since the 1970s. One of the great things about living in Western New York is that we have been exposed to some great Canadian bands over the years that are unknown in most parts of the United States. Chilliwack falls squarely in that category. Their best-known songs are “I Believe,” “Fly at Night,” and “Lonesome Mary.”

Also on Saturday, an amazing slide guitarist performs at The Bear’s Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Sonny Landreth has appeared on albums and tours with Jimmy Buffett, and is a semi-regular performer at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

I first heard Landreth on one of my favorite albums of all time, Kenny Loggins’ “Outside: From the Redwoods.” Landreth’s slide work on the album is breathtaking and it led me to explore his solo work. If you are a guitarist Landreth should be on your bucket list, I may check him off mine Saturday.

On Sunday, Primus will open the 2013 Niagara River Rocks series. The series marks the return of a free live music series to North Tonawanda, the former host of the canal concert series in Lockport. Last year North Tonawanda hosted Buckcherry and Fuel at Gratwick Riverfront Park, this year the series expands to three shows ( I will be onsite handling media relations for all three).

Primus is a three-piece band from San Francisco featuring bassist extraordinaire Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Their best-known song is the theme from the television show “South Park.”

The thing that makes Primus stand out is that they defy description. It would be simplistic to label them a “rock” band, but they are one of the few groups I know of that incorporates so many musical styles in such a unique way that there is no genre that they fit neatly into. (If I were to make up a genre, I might call it hodgepodge).

The Primus show is free, the parking is $5 and festivities get underway at 5 p.m.




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