Niagara Gazette

Night & Day

June 24, 2013

Chicago kicking things off early at Artpark this week

Niagara Gazette — Chicago comes to Artpark this Tuesday for a sold-out performance at 6:30 p.m. You will want to get there early, as there is no opening act, instead fans will be treated to two sets from Chicago that will likely include at least 25 songs.

Before we get into this week’s preview, a few words of advice for concertgoers based on what I’m seeing at these sold-out shows. If you have tickets at will-call, beat the rush and get there as early as possible.

You can save a trip back to the car by not trying to bring in backpacks or large bags that you claim is a purse. Take the lawn chair out of its bag to get yourself through the gate quicker, and most important of all, just be kind and patient.

If you are wondering why Chicago sold out, consider this, the band has 22 studio albums, all of which were in the Billboard top 100. When you add their live and compilation albums, Chicago has had 22 certified gold (500,000 units), 18 platinum (1,000,000 units) and 8 multi-platinum (2,000,000 or more). They have also had 21 top 10 singles.

The band formed in 1967 and released their first album under the moniker “Chicago Transit Authority” in 1969. The album includes the classic songs “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is?” “Beginnings,” and ““Questions 67 and 68.” Their songs were known for being deeply political.

In the 1970s Chicago established themselves as a serious rock band with a killer horn section. The band’s principle members in the 1970s included bassist vocalist Peter Cetera, keyboardist and vocalist Robert Lamm and guitarist Terry Kath, who was considered one of the greatest guitarists of the era.

Kath died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1978, and shortly afterward Chicago drastically changed their direction musically.

In the early 1980s Chicago was able to accomplish something many bands have been unable to do, they completely reinvented their sound. The Chicago of the 1980s produced s a string of pop hits and love ballads, including “You’re the Inspiration” and “Hard Habit to Break,” which featured Peter Cetera on lead vocals.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Night & Day
  • NAD Cover 042414 White Party set to celebrate the Falls It's a white party -- which means all the people in attendance should be wearing white. But a pair of white bermuda shorts will work just as well as a white-feathered boa. Really, any color clothing is welcome, organizers said, but, white is the color of the day.

    April 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • NAD Jennings column art 042414 JENNINGS: Lou Gramm teaming up with BPO for show We are just days away from Artpark announcing the rest of their summer lineup, but in the meantime organizers of the three-day Latitude 43 Music Festival rolled out their lineup for their music festival at Artpark. Latitude 43 runs from June 13-15, and each day is themed, the 13th features blues artists, the 14th rock and the 15th country.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival offers variety of movies When the earliest motion pictures were shown, in newly built "cinema auditoriums" and repurposed vaudeville houses, folks on the Niagara Frontier were quick to jump on the bandwagon.

    April 24, 2014

  • NAD Calleri review art 042414 CALLERI: Something remembered is the theme of two new movies "The Railway Man" and "Finding Vivian Maier" both touch upon what memories mean to individuals. One is a documentary, and the other is based on a true story, that of an Englishman whose obsession with trains serves to act as his salvation.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NAD civisca art 2 041714 Falls native Michael Civisca returns to stage April 24 for fundraiser

    Niagara Falls native and American standards crooner Michael Civisca will join some of New York City's top nightclub entertainers for "Life is a Cabaret," a show celebrating the Buffalo Community Music School's 90th anniversary. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • NAD Jennings column art 041714 JENNINGS: One of two Queensrÿche's in town this weekend The summer concert scene is filling in its final pieces, North Tonawanda's Niagara River Rocks series should be announcing details of their series soon, and Artpark has announced they will reveal the rest of what is already the best lineup in Western New York, on April 28. Tickets for their remaining shows going on sale May 3.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • NAD Raising Matt Christian art 3 041714 'Raising Matty Christian' examines struggles of boy without limbs

    A movie profiling the life of a young man born without full limbs or a tongue will be part of a film festival being held by an organization created to highlight the abilities of people with disabilities. 

    The film “Raising Matty Christian,’ will be shown by the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. as part of the Spring 2014 Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series. The movie will be shown twice on April 25. The showings will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St., Buffalo. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. at the museum at 3826 Main St. in Buffalo

    The purpose of the event is to educate attendees, challenge stereotypes and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • NAD Calleri review art 041714 CALLERI: From Britain with a warning, and a lot of style and talent Two new movies visit frightening aspects of the human condition. Both are from Great Britain, which may tell us something about the nature of creativity there.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down latest Artpark concert announcement

    Another addition to the Wednesday concert series at Artpark was announced Monday.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Biz column art 041414 Intimate Goo Goo Dolls show a real treat for fans There is at least one person who will not be reading this review -- Johnny Rzeznik -- who told an intimate crowd at Seneca Niagara's Bear's Den on Saturday that he is "too neurotic" to read reviews.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page