Niagara Gazette

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March 28, 2013

JENNINGS: Colbie Caillat, Rick Springfield highlight upcoming shows

Niagara Gazette — This weekend is probably the slowest music weekend of the year, the calm before what will be an incredibly busy summer concert season in this region. The official announcements of the region’s free and discount shows are still at least a few weeks away but Puddle of Mudd has created an event page on Facebook for a June 28 show in Lockport. If that becomes official, it means they will be opening the Lockport series.

This weekend’s best bet for a major headliner is across the bridge at the Fallsview Casino, who will be hosting Colbie Caillat on Friday and Saturday. Colbie is best known for her hits, “Bubbly”, “Realize”, “Fallin’ for You” and “Brighter Than The Sun.”

Caillat has a great musical pedigree, her father Ken Caillat is a record producer whose credits include co-producer on Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” ”Tusk,” and “Mirage” albums. Ken Caillat also has worked with Motorhead, Dokken, The New York Dolls, Harry Chapin and George Carlin.

In less than six years since her major label debut Colby Caillat has sold over six million albums and won two Grammy Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and two BMI pop awards. She has also collaborated with some of the biggest stars in pop music including Taylor Swift, Gavin Degraw and Jason Mraz.

Looking ahead at the Fallsview lineup, next weekend Rick Springfield will be coming to town for two shows, April 5 and 6.

Springfield started out as a rock singer in his native Australia in the group Zoot. After leaving the band he landed the role of Noah Drake on “General Hospital.” Springfield used his celebrity status as a soap star to reenter pop music and subsequently he had a massive hit with “Jessie’s Girl.”

I have to confess that I was a fan of Springfield’s music in the early 1980s. One of my favorite concert stories that I have shared with friends and family was the time I saw Springfield in Rochester on Sept. 14, 1982. ( I found the date on the Internet, my memory isn’t that good!)

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