Niagara Gazette

March 28, 2013

JENNINGS: Colbie Caillat, Rick Springfield highlight upcoming shows

By Thom Jennings
Niagara Gazette

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!)

At the time I was fortunate enough to see every show that came to town for free because I conducted survey’s for local radio stations. After completing 30 surveys we were able to stay and watch the show for free, and in the days before reserved seating all you needed to do was get in and throw your coats on some good seats.

The Rochester War Memorial was only half full, but the ratio of females to males was absolutely insane. Never before or since have I seen so few males at a concert, the girl that I went to the show with and I actually had a contest to see who could find 10 guys in the crowd first. It took 15 minutes.

I though Springfield was a great performer, but the shrieking of a venue filled with females was unbearable. It reminded me of those old Beatles videos with girls screaming their heads off. The closest thing to it I have heard since then was at a Taylor Swift show in Toronto and when Hunter Hayes performed at UB last year.

I did put in an interview request for Springfield, but as of now it looks like that won’t happen before next weekend’s shows.

Next week look for an exclusive interview with pop sensation Andy Grammer who is coming to Niagara University with Parachute and Andrew Ripp.

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