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Night & Day

October 3, 2013

Bear's Den, Rapid's Theatre where the action is this week

Night & Day — This weekend features some great shows right here in Niagara County at The Bear’s Den and The Rapids Theatre, and an interesting show across the border along with a couple interesting groups coming to Buffalo.

We will start at the Bear’s Den, who will be hosting a pair of great shows starting on Friday with JD Souther. If you don’t know his name, you know many of the songs he either wrote or co-wrote, including a slew of Eagles hits like “Heartache Tonight,” “New Kid in Town” and “Victim of Love.”

Souther also wrote songs recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Brooks & Dunn, Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Raitt and The Dixie Chicks. As a solo artist, he had a hit with the song “You’re Only Lonely.”

Souther is an important figure in modern music, having been an integral part of the 1970s California music scene that included The Eagles, Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne, whose music heavily influenced modern country music. He was also a member of the country rock supergroup, the Souther Hillman Furay Band (Richie Furay played The Bear’s Den last month).

On Saturday at The Bear’s Den, former John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker’s guitarist Coco Montoya will be headlining. The left-handed blues guitarist is well known by guitarists, and was taught by The Ice Man, Albert Collins. Of course John Mayall is known for picking some great guitarists, some of his former players include Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

Montoya has established himself as a solo artist over the past 15 years. I last saw him perform with Mayall in the mid-1980s and his was a memorable performance. With tickets starting at $25 you can’t go wrong with this show.

Tickets for both shows are available through Ticketmaster and at the Seneca Niagara Casino box office.

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