Niagara Gazette

December 5, 2013

JENNINGS: December show's are off to a busy start

By Thom Jennings
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Buffalo will host two of my favorite TV personalities this weekend, a great regional band from Binghamton, and a couple of interesting national acts playing in a club setting. In addition, two music legends will be in the area, one the mysterious and talented singer of the “Mr. Belvedere” theme song and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

The first Friday of December will be a busy one, we will start at Buffalo Iron Works, which will be hosting Driftwood, a great band from Binghamton. They are a hard-working regional band that is building a following the old-fashioned way, touring hard and creating new and original music. They will having a CD release party for their new album that came out Tuesday. Tickets for the show are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Check out for info.

Also on Friday at The Bear’s Den is the rescheduled Richie Furay show. Furay is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee for his time with Buffalo Springfield. He was also a member of Poco, one of the pioneers of Americana music. At the time of this writing, the show was sold out, but check Ticketmaster periodically to see if they release any tickets.

Finally on Friday, The English Beat will be at Buffalo Iron Works. The current incarnation features Dave Wakeling, who was also a member of General Public. The English Beat sing one of mine and Pete Townshend’s favorite songs, “Save it for Later.” Tickets for the show are available at Ticketfly for $20 or at the door for $25,

On Saturday, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, stars of “Mythbusters” will be at Shea’s. Whenever I watch “Mythbusters” I think that these guys are living out every man’s dream of being able to blow stuff up for a living. When I engage in the same type of tomfoolery I will usually get a visit from the local police. Anyhow, I love the show and the entire cast, I can only imagine how much fun this show will be! Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and start at $35.

Also on Saturday, The Tralf will be hosting Will Holton’s second annual Night of Stars featuring performances by Holton, Chauncey Northington, Kissena Frazier and Bruce Wojick and The Struggle. Holton is a musicians musician, a tremendously versatile and talented saxophone player. Tickets for the show are $25 in advance and available through Ticketmaster. Day of show tickets are $30.

On Sunday at The Tralf, they will be capping off a great weekend of music with Leon Redbone. He is one of those artists that develops a devoted following because of a unique style. If you see his picture with the trademark Panama hat, you will recognize him from a popular Budweiser television commercial. As mentioned earlier, he sings the theme for “Mr. Belvedere.” Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and are $25 in advance and $29 day of show.

On Sunday at Rock and Roll Heaven in West Seneca, the venue will be hosting L.A. Guns featuring longtime members Phil Lewis and Steve Riley. The group’s main claim to fame is that one of their former lead singers was Axl Rose. You know where the “Roses” came from, well this is the band that inspired the “Guns.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Check out for more info.

Finally, our show on a tank of gas, on Friday night, The State Theatre of Ithaca will be hosting Motown recording legends The Temptations. Founding member Otis Williams is still in the group and it is sure to be an evening where you know every song. Tickets are scarce at press time but check for ticket availability.

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