Niagara Gazette

June 19, 2014

JENNINGS: Trio of guitar masters in town this week

By Thom Jennings
Night & Day

Night & Day — There is quite a collection of great shows coming to the area over the next week in addition to our visit from Beatle Ringo Starr on Tuesday. There are three respected guitarists and one of the world’s best bass players coming to the area. In addition, the Xerox International Jazz Festival kicks off in Rochester, and if you love music and have never attended the event you should definitely make the trip.

We will start in Buffalo on Friday with Popa Chubby, an amazing blues guitarist in the tradition of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His performance is part of the sixth annual BBQ & Blues Event held on Mississippi Street in Buffalo near First Niagara Center. It starts at 5:15 p.m. The after party will be held at Buffalo Iron Works at 9 p.m.

General admission tickets are just $25 and available through Check out for all of the details.

On Saturday at The Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, they will be hosting slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, who has appeared onstage with Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler. I finally had a chance to catch a show at The Sportsmens last week, and it is an amazing venue.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Check for details.

Over at Canalside in Buffalo on Saturday they will be hosting the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Fans of The Allman Brothers and Bonnie Raitt will absolutely love these two. Brother Wease, a longtime morning host in Rochester, constantly talks them up.

Tickets start at just $15 and are available on

On Sunday in North Tonawanda they will be hosting the return of Primus. Last year the show was free, this year they sold some advance tickets at $7 but at press time, they bumped them up to $15. It will be interesting to see if that impacts attendance this year.

Check out for more info on tickets.

On Tuesday at Darien Lake, they have an impressive triple bill that includes Journey, Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power, three bands from San Francisco. I have caught all three on different occasions over the years, and if you are not going to see Ringo then this show is your best bet.

Tickets start at $36 and are available through Ticketmaster.

On Wednesday at Artpark they will be hosting Ziggy Marley and Steel Pulse. If you are a fan of reggae music this may be your dream double bill. Ziggy is the son of the late Bob Marley and Steel Pulse is one of the most popular reggae bands of all time.

Advance general admission tickets are just $6 and week of show tickets jump to $11.

Finally, the show on a tank of gas is actually a bunch of shows. On Friday the Xerox International Jazz Festival kicks off in Rochester. I cannot honestly think of a better festival in the region. It is nine days long and it takes over a small section of downtown Rochester. I have attended it for a few years and each year I introduce new friends to it, and no one has been let down.

Details on the festival can be found at

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