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July 17, 2014

JENNINGS: Aretha Franklin, Tom Cochrane coming to town this week

Night & Day — This week’s column will focus on three shows coming to the Niagara region this week, all artists I am very familiar with so this offering will be a bit more on the personal side than usual. Those three shows are, Tom Cochrane with Kim Mitchell, Aretha Franklin and Theory of a Deadman.

Let’s start on Sunday in North Tonawanda where the second of four shows at Gratwick Park will feature Tom Cochrane and Kim Mitchell and local favorite Jeremy Hoyle. It is a free show, with VIP ticket options for the front of stage area.

If you are not familiar with Tom Cochrane’s name, you must know the Red Rider song “Lunatic Fringe” and his solo hit “Life is a Highway” which was covered by the country band Rascal Flatts. It was a hit for both of them.

I have seen Cochrane twice, he is a great performer, but I am a longtime and huge fan of Kim Mitchell. The Canadian artist started out as a member of Max Webster, one of those bands that had a person’s name but that person was not in the band, and is currently an on-air personality on Toronto’s legendary Q107.

If you read my Sunday column, Kim Mitchell is the one artist I have seen in a club, arena, festival and stadium setting. He has never disappointed me with an album or a live show and I always enjoy listening to him on the radio.

This year’s shows are scheduled to end at 8 p.m so if you want to catch Mitchell’s set you will likely have to get out to Gratwick around 4 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday at Artpark, they will be welcoming the legendary Aretha Franklin. About a year ago my friend Tony Astran from the Seneca Niagara Casino hooked me up with an interview with Franklin, and I will be forever indebted to him!

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