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June 20, 2013

JENNINGS: Former Barenaked Lady, teen idol and jazz great among this week's shows

Night & Day — The summer rolls on with another great week of music selections sure to please a variety of musical tastes. This week’s selection includes a former member of a popular Canadian band, a former television star and teen idol, a national act that originated in nearby Jamestown, one of country music’s hottest stars and a famous trumpet player who is also nine-time Grammy winner.

The weekend gets started early tonight with a free show at the Thursday at Canalside concert series in downtown Buffalo from former Barenaked Ladies singer/guitarist Steven Page. You can expect to hear some great selections from his days in BNL, in the past he has performed “Old Apartment,” “It’s All Been Done” and “Brian Wilson.”

I was fortunate enough to see one of Page’s last shows with BNL before he left them in 2009 and one of his first solo shows the following year. If you are a fan of the classic BNL stuff you will love the show, and Page’s solo material from his solo album “Page One” should be featured prominently as well.

On Friday night, David Cassidy will be performing at the intimate Bear’s Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino. If you were around in the 1970s you couldn’t avoid David Cassidy, he was on the popular television show “The Partridge Family,” and appeared on their ten albums, providing lead vocals on their signature hit “I Think I Love You.”

Cassidy is the son of the actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward, Shirley Jones, who played his mother on “The Partridge Family,” was his stepmother in real life and the mother of his famous half-brother Shaun Cassidy.

In addition to his hits with The Partridge Family, Cassidy hit it big in England with “I Write the Songs,” well before Barry Manilow had a hit with the song in the U.S (neither one of them wrote the song, it was penned by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston).

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