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Night & Day

June 20, 2013

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

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Night & Day — Tickets for David Cassidy are available through Ticketmaster or at the casino box office

Over in Amherst at The Sportsman’s Tavern on Saturday night, you can catch an intimate evening with 10,000 Maniacs. The band formed in Jamestown in 1981, and became known for hits like “What’s the Matter Here,” “These Are Days,” and cover versions of Bruce Springsteen’s “Because the Night,” and Roxy Music’s “More than This.”

The current lineup includes Buffalo’s own Mary Ramsey on lead vocals, from the folk duo John & Mary.

On Sunday, country superstars the Zac Brown Band come to Darien Lake. The band hit the big time in 2008 with the No. 1 single “Chicken Fried,” a song that the band originally recorded and released in 2003.

Since 2008 the band has amassed 55 major music award nominations, and has already won three Grammy awards.

Tickets for Zac Brown Band are available through Live Nation.

Finally, on Sunday world-renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis visits Artpark for a performance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

I don’t have enough space to list all of Marsalis’ accomplishments, but a small sample includes nine Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for music. When I was a kid my father raised me to love great trumpet players like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Harry James. Marsalis is not only in the same class as those trumpet players, he is arguably the best living trumpet player in the world.

As if that wasn’t enough reason to attend, he is backed by some of the greatest jazz players in the business.

Tickets for Wynton Marsalis at Artpark’s mainstage theatre are available at Artpark’s website and at their box office. There will not be any lawn seating available for the show.

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

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