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June 5, 2014

Willie Nelson, DMB and Hall & Oates highlight week

Niagara Gazette — There are plenty of the big shows coming to town over the weekend, including Willie Nelson on Saturday at Artpark, Hall & Oates at Artpark on Tuesday and the Dave Matthews Band on Wednesday at Darien Lake. There are also a few lesser known, but cool acts, coming to town this week, including Eliot Lewis and Curtis Salgado at the Sportsmen’s Tavern in Amherst, and Stryper at Braun’s Concert Cove in Akron.

Saturday night gets the weekend rolling with an impressive triple bill at Artpark’s Mainstage Theater, featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas and Kacey Musgraves.

One of Willie’s first big hits was “Funny How Time Slips Away” which was recorded by Jimmy Elledge in 1961, 10 years before Alison Krauss was born and 27 years before Kacey Musgraves was born. The 81-year-old Nelson is 14 years older than the combined ages of Krauss and Musgraves.

The show really is a walk through three different eras of American music, and should be a stellar night of entertainment, and it could easily be argued it is the best triple bill of the summer.

Tickets for the show start at $45 and are available at Artpark’s box office or at

Over at Braun’s Concert Cove in Akron on Friday, they will be hosting Christian glam metal rockers Stryper. They were one of the first Christian rock bands to be accepted by mainstream consumers back in the 1980s. I was never a fan, but I certainly appreciate their place in music history.

Tickets are just $15 in advance and $20 day of show and are available at

On Wednesday the Dave Matthews band makes their annual visit to Darien Lake. Last year’s show was a muddy mess if you were on the lawn, but DMB played a solid set. I am not a huge fan of Darien Lake as a venue but DMB seems to always find its way back there.

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