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Night & Day

July 11, 2013

JENNINGS: Tea Party, Mahar and the area's best kept concert secret

Night & Day — It’s huge entertainment weekend featuring a band best known for a movie theme, a movie director of horror flicks that is also a rock star, a rock band that made violins cool, a band that had a huge hit with a ukulele in it, a Canadian band that shares a name with an American Political movement, and a politically incorrect comedian. Did I forget to mention Justin Bieber?

We are going to start at Braun’s Concert Cove in Akron. The venue has been quietly putting together some serious shows there this year, and this weekend is no exception. On Friday, classic rockers Survivor will be performing at Braun’s and there has never been a better time to see them than now because both of their famous vocalists are in the current lineup.

When Survivor had a hit in 1982 with “Eye of the Tiger,” it featured vocalist Dave Bickler who left the band in 1983. Their other big hits including “High on You”, “Burning Heart” and “I Can’t Hold Back” featured Jimi Jameson. Now both vocalists are with the band, which is pretty cool. It’s a show I am honestly upset that I will be missing.

On Saturday at the same venue they have Fuel, Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm. Not my kind of music, but of you are a fan of 1990s music you will be in your glory! The venue has some big names coming later this summer, like Jackyl, Ted Nugent, Bret Michaels and Skid Row.

They also landed a date with Florida Georgia Line in September.

Tickets for Braun’s shows are available at Tickets.com or at the venue in Akron.

In Lockport on Friday, classic rockers Kansas will be in town for the Canal Concert Series. The band is a staple around these parts, and is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. You can expect to hear “Dust in the Wind” and see a million people playing air guitar to “Carry on Wayward Son.”

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