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Night & Day

July 11, 2013

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


Night & Day — On Sunday, the second Niagara River Rocks show features the Canadian band Tea Party. It’s free to attend, $5 to park. The three-piece Canadian band is well known on this side of the border and put on some great shows in Lockport the past couple of years. The shows take place at scenic (I’ve been there and it really is scenic) Gratwick Park.

Also on Sunday at Kleinhans Music Hall, the star of the long running television series “Politically Incorrect,” Bill Maher. The ground-breaking show ran from 1993-2002, first on Comedy Central and later ABC. The network canceled the show in 2002 after Maher’s comments about September 11 terrorists caused a major controversy. The irony is that “Politically Incorrect” was canceled for being politically incorrect.

Since 2003 he has been the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Tickets for the Sunday evening show are available through Kleinhans website at their box office.

It’s a huge weekend at Darien Lake. Friday gets it going with Train, the band that gave us “Drops of Jupiter” and “Hey Soul Sister.” They are one of my favorite bands of all time and I own all of their albums. They put on a fantastic show.

On Saturday, country superstar Brad Paisley tops the bill at Darien Lake. I saw him a couple of years back and what impressed me most about his show is that he is such a great guitarist. It’s also very family friendly.

On Sunday, the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival will be at Darien Lake, featuring Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch. I’ve seen Rob Zombie and he is a great performer, but not family friendly by any means.

Tickets for Darien Lake shows are available at Live Nation.

Of course, on Monday Justin Bieber comes to town at The First Niagara Center. He has the most followers of any entertainer on Twitter. I’m not one of them.

Tickets for the Justin Bieber show are available at

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

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