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August 22, 2013

JENNINGS: A big week of local music on deck

Niagara Gazette — Over the next few days some of my favorite live acts will be coming to the region, including a jam band that opened for the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia was alive, a former Doobie Brother, a band named after a famous movie dog, a legendary pop singer that is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and some Irish punks from Boston that helped end an old curse.

We’ll start at Buffalo Rocks Canalside who will be hosting s free show headlined by Adam Ant. The English singer got his start with Adam and the Ants before going solo, and hit it big with the single “Goody Two Shoes” in 1982 on the album “Friend or Foe.” I saw Adam Ant in 1982 and it remains one of my favorite shows of all time. I’m not sure how he is as a live performer 31 years later, but that is the great thing about free shows, you don’t have to pay to find out.

On Friday, over at the Fallsview Casino, there is a two-night run featuring Toto and Michael McDonald. Both artists are huge hit makers, McDonald sings “What a Fool Believes” and “I Keep Forgetting,” Toto’s big hits include “Rosanna” and “Africa.” Tickets for the show start at $60 Canadian and are available through Ticketmaster, if any remain.

Two other big names are coming to town Friday to Darien Lake The Allman Brothers and Steve Winwood. I could write an entire history book about either one of these bands. The Allman’s have been doing the jam band thing for longer than most bands on the circuit, and have featured some of the greatest guitarists of all time in their lineup.

Steve Winwood has been in The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and on occasion puts out some amazing solo material like “The Finer Things.” It will be a great night of music! Tickets start at $35 and are available through Live Nation.

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