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Night & Day

August 22, 2013

JENNINGS: A big week of local music on deck


Niagara Gazette — Over in Lockport, a late addition to the Canal Concert Series, Everlast, who is best known for the hit “What it’s Like.” Everlast is also a former member of the hip-hop group House of Pain, which did the song “Jump Around.” He doesn’t play that one these days.

Also on Saturday, Johnny Mathis makes an appearance at the Seneca Niagara Casino. I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to Mathis, but we will start with the fact that he has sold over 350 million albums worldwide and 73 of his albums have entered the Billboard charts.

As for the aforementioned Grammy Awards, Mathis has three songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame (given to songs over 25 years-old that have significant historical significance) “It’s Not for Me to Say”, “Misty” and “Chances Are.” Mathis received the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

It is a rare opportunity to see a living legend. There were only a few tickets left at the time of this writing so check with the casino box office for availability.

On Sunday, Rusted Root will be in North Tonawanda at Gratwick Park for the last of three free concerts in the Tonawanda River Rocks Series. They always play with a ton of intensity and are at their best when they have a large and enthusiastic crowd. The Pittsburgh-based jam band once toured with The Grateful Dead back when a guy named Jerry Garcia was with them. In fact, they opened for The Grateful Dead on what turned out to be Jerry’s final public performance.

Over at Buffalo’s Town Ballroom on Tuesday, the beloved punk rockers Dropkick Murphy’s will be headlining. If I wasn’t covering ZZ Top at Artpark I would surely be checking out this great band. I have been fortunate enough to catch them numerous times and interview lead singer Al Barr. One of their biggest fans is a guy from New Jersey named Bruce Springsteen.

The last time DKM came to town they packed The Rapid’s Theatre, so I would expect this show to be jam packed as well. General admission tickets are $27.50 in advance, $31 day of show.

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

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