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September 5, 2013

Deborah Harry and Blondie's Rapids Theatre show a highlight this week


Night & Day — Over on the Canadian side, Niagara Fallsview Casino will be hosting two nights of Neil Sedaka, Thursday and Friday. Honestly I wouldn’t even know where to begin to list the amazing songs he has written, but a sampling includes “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.” He also had a hit with a song entitled “Stairway to Heaven” in 1960, well before Led Zeppelin made the song title famous with a different song with the same title.

On Saturday, comedian Brad Garrett, perhaps best known for his role on the television show “Everybody Loves Raymond,” will be performing at the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center. It’s an appropriate locale for Garrett because he is not only an actor-comedian, he is a well-known professional poker player.

Finally, on Saturday at Darien Lake, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry will be sharing the stage. I have seen Rascal Flatts multiple times and they always put on a great show, both musically and visually. As for The Band Perry, I saw and briefly met them a few years ago at The Rapids Theatre. They hung out after the show until everyone had a chance to meet them, and it was evident they were on their way to superstardom. As far as double bills go in country music, it doesn’t get much better than these two artists.

For our show on a tank of gas, the “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith will be performing at Massey Hall in Toronto. She was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, and her show in Toronto is a rare opportunity to be close to a legend.

Finally, looking ahead to Wednesday, the long awaited return of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to The Town Ballroom for a headlining show. If you missed my two part interview with Grace Potter, it is still online. If you go to the show look for the middle-aged music writer dancing wildly, that will be me!

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

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