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November 21, 2013

JENNINGS: The Rascals head weekend full of music

Night & Day — There is no shortage of music selections heading into the last weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday. Shea’s has a couple of solid offerings; three shows at The Bear’s Den and a really cool show at The Tralf are on the top of my list.

We will start at Shea’s Performing Arts Centre in Buffalo on Friday where they will be hosting The Rascals. The show is part concert, part documentary and features the original lineup of the classic band, including Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli and Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductee Gene Cornish.

The Rascals are members of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have a huge collection of hits, my favorite being “Good Lovin,’” a song I discovered when The Grateful Dead covered it. Former Springsteen guitarist Steve Van Zandt helped organized the reunion and produce the show. Hoepfully other bands will follow The Rascal’s lead when they reunite and offer a quality show like this.

On Saturday, Bryan Adams returns to Shea’s. I have always loved his music, his “Unplugged” offering is one of the best in the genre, “Summer of ‘69” is a song I have performed for years and even with my mediocre singing ability it remains a huge hit. Ballad, rocker, it doesn’t matter, Adams is simply a great artist with great songs.

On Friday at The Tralf is an artist known as The White Buffalo, whose real name is Jake Smith. The southern Californian will be performing in a town that bears his name, which is cool, but what is even cooler is his amazing baritone voice and the fact his music appears in “The Lone Ranger” movie and the television show “Sons of Anarchy.”

Also on Friday at Shannon’s Pub in North Tonawanda, one of my faves in the Celtic Music genre, Catch and Release. They performed a spectacular set at the Niagara Celtic Festival this summer, I highly recommend you go see them and then catch two Great Big Sea shows at The Bear’s Den the following week.

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