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July 3, 2013

Familiar faces among acts playing area venues this weekend

Niagara Gazette — This weekend there will be some interesting shows coming to the area, including a famous game show host, a child television star, a set of identical twin sisters, the best thing to come out of Akron, Ohio, since Goodyear and LeBron James, and a massive tour that has featured up to 100 bands at a single show.

The weekend gets started at Darien Lake with an impressive triple bill featuring Kid Rock, Kool & the Gang and Uncle Kracker. At the risk of never getting approved to cover a Darien Lake show again, it’s not my favorite venue but the ticket price for this triple bill is downright reasonable at just under $30 for most seats, which includes parking fees. Hats off to Kid Rock not gouging the public with ridiculously high ticket prices.

Over in Lockport, the canal series gets under way on Friday with Theory of a Deadman and an opening act by the name of Kingsfoil that features Frankie Muniz who played Malcolm in the TV series “Malcolm in the Middle.” The former child star plays drums in the band and is taking this role seriously. I have been listening to Kingsfoil to prepare myself for the show and I have to say they are really good.

Over the border, the Niagara Fallsview Casino is hosting Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone on Friday and Saturday. The British Invasion band is famous for the hits “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Into Something Good.”

On Saturday night at Seneca Niagara Casino’s showroom, comedian Drew Carey will be performing his standup comedy routine. Carey entered the national spotlight when he appeared on “Star Search,” the long forgotten forerunner to “American Idol.” Unlike “Idol,” “Star Search” featured comedians as well as musicians. It’s list of “stars” is far more impressive as well and includes Carey, Beyonce, Adam Sandler, Justin Timberlake, Dave Chappelle and Jessica Simpson, just to name a few.

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