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.
Carey went on to have an impressive career as the star of “The Drew Carey Show,” and his regular stint on the innovative comedy show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” He is currently the host of “The Price is Right,” a role he took over from Bob Barker.
If you prefer music to comedy then there are choices for the old and young. The New Riders of the Purple Sage, a country rock band from the 1960s closely associated with The Grateful Dead, will be performing at Buffalo’s Sportsmen’s Tavern.
Also on Saturday, the Vans Warped Tour will be coming to Darien Lake. Both of my sons attended the show for years and discovered some of their favorite bands there, including Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and Big D and the Kids Table (who is performing there this year).
On Monday two excellent shows will be in the area. The Black Keys will be performing at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. They are a band with an excellent reputation for their live performances. Tegan and Sara, identical twin sisters from Canada, will be at Buffalo’s Town Ballroom. The duo is currently touring with the band fun.Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.