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April 3, 2014

JENNINGS: Tralf comes through on quiet April weekend

Niagara Gazette — Artpark and the Erie County Fair have announced a few more shows as the summer concert season starts to come into focus.

Artpark announced the return of perennial favorites, O.A.R. and they will be joined by Phillip Phillips. If you have seen O.A.R. once you know what a great show they put on, and they constantly change their set list. Phillip Phillips has a new album coming out in May, so the Artpark show will give his fans an opportunity to check out some new music.

Tickets for the July 2 show go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 11. Check out Artpark.net for more details.

The Erie County Fair’s music lineup is extremely impressive and diverse. The headliners include John Fogerty, Bridgit Mendler, Dierks Bentley, and Lady Antebellum. Tickets for all of the shows go on sale this Friday at 10:00 a.m. They are available at Tickets.com and ecfair.org.

This weekend is a bit slower than the last few, but The Tralf has a couple of excellent offerings starting Thursday night with Enter the Haggis. Known affectionately as ETH, the indie/folk rock sound with a Celtic influence is really accessible and infectious. One thing I really admire about ETH is their work ethic. The group has toured relentlessly for years and effectively utilized crowd funding to finance their projects.

The result is that ETH has a solid and loyal fan base, and become a case study on how to make a decent living since the apocalypse of major record companies and independent radio. Check them out and you may become one of those loyal fans. Tickets are $17 at the door.

On Friday, David Bromberg returns to town. Bromberg has played with a virtual who’s who of musicians including George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jerry Garcia. I interviewed him a few years ago and he shared some great stories involving Harrison and Garcia. It remains one of my favorite interviews. The show was great too!

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