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January 16, 2014

JENNINGS: Spotlight shines on lesser-known acts this weekend

Night & Day — There is a great variety of acts to choose from this weekend, including a legendary Canadian band, a couple of indie rock offerings, a birthday celebration and the former star of MTV’s “Jackass” will all be in the area.

We will start over at Seneca Niagara Casino’s Bear’s Den on Friday night where it will be hosting indie rockers Carbon Leaf. The band hails from Richmond, Va. Since 1992 they have released 11 studio albums, the last four on their own label, Constant Ivy Music.

Carbon Leaf has toured with O.A.R, Jason Mraz and The Dave Matthews Band and is one of the many bands that allow fans to record their shows and post them on the Internet Archive’s Live Music Archive. (Located at, the Live Music Archive is best known as the online home of The Grateful Dead’s complete live recordings).

Tickets for Carbon Leaf start at $25 and at the time of this writing there were very few left on Ticketmaster.

On Saturday at The Bear’s Den, Canadian rockers Prism will be performing. The Vancouver-based group was the brainchild of the late Bruce Fairbairn , who produced Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” and Aerosmith’s “Permanent Vacation,” and many other iconic rock albums from the 1980s and 1990s.

The current lineup features Al Harlow, Tad Goddard, Marc Gladstone and Gary Grace. Tickets for their show start at $40 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Also on Saturday over at The Tralf, A Great Big World will be playing. The duo from New York City is best known for the hit “Say Something,” which was a recent hit for Christina Aguilera. They are scheduled to release their first full album next week, and the Buffalo show is not only a real bargain at $12 advance and $15 day of show, this may be a real opportunity to catch some stars on the rise.

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