Niagara Gazette

January 16, 2014

JENNINGS: Spotlight shines on lesser-known acts this weekend

By Thom Jennings thom.jennings@niagara-gazette.com
Night & Day

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 archive.org, 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.

Speaking of stars, one of the stars from the “Jackass” franchise, Steve-O will be at the Helium comedy club in Buffalo for five shows starting Thursday (one show Thursday, two on Friday and two on Saturday). Tickets for the show start at $22, call Helium at 853-1211 for reservations and ticket availability.

If classical music is your thing, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be back from their winter break and at Kleinhans Music Hall for two special shows commemorating Mozart’s birthday month. The shows feature pianist Enrica Ciccarelli. Friday’s show starts at 10:30 a.m. and the Saturday show starts at 8 p.m. Check out BPO.org for ticket information.

Finally, for our show on a tank of gas, legendary metal guitarist Michael Schenker will be at The Rockpile East in Toronto on Saturday. He is the younger brother of Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker. Michael has been a member of The Scorpions, UFO and the Michael Schenker Group, and has a devout cult following. If you can’t make the Rockpile East show he will be across town at the Rockpile West the following night. Tickets for the shows are $37.50 and available through TicketWeb.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.