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January 23, 2014

JENNINGS: ABBA tribute heats up a quiet January

Night & Day — We are entering what is traditionally the coldest weeks of the year in Western New York, which means the concert scene is not going to heat up for a few weeks. There are some hot selections, including an extended run of Burlesque to Broadway at Seneca Niagara (check out the feature piece on page 2 for more info) and some other interesting selections.

We will start over at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, where they are fast becoming a tribute band mecca. This Saturday they host an ABBA tribute band, Arrival from Sweden-The Music of ABBA. The band boasts original musicians from ABBA’s touring and recording days, and has numerous sold-out shows in venues as large as the 15,000-seat Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.

Some people may not be a fan of tribute bands but you will never have the opportunity to see ABBA in concert since they retired from touring many years ago. The last time ABBA performed together was Dec. 11, 1982 and the members of the band have been quoted numerous times in the press stating that no amount of money could entice them into a reunion.

Tickets for the show are available at the Riviera website, rivieratheatre.org.

On Sunday at the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center, one of my favorite live bands, Grand Funk Railroad, will be playing. The Sunday shows at Seneca Alleghany start at 5 p.m., which makes it convenient for a Sunday road trip, and with tickets starting at $20 it is an incredible bargain. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

I’ve had the honor of interviewing Grand Funk Railroad’s drummer Don Brewer twice and have seen the current lineup twice. What I love about the band is that they still play with a lot of heart, they smile a lot and really give it their all. Combine that with their catalogue of hits including the Todd Rundgren produced “We’re an American Band” and this show is a no-brainer.

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