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.
Pollstar listed Miwi La Lupa appearing at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar on Saturday, but after calling the venue and checking their Facebook page it appears as if that show is not going to happen. I found that out after listening to La Lupa’s music on YouTube, and determining it was pretty good.
While I may not be able to promote La Lupa at DBGB’s, I have no problem promoting Miwi’s new album that came out this week, and DBGB’s which is a great night spot. Maybe some Saturday the two of them will come together.
On Monday over at the Town Ballroom, they will be hosting Dr. Dog. The band’s sound combines the Beach Boys and The Beatles, making them part of the new psychedelic rock bands that have gained traction with the current generation. I like what I have heard. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 day of show and available online at Tickets.com.
For our show on a tank of gas this week, Air Canada Centre is hosting an amazing triple bill Friday, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Brett Eldredge. At press time, there were only single seats available on Ticketmaster.Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.