Night & Day — The music weekend in our region gets started with one of the artists that opened the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday. Jay Z appeared onstage with his wife Beyonce to open the show and viewers saw more of Beyonce than they did Jay Z. The rapper will headline a show in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center tonight, just five days removed from warm and sunny Los Angeles.
Before we get to the rest of this week’s selections, I did want to mention how much I enjoyed The Grammy Awards this year. There were many highlights including seeing Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon dancing to Paul McCartney singing “Queenie Eye.”
Much has been written about Ono breaking up the The Beatles, an oversimplification of a complex breakup. Whatever the case, seeing Yoko and Sean appreciating Paul’s new music made it seem like John’s spirit was in the room.
On to the weekend, starting at Murphy’s Café on Third located at 250 Rainbow Boulevard in Niagara Falls which will be hosting a special performance from Tapered Creek on Friday. This is in advance of their debut album which is set for a spring release. If you read my column with any regularity you know I try and identify acts you can catch on the rise and Tapered Creek is a band that you will want to catch now. I’ll be covering their album release in the fall, but for now you can catch them Friday for $3 at Murphy’s.
Also on Friday, Dave Mason will be coming to The Bear’s Den for a sold-out show on Friday. Mason is performing songs from his days in Traffic. Mason and Traffic are well-deserved Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. I saw Mason in 1991 on a solo tour and his version of “Dear Mr. Fantasy” was blazing hot. Mason also spent a stint in Fleetwood Mac in 1995 with Bekka Bramlett, a beautiful, talented and underrated singer.
On Saturday, comedian Adam Carolla will be recording an episode of his podcast at the UB Center for the Arts. Carolla is perhaps best known as the former host of “The Man Show” from 1999 to 2004, which he co-hosted with Jimmy Kimmel. Carolla is also the co-creator of “Crank Yankers.” Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased at Tickets.com.
This weekend over at Rock and Roll Heaven located at 3036 Seneca Street in West Seneca, they will be hosting Jack Russell’s Great White on Friday and Fatal Sting, a Scorpions tribute band on Saturday. I haven’t been out to R&R Heaven yet, but I hear good things about the club which has been hosting a slew of great tribute bands.
Finally, our show on a tank of gas is on Saturday at Massey Hall in Toronto they will be hosting an excellent double bill featuring Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. It’s a great venue and tickets start at only $50, which is a steal for two headliners.Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.