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November 14, 2013

JENNINGS: Touting the BPO and The Musical Box

Niagara Gazette — Before we look ahead to this weekend, I wanted to mention a great show I saw at Kleinhans Music Hall last Friday, The Buffalo Philharmonic performing the music of The Rolling Stones. It’s been a long time since a lead singer has completely blown me away, but Brody Dolyniuk did just that. He is amazingly talented and funny, I am bummed I missed his Queen tribute show.

Of course the performance also reminded me I just don’t give enough ink to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. They really are a local treasure, and I always leave their performances thinking I don’t see them enough. This weekend they will be performing my favorite classical work, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” with Anne Akiko Meyers.

If you haven’t seen the BPO in a while make sure you catch this show. You won’t be disappointed. There are two performances, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Ticket info is available at BPO.org.

As for this weekend, we will start with Saturday in Niagara Falls at The Evening Star Concert Hall located at 8810 Niagara Falls Blvd., where there is a special performance from nationally renowned fingerstyle guitarist Adam Rafferty. He will be joined by a couple of familiar names, Jamie Holka and David MacGregor. Presale tickets are $20 and are available by contacting Jamie directly at jamieholka@gmail.com, or you can pay $25 at the door.

The Bear’s Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino has a pair of great shows this weekend. The Gin Blossoms headline on Friday night. They had a few big hits in the 1990s including “Allison Road” which is one of my favorite songs from the era.

On Saturday at The Bears Den is the show I have been waiting for, Dave Davies of The Kinks. I was fortunate enough to catch The Kinks in the 1980s and they were an amazing live act thanks in no small part to Dave’s aggressive guitar playing.

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