Niagara Gazette

November 14, 2013

JENNINGS: Touting the BPO and The Musical Box

By Thom Jennings
Niagara Gazette

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

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, 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.

Tickets for both shows are available through Ticketmaster.

Over at The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda this weekend, The Musical Box will be doing two Peter Gabriel era Genesis albums, “Foxtrot” on Friday and “Selling England by the Pound” on Saturday. It’s really amazing how many great songs came from the two albums including “Watcher of The Skies,” “Firth of a Fifth” and “Supper’s Ready.” It’s a shame that after Gabriel left Genesis he didn’t revisit some of these classic songs (although the band performed many of them with Phil Collins).

Tickets for the performances are $39 and available at the Riviera Theatre box office or on its website

Some other shows worthy of mention, Reel Big Fish will be at The Town Ballroom on Saturday and The Ragbirds will be at Buffalo Iron Works on Saturday. The Tralf also has a couple shows on tap, Said the Whale on Sunday and the Beach Fossils on Monday.

Finally our show on a tank of gas, on Monday Sir Elton John will be performing in Erie, Penn. It’s the closest he will be until February when he will be playing Toronto. He is playing 27 songs on this tour, and he probably has more hits than that in his arsenal! Tickets are available through Live Nation.

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