Niagara Gazette — It made me smile.
"Danke Schoen" GNR, I thought.
"Danke Schoen."A few thoughts on the Buffalo Outer Harbor concert experience: • This was my first show at the venue off Fuhrman Boulevard. It won't be my last. Although Axl Rose had a point about it being a little bit colder than anyone would have liked Wednesday night, I can imagine the venue being a stellar place to see a band on a mild, summer evening in Western New York. • Parking was far less of a headache than I imagined. There was a bit of a wait as vehicles curved around Fuhrman into the venue parking lot, but it wasn't too bad. Early birds can find free parking along the strip, provided they don't mind a bit of a walk. • The parking rate is reasonable. It's hard to complain at $10 per car. Memo to Outer Harbor folks: Western New Yorkers will pay this and strong consideration should be given to maintaining this rate for the foreseeable future. • Leaving went quick. The GNR show ended at 1:04 a.m., I sat in the car for about 10 minutes or so before getting in the long line to exit. To my surprise, within minutes, I was out of the lot, on the Skyway and heading for home in the Falls where I arrived at around 1:40 a.m. • There's always the taxi. Queen City Ferry and Brawler's Back-Alley Deli on Pearl Street offer a water taxi service to the Outer Harbor. Trips are available on concert nights starting at 5 p.m. and are made back and forth every half hour until 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 a piece and can be purchased from both Brawler's and Queen City Ferry or by calling (716) 796-4556. • There are more high-profile acts to come. The rocking continues next week at the Outer Harbor when Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson take the stage on June 14. The Tragically Hip, The Black Keys, Mac Miller and Flogging Molly round out the 2013 series. For more information, visit www.outerharborconcerts.com.