Foreigner Unplugs At Fallsview

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Foreigner
Avalon Ballroom
Fallsview Casino
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Saturday November 12, 2016
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

 

The Avalon Ballroom Theatre came alive with the music of Foreigner Saturday evening but not in the manner which one may be accustomed to. Sure the band Foreigner was there but this was a special show that was billed as “The Hits Unplugged” Tour. Stripped down versions of Foreigner hits and a few surprises were tossed in to make the show a must see for any fan of the band. Continue reading

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Anderson Rabin Wakeman Astound at UB

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ARW
(Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman)
UB Center For the Arts
Amherst, NY
Wednesday November 2, 2016
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

It was one of the most anticipated reunions of recent memory when Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, collectively known ARW, graced the stage at UB’s Center for the Arts Wednesday evening. Until this tour kicked off the three had not played together since the Union tour. Singer, multi-instrumentalist Anderson of course being a founding member of Yes, while keyboardist Wakeman played with Yes on and off including the majority of the 70s and on most of the band’s earlier classics. Neither one has played with Yes since 2004. Guitarist Rabin played with them during their big commercial peak that began with the highly successful 90125 album which included the #1 smash “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”. Joining them were amazing musicians drummer Lou Molino and bassist Lee Pomeroy who really helped to round things out. Continue reading

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Rita Coolidge Pays Homage To Her Favorites

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Rita Coolidge
Bear’s Den Showroom
Inside Seneca Niagara Casino
Niagara Falls, NY
Friday November 4, 2016
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

Two-time Grammy winner Rita Coolidge played the Bear’s Den Friday evening. It marked her first area appearance since 2012. During her ninety minute set she focused on paying homage to many great song writers as she told stories about the songs. She also released a memoir earlier this year entitled Delta Lady. Continue reading

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Marillion Gives Powerful Performance in Northfield

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Marillion
Hard Rocksino
Northfield, OH
Saturday October 29, 2016
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

 

Marillion returned for their first tour of North America in over four years Saturday evening. It marked the first time the band played the Hard Rocksino in Northfield, OH just southeast of Cleveland. For Clevelanders this was the band’s first area show since the Marbles tour touched down at the Odeon Concert Club in 2004. The band is currently touring in support of their recent critically acclaimed album F.E.A.R. Continue reading

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Admirable Performance For Under The Weather Mellencamp

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John Mellencamp
Seneca Niagara Events Center
Niagara Falls, NY
Saturday October 22, 2016
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

Saturday evening John Mellencamp returned to the Seneca Niagara Events Center. Having last played the venue in 2014, Mellencamp gave the crowd a show they won’t soon forget despite playing a short 70-minute set. Continue reading

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Concert Preview- Sully Erna

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Sully Erna
Riviera Theatre
North Tonawanda, NY
November 16, 2016
By: Jenipher

 

 

Nearly six years to the date, Sully Erna is back with his 2nd solo album. The Godsmack vocalist released the somewhat stripped down disc, Hometown Life, on September 30. This effort is slightly different than the previous one. Where Avalon has a more worldly-earthy vibe, Hometown Life is more of a straightforward acoustic overtone. The lyrics this time are more about growth and discovery, personal assessment if you will. However, if you listen close there are also messages. In the song, “Beat of My Own Drum” Erna, who comes from a long line of musicians, offers up motivation to others like himself, living life on their own terms. Continue reading

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