On March 23 the hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls presented an evening of Jazz, Pop, and Blues with the duo Nineteen Sixty and Carina and the Six String Preacher.

While only a duo on stage, Naomi and Nick – Nineteen Sixty – produced the sound of a full band with Naomi on drums and keyboards – sometimes at the same time – and Nick on guitar and Keyboards with both musicians sharing the vocal duties.

Performing a mix of cover tunes and original songs the duo performed “Take It”, “Crazy” by Seal, “Uptown Underground”, “If I Ever Lose My Faith”, “N.Y.C.”, “When the World”, “Dance Guitar”, “Virtual Insanity”, “Walkie Talkie”, and “ Major Descent”.

It was a night of pleasant but joyous music showcasing some of the great local talent of the area.

After a break to reset the stage, Carina and the Six String Preacher featuring Carina on vocals, Vince on guitar, and John on drums took the stage. Carina is a Bluesy styled singer that harkens back to the days of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. On guitar Vince is easily the Santana of the Blues.

The group performed two sets of mostly original songs that were composed to bring out the sultry sounds of Carina’s voice.

After opening with Cher’s “Bang Bang”, the trio performed “Champagne Smoke and Light”, “Boy”, “Honey”, “Summertime”, “Cheap Perfume”, “Crybaby”, “How High the Moon”, “Cabin Fever”, “The Great Hideaway”, “Preacher Theme”, “Black Hole Sun”, “Forget About Me”, “Ashtray”, “A Man I Could Love”, “Liquid Think”, “Sweet Dreams”, “In too Deep”, “Fell in Love with a Girl”, “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me”, and “Jack Ash”.

Though winter has not quite left western New York, Nineteen Sixty and Carina and the Six String Preacher warmed up the night with the sounds of Smooth Jazz and Blues for a great way to spend a Friday evening in March.