On April 21, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame artists Sam Guarino and Nick Veltri brought a stripped down version of their Hal of Fame Revue to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls for a night of “Old Time Rock and Roll” including music from Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Janice Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Donna Summer, and a Joe Bonamassa composition.
Nine performers crowded on to the Hard Rock stage, most of whom shared the vocal duties.
Joining Sam and Nick were Sue, Dolly D. Patti Parks, Doug, Pete, Ron, and Matt with all but Sue and Matt – Sam said that they weren’t old enough…yet – members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.
After opening the show with the instrumental “Honky Tonk”, Patti kicked off the singing with “Black Drawers”. In a two set show, the music continued with “Some Other Day, Some Other Time”, “Little Sister”, “Blueberry Hill”, “Only You Know and I Know”, “Our Day Will Come”, “Rainy Day Woman”, “After Midnight”, “C’est La Vie”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Chain of Fools”, “Remedy”, “I Like it Like That”, “Yeah Yeah”, “Whole Lotta Loving”, “Mess of Blues”, “Walking in the Sand”, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, the instrumental “Sleep Walk”, “Can’t Find My Way Home”, “I Don’t Need No Man”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, and “Bad Girls”.
As the temperatures outside finally warmed up, the Hall of Fame Revue was a fun way to celebrate the final arrival of spring and some good music from the Days of early Rock and Roll, Soul, and Disco.