Backroads Blues Fest

The inaugural tour of the Backroads Blues Tour has just begun when it made a stop at the open air arena at Artpark in Lewiston, New York ( near Niagara Falls).

The tour brings together three generations of Blues artists with Christine “Kingfish” Ingram, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, and the legendary Buddy Guy.

Young phenom Kingfish got the night of music started playing before a packed house.  Backed by his band – bass, drums, and keyboards – the 23 year old knows how to make that guitar wail.  When Kingfish sang, his voice was a mix of Lou Rawls and a young B.B. King.

The show’s creator took the stage next for a set that celebrated the 25th anniversary of his chart topping album  “Trouble Is”.  Along with featuring songs from that album, Sheppard also performed his biggest hit to date “Black on Blue”.  A modern day Blues man but he definitely knows how to rock the stage.

His album “Trouble Is” still holds the record for topping the Billboard Blues chart.

And then the legend himself took the stage.  The last of an era, Buddy Guy shows no signs of slowing down.  If concert goers thought that they were going to see an 86 year old Guy sit down for a few tunes, they were in for a big surprise.  Attired in a bright red shirt and white pants, Guy showed the younger set how it’s done.  He got down and dirty…with his playing and his dialog.

Raised on a farm with no running water or electricity, Buddy Guy knew what the meaning of the Blues was all about and brings it to the stage with every note he plays.

Hair Band Rocks the Falls

Western New York rockers That 80’s Hair Band made a return visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York after a long absence due to the pandemic. Lead singer Rob bantered back and forth with friends and audience members between songs.

Playing before a full house, the band performed two sets of music that included Guns ‘N’ Roses, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, and even a little “Purple Rain”.

Gary Lewis Wows in Bear’s Den

Born into a musical family, Gary Lewis knows how to put on a show. From a very early age, father Jerry Lewis taught his son well on how to be a performer.

On March 7 Gary Lewis and the Playboys made a return visit to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for a show that not only featured the life and music of Lewis; but was also a celebration of the music from the ’60’s.

Playing before a packed house, Lewis opened the show with a video clip of his father introducing the band and a performance of “Count Me In”. In between performances of “Love Potion No. 9”, “Save Your Heart for Me”, “Without a Word of Warning”, “I’m Sure Gonna Miss Her”, “I’m a Believer”, “Everybody Loves a Clown”, “I Won’t Make that Mistake Again”, Woolly Bully”, “This Diamond Ring”, “Barefootin’”, “My Heart’s a Symphony”, “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Sealed with a Kiss”, and “She’s Just My Style”; Lewis told stories about the songs, his life, and showed video clips of himself and with his dad.

As Lewis and the band left the stage, the crowd was standing, clapping, and shouting for more. After a few minutes, Lewis returned to the stage for one more song. Saying he didn’t know what to do, Lewis chose a rocking Beatles tune before going out in the concourse to greet a very long line of fans for photos and autographs.

Ohio Players Funked Out the Bear’s Den

The funk rushed out when the funkadelic band The Ohio Players came to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York

After opening the show with “Love Rollercoaster”, it didn’t take long for the full house of fans to be dancing and singing along to their favourite sings including “Pain”, “Skin Tight”, “O H I O”, “I Wanna Be Free”, Sweet Sticky Thing”, “Ecstasy, and “Funky Worm” before closing out the show with their smash hit “Fire”.

The R&B Hall of Fame band has been entertaining fans for over 40 years and shows no sign of slowing down as they thrill fans with music to make you want to dance and have a good time.

 

Rocking Hard with Dirty Vernon

On December 7 the hard rock cover band Dirty Vernon made a return visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls for a performance.

The guys rattled the walls with some old songs and some new songs from some of rock’s biggest bands including Van Halen, Aerosmith, Pantera, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Rush, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, Metallica, Golden Earring, KISS, Guns ‘N’ Roses, and Motorhead.

The guys of Dirty Vernon ensured that the Hard Rock Cafe lived up to its name with their rocking performance with some hot tunes on a cold western New York Saturday night.

A Yacht Rock Party with AM Gold

Most often when a tribute band performs, they are playing homage to a particular artist. But AM Gold takes the term tribute band to a whole new level by paying homage to an entire decade of music…what they call Yacht Rock – the music from 1975 to 1985.

Attired in white pants and ships commander’s hats, the six piece band took the stage of the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on December 6 for a night of Yacht Rock that included the music of Toto, Hall and Oates, Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers, Christopher Cross, Van Morrison and Steely Dan.

AM Gold had the gathered crowd rocking in their seats, dancing in the aisles, and singing along from the first notes of “Rosanna” to the final note of “Easy Lover”.

In what became more of a full out party than a concert, AM Gold performed chart topping crowd pleasers including “Ride Like the Wind”, “Reeling in the Years”, “Dancing in the Moonlight”, “What a Fool Believes”, “Peg”, “Maneater”, “Rich Girl”, Takin’ it to the Streets”, “Sailing”, “I Can’t Go for That”, “Careless Whisper”, “The Heat is On”, the theme from “Footloose”, “Africa”, “Wake Me Up Before you Go Go”, and “All Night Long”.

Even after the house lights had come up, fans were clamouring for more Yacht Rock from the New York City band AM Gold.

In Newfoundland they hold Irish music sessiuns known as Kitchen Parties that are little more than a full out jam. AM Gold brings the American rock version of a Kitchen Party with their performances…a party you never want to end.

Big Jim and the TwinsRattled the Rafters with Rock

The walls of the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York are filled with memorabilia from Janis Joplin and The Beatles to Ozzy Osbourne and Prince.

On November 15 the trio Big Jim and the Twins took the stage at the Hard Rock to perform what they called a tribute to Grunge Alternative music.

Lead singer and drummer Ryan – Big Jim – called the band a tribute to the era of Grunge music, Alternative sounds, and what he called Post Apocalyptic Sponge Bob.

Throughout the night Ryan, Joe, and Nick performed a variety of songs including “Machinehead”, “Interstate Love Song”, “In the Meantime”, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, “Use Somebody”, “Mysterious Ways”, “Can’t Stop”, “Santeria”, “Lithium”, “1979”, “Like a Stone”, “Vasoline”, and “Times Like These”.

Big Jim and the Twins may not have anyone named Jim or a set of twins, but they do have some big rock with twin genres of sound.

Tiny Band, Big Music at Hard Rock Cafe

Still some sharp dressed men, the band Tiny Music made a return visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls on October 11 but this time around they brought more than just the music of The Stone Temple Pilots.

For the first set Rob, Denny, Mike, Leo, and Vaughan played music that spanned the career of The Stone Temple Pilots; including “Wicked Garden”, “Vasoline”, “Big Empty”, “Creep”, “Piece of Pie”, “Trippin; on a Hole in a Paper Heart”, and “Dead and Bloated”.

Playing everything from Michael Jackson to Machine Head the second set included “Evenflow”, “Everlong”, “Come Down”, “Use Somebody”, “Counting Blue Cars”, “Harder to Breathe”, “Smooth Criminal”, “Learn to Fly”, “Rebel Yell”, “Poison Kingdom”, “Immigrant Song”, “Flagpole Sitta”, “Don’t You”, “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Plowed”, “Mr. Brightside”, and “Sweet Emotion”.

Lead singer Rob kept the house rocking all night long with plenty of audience participation and even sharing the microphone from time to time.

Even after closing down the Cafe, fans continued to yell out songs and were not ready to go home.