Dr. Rock
By Dave Richards Erie TImes-News staff blogger
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Posted: May 2nd, 2012
TSO tonight; Nicki Minaj on-sale, more

Don’t forget: Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings its “Beethoven’s Last Night” concert to Tullio Arena tonight at 7:30.
Expect a special-effects extravaganza, per usual: moving light tresses, lightning storm, lasers and more. But you can also expect a good-old fashioned story this is a rock opera. It’s set, as the title says, on Beethoven’s last night, when the devil pops in and tries to snare his soul and prevent his 10th symphony from seeing the light of day.
(It’s fiction. There is no 10th symphony. I can’t verify the existence of the Devil, either, thank God).
Tonight’s show will be the last one at Tullio Arena for some time. Renovations are already under way. I know Casey Wells, the executive director of the Erie County Convention Center Authority, hopes to re-open the facility with several big-name shows in 2013. The increased seating capacity should help Erie pull in some good ones More seats mean a higher potential gross for paying the ever-escalating prices demanded by top-tier acts.
Tickets remain available at $55, $45 and $35.

We didn’t have space in Thursday’s Showcase for Dr. Rock’s Concert Listings, so I’ve dropped the “just announced” ones down below.
JUST ANNOUNCED
JUNE 3. Joan Osborne. Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh. Free.
JUNE 4. Battles. Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale.
JUNE 12. Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo.
JUNE 17. Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners. Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh. Free.
JUNE 24. Meshell N’Degeocello. Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh. Free.
JUNE 30. Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. On sale May 4 at Ticketmaster.
JULY 3. Death Cab for Cutie, City and Colour. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale May 4 at Ticketmaster.
JULY 5. John Mayall. Tralf, Buffalo.
JULY 13. Death Cab for Cutie, Andrew Bird. Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh. On sale May 5 at Ticketmaster.
JULY 19. Nicki Minaj. State Theatre, Cleveland. On sale May 5 at 10 a.m. at www.tickets.com, (888) 223-6000..
JULY 20. Ingrid Michaelson, Greg Laswell. Town Ballroom, Cleveland.
JULY 21. Beach House. Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale.
JULY 27. Lucinda Williams. South Park Amphitheater, Pittsburgh. Free.
JULY 28. Van Halen. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. On sale May 4 at (888) 894-9424, www.theqarena.com.
JULY 29. Toad the Wet Sprocket. Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh. Free.
JULY 28. Joshua Radin. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On sale May 4 at Ticketmaster.
AUG. 5. Toad the Wet Sprocket. Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh. Free.
AUG. 5. Lyle Lovett & His Large Band. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo.
AUG. 10. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. South Park Amphitheater, Pittsburgh. Free.
AUG. 12. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh. Free.
AUG. 15. Jackson Browne, Sara Watkins. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On sale May 4 at Ticketmaster.
AUG. 17. Mike Doughty. South Park Amphitheater, Pittsburgh.
AUG. 21. My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses. Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh. On sale May 4 at Ticketmaster.
AUG. 26. Trace Adkins. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y. On sale May 8 at Ticketmaster.
AUG. 31. The Hitmen. South Park Amphitheater, Pittsburgh. Free.
SEPT. 7. Mega 80s. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale May 4 at Ticketmaster.
SEPT. 11. Rush. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale May 4 at Ticketmaster.
SEPT. 26. Bruce Hornsby. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo.
OCT. 28. Rush. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. On-sale date TBA.

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