Get your asses on the dance floor! Big Leg Emma headlines a free Party in the Plaza show tonight at 6 in the Colony Pub parking lot on West Eight Street near Peninsula Drive. Opening up will be the Claire Stuczynski Band at 6 p.m..
If you’ve never seen Big Leg Emma, what’s wrong with you? Seriously, they’re a lot of fun if you enjoy great harmonies and plenty of mandolin and fiddle. Plus, Erie native Bill Burke has now joined the band on bass. He’s stellar.
Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle will play at Plummer’s Tavern in Ripley, N.Y. on Saturday night following their Thunder on the River show in Meadville earlier that day at 4 p.m. ANd this just in: Yarsoz and the Vehicle also play Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Gridley Park at Sixth and Liberty. Their set will be preceded by a drum circle.
Dates are in for Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s winter tour; the group will perform “The Lost Christmas Eve” in its entirety. Area dates: Dec. 16 at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center; Dec. 26 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena; and Dec. 27 at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center. Tickets go on sale Sept. 14. TSO will also play songs from an upcoming EP, “Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night”).
Don’t forget the Erie Art Museum’s Blues & Jazz Festival is Saturday and Sunday. Doesn’t matter if you’ve never heard the headliners or even heard of them before. You can trust John Vanco; he brings in top talent you’ll have fun discovering.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are continuing their 2012 tour, which has featured some epic concerts, including a recent four-hour one to close their European tour in Finland.
They’ll play at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center on Oct. 27 and at State College’s Bryce Jordan Arena on Nov. 1. The latter show goes on sale Saturday. No on-sale date for the Pittsburgh one has been announced.
Three women who earned gold medals with the U.S. Olympic team on Tuesday in London will perform in the Gymnastics and Skating Spectacular on Dec. 15 in Jamestown, N.Y. Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman will compete, along with Olympic men’s team members John Orozco and Danell Leyva. Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around champ, will also compete.
Skaters include current U.S. singles champions Jeremy Abbott and Ashley Wagner, plus 2010 Olympic ice dance silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, among others.
The show will be filmed for broadcast on NBC in January. Maybe that’s why the hosts are so high profile: Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci and Peggy Flaming.
Tickets range from $45 to $279. The limited, high-priced seats include a meet and greet after the performance and a pre-show talk with the athletes. For more detilas, visit www.jamestownarena.com or call (716) 484-2624.
Night Lights at the Heron will welcome 10,000 Maniacs on Aug. 18 They’ll play on the outdoor stage next to the Cafe in the Woods on the site of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival in nearby Sherman, N.Y. See www.heronnightlights.com for more details.
Going to see ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd? Good news for those who want to be up close, on the field. You are now allowed to bring lawn chairs. Still, no umbrellas, though.