After five days in the hospital, I’m back to update you on new concerts and other music notes.
Nope, I wasn’t ill. My son had open-heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He’s recovering and will be fine; so that’s a huge relief.
I missed some announcements while I was gone.
“Saturday Night Live” star and comedian Seth Meyers will perform April 19 at Penn State Behrend. Opening up will be Chris Hardwick, who hosts “Talking Dead,” a talk show about “The Walking Dead,” and is also a comedian. Tickets are $25 for the general public and will go on sale Feb. 25. Student tickets are $15; they go on sale Monday.
Iconic filmmaker John Waters will deliver his “This Filthy World” tour at Edinboro University on April 4.
The all-new, solo stand-up performance will take place at the school’s Louis C. Cole Memorial Auditorium. Capacity is about 800.
“John Waters is a name that has kept reappearing on my wish list for the Edinboro Film Series ever since I started it seven years ago,” said John C. Lyons. “He’s a perfect fit in our program’s eclectic history. To say I am excited about this event is an understatement.”
Waters emerged a a underground filmmaker fascinated by lurid crime and exploitation films, not to mention forbidden topics, with a penchant for fashion lunacy. He later came perilously close to mainstream acceptance with such films as “Cry-Baby,” and “Hairspray,” later a huge Broadway musical (with yet another film version).
Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door; they’re free for Edinboro students. Call 732-1048 or visit www.edinborotickets.com.
The Groove and Lucky Dog team up for a big night for Second Harvest Food Bank on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Avalon Hotel Ballroom. They’re calling it a Rock & Soul Show, which makes sense. The ending should be an extravaganza; members of both groups will join forces to knock the show out of the park. The Groove feature Roy Hollis, the 2012 RockErie Music Award winner for Best Male Vocalist, and Brittany Morton, a former Erie Idol winner who sings Whitney Houston well enough to make you shiver. Lucky Dog features Kayti Stadler, one of Erie’s top singers — male or female — and a former REMA winner.
“All of the vocalists will be on stage together sharing vocal duties during the finale as well as the musicians from both bands. The idea was to do a two cross-genre tunes so that each band could participate in the other band’s primary style,” reports Tony Ferrara.
Looks like they’ll cap the night with songs by Whitney Houston and Santana. You’ll have to attend to hear which ones they do.
The Package Tour with New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will play Buffalo’s First Niagara Center on Aug. 2. Tickets go on sale on Feb. 23 at www.tickets.com and (888) 223-6000.
Of Monsters and Men will play Pittsburgh’s Stage AE on June 12. The tickets for the hot Icelandic band will go on sale Feb. 15 at Ticketmaster and (800) 745-3000.
Chautauqua Institution has added Sailing Rock for July 5; it’s a package tour with hitmakers from the 70s and 80s, topped by Christopher Cross (which explains the ‘Sailing’ in the title). Other performers include Orleans, Gary Wright, Firefall, John Ford Coley, Robbe Dupree and Player. Tickets will go on sale April 1.
Lady Gaga has postponed the rest of her tour due to injury, including her March show at State College, Pa. Alabama has announced a reunion tour. Just a handful of dates are announced so far, none around here, but stay tuned. The country legends are bound to hit Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Buffalo.
Scott Weiland will play “Core” and “Purple” in their entirety on March 20 at House of Blues. The venue also welcomes Foals, Surfer Blood and Blondifre on March 13. Tickets go on sale on Friday for both shows at Ticketmaster.
Country star Justin Moore lists an April 18 concert at Erie Insurance Arena on his web site for the “Outlaws Like Us” tour. Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi would open. The Erie Insurance Arena has not yet confirmed the date, but keep posted. That could change.
Billboard, Rolling Stone and other sites say Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will mount a co-headlining stadium tour in the summer. Still no word yet on a possible Rolling Stones tour.
Todd Rundgren will play Pittsburgh’s Rex Theatre on May 15. Tickets go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster.