Dugas and the AJ Ghent Band will be the opening acts for the Zac Brown Band concert at the Erie Insurance Arena on Dec. 13.
Dugas includes Sarah Dugas, a former member of the Grammy-nominated group the Duhks. That group shared the stage with such acts as Los Lobos, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bind Boys of Alabama, and ZBB. After Dugas formed, ZBB signed the group to its Southern Ground Artists Label. Dugas is currently recording its debut CD.
AJ Ghent Band plays earthy funk-soul tunes that hark back to the glory days of Stax/Volt. It’s good stuff. The band’s new single “Elevator Love” is available for a free download. See the video below.
The Erie Otters are so stoked about opening the renovated Erie Insurance Arena that they’re throwing a party on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. Falling Hollywood will play at the corner of Ninth and French Streets, while members of the Otters will sign autographs for fans after a red-carpet ceremony.
Free beer and soda will be available, and food will be available from the Mercyhurst University Food Truck. Erie Clowns and magicians will also be on hand.
The Otters will take on the North Bay Battalion on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The kickoff party is co-sponsored by the Otters and Epic Web Studios.
Don’t forget, the RockErie Music Awards roll Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. The previously mentioned drum off at the event won’t take place, but M4 will perform as partygoers stroll on and you can also checked out a big drum-set collection.
Erie native Bobby Borgia will perform; he’s a world-renowned magician and illusionist who designed stage tricks for Destiny’s Child, ‘N Synch, Brian McKnight, Christina Aguilera and other stars. So expect to be wowed; this will be a show. Of course, plenty of awards will also be dispensed as we celebrate local musicians and all they do for us year-round. Falling Hollywood, East Ave., the Romantic Era and Chasing Moira will play their nominated entries for Song of the Year.
Broke Boland will play just before the ceremony starts, around 6:45 p.m. Also, Six Years After plays the REMA post party at Sherlock’s; admission is free.
Sunday’s show is the weekend’s don’t-miss event, but plenty else is going on, including the Wine Country Harvest Music Festival today through Sunday in North East; Mala Sangre, Couchriders and more tonight at Beer Mug; a huge show with Sacred 13, Downslave, Grind Iron and Kevlar all at Sherlock’s tonight; Eric Brewer & Friends at Crooked I tonight; French Kiss at Presque Isle Downs tonight and Saturday; and Drunk in Memphis at Irish Cousins tonight.
On Saturday: electronic music pioneer Richard Pinhas (10:30 p.m.) at PACA; Hammered at Sherlock’s; the CD release party for Smackdab at Crooked I; and a couple North East shows for Wine Fest fans with Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle at Heritage Wine Cellars (5 p.m.) and Colonel Mustard at Townline Tavern.