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Posted: April 23rd, 2014

Just announced: Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers will welcome special guest Bruce Springsteen for a pair of shows at Pittsburgh’s Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium.
The two longtime friends frequently play together. I saw one of these S&S shows from the first row a few years ago. Spectacular. To see Springsteen in such an intimate venue, and having a blast to boot, was really exhilarating. Of course, Grushecky’s blue-collar, meaty rock fits in perfectly alongside Springsteen.
The shows are set for May 22 and May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Milly will open.
Tickets are $85, $100 and $125 and go on sale today (April 23) at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets and (800) 745-3000.
Good luck; they will go quickly.
Here’s a clip of Grushecky and Springsteen doing “Code of Silence” from their 2010 joint show at the S&S Auditorium that I got to see.

JUST ANNOUNCED

MAY 22, 23. Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers with special guest Bruce Springsteen. Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium, Pittsburgh. On sale April 23 at Ticketmaster.
MAY 23. Trey Anastasio Band. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 24.
MAY 29. Santana. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale April 25.
JUNE 13. Jonathan Butler. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale April 25.
JUNE 19. NRBQ. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
JUNE 23. Lisa Marie Presley. Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo.
JUNE 26. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 25.
JULY 2. John Hiatt and the Combo. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Pittsburgh.
JULY 10. Bonobo. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 25.
JULY 18. Mac DeMarco. Tralf, Buffalo.
JULY 23. 3 Doors Down. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at tickets.com.
AUG. 8. Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, more. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On sale April 25 at 4:20 p.m. at Ticketmaster.
AUG. 8. Boris. Tralf, Buffalo.
AUG. 9. Steely Dan. Beach 11, Presque Isle State Park, Erie. On sale date TBA.
AUG. 12. The Presidents of the United States. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 25.
AUG. 14. Indigo Girls. Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, Ohio. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 25.
AUG. 20. Kings of Leon. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On sale April 25.
AUG. 29. Kings of Leon. First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown. On sale April 26.
AUG. 29. Jo Dee Messina. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale April 25.
SEPT. 4. Ed Sheeran. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. On sale date TBA.
OCT. 10. Eric Church. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. On sale now at www.theqarena.com.
OCT. 11. Eric Church. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale date TBA.

APRIL CONCERTS
APRIL 24. Christina Perri. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 24. Edwin McCain. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
APRIL 25. Gangstagrass. Tralf, Buffalo.
APRIL 25. Black Lips. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 25. Sara Evans. Hardrock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
APRIL 26. Sold out. Kenny Rogers. Seneca Allegany Events Center, Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
APRIL 26. Southern Culture on the Skids. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 27. Leon Russell. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 27. Ledisi. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 28. M.I.A. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
APRIL 30. Volbeat, Trivium. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
APRIL 30. Tech N9ne. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 1. YG. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 1. Big Sean, Chevy Woods. Junker Center, Penn State Behrend, Erie. $30, $20 Behrend students. On sale at 898-6171, http://estore.psu.edu.
MAY 2. Cher, Cyndi Lauper. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. On sale at www.theqarena.com.
MAY 2. Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line. Bryce Jordan Center, State College.
MAY 2. Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
MAY 3. Yannis Pappas. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall.
MAY 5. The Aquabats. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 6. Joe Bonamassa. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.
MAY 6. The Both (Aimee Mann, Ted Leo). Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
MAY 7-11. The Osmonds. Seneca Allegany Events Center, Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
MAY 7. Dance Gavin Dance. Mr. Smalls, Millvale.
MAY 8. Lady Gaga. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
MAY 8. Floor. Tralf, Buffalo.
MAY 8. Alabama Shakes. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
MAY 9. Kool and the Gang. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
MAY 9. Mastodon. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
MAY 9. Rubblebucket. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
MAY 9. Joe Bonamassa. Shea’s Theatre, Buffalo.
MAY 9. Brother Joseph and the Love Revolution. Tralf, Buffalo.
MAY 10. H-Town, Best Kept Secret Band, Lake Erie Fresh. AvalonHotel, Erie. $30 advance, $35 at the door. Tickets at Shop Rite, 2401 Parade and Dee’s News, 1705 State St., 449-6125.

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Posted: April 18th, 2014

Remember, Record Store Day is Saturday. Two Erie places participate: Graham’s Used Records, CDs, Tapes and DVDs and the Exchange. All sort of one-time only releases arrive for the occasion, but each store generally doesn’t know what they’ll get until they open the crate. That’s part of the fun of the event. Everything is pressed in limited quantities and dispersed to independent record store retailers worldwide. Lot of big names participate, including Bruce Springsteen, who has a four-song EP coming out, and Dave Matthews Band, among others. More than 450 exclusives will be available around the world; I can’t tell you what the Exchange and Graham’s will have in stock. But vinyl lovers and collectors may want to head over.
Visit www.recordstoreday.com for more details. I also wrote about the day and resurgence of vinyl in last Sunday’s Erie Times-News.

Where to hang this weekend? Jake’s Blues rocks Docksider for happy hour today at 7 p.m. Jackson Station is at Bullfrog today at 6 p.m. Erie Ale House has an acoustic night with Jason B. McCann, Stephanie Hand and Chris Mathers, plus Brooke Surgener tonight. French Kiss is at Irish Cousins on Friday. Sandbar has Face Down in High Water, plus Sleepin’ Dogs on Friday, then Geek Army on Sandbar. Eric Brewer and Friends play at Oasis on Friday, and Chasing Moira is there on Saturday with Six Year Stretch. The Groove debuts its new three-man horn section on Saturday at Presque Isle Downs. Beer Mug features Pittsburgh punk legends Submachine, plus the debut of Bob Kellogg’s the Peeves, Mala Sangre and Aggro Hippie on Saturday.

On Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m., Bobby’s Place hosts a huge benefit for the wife of Jack Russell, the leader of Jack Russell’s Great White. With most of her colon removed, she can eat only through IV treatments. It’s a sad story, but he’s there for her and will be at the event to sing Great White songs with a few bands. Court of Mayhem, C. Brown, Abadon Faluz and Justin Moyar will play at the event, spearheaded by Flexcia Delevine, a Great White fan who was moved by his plight and reached out to help. Donation is a $10 minimum at the door.

Peter Gabriel’s “Back to Front” airs on Wednesday at Tinseltown. It was filmed in London last year and featured his original band from the “So” album. Gabriel plays his biggest hits in the show. Since he rarely tours anymore, this might be the only way catch him in action. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $14.

Here’s a YouTube video of Gabriel performing “Solsbury Hill,” one of my favorites on, Letterman’s show.

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Posted: April 17th, 2014

Here is a list of shows that go on sale this weekend, and others that will unfold in the next week.
We didn’t have room in Showcase for them, but some big ones are going up. Check it out.
None are for Erie, though. Glad to see WWE return, and that we’re getting a Cirque du Soleil show. Can’t buy a thrill? Wrong. You can buy Steely Dan tickets soon for their concert at Presque Isle State Park.
We need more concerts, though. I had thought an enlarged, renovated, modernized Erie Insurance Arena meant we’d be getting more shows. After a good start with Elton John, TSO and Zac Brown Band, however, we’ve had nothing since Darius Rucker in February. And now May is nearly here with nothing else confirmed.
Plenty of acts are on the road or will be soon: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran, John Fogerty, Ringo Starr and His All Star Band. If we can Elton, why not some more big names?

JUST ANNOUNCED
MAY 10. H-Town, Best Kept Secret Band, Lake Erie Fresh. AvalonHotel, Erie. $30 advance, $35 at the door. Tickets at Shop Rite, 2401 Parade and Dee’s Nes, 1705 State St., 449-6125.
MAY 11. Crosses. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 17. Guided By Voices. Mr. Smalls, Millvale.
MAY 23. Trey Anastasio Band. House of BLues, Cleveland. On sale April 24.
MAY 25. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
JUNE 7. Titus Andronicus. Tralf, Buffalo.
JUNE 14. Zac Brown Band. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On sale April 18.
JUNE 16. John Doe. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
JUNE 20. Melissa Ferrick. Tralf, Buffalo.
JUNE 22. Melissa Etheridge. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y. On sale April 21 at noon.
JUNE 24. Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Tralf, Buffalo.
JUNE 25. Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y.
JULY 1. Blue Rodeo, 54-40. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y.
JULY 2. Boy & Bear. House of Blues, Cleveland.
JULY 8. Man Man. Tralf, Buffalo.
JULY 11. “The Voice” Live Tour. Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y. On sale April 17.
JULY 12. KC and the Sunshine Band. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y. On sale April 21 at noon.
JULY 12. Zac Brown Band. First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown. On sale April 18.
JULY 14. “The Voice” Live Tour. State Theatre, Cleveland. On sale April 17 at tickets.com.
JULY 15. Megadeth. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y.
JULY 18. Yes. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
JULY 23. 3 Doors Down. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at tickets.com.
JULY 23. Matthew Sweet. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
JULY 23. Yes. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale April 18.
JULY 25. Smokey Robinson. Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
AUG. 2. Moody Blues. Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
AUG. 9. Steely Dan. Beach 11, Presque Isle State Park, Erie. On sale date TBA.
AUG. 11. Jackson Browne. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale April 25 at noon at tickets.com.
SEPT. 4. Ed Sheeran. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. On sale date TBA.
OCT. 10. Eric Church. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. On sale date TBA.
OCT. 11. Eric Church. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale date TBA.

APRIL CONCERTS
APRIL 17. Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson. Wolstein Center, Cleveland.
APRIL 17. Rebelution. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 17. Gavin DeGraw. Hardrock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
APRIL 17. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Heavy Pets. Tralf, Buffalo.
APRIL 18. Hollerado. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
APRIL 18. Sold out. Boyz II Men. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 18-19. The Werks. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 19. Paul Anka. Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
APRIL 19. Canceled. Praise Fest featurng Mary Mary and Friends. Wolstein Center, Cleveland.
APRIL 19. Toadies, Supersuckers. Grog Shop, Cleveland.
APRIL 19. Mickey Finn and Demolition Man. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
APRIL 22. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
APRIL 22. Twenty One Pilots. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
APRIL 22. Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 22. Local Natives. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 23. We Are Scientists. Grog Shop, Cleveland.
APRIL 23. Cher, Cyndi Lauper. First Nigara Pavilion, Buffalo. On sale at www.tickets.com.
APRIL 24. Christina Perri. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 24. Edwin McCain. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
APRIL 25. Gangstagrass. Tralf, Buffalo.
APRIL 25. Black Lips. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 25. Sara Evans. Hardrock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
APRIL 26. Sold out. Kenny Rogers. Seneca Allegany Events Center, Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
APRIL 26. Southern Culture on the Skids. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 27. Leon Russell. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 27. Ledisi. House of Blues, Cleveland.

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Posted: April 9th, 2014

The Jay Leno Show

We didn’t have room in Thursday’s Showcase for Dr. Rock’s Concerts, and tons are going on sale.
So see below for the lengthy list.

Also, Jay Leno will headline the 2014 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on Aug. 9 in Jamestown, N.Y. Lucie Arnaz, Lucy’s daughter, will perform during Leno’s part of the show, too. Also schedule to appear: Tom Cotter, a recent runnerup on “America’s Got Talent,” on Aug. 8, and a Comics to Watch showcase hosted by Caroline Rhea. Ret Turner, Ball’s costume designer (and a five-time Emmy winner), will also appear, along with a splashy event: an attempt at the world record for most grape stompers.
The fest rolls from Aug. 6-10. For details, see www.lucycomedyfest.com.

Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a simulcast of Thursday’s 2014 induction ceremonies at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Inductees include Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens and the E Street Band. Guests include Springsteen, Chris Martin, Glenn Frey, Michael Stipe, Questlove, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Asher, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Tom Morello and Sheryl Crow. Billboard is speculating that Joan Jett might front a Nirvana reunion at the show.
The Rock Hall will post news, photos, videos and quotes live during the event. You can follow the action through #rockhall2014. See www.rockhall.com for more details.

JUST ANNOUNCED
MAY 15. Fuel. Altar Bar, Pittsburgh.
MAY 24. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
MAY 25. Taking Back Sunday. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
MAY 26. Blackberry Smoke. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
MAY 28. Future. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
JUNE 4. R5. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
JUNE 5. Bloody Beatroots. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
JUNE 6. The Trews. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
JUNE 13. Atmosphere. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
JUNE 13. John Legend. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
JUNE 15. Sports. WWE Live with The Shield, Big Show, Kane, Christian, more. Erie Insurance Arena. On sale April 12 at arena box office, 452-4857, online at www.erieevents.com.
JUNE 19. Tegan and Sara. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 11.
JUNE 20. Logic. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
JUNE 20. The Temptations. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale April 11.
JUNE 20. O.A.R., Phillip Phillips. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
JUNE 21. Choo Choo Soul. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On sale April 11.
JUNE 24. Hey Mavis. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On sale April 11.
JUNE 25. Foxy Shazam. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
JUNE 25. Fifth Harmony. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
JUNE 27. Loverboy. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale April 11.
JUNE 28. Comedy. Jeff Dunham. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
JULY 7. Paul McCartney. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale April 14 at Ticketmaster.
JULY 9. Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 11.
JULY 9-13. Family. Walking With Dinosaurs. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.
JULY 12. KC and the Sunshine Band. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y. On sale April 21.
JULY 13. Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. On sale April 12.
JULY 13. Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler, Uncle Kracker. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 11.
JULY 18. Nickel Creek. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On sale April 11.
JULY 19. Jim Brickman. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On sale April 11.
JULY 22. Nickel Creek. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 11.
JULY 22. Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On sale April 11.
JULY 22. Natalie Merchant. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Homestead. On sale April 12.
JULY 25. The Fray. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
JULY 26. Boz Scaggs. Palace Theatre, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
JULY 27. Jack White. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 11.
JULY 30-AUG. 3. Family. Walking With Dinosaurs. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
AUG. 1. Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On sale April 11.
AUG. 2. Blake Shelton, the Band Perry, Neal McCoy. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. On sale April 11.
AUG. 2. Bombay Cycle Club. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
AUG. 7. Tori Amos. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On sale April 11.
AUG. 8. Ballroom Thieves. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On sale April 11.
AUG. 9. Toby Keith, Colt Ford. First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh. On sale April 11.
AUG. 9. Michael Stanley and the Resonators. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On sale April 11.
AUG. 10. Musical. “Jesus Christ Superstar” with Brandon Boyd, JC Chasez, Michelle Williams, John Lydon, Ben Forster. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.
AUG. 12. Musical. “Jesus Christ Superstar” with Brandon Boyd, JC Chasez, Michelle Williams, John Lydon, Ben Forster Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
AUG. 13-17. Family. Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai.” Erie Insurance Arena, Erie.
AUG. 13. Musical. “Jesus Christ Superstar” with Brandon Boyd, JC Chasez, Michelle Williams, John Lydon, Ben Forster First Niagara Center, Buffalo.
AUG. 15. Engelbert Humperdinck. Chautauqua Amphitheatre, Chautauqua, N.Y.
AUG. 16. Hunter Hayes, Dan and Shay, Sam Hunt. Crawford County Fair, Meadville. $54.50, $44.50, $34.50 plus $8 fair entry free. On sale April 14 at (800) 585-3737, www.crawfordcountyfairpa.com.
AUG. 16. Comedy. Larry the Cable Guy. Seneca Allegany Casnio, Salamanca, N.Y. On sale May 23.
AUG. 22. Martina McBride. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y. On sale April 11.
AUG. 26. Austin Mahone. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 11.
SEPT. 30. St. Vincent. House of Blues, Cleveland. Rescheduled from April 10.
OCT. 1-4, 2015. Family. “Marvel Universe Live!” Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.

APRIL CONCERTS
APRIL 10. Gavin DeGraw. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo.
APRIL 10. John Sebastian. Palace Theatre, Hamburg, N.Y. On sale at 452-4857.
APRIL 10. Postponed. St. Vincent. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 10. Excision. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
APRIL 11. Sold out. Jon Anderson. Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
APRIL 11. Railroad Earth. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 12. 90s Throwback Tour with Bell Biv Devoe, Ginuwine, Next, KiCi & Jojo, Tank. Wolstein Center, Cleveland.
APRIL 12. St. Vincent. Babeville, Buffalo, N.Y.
APRIL 12. Englebert Humperdinck. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. APRIL 12. The BBC Band. Tralf, Buffalo.
APRIL 12. Kevin Costner and Modern West. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
APRIL 13. The War on Drugs. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
APRIL 13. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Byham Theatre, Pittsburgh.
APRIL 13. BBC Band. Tralf, Buffalo.
APRIL 15. Particle, Freekbass. Grog Shop, Cleveland.
APRIL 17. Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson. Wolstein Center, Cleveland.
APRIL 17. Rebelution. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 17. Gavin DeGraw. Hardrock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
APRIL 17. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Heavy Pets. Tralf, Buffalo.

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Posted: April 8th, 2014

Paul McCartney will play the U.S. again this summer. Four shows were announced today, including one for Pittsburgh.
Sir Paul will play at Consol Energy Center on July 7. Its his first show there since he opened the building in August 2010.
Expect massive screens, fireworks, lasers, videos and, of course, tons of Beatles and Wings songs.
No word on prices yet, but there’s only one Paul McCartney. They go on sale Monday at Ticketmaster. American Express card members can get them on Thursday at 10 a.m. through Sunday at 10 p.m.

Also just in: Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd will tour together this summer; area dates include July 13 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, N.Y., and July 22 at Blossom Music Center near Cleveland. And, yes, Paul Rodgers will be with Bad Company. Tickets go on sale Saturday for Darien, and on Friday for Blossom.

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Posted: April 7th, 2014

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The WWE will return to Erie for the time in four years in June.
Look for The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins), Big Show, Kane, Christian, Alberto Del Rio and more to compete on June 15 at 5 p.m. at Erie Insurance Arena. That’s a Sunday show.
Tickets will range from $15 to $95. They go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at the arena box office, by phone at 452-4857 and online at www.erieevents.com.

Jack White will play Pittsburgh’s Stage AE on July 27. Tickets go on sale April 11 at Ticketmaster.
The Under the Sun tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker will play Pittsburgh’s Stage AE on July 13. Tickets go on sale April 11.

Reminder: Tickets went on sale today for Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai,” which plays Erie from Aug. 13 to 17 at Erie Insurance Arena.

We’ve got a packed Showcase coming on Thursday. Look for interviews with comedian Emo Phillips, Chick McGee of “The Bob & Tom Show,” Big Leg Emma and more.

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Posted: April 4th, 2014

The Erie County Fair in Hamburg, N.Y., has announced its lineup and act fast: Ticket go on sale today at 10 a.m.
Performers include John Fogerty (Aug. 7), Bridgit Mendler of Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie” (Aug. 9), Dierks Bentley (Aug. 11) and Lady Antebellum (Aug. 13). They go on sale at (888) 223-6000 and at www.tickets.com.

Chautauqua Institution has added Engelbert Humperinck for Aug. 15. Those tickets are on sale now at www.ciweb.org.

This also just in: Cleveland’s 23rd annual Marc’s Great American Rib Cok-Off & Music Festival will feature the Spazmatics and Disco Inferno (May 23), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (May 24), Taking Back Sunday (May 25) and Blackberry Smoke (May 26) with a bunch of other country bands. Ticktes go on sale April 11 at Ticketmaster. The fest is held at Jacobs Pavilion and the Nautica Entertainment Complex.

Blossom Music Center near Cleveland will feature Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow and Gloriana on Aug. 1. Tickets go on sale April 11 at Ticketmaster.

Reminder! Tickets go on sale Monday for Erie’s Cirque du Soleil “Varekai” show, set for Aug. 13-17 at Erie Insurance Arena.

Space was tight for concert listing in yesterday’s Showcase, so here is a bigger list that was completed before the above shows were announced. Also, into Fogerty? Check out this clip of “Mystic Highway,” one of his best new songs in years.

MAY 23. Mindless Behavior. State Theatre, Cleveland.
MAY 29. R5. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
JUNE 10, 11. Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
JUNE 11. Chvurches. (correct spelling). Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 4.
JUNE 13. Johnny Winter. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
JUNE 14. Peter Murphy. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
JUNE 14. Wanda Jackson. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
JUNE 18. O.A.R., Phillip Phillips. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 11.
JUNE 19. Loretta Lynn. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale April 4.
JUNE 20. O.A.R., Phillip Phillips. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale April 11.
JUNE 24. Ringo Starr and His All Star Band. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y.
JUNE 25. Delta Rae. Tralf, Buffalo.
JULY 2. O.A.R., Phillip Phillips. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale April 11.
JULY 9. Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 11.
JULY 11. Lord Huron. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 4.
JULY 14. 311, Sublime with Rome. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 4.
JULY 15. Tommy Steele Band. 8 Great Tuesdays, Liberty Park, Erie.
JULY 18. Crosby, Stills & Nash. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. On sale April 4.
JULY 26. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Cannibal Corpse, Bodoy Count with Ice T, Emmure, Mushroomhead, more. First Niagara Pavlion, Burgettstown. On sale April 4 at Ticketmaster.
JULY 29. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count with Ice T, Emmure, Mushroomhead, more. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. On sale April 4 at Ticketmaster.
JULY 29. Here Come the Mummies. 8 Great Tuesdays, Liberty Park, Erie.
JULY 30. Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale April 4.
AUG. 8. One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 4.
AUG. 16. Hunter Hayes, Dan and Shay, Sam Hunt. Crawford County Fair, Meadville. $54.50, $44.50, $34.50, plus $8 fair entry free. On sale April 14 at (800) 585-3737, www.crawfordcountyfairpa.com.
AUG. 19. Tesla. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale April 4.
AUG. 27. Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale April 4.
SEPT. 2. Piano Guys. State Theatre, Cleveland. On sale April 4.
OCT. 14. Fleetwood Mac. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale April 7 at noon at Ticketmaster.

APRIL CONCERTS
APRIL 3. Over the Rhine. Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh.
APRIL 4. Mel Tillis. Palace Theatre, Greensburg.
APRIL 4. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, N.Y.
APRIL 4. David Bromberg. Tralf, Buffalo.
APRIL 4. Quiet Riot. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
APRIL 4. Cloud Nothings. Tralf, Buffalo.
APRIL 5. Richard Marx. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
APRIL 5. Zoso. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
APRIL 5. Kiss Army. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 6. Carolina Chocolate Drops. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall.
APRIL 6. Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 7. The Julie Ruin. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
APRIL 8. The Hold Steady. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
APRIL 9. B.B. King. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
APRIL 9. Iced Earth. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
APRIL 10. Gavin DeGraw. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo.
APRIL 10. John Sebastian. Palace Theatre, Hamburg, N.Y. On sale at 452-4857.
APRIL 10. St. Vincent. House of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 10. Excision. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
APRIL 11. Sold out. Jon Anderson. Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
APRIL 11. Railroad Earth. House of Blues, Cleveland.

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Posted: April 2nd, 2014

Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, N.Y., has added several new shows for the summer.
The list includes John Legend (June 13), Jeff Dunham (June 27-28), KC and the Sunshine Band (July 12), Yes (July 18), Jim Gaffigan (July 26), and Martina McBride (Aug. 22).
Tickets go on sale today at Ticketmaster for Yes, Legend, Dunham and Gaffigan. They will go on sale April 14 for McBride. The on-sale date for KC and the Sunshine Band will be announced later.

Yes, by the way, is doing “Fragile” and “Close to the Edge” in their entirety on this tour. Here’s a classic clip from 1972 of Yes playing “Yours Is No Disgrace” (one of my favorites) from YouTube.

I must be overanxious for summer. Earlier this week, I posted the schedule for the UPMC Sunset Music Series. Now I have one for block parties.
June 5: Refuge, Mayflower Hill and Rock School bands. Host: Erie Seawolves
June 12: Money Shot, I-90s. Host: Sullivan’s
June 19: M-80s and a band to be announced. Host: U Pick 6 Tap House
June 26: Romantic Era, Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle. Host: Plymouth Tavern
July 10: 25 or 64, Man’s Room Band. Host: Brewerie at Union Station
July 24: Midlife Crisis, French Kiss. Host: Slugger’s
July 31: Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Jake’s Blues. Host: Molly Brannigans
Aug. 7: French Kiss, Geek Army. Host: Park Place
Aug. 21: Key West Express. Host: Scully’s
Aug. 28: To be announced.

You can also look for Bike Nights on May 23, July 11 and Aug. 19. The CruiseTown car show events, sponsored by Contemporary Motorcar, are scheduled for June 14 and Aug. 2 with longer hours (2-10 p.m.)

Reminder: “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints with Casey Affleck plays at Film at the Erie Art Museum today at 7 p.m.

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Posted: April 1st, 2014

Cool news: Jack White will release a new album on June 10; the title is “Lazaretto.” Check out the video for the new track “High Ball Stepper” below. It’s a volcanic instrumental filled with his usual blues-meets-punk, fuzz-toned, effect-laden guitar stylings.

The 2014 Night Lights Fall Music Festival is stepping it up; check out this lineup for the event, set for Sept. 12-13 on the Great Blue Heron grounds in Sherman, N.Y. Snarky Puppy, which just played a sold-out show at the (late) Crooked I will headline. Also playing: Turkuaz, Mike Dillon Band, Consider the Source, Jimkata, Aqueous, the Manhattan Project, Smackdab, Funktional Flow, Lazlo Hollyfeld, Broccoli Samurai and more to be announced.
Early bird tickets ($60) are on sale now and include camping and parking. Visit www.nightlightsfest.com for more details.

You know summer is getting closer when the lineup is posted for the UPMC Sunset Music Series at Presque Isle State Park’s Beach 1. The lineup:
June 11: Ruby Port, Rising Regina
June 18: Stiletto, Sirsy
June 25: Falling Hollywood, JD Eicher and the Goodnights
July 2: Symba, the Bigness
July 9: MJT, Lucky Dog
July 16: Sam Hyman, Tennesee Backporch

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Posted: March 31st, 2014

I’ve never seen a Cirque du Soleil show, though I’m dying to hit Las Vegas to see “Love,” the show based on Beatles tunes.
That one, alas, isn’t touring but “Varekai” is — a sort-of modern interpretation of the Icarus myth. It’ll hit Erie for seven shows from Aug. 13-17 at Erie Insurance Arena.
Cirque shows blend theater, inventive costuming, impossible gymnastics and a wide range of musical influences — especially world music. According to a show news release, “Varekai” unfolds after a young man is parachuted into “the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures.”
The show, directed by Dominic Champagne, “pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion.”
Show times will be Aug. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 16 at 4 and 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 17 at 1:30 and 5 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $35 to $95 and will go on sale April 7 at 452-4857, at www.erieevents.com and at Erie Insurance Arena box office. Prices for children age 12 and younger range from $22 to $77. Tickets for students, seniors and military personnel range from $31.50 to $81.
Cirque plays Erie the same week as CelebrateErie (Aug. 14-17), which could be good or bad. Out-of-towners may want to check out “Varekai,” too. On the other hand, there’ll be free music on the main stage each night.
We’ll see how that pans out. In the mean time, here’s a preview of “Varekai” from YouTube.

Despite Saturday’s snowfall, a huge crowd still turned out o see Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band on the next-to-last-night of the Crooked I. Peyton delivered a wildly fun show, laced with some new songs, as well as the front man’s engaging personality. He’s a showman, so he had no trouble inducing everyone into participating in “Clap Your Hands” and other bluesy sing-alongs. Loved his spirited cover of Willie Dixon’s “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover, too. The end was cool, too. Peyton brought opening act Dex Romweber Duo on stage and they tore it up. Romweber formerly played in the influential Flat Duo Jets; his sister Sarah was on drums. She used to play in Lets Active.
Per usual, Peyton’s wife Breezy ripped it up on the washboard (and lit it up at the end), though the band’s secret weapon is fantastic drummer Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell.
Peyton is also an insanely gifted musician, playing bass lines with his thumb while delivering spine-tingling leads on his National steel guitar. How he does all that and sings is pretty impressive, plus he never lets up the intensity.
The show sold out, so it was wall-to-wall inside. I’m glad I got to enjoy the “I” one more time. I did not make Sunday’s finale with the GD Gallows…hard for me to bust out the night before my longest work day of the week.
Reminder: Tickets go on sale on Tuesday for Chauatauqua Institution’s summer amphitheater season. Visit www.ciweb.org to see the list.

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