Dr. Rock
By Dave Richards Erie TImes-News staff blogger
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Posted: May 8th, 2014

With a new album about to drop, the Black Keys have announced a new tour that includes two area dates. They’ll play Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center on Sept. 6 and at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on Sept. 13.
Cage the Elephant will open both shows. Tickets go on sale May 16 at Ticketmaster for Pittsburgh; and at www.theqarena.com for Cleveland.
Here’s a YouTube video of “Weight of Love,” the CD’s first track.

Weekend tickets for the Great Blue Heron are $70 until today at midnight. That’s the cutoff for the early-bird pass. After that, the price goes to $80 for pre-sale. You’d pay $90 at the gate.
They’re on sale locally at Grasshopper in Erie. Rather volunteer? That gets you a free weekend pass. See www.greatblueheron.com for details.
The fest includes Donna the Buffalo, the return of the Town Pants, the Horse Flies, Jimkata, DemiJohn, Red Dog Run, Smackdab, Mosaic Foundaeion, Plastic Nebraska, Driftwood, Tiger Maple STring Band and several area acts: Falling Hollywood, Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle, Claire Stuczynski.

The Edinboro Art & Music Festival starts May 15 with Donna the Buffalo, then features Jim Lauderdale (with Donna as his band), Driftwood, Jake Banta & Rick Magee, zydeco great Preston Frank. Honey Spine, and plenty more. It’s the 10th annual event, and definitely raised the bar. The amazing thing: Everything is free, including workshops. Look for more on that in next week’s Showcase.

If any more big show announcements arrive today, I’ll post them here. If not, then don’t expect another blog update until May 18 when I will return from vacation.

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Posted: May 2nd, 2014

Comedy legend Bill Cosby is headed back to Erie.
Cosby will perform Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. Tickets are $67 and $57 and will go on sale May 9 at 10 a.m. at Erie Insurance Arena box office, by phone at 452-4857 and online at www.erieevents.com.
What honor hasn’t Cosby earned? In addition to starring on “The Cosby Show” (and before that, “I Spy”), he’s earned the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and seven Grammy Awards. He’s also a best-selling author (“Fatherhood”).
This will be Cosby’s first Erie show in 10 years, and he apparently has no plans to retire. Cosby has named this tour, “Far From Finished.”
Here’s a YouTube clip of Cos for a Far From Finished tour date earlier this year.

Lee Brice will play Crawford County Fair on Aug. 20, fair officials announced Friday morning. Opening up will be Frankie Ballard.
Brice has scored hits with “I Drive Your Truck” and “I Don’t Drive,” among others. Tickets are $44.50, $39.50, $29.50 and will go on sale May 19 at (800) 585-3737 and at www.startickets.com.

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Posted: May 2nd, 2014

Comedy legend Bill Cosby is headed back to Erie.
Cosby will perform Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. Tickets are $67 and $57 and will go on sale May 9 at 10 a.m. at Erie Insurance Arena box office, by phone at 452-4857 and online at www.erieevents.com.
What honor hasn’t Cosby earned? In addition to starring on “The Cosby Show” (and before that, “I Spy”), he’s earned the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and seven Grammy Awards. He’s also a best-selling author (“Fatherhood”).
This will be Cosby’s first Erie show in 10 years, and he apparently has no plans to retire. Cosby has named this tour, “Far From Finished.”
Here’s a YouTube clip of Cos for a Far From Finished tour date earlier this year.

Lee Brice will play Crawford County Fair on Aug. 20, fair officials announced Friday morning. Opening up will be Frankie Ballard.
Brice has scored hits with “I Drive Your Truck” and “I Don’t Drive,” among others. Tickets are $44.50, $39.50, $29.50 and will go on sale May 19 at (800) 585-3737 and at www.startickets.com.

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Posted: May 1st, 2014

Chautauqua Institution has added one more show: The Orchestra starring Former Members of Electric Light Orchestra and ELO Part II for Aug. 22.
Jeff Lynne, the former ELO mastermind, isn’t part of the group. But it does include six others who were part of the ride: Glen Burtnik, Lou Clark, Mik Kaminski, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley and Gordon Townshend.
ELO flourished with symphonic, melodic rock and they racked up plenty of hits: “Evil Woman,” “Do Ya,” “Can’t Get It Out of My Head,” “Telephone Line,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Hold on Tight” and “Strange Magic” and more.
Tickets are $40 and go on sale Friday.
Here’s a You Tube clip of ELO doing “Strange Magic” from a PBS reunion show in 2001.

Billboard reports an all-star tribute album to J.J. Cale will arrive in July. Eric Clapton and Tom Petty recorded two songs together for the project, plus separate ones. Willie Nelson, John Mayer and Mark Knopfler will also be on the album.

Reminder: Hip-hop star Big Sean and guest Chevy Woods play tonight at 8 at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center.

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Posted: April 30th, 2014

Steely Dan tickets go on sale Saturday at Erie Insurance Arena box office, by phone at 452-4857 and online at www.erieevents.com.

Tickets go on sale this for Miley Cyrus, Luke Bryan and other big shows, including quite a few at Artpark (Aretha Franklin, Heart, Sammy Hagar). See below.
JUST ANNOUNCED

JUNE 26. Rick Springfield. Packard Hall, Warren, Ohio. On sale May 2.
JULY 10. Cheap Trick. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale May 2.
JULY 16. Sara Bareilles. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at Tickets.com.
JULY 22. Aretha Franklin. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at Tickets.com.
JULY 23. 3 Doors Down. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at tickets.com.
JULY 25. Marshall Tucker Band. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale May 2.
JULY 29. Sammy Hagar. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at tickets.com.
AUG. 4. Miley Cyrus. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale May 2 at www.livenation.com.
AUG. 5. Heart. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at Tickets.com.
AUG. 9. Steely Dan. Beach 11, Presque Isle State Park, Erie. $150, $100. On sale May 3 at 452-4857, www.erieevents.com, Erie Insurance Arena box office.
AUG. 12. Gregg Allman. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at Tickets.com.
AUG. 16. Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Cole Swindell. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y.
AUG. 16. Buddy Guy. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio. On sale May 2.
AUG. 16. Yanni. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.
AUG. 19. Styx. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at Tickets.com.
AUG. 21. Matt Nathanson. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale May 2.
AUG. 22. Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Cole Swindell. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On sale May 2 at Ticketmaster.
AUG. 26. Michael McDonald, Toto. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. On sale May 3 at tickets.com.
AUG. 27. Fresh Beat Band. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y.
SEPT. 4. Ed Sheeran. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. On sale date TBA.
SEPT. 9. Man or Astroman? Tralf, Buffalo.
OCT. 11. Eric Church. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale date TBA.
OCT. 15. Australian Pink Floyd Show. Center for the Arts, Buffalo, N.Y.
NOV. 4. Ian Anderson. Center for the Arts, Buffalo, N.Y.

MAY CONCERTS
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.
MAY 10. Get the Led Out. Tralf, Buffalo.
MAY 10. Rob Thomas. Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
MAY 10. Lisa Williams. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall.
MAY 10. The Standells. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
MAY 11. Ethan Bortnick: The Power of Music. Ohio Theatre, Cleveland.
MAY 11. Crosses. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 11. Fantasia. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.
MAY 12. Mastodon. Town Ballroom, Buffalo. On sale at www.ticketfly.com.
MAY 12. Boz Scaggs. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
MAY 13. Of Montreal. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
MAY 13. Bernie Worrell Orchestra. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
MAY 13. Queensryche featuring Geoff Tate. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 14. Mogwai. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 14. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. Palace Theatre, Greensburg.
MAY 14. Neon Trees. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
MAY 15. Fuel. Altar Bar, Pittsburgh.
MAY 15. Eric Hutchinson. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 16. John Prine. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.
MAY 17. Celtic Woman. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. MAY 17. John Prine. Ohio Theatre, Cleveland.
MAY 17. Guided By Voices. Mr. Smalls, Millvale.
MAY 17. The Mavericks. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall.
MAY 17. Brad Paisley, Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham. First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown. Part of Country Megaticket series, on sale at megaticket.com.
MAY 18. Lady Gaga. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.
MAY 18. Il Divo. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.
MAY 18. Killswitch Engage. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
MAY 18. Pusha T. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 18. Glass Tiger, Platinum Blonde. Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
MAY 19. Alice in Chains. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 20. Chicago. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
MAY 20. Gino Vannelli. Byham Theatre, Pittsburgh.
MAY 20. Manchester Orchestra. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
MAY 21. Chiodos, Emaroso. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 22. Primus. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 22, 23. Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers with special guest Bruce Springsteen. Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium, Pittsburgh.
MAY 23. Trey Anastasio Band. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 23. Primal Fear. Altar Bar, Pittsburgh.
MAY 23. Mindless Behavior. State Theatre, Cleveland.
MAY 23. Kenny Rogers. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
MAY 23. Trey Anastasio Band. House of BLues, Cleveland.
MAY 24. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 25. Taking Back Sunday. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 25. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
MAY 25. Conor Oberst, Dawes. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall.
MAY 25. Danity Kane. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 26. Blackberry Smoke. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 27. Rod Stewart, Santana. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
MAY 27. Skrillex. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 28. Future. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 28. Sold out. Bastille. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 28. Steel Panther. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
MAY 28. The Monkees. Palace Theater, Greensburg.
MAY 29. Steel Panther. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 29. R5. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
MAY 29. Santana. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 29. The Head and the Heart. Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland..
MAY 30. Il Divo. Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, Ohio.
MAY 30. Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
MAY 30. Katey Sagall and the Forest Rangers. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
MAY 31. Gipsy Kings. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
MAY 31. Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Joe Nichols. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Part of Country Megaticket; on sale at www.megaticket.com.
MAY 31. Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Joe Nichols. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
MAY 31. Rod Stewart, Santana. First Niagara Center, Buffalo.

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Posted: April 25th, 2014

Ready for Best Summer Night, part 2?
Tickets for Steely Dan, who will play Aug. 9 on Beach 11 at Presque Isle State Park, will go on sale May 3 at 10 a.m. The show follows the wildly successful first Best Summer Night show with Crosby, Stills and Nash in 2012.
Prices are $150 for premium, $100 for reserved. The premium ticket includes a pre-show party with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 7 p.m.
Unlike the CSN show, this concert will feature an opening act. Whoever opens for Steely Dan on its summer tour will also open in Erie; look for that announcement later.
Ticket sales are limited to 4,000. The way the show is set up, though, there isn’t a bad seat. The furthest seat is roughly 75 yards from the stage.
Proceeds will benefit restoration of the Presque Isle Lighthouse.
Tickets go on sale at 452-4857, www.erieevents.com and the Erie Insurance Arena box office.
Like the CSN concert, this figures to be an event. It’s also the first Steely Dan show ever in Erie, which adds to the allure. CSN had played here before, but never Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. They’ll be here with an eight-piece band on the “Jamalot” tour. So, expect a range of classics, such as “Reeling in the Years,” “Black Friday,” “Peg” and more.
Here’s a YouTube clip of Steely Dan live playing “Dirty Work,” one of my favorites.

Luke Bryan plays Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Aug. 16. Tickets are on sale today, and going fast. Not to fear. He’ll also play two nights at Blossom Music Center near Cleveland. Those shows will be Aug. 21-22 and go on sale May 2 at Ticketmater.

Also, Young Jeezy has been added to theWiz Halifa show with Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign and more for Aug 8 at Blossom Music Center. That goes on sale today.

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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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