G Love & Special Sauce plays a hard-driving brand of music with a touch of blues and rock. The group performed early at Woodstock '99 and brought some badly needed good vibes to that dark and dreary event. G Love & Special Sauce will play Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Sideshow, 1806 Abbott Road.
SCENE'S BIG FIVE
1. Aaron Tippin: Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theater in North Tonawanda. Tippin offers contemporary country music with an energetic style.
2. Neurosis: Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Showplace, 1063 Grant St. Heavy metal headbanging with the band Neurosis, touring in support of its album "Times of Grace."
3. Evil Rufus Kay: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. The Kay band plays original rock and gets the audience jumping.
4. Jamie Notarthomas: Saturday at 10 p.m. in Broadway Joe's, 3051 Main St. Notarthomas plays quirky folk and pop songs with an original style.
5. Gospel Fest '99: Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution. The Chautauqua youth choir will perform along with guest artist Ronnie Diamond.
RECORD RELEASE PARTY
Maria Sebastian will be celebrating the release of her CD, "The Other Side of the Room," on Sunday at Central Park Grill, 2519 Main St., at 9 p.m. She penned all the songs and produced the album. Along with her on acoustic guitar are several local players, including Gary Rutkowski, Doug Morgano, Sandy Konikoff and Marty Peters. She's also in a "brand spanking new" band, In From the Cold, including ex-Raven drummer Gary Mallaber and ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist Jack Sherman; they've been working on songs at Audio Magic Studio. For more information, check out T.E.A.M Records @ mauricecode@
Mari Anderson will also be holding a record release party for her new CD, "Heaven on Earth," 8 p.m. Saturday at Borders Books Music & Cafe at 2015 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga. It's a solo folk album, dealing with such topics as motherhood, friendship and losing a close friend.
AROUND AND ABOUT
Celine Dion plays Marine Midland Arena on Sept. 20, after postponing an earlier date because of her husband's illness. Rene Angelil, Dion's husband, has been improving after treatment for skin cancer, so she has resumed touring. Dion is also scheduled to release a greatest-hits album this fall. . . . Veteran country singer Don Williams performs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Majestic Theater. . . . Top 10, Sept. 3, 1990: "Release Me" by Wilson Phillips.
Mary J. Blige is the first female artist to appear on Vibe magazine's cover, with this month's "Juice" issue. She just released her sixth album, "Mary," the most acclaimed of her career. . . . Hottest new young singer is teen fave Christina Aguilera, a Britney Spears clone with the hit single "Genie in a Bottle." . . . One of the disappointing summer tours, attendance-wise, has been the Bob Dylan/Paul Simon concert series. Fans can see Dylan frequently, and Simon has had a low profile in recent years. . . . The Paperboys play Celtic rock Thursday at 9 p.m. in Mohawk Place. . . . Top 10, Sept. 3, 1986: "Dancing on the Ceiling" by Lionel Richie.
George Tutuska, ex-drummer for the Goo Goo Dolls who now plays for the band Bobo, was recently interviewed in Rolling Stone's online magazine. . . . Ricky Martin is so hot, his restaurant in Maimi has added a new drink to the bar. It's called Rum-Va and, like Ricky, it gets the people going. . . . Look for Susan Ashton to hit the country charts soon. The Christian music artist is ready for mainstream success. . . . Local bands will perform Thursday at 5:50 p.m. in Shea's Performing Arts Center. It's all part of Shea's "Rising Stars" series, co-sponsored by BuffaloTrax. . . . Top 10, Sept. 3, 1956: "Be Bop a Lula" by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy Randy Newman: "Tin can at my feet/Think I'll kick it down the street/That's the way to treat a friend."