Kenny Rogers' life reads like a country music ballad. Born in Houston, he graduated from the classically Southern-sounding Jefferson Davis High School. He has been married five times. He began his career in a doo-wop group and went through a jazz phase before finally starting to sing the roadhouse songs that made him famous.
Now his beard is white, but the dapper Rogers keeps on singing the songs of youth. "Love Lifted Me," "Lucille" and "Sweet Music Man" have that honky tonk sound. No Kenny Rogers concert, though, would be complete without his glorious 1980s pop hits -- such universally known anthems as "Islands in the Stream," his famous duet with Dolly Parton; "Through the Years" and, above all, Lionel Richie's "Lady."
Welcome Kenny Rogers for his 50th anniversary concert when he plays at 8 tonight at the Seneca Niagara Events Center, located inside the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Tickets start at $40. All ages are welcome, but kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For information: www.TheSenecaCasinos.com.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman