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Soap hits

In the "it had to happen" file sits the relatively new four-man heartthrob pop act Port Chuck. The group is comprised of four of the stars from daytime television's perennially (and head-scratchingly) popular soap opera "General Hospital," and takes its name from its fictional setting of Port Charles.

The four fan favorites -- Steve Burton (who stars as mobster Jason), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Scott Reeves (Steve, the hospital's chief of staff) -- are given to performing mostly classic rock radio faves, as well as some unforgivable interpretations of Bon Jovi ditties. (See YouTube.)

If you feel the aching need to hear soap opera stars singing Guns 'n' Roses and Foreigner gems, then by all means, proceed to Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) at 8 p.m. Thursday. There are various ticket packages available -- including a Platinum package for $250 per ducat, which includes a meet-and-greet pass and access to the 5 p.m. sound check; VIP tix for $125, which get you the meet and greet but no sound check; or a general admission balcony seat, $50. If you feel like lingering with the common folk, a general admission floor seat is a mere $40. For tickets to this all-ages show, as well as further information on the various ticket packages, visit


Giant date

In my (pretty much glowing) review of the new Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad disc, "In These Times," I erroneously informed you that the band would be performing at Nietzsche's this very evening. My deepest apologies to you, dear reader, and to the fine folks at the Tralf Music Hall -- where GPGDS is actually performing at 8 tonight. So, to recap -- Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad plays the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) at 8 tonight. Yet another outstanding Buffalo jam-based band, the wonderfully wacky Slip Madigan, will open. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17. Visit



The "97 Rock Classic Rock Art Show & Sale" takes place this weekend at the Walden Galleria mall. You can check out famous rock photographs, artworks crafted by rock icons, album artwork, concert posters, rock-related animation, gold and platinum records. All of this swag is available for purchase. The whole shebang takes place on the mall's second level next to Children's Place (near the Regal Cinemas). Hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Outlyers play a happy hour set at the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.) at 6 today.

At 10 tonight in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), the Good Neighborhood is presenting a Tribute to the Tragically Hip. The show is a benefit for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, and will feature a host of Buffalo musicians celebrating the music of Gord Downie and the boys on two stages. Event organizers describe the gig thus: "5 acts, all Hip, all night, no repeats, for $5."

Get your head ready for a neo-psychedelia/stoner-rock throwdown at Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), as rapidly rising stars of Pontiak join forces with our city's own White Bison and the F------ Hotlights, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 advance -- meaning today -- and $10 day of show. Get them through

Grateful Dead repertory ensemble Workingman's Dead gets its collective Jerry on at 9 p.m. Saturday in McGarrett's (946 Elmwood Ave.). The band will warm you up with an acoustic set, and then bid you good night much, much later, following a pair of electric sets.

Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.) welcomes Colorado's pH Factor for a 9 p.m. show Wednesday. The group's bio describes its sound like this: "With influences such as Phish, Yes, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and Mahavishnu Orchestra, pH Factor proudly brings you a fusion of styles from jazz, rock, progressive, funk, jam, and nuances of sound yet to be classified." It's $5 to get in the door.