It’s Tim, Kenny and Bonnie
A trio of music superstars is coming to town.
• County star Tim McGraw, who lately has been equally known for starring in such movies as “Blind Side” and “Friday Night Lights,” will appear July 30 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Joining him on the “Shotgun Rider Tour 2015” are Billy Currington and Chase Bryant.
Tickets are $32.25 to $73.25 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000.
• Kenny G, the saxophonist who has become synonymous with the smooth jazz sound, will appear at 8 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center in North Tonawanda.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday through the Riviera box office and at World Hollywood Entertainment inside the McKinley Mall; online at rivieratheatre.org or by calling 692-2413.
• Bonnie Raitt, the revered singer/songwriter and guitarist, will appear at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2.
Raitt’s current tour is in support of her most recent studio album, “Slipstream” – which won Raitt her 10th Grammy. Raitt had already been logging miles as a cult artist for a few decades before her big commercial breakthrough came in the late ’80s, via the Grammy-winning “Nick of Time.”
Tickets are $55 to $95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Find them at the Center for the Arts box office, UB North Campus, or through Tickets.com.
– Jeff Miers
A joyous night
Beethoven’s Ninth, which the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing at 8 p.m. March 21 and 2:30 p.m. March 22, is more than a symphony. It is an internationally recognized anthem of hope and universal brotherhood.
The 2013 documentary “Following the Ninth” shows how people all over the world have taken the Ninth to heart. The poem by Schiller that became the “Ode to Joy” was in itself an inspiration, but the magic lies in the music. As one man tells us, in what sounds like an African accent: “It enters your bloodstream, and changes who you are.”
“Following the Ninth” does what the title promises. It follows the Ninth Symphony around the world, as people tell what it means to them. The Ninth played at Germany’s Brandenburg Gate as the Berlin Wall came down. During a ruthless military coup in Chile, it raised the spirits of political prisoners. Most poignantly, the Ninth resounded from makeshift speakers during the Chinese student rebellion in Tiananmen Square. “It gave us hope,” one revolutionary explains.
“Following the Ninth” is a wonderful way to prime yourself for the BPO’s upcoming performance, as well as to celebrate the unceasing power of sublime classical music. The movie will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Woldman Theater, 112 Norton Hall, University at Buffalo’s North Campus, Amherst. Tickets are $10, and $5 for students and for ticketholders to either of the BPO’s upcoming Beethoven Festival concerts (must present ticket). For advance tickets, call 885-5000 or visitbpo.org.
– Mary Kunz Goldman