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Gary Puckett and the Union Gap bring hits to Bear’s Den

The late-1960s shadow cast by the Beatles engulfed a lot of bands, and rightfully so. Albums like “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Abbey Road” were released as classics, and have only gotten better with age.

But back before the Fab Four’s prowess had grown to its current deity, acts like Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were operating as the act’s contemporary — and even selling more records. For those interested in a refresher course on hits that once tussled on the charts with tracks off “The White Album,” trek up to the Seneca Niagara Casino at 8 p.m. Jan. 8, as Puckett and Co. will man the Bear’s Den stage with its gold record-dotted catalog.

With swooning songs like “Woman Woman” and current oldies radio standard “Young Girl,” the California natives colored countless tender moments and backseat embraces across a generation. These memories don’t fade away, nor should appreciation for Puckett’s pop idol vocals. Though now touring with a reworked lineup, Puckett should still stoke plenty of baby boomer passions when he appears in the Falls to start the weekend.

Tickets start at $45 (box office, Ticketmaster). Visit

– Michael Farrell

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