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Here’s a special show that, somewhat inexplicably is flying well beneath the radar. We’ve got some serious musical royalty passing through town to perform an unusual show in an incredibly intimate venue. Billed as “The Rumble Tour,” the event slated for 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, will feature a performance by what is essenti…

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Back in 1999, when boy band 98 Degrees and lead singer Nick Lachey were at their heart-throb height, a KISS 98.5 listener challenge among local high schools - with the reward of a free concert featuring Lachey's band - spurred the submission of 15 million index cards. (Kenmore West was the winner, in case you're into '90s Buffalo pop trivia). In the ensuing two decades,…

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If you love actor Dennis Quaid on the big screen wait until you see him up close and personal. The actor is bringing his band - Dennis Quaid and The Sharks - to the area for a concert at 8 p.m. June 23 in the Bear's Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Tickets start at $75 and go on sale at noon March 23 through the 8 Clans or the Club Store inside the …

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After telling thousands of jokes over the years, Brian Regan has become one of the most respected comedians in the field. Regan just wrapped up a role in the new Peter Farrelly television series “Loudermilk,” set to debut on the Audience Network in the fall. He returns to the area for a show March 18 at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Question: What was it like making your “…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Steely Dan has its own place in music history, for no other group has so successfully married the sophistication of jazz harmony to the song-oriented strictures of pop, rock, funk and R&B. From its beginnings in the early 1970s through the present “The Dan Who Knew Too Much Tour,” which stopped by the Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday, the band has consi…

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An embarrassment of riches. That’s one way to describe the Steely Dan catalog. Though what the group has been doing for the past 40-plus years is ostensibly pop music, the Dan’s version of pop involves rich harmony, extended chord voicings and dazzlingly musical soloing, all of which is more often than not the terrain of jazz, not pop, where all concerned seem to be forev…

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In the 1970s, it was possible to generate and cater to a sizeable audience in the U.S., even if you weren’t selling millions of albums. Tirelessly touring, and hitting all of the minor markets – at that time, your rust belt cities, your Midwest hideaways, your interchangeable small towns and industrial wastelands – garnered loyalty from the music-starved populaces of less…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Rock stars, particularly longtime rock stars and ones who aren’t named Springsteen, can be a bit robotic. It’s not their fault; try playing a hit song for two or three decades and make it seem fresh. Fans don’t mind; they’ve been listening to those same songs for those same decades. But a dose of discomfort doesn’t hurt anyone – not the fans, and not the m…

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“Put on my blue suede shoes and boarded a plane. Touched down in the land of the Delta blues, in the middle of the pouring rain.” These are the opening lines of Marc Cohn’s 1991 smash, “Walking in Memphis,” a tune that helped notch the singer/songwriter a Grammy the following year as Best New Artist, as well as assure the Cleveland native’s voice would live on for decades…

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Forget elephants. The Walmart truck in the room when Tracy Morgan stepped onstage was this: Will he talk about the accident? It took, oh, about 30 seconds to answer that. “I got hit by a Walmart truck,” Morgan told his near-capacity crowd Friday night in the Seneca Niagara Events Center. (And yes, that’s a slightly edited version of his quote. Consider any quote hereafte…

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The instructions – well, not really instructions, but warmly worded insinuations from publicists doing their job – couldn’t be clearer: When you’re talking to Tracy Morgan, don’t focus on the past. Don’t focus on the 2014 accident that nearly killed him. Don’t dive into the controversies, the apologies, or presumably even the triumphs from his work on “Saturday Night Live,…

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Jackson Browne is coming to the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. The man behind such hits as “Doctor My Eyes,” Running on Empty” and "Somebody's Baby," will appear at 8 p.m. June 24 in the casino's events center. Browne, who recently performed with The Eagles at the Grammy Awards as a tribute to his friend, the late Glenn Frey, joins a growing list of classic rock per…

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As Whoopi Goldberg enters her fourth decade in the public eye, most people have formed an impression of the comedian, actress and co-host of “The View.” Goldberg more than lived up to that impression with a consistently outspoken, raunchy, and most importantly, funny stand-up set Friday night at the Seneca Niagara Casino.As Goldberg began her show, she offered several disc…

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If fans of former late-night host Craig Ferguson arrived at Seneca Niagara Hotel and Casino on Saturday expecting to hear 90 minutes of the PG-rated monologue material that earned him a decade of success on late-night television, they left shocked. Ferguson, who held down the desk at “The Late Late Show” from 2005 through 2014, returned to his roots on the stand-up circuit…

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Buffalo isn’t lacking in homegrown musicians who have gone on to shine in the national and international spotlight. Rick James, Ani DiFranco, and the Goo Goo Dolls all have roots in the Queen City.But only one Buffalonian can lay claim to 16 Grammy nominations, and he returned home Saturday night to perform in Niagara Falls. R&B legend Brian McKnight filled the Events Cent…