There are many reasons people love to vacation in Niagara. The wine is ubiquitous, delicious, and award-winning. The craft brew scene is burgeoning and top-notch. The accommodations and dining are second-to-none, and, of course, those waterfalls really will leave you speechless.
As if that list weren’t already enough, the entertainment offered throughout the region is also some of the finest in North America. Music, theatre, and comedy are readily available and always superb — it just depends on what your preferences are.
Well, if you’re a lover of rock and roll, consider heading to the Niagara region for a couple shows during the month of May. Two excellent rock and roll acts are slated to perform, and it’s only in Niagara that you can catch them both.
Johnny and the Gem Tones
Purveyors and aficionados of the finest in classic rock and roll, Johnny and the Gem Tones bring to life all your favorite songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s. A five-piece rock and roll outfit with over 30 years of performance experience between them, the band is a polished, raucous, and perfectly nostalgic act for anyone looking to once again experience the songs that first made rock and roll an essential part of Canadian and American culture.
Whether you love Elvis, Chuck Berry, The Diamonds, or The Beatles, the Gem Tones have your number. Sing along with everything from “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” and “Tutti Frutti” to “Surfin’ USA” and “Please, Please Me.” Johnny and the Gem Tones will be performing at the Seneca Queen Theatre on May 14th at 8 p.m.
The Seneca Queen Theatre is one of Niagara Falls’ historic and more intimate venues, and with comfortable seating for just over 300, you know you’ll have a stellar view of the stage throughout the whole show.
One of the founding members of the seminal Canadian rock and roll band, Triumph, Rik Emmett is considered by many to be one of North America’s greatest musical treasures. For years, he sang, played, and wrote for Triumph, whose hard rock stylings and intense touring schedule led them to getting three albums certified platinum in Canada during the 1970s.
After his time with that band, Emmett embarked on a solo career, and since then, has expanded his list of accomplishments even more. Considered by many to be one of the finest guitarists of the 20th century, he also writes for Guitar Player magazine, has contributed satirical cartoons to Hit Parader, and he also teaches music business classes and songwriting at a Toronto college.
In the midst of all this other music-related work, he has kept writing, recording, and touring. Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame a few years ago, Rik Emmett is slated to take the stage on Friday, May 27th, at 8 p.m. at the Seneca Queen Theatre.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to see one of Canada’s finest and most interesting musicians in one of Niagara’s best settings.
There is much to love about the Niagara region, and for the rock and roller coming to visit in May, these two shows should make the list.