Entertainment Stories

Ben E. King Has Died At 76

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, May 4, 2015

Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, perhaps best known for his work with the group the Drifters, for whom he wrote and sang songs including “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “This Magic Moment” has died.

Ben E. King, the singer behind the hit song “Stand By Me,” died Thursday, his agent confirming the death over the weekend.

After leaving the Drifters in 1960, King adopted his solo stage name. He would land a No. 1 hit with “Stand By Me” in 1961, a feat the record repeated in 1986 when it was used as the theme for the movie with the same name.

King earned 12 top 10 hits and 25 Top 40 hits from 1959 to 1986, according to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The singer, who also ran a charitable organization, The Stand By Me Foundation, had been performing as recently as last year. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Betty.

He was 76 years old.

Another big name has been added to the lineup for this year’s New York State Fair.  Pop superstar Nick Jonas is set to close the fair with a free show at Chevy Court.

The show is scheduled for Monday, September 7th at 6pm.  Fireworks will immediately follow.

The state fair runs August 27th through September 7th in Syracuse.

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Singer Percy Sledge Dies At Age 74

Robin Humphrey —  Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. (AP)

It’s shaping up to be another great summer for concerts at CMAC.

REO Speedwagon will be taking the stage on August 13. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at noon.

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Toby Keith Coming To Darien Lake

Robin Humphrey —  Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Country superstar Toby Keith will be playing at at Darien Lake on July 11.

The concert will be part of Keith’s Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour.

Tickets for the concert go on-sale this Friday at 10 a.m. 

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Train Coming To Darien Lake Stage

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 19, 2015
Local NewsThe popular band Train is coming to the  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center this summer. The Fray and Matt Nathanson will join Train on the Picasso At The Wheel Tour 2015 on June 24 at 7 p.m.
Tickets range in price from $25.00 to $79.50. Tickets go on sale January 24 at 10 a.m. You can find them online at LiveNation.com, ticketmaster.com, and over the phone at (800) 745-3000.

Tickets go on Sale today for the Garth Brooks concert slated for March 5th and 6th at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center.  Brooks will perform with Trisha Yearwood at 6:00 and 10:00 both nights.

Tickets cost $66.25 and will be available through www.tickets.com/garth or 1-800-228-6622. There is an eight-ticket limit.

This will be Garth Brooks first trip to Western New York in 17 years.

Jay Leno Comes To Rochester

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Legendary late night TV show host Jay Leno is coming to Rochester.  The stand up comic is scheduled to appear at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre on Friday, February 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and at the Theatre Box Office.

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday.

Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.  Joan Rivers was 81


Free Valentines Day Concert at Houghton

Billy T —  Thursday, February 6, 2014

HOUGHTON NY, February 5, 2014 – On Valentine’s Day, February 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Houghton College Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Professor Justin Davis, will present their first concert this semester in Wesley Chapel. It is free of charge and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Center for the Arts Atrium.

hceeeThe concert will feature music by Sousa, Holst, Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn. Recently the ensemble has incorporated “pop music type works; the audience can expect to hear pieces from the recent “Star Trek” movie. “Audience members at our concerts can expect to be engaged by a wide breadth of music,” says Davis.

“Each [student] has risen to a new level of expectations for individual effort outside of class time,” states Davis. “This dedication from the individual has resulted in a high level of artistic performance.”

In conjunction with the concert, there will be an offering taken to support Start The Music.  Start The Music in a project that is assisting wartorn Rwanda by introducing classical/western music through band and orchestra instruments bringing new life to students as the country strives toward the future, growing in opportunity and global readiness. Presently the project is colleting both financial gifts as well as new and used instruments with the hope to fill a shipping container headed for Rwanda this August.

The Houghton Symphonic Winds is composed of approximately sixty members, made up of approximately 65 percent music majors and 35 percent non-majors, that seek to expose its students and audience to the highest quality of music written for wind and percussion instruments.