Photo essay: Music lives!
After more than a year without concerts, a look across genres and eras
at influential artists who visited the Niagara region in the past 35 years
Music lovers, it's been too long.
The pandemic has affected so many people, in so many ways, and none are good. Among the things our society has recently lost is the ability to gather to celebrate live music.
But there is encouraging news: signs point to that changing soon.
“We don’t know when we can open, but our staff is back together and we’re waiting for the green light,” said Dave Fillenwarth, Executive Director of the Riviera Theater in North Tonawanda. “The mental health angle has been the worst thing. Everyone who works here loves concerts, and that’s been taken away from us. The real thrill is artists having live interaction with the fans.”
As venues prepare to open for attendance — the Riviera is targeting late June, depending on state regulations — it's worth pausing to reflect on the stream of iconic musicians who have traveled through Western New York during the past three decades. Our photographer, Steve Desmond, has captured many, including homegrown talents like Bobby Militello, the late Rick James, and Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls. (There are advantages to getting older!) While this is not a comprehensive list, included here are legendary artists, some of whom have passed away, alongside classic and contemporary acts that still produce new music and continue to tour.
Enjoy the memories!
All photos © Steven D. Desmond
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