Alice Cooper and Great Big Sea at Rocks the Harbor

August 26, 2011

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Buffalo Place has announced some of the upcoming performers for the 2011 Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor Series at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf! 

Come down to the Central Wharf to enjoy Alice Cooper with special guest Anvil on Friday, August 26th and Great Big Sea with special guest Martin Sexton on Saturday, August 27th.  Tickets for each show are $10.00 each day in advance and $20.00 on the day of each show. 

Tickets for these shows are on sale now for $10.00 each day in advance and $20.00 on the day of each show.  Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, including or by clicking here.  To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.  Tickets for these shows are also available at Buffalo Place Inc. headquartered at 671 Main Street in Downtown Buffalo.  Buffalo Place will be selling tickets Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call 716/856-3150.  No coolers or alcoholic beverages will be allowed onto the concert grounds.  Food, beer, wine coolers and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Before Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, David Bowie and KISS, there was Alice Cooper.  This highly influential musician and King of Shock Rock, is known for delivering theatrical heavy metal performances combining pure raw rock and roll with an imaginative and dark stage presence.  Vincent Damon Furnier’s alter ego, Alice Cooper is known for delivering outrageous concerts often featuring live boa constrictor snakes, a guillotine and electric chair.  After hitting the rock and roll mainstream in 1971, the original Alice Cooper band consisted of Cooper on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.  After great success with the group’s early albums, School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies and Muscle of Love, the group disassembled in 1974 and Cooper began a solo career.  His first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare debuted in spring of 1975 and it was around this time that Vincent legally changed his name to Alice Cooper.  After the end of the groups 1970’s heydays, Coopers 1986 album, Constrictor propelled him towards a comeback and the release of his 1989 record Trash, featuring Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Aerosmith, re-launched his group into the spotlight. 

After 40 years in the rock mainstream, Alice Cooper was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March of this year.  The induction ceremony marked the first time in years that the original Alice Cooper band members played together.  During the summer of 2011, Alice Cooper is on his, No More Mr. Nice Guy tour across North America, South America and Europe.  He is joined by stage show guitarist Steve Hunter, guitarists Tommy Henriksen and Damon Johnson, drummer Glen Sobel and bassist Chuck Garric.  Fans will also be very pleased to know that in 2012, their favorite rock villain will launch the sequel to his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, titled Welcome 2 My Nightmare.  If you are ever in Cooper’s hometown of Phoenix, Arizona you should stop into his restaurant Alice Cooper'stown "Where Jocks and Rock Meet."  Cooper opened the sports bar back in 1998 and it features rock music memorabilia, a Fender guitar collection and reasonably priced bar/barbeque food.  Be sure not to miss out on one of The Rolling Stone Album Guide’s most "beloved heavy metal entertainers."

Anvil will open up for Alice Cooper on Friday, August 26th.  Anvil was a pioneer of the new wave British heavy metal rock scene and helped to pave the road to fame for Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax as well as the thrash movement of the 1980’s.  The group was formed in Toronto by vocalist and guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner in 1978.  They were originally named Lips.  Shortly after acquiring bassist Ian Dickson and rhythm guitarist Dave Allison, the group put out an independent album, Hard n’ Heavy.  After signing for a brief period with Attic Records the group changed their name to Anvil.  They are known for their crazy stage antics and lyrics and performed at Super Rock Japan 84’ with the leading heavy metal groups of the day. 

In 2008, a former band roadie turned screenwriter, Sacha Gervasi, approached the group about making a documentary of Anvil’s story.  The result was the creation of, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, which was sold off of the bands website and became the highest grossing documentary in United Kingdom history.  It was quickly picked up by VH1 and distributed across the United States.  The documentary was featured at the 2008 Sundance Festival in City Park, Utah and is about the group touring Europe recording their thirteenth album, This Is Thirteen.  At a show in City Park, Anvil was joined by joined by Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Scott Ian of Anthrax to play “Cat Scratch Fever.”  Slash as well as Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and Motörhead bassist Lemmy make appearances in the Anvil documentary to show their respect.  After the triumph of the documentary, the group opened for rock legends AC/DC in the summer of 2009.  The documentary was given recognition from the International Documentary Association and has propelled the group to reach the largest fame of its 33 year history.  According to the Rolling Stone, “Sacha Gervasi's powerhouse doc brings humor and fervent focus to Toronto musicians, supporting their families with day jobs, who won't give up the dream. Ever. Listen to Anvil rip into "Metal on Metal." It's hardcore inspirational.”  The band will release their fourteenth album, Juggernaut of Justice on May 10, 2011. 

Saturday, August 27th, Buffalo Place brings to the Harbor eleven time Juno Award nominees Great Big Sea.  This exceptionally lively and energetic group fuses Irish, French and English rhythms and adds their own unique sea shanty and pop flow to bring audiences a fresh taste of Celtic rock music.  March 11, 2011 marked the bands 18th birthday.  Founding members include lead vocalist Alan Doyle (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Bob Hallett (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, whistles, Irish Flute and button accordion), Sean McCann (vocals, guitar, bodhran and tin whistle) and Darrell Power (bass, vocals, guitar).  McCann, Hallett and Power formally played together in a band called Rankin Street, McCann and Hallett played collectively in the Newfoundland Republican Army and Doyle and John Brenton made up the duo Staggering Home before the founding members established Great Big Sea.  In 2003, bassist Darrell Power retired from the group to spend more time with his family and supporting members Kris MacFarlane (drums, accordion, guitar, backing vocals) and Murray Foster (bass, backing vocals) soon joined.  From 1996-2000 the group won the Entertainer of the Year award at the East Coast Music Awards.  Great Big Sea took part in fan cruises called Ships and Dip III and Ships and Dip V in 2008 and 2009.  Other artists on the cruises included  Barenaked Ladies, Sloan, The New Odds and The Weakerthans.  February 23, 2010 Sean McCann released his first solo album, Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes.  Just three days later, Great Big Sea was the headline act at Newfoundland-Labrador Night at the 2010 Winter Olympic Victory Ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia.  July of 2010 the group released its 10th and most recent album, Safe Upon the Shore.  This album was recorded down in New Orleans and while touring over the course of six months. 

Alan Doyle starred with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett in the 2010 film Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, where he played the role of Allen a-Dale, one of Robin Hood’s merry men.  Doyle was able to land the role as he is a lifelong friend of Russell Crowe.  Doyle also co-wrote for Russell Crowe’s new band, The Ordinary Fear of God which is set to release a new record in May of 2011.  When not working with the group, Doyle has taken on other side projects including composing music for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the CBC comedy Hatching, Matching & Disbatching.  The band was also featured in commercials across Canada to attract tourism to Newfoundland and Labrador, using the groups energetic pub performance to showcase the province as an area where the locals know how to host a great party.  Great Big Sea continues to embrace music from their roots in Newfoundland, Canada and infuse it with pop music to create a sound all of their own.  One critic says of their most recent album, “they still know how to bring the party to the people of Newfoundland and elsewhere with their anthemic beer barrel tunes. All that can be said to that is, well, bottoms up.” 

Martin Sexton will open for Great Big Sea on Saturday, August 27th.  According to the Boston Globe, "Martin Sexton is ripe with raw, expansive talent. His voice comes in a hundred impossible shades. His songs are sweet and spirited and soulful. His repertoire is like a cross-country tour of the American musical vernacular."  Martin Sexton is a native of Syracuse, New York and began his career as a street musician in Boston’s Harvard Square.  He is known for the tremendous range of his vocal talent and his music style is broad as well, fusing a mix of soul, gospel, country, rock, blues and R&B.  After recording his first demo back in 1992, In The Journey, on an old 8-track player at a friends place he managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case.  After producing his second album Black Sheep, Sexton signed with Atlantic Records and grew his loyal fan base with the release of The American, Wonder Bar and Live Wide Open between 1998 and 2002.  Live Wide Open was mixed by John Alagia who is known for his work with Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer.  This American folk singer-songwriter and producer is known for his high spirits and being incredibly independent, which led him to start his own record label KTR in 2002.  In 2007, after the release of “Diner,” the single was featured on the episode of Scrubs, “My Night to Remember” and other pieces have been featured on NBC Parenthood and Showtimes Brotherhood.  Last April, Sexton released his latest album Sugarcoating.  According to the New York Times, Sexton "jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man's supple instrument," and "his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer's goal: to amplify the sound of the ordinary heart."

Originally launched in 1998 as a celebration of Buffalo’s Inner Harbor Redevelopment Project, past performers such as Violent Femmes, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Hootie & The Blowfish, Herbie Hancock, The Black Crowes, Bruce Hornsby and O.A.R. have rocked the harbor.  The event is part of the Buffalo Place Summer Concert Series, which includes Thursday at the Square.  These events draw record crowds into Downtown Buffalo and create spin-off business for bars, restaurants and dance clubs. 

For the thirteenth consecutive year, M&T Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the Summer Concert Series.  Once again, Labatt Blue Light is the Featured Act Sponsor and official beer of the 2011 Summer Concert Series.  Supporting Act Sponsors include Try-It Distributing, Coca-Cola and The Buffalo News - Gusto.  Wardynski’s, BW’s Barbecue and Just Pizza are the Warm-Up Act Sponsors.  The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation serves as the Official Site Sponsor.  For more information on the Summer Concert Series visit

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M&T Bank

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LaBatte Blue

Supporting Act Sponsors

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