When people consider taking a vacation to a city in order to get the most out of its musical entertainment, thoughts of Las Vegas, Toronto, and New York spring readily to mind. After all, the music offerings in such towns are some of the most storied in all of North America. For the individual, couple, or family headed to Niagara Falls on a vacation, thoughts of entertainment certainly abound, but they may not stray far from waterfalls, arcades, casinos, and wine, and while those opportunities are abundant, so is world-class music.
If you’re a music lover headed to Niagara Falls this winter, don’t assume music won’t make it onto your vacation’s itinerary. Here are two must-see Niagara musical events that are second-to-none and right around the corner.
On January 23rd, John Oates will be the featured headliner of the Songwriters series curated and showcased at Fallsview Casino. John Oates is one of the founding members of Hall & Oates, a duo that has sold millions of records around the world thanks to wildly popular songs like “Kiss on My List,” “Man Eater,” “Every Time You Go Away,” “Rich Girl,” “Private Eyes,” and many more. John Oates has also put out numerous solo records, and for the Songwriters event, he will share his journey as a songwriter with the evening’s audience.
Stories will be told. Inspiration will be discussed, and plenty of songs will be sung. For anyone who wants to better understand the inner workings of one of the world’s most acclaimed pop songwriters, while also being thoroughly entertained with some of the best pop music of the last 30 years, this event should not be missed. The evening starts at 8:30pm, and ticket prices are just $40.
World Rock Symphony Orchestra
Not too long ago, North America experienced something called The British Invasion, and it had nothing at all to do with a military. Instead, the reference referred to music from across the pond that was so compelling and popular it seemed to completely take over the airwaves, so that anything from American or Canadian rock and rollers was — in contrast — seemingly ignored.
Well, the World Rock Symphony Orchestra is a tribute to that era of exceptional British rock and then some. With more than 50 members, the WRSO boasts a full gospel choir, an orchestra’s entire brass, woodwind, string, and percussion sections, a six-piece rock and roll band, and six lead singers. It’s an experience of the best in British rock set to a true rock and roll symphony, and it will feature songs from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Supertramp, Elton John, The Zombies, and many, many more.
For eight days, the World Rock Symphony Orchestra will take the Fallsview Casino stage, which means so long as you’re in Niagara between January 22nd and January 30th, you should be able to catch the show. Matinee and evening shows are available, and tickets start at $25.
No matter why you’re in Niagara Falls this January, be sure to set aside time for music, so you can enjoy a British rock and roll symphony, an intimate night with an esteemed songwriter, or both.