OPINION: Safari Niagara concerts are perfect

By Kris Dubé, Fort Erie Times/Niagara Advance

54-40 lead singer Neil Osborne at Safari Niagara on Aug. 9. 


54-40 lead singer Neil Osborne at Safari Niagara on Aug. 9. (Kris Dubé/QMI AGENCY NIAGARA)

I've got an ocean pearl and it's Safari Niagara.

Last Friday, I attended the concert at the amphitheatre in Stevensville featuring the Sheepdogs and 54-40 and like any other event I've experienced there, it was a great time that was organized to perfection.

I was reminded of my time as a music fan in elementary school when 54-40 played songs like 'Ocean Pearl' and 'She-La' but mostly reminded of how lucky we are to have a facility like this, offering the quality of concerts they have been for the last few years.

Anyone who knows me well, knows I might be considered a bit of a music snob and that I'm not one of those people that likes a band just because it's what is played for me on the radio, or made so easily accessible with the turn of a dial.

I've never really made an effort to get into the Sheepdogs, but I am well-aware of how popular they are around the world.

Right now they are in their prime and the are not one of those groups who had two hits a few years ago so now they are playing at zoos around Canada to pay the bills.

They played in Stevensville because the promoters of the local concerts know what they're doing and how to book acts that will draw large crowds.

I'm guessing there were over 4,000 people in the crowd last Friday.

If Safari Niagara plans a similar concert line-up next season, the crowds will only grow larger.

In past years, the majority of concerts at Safari Niagara involved tribute acts, a collective of musicians who perform classic albums from bands like Pink Floyd, AC/DC and other artists your parents have actually heard of.

Those performances are always executed flawlessly and the members of the tribute bands are very talented, but in my opinion it gets stale pretty quick.

Offering concerts from current and popular original recording artists is what will continue to keep Niagara and its surrounding area interested in the summer concert series in rural Stevensville.

This is a perfect example of how people who complain that there isn't anything to do on the weekends in Greater Fort Erie need to get off the couch and actually look into what is going on.







Have you been to a concert at Safari Niagara this year?

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