There aren't many things for which I'm willing to stand helpless in the rain, but I think a concert that required four hours of driving qualifies for that distinction.
This weekend, a friend and I hopped the border to Canada in order to witness Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails - Soundgarden specifically - co-headline a Sunday show at Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.
Seeing the Seattle-based alternative/grunge rock quartet is something that hadn't necessarily made my to-do list until earlier this year, when I began my initial foray into its discography. Perpetually late by nature when it comes to my musical tastes, I dove right into the band's two top-rated albums of the early 1990s - 1991's "Badmotorfinger" and 1994's award-winning "Superunknown" - back in March. From there, much of my time driving my car was spent familiarizing myself with the majority of Soundgarden's catalog of music in preparation for Sunday's concert.
However, despite the hours of listening I put in to ensure that I wouldn't be completely oblivious when the band took the stage, there's little and less I could do to alter Toronto's meteorological outlook for the evening.
What had started off as a warm and sunny evening on the amphitheatre lawn soon evolved into darker and more ominous skies as the evening wore on. Once Soundgarden's show began, overcast skies were threatening rain; but we were able to get in a solid two or three songs before the drops fell. As the band launched into its hit song "Black Hole Sun" approximately a quarter of the way through the set, I found myself wishing that the title object really would "come and wash away the rain."
The rainstorm eventually culminated into a full-fledged thunderstorm by the time Soundgarden was wrapping up its set. Luckily, the band we came to see played first and an executive decision was made to vacate the premises while the stage was being prepared for Nine Inch Nails. My logic went something like this, "If I'm going to get soaked, I might as well be making progress toward a place where I can dry off as opposed to standing still, watching a band with which I am only vaguely familiar."
As we navigated the city's public transportation system back to the hotel, I realized that - given the circumstances - I couldn't really have asked for more from the experience. My feet and, more importantly, my wallet had remained dry, and I saw what I had come to see.
There's no doubt in my mind that I would do it all over again if the opportunity were to present itself. I might even consider bringing an umbrella along next time, if I didn't already know that it would be confiscated.
And now, here's what you can expect to find in the area this week.
Murdock's To Host "Sherman Day" Event Saturday: Murdock's Family Restaurant in Sherman is hosting "Sherman Day" Saturday. The event will include fun, family-friendly events throughout the day, including a kids karaoke contest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a pie eating contest from 1-2 p.m. Live music will be provided by: Wild Card, from 1-4 p.m; Bad Monkey, from 4-8 p.m.; and Pressure Sensitive, from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a DJ upstairs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. A 50/50 giveaway will be held throughout the day, and outside drink specials will also be available. There is cost for admission.
Murdock's is located at 100 E. Main St. in Sherman. For more information, call 761-2049.
Vietnam Veterans Of America To Hold "Help A Vet" Benefit Sunday: The Vietnam Veterans of America David B. Arthur Chapter 865 will hold a Vinnie Day Benefit to "Help A Vet" Sunday from 1-5 p.m. A chicken barbecue will be available for $10. Also included will be live music, a Chinese auction, a bake sale and a 50/50 giveaway. Tickets are on sale at the bar, and should be purchased in advance as there are limited chickens available.
The Vietnam Veterans of America David B. Arthur Chapter 865 is located at 41 Bigelow Ave. in Jamestown. For more information, call 483-6845.
Biker Rally Set For Sunday At Celoron Legion: The Celoron American Legion and AMVETS Herman Kent Post 777 will hold a biker rally Sunday from 2-6 p.m. Live music will be provided by Black Widow. Also available will be cash prizes, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 giveaway and a chicken barbecue. The bikes will be on display out front, where the barbecue will also take place. Judging will take place at 4 p.m. Additional parking for cars will be out back. Registration is $5, and will be held before the event from 1-2 p.m.
The Celoron Legion Herman Kent Post 777 is located at 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown. For more information, call 483-0777.
Budweiser Clydesdales To Visit Seneca Allegany Casino Wednesday: The Seneca Allegany Casino will welcome the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales outside the casino resort from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday. The eight-horse team - complete with a hitch, carriage and Dalmatian dog - will be available for up-close viewing and photos. The Clydesdales last visited Western New York during Memorial Day weekend, including a stop at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls. Large crowds gathered for photos and videos of the "gentle giants," which made several trips around the casino's perimeter as well as a quick journey down nearby Old Falls Street in the heart of downtown. The event is free and open to the public, which is encouraged to arrive early for optimal viewing and interaction.
The Seneca Allegany Casino is located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca. For more information on Wednesday's event, visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
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Sean Patrick McGraw, Derek Davis and Brian Chase: 6 p.m., Yesterdays, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Mark Mincarelli: 6 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Randy Graham: 6:30 p.m., Lakeside Park in Mayville
Kris Meekins: 6:30 p.m., Ellery Town Park in Ellery
Loose Change: 7 p.m., Richard O. Hartley Park in Lakewood
Razz and Friends: 7 p.m., Davis Park in Falconer
Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
DJ Eclips: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Alex Kates: 6 p.m., Yesterdays, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Greg Ford: 6 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Velvet Cabbies: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Day Old Soup: 6 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
The Grace Stumberg Band: 6:30 p.m., Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown
Acoustic Brew Crew: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Infinity Big Band: 7 p.m., Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Cafe, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown
"Love Letters" Performance: 7:30 p.m., Ray Evans Seneca Theater, 10 Main St. in Salamanca
The Untouchables: 7:30 p.m., Vikings Lodge Lake Park, 4923 Route 430 in Maple Springs
Mark Mincarelli: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Sudden Urge: 10 p.m., Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point
Derek Davis and the Tasty Groove: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Pressure Sensitive: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: 2 p.m., Sacred Spiral Wellness Center, 174 W. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood
Chris Vogt: 6 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Rick Butler: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
The Sammy Slicker Band: 8 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
"Chef" Screening: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Ken Larsen: 9 p.m., Steener's Pub, 3022 Route 430 in Greenhurst
Lake Effect: 9:30 p.m., Bob's Bar and Grill, 10933 Mace Road in Randolph
Money Shot: 10 p.m., Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point
Dance Party with DJ Goodrich: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Amp'd Up Karaoke: 10 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Total Chaos: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
LTM Trio: 1 p.m., 21 Brix Winery, 6654 W. Main Road in Portland
"Chef" Screening: 2 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Val Misuraca: 2 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Willie Mays Band: 2 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Amanda Barton and Bill Ward: 4:30 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Amanda Barton and Bill Ward: 6 p.m., Andriaccio's, 4837 W. Lake Road in Chautauqua
Greg Ford: 6 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville