A rare five-weekend October means a jam-packed month of entertainment at Seneca Casinos. Instantly-recognizable names such as Patti LaBelle, Neil Sedaka, Rick Springfield and Jon Lovitz will fill the Events Centers, while four acts play the intimate Bear’s Den Showroom – including a two-night stint by Gino Vannelli. Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel also has the honor of once again hosting the Native American Music Awards on October 8.
Seneca Niagara Events Center at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, NY, and Seneca Allegany Events Center at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, NY, each seat up to 2,400 guests. The Bear’s Den Showroom in Niagara Falls accommodates 440 guests with no seat further than 40 feet from the stage.
The very first day in October featured a packed Bear’s Den performance by funk-rock band Rare Earth, who performed Motown label hits such as “I Just Want to Celebrate,” “Get Ready” and “(I Know) I’m Losing You.” Next up for the Bear’s Den is Canadian sensation Gino Vannelli, who will play two 8 p.m. shows on October 7 and 8. The singer-songwriter is best-known for the hits “I Just Wanna Stop” and “Living Inside Myself” and is a winner of multiple Juno Awards. Tickets start at $55 and less than 20 remain for each show.
Seneca Niagara Events Center will be the site for The Native American Music Awards on October 7 at 8 p.m. The 13th annual event is billed as “an ultimate celebration of music honoring the outstanding achievements of today’s leading Native American artists.” Former Buffalo Sabres head coach and Ojibwa Nation member Ted Nolan will emcee the evening, which includes performances by Keith Secola, Pipestone, Marc Brown, Ed Ko, Gabriel Ayala, Buddy Big Mountain and Janice Marie Johnson of chart-topping disco group A Taste of Honey. Also appearing as a special guest will be Native American activist, author, environmentalist and economist Winona LaDuke. Tickets for the star-studded awards ceremony start at $20.
The following night in the Events Center on October 8, legendary crooner Neil Sedaka performs hit songs from yesteryear such as “Calendar Girl,” “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” and “Laughter in the Rain.” Sedaka continues to deliver powerful performances even after more than 50 years of touring. Limited tickets remain for the 8 p.m. show and start at $30.
The busy second weekend in October concludes on Sunday, October 9, with a 5 p.m. stand-up comedy performance by Jon Lovitz at Seneca Allegany Events Center. Lovitz was a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the 1980s and 1990s, made countless appearances and voiceovers in television and movies, and also performed on Broadway and at Carnegie Hall. Plenty of great seats are still available and start at an affordably-priced $20.
Another two-show performance comes to the Bear’s Den the following weekend, as Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show performs at 3 and 8 p.m. on October 15. The popular Las Vegas show features impressionists of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop – backed by an orchestra conducted by Joey Singer. Only a handful of tickets (starting at $45) remain on sale for both shows.
That same night in Salamanca, an evening of rock is on tap at 7 p.m., as GRAMMY® award-winning singer Rick Springfield plays the Seneca Allegany Events Center. Springfield recorded such memorable hits as “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “I Get Excited” and “Affair of the Heart.” Excellent seats are still available and start at just $25.
Four-time Grammy award-winning jazz guitarist Larry Carlton brings the Larry Carlton Trio to the Bear’s Den on October 22. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance start at $45 and are nearly sold-out. Legendary guitar company Gibson recently named Carlton as one of the “10 Greatest-Ever Session Guitarists.” He has performed with dozens of the industry’s top artists and groups, such as Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan.
One of the most anticipated concerts of the fall season throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario takes place on October 29 at Seneca Niagara Events Center, as GRAMMY® award-winning singer, author and actress Patti LaBelle will deliver a memorable evening of R&B and pop in front of a sold-out crowd. LaBelle was this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the BET Awards and is known for timeless hits such as “Lady Marmalade,” “New Attitude” and “On My Own.”
Tickets are available at all Seneca Casino box offices, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
About Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is located just minutes from the world-famous Niagara Falls in Western New York, near the Canadian border. The property is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, and self- and valet-parking are always free. Guests can enjoy 147,000 square feet of gaming space with 4,000 slot machines and 100 table games, 10 restaurants, live entertainment and a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning, 26-story hotel with 594 deluxe rooms, a spa and salon, fitness center and indoor pool. Please visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com for more information.
About Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel is nestled at the foot of the majestic Allegany Mountains along the New York/Pennsylvania border and is located off exit 20 of the Interstate 86 near U.S. Route 219. The property is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, and self- and valet-parking are always free. Guests can enjoy 2,000 slot machines and 33 table games, seven dining locations, live entertainment and a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel with 212 deluxe hotel rooms, a spa and salon, fitness center and indoor pool. Please visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com for more information.