Yes, Vancouver, B.C.’s Theory of A Deadman was the first band to sign to the indie imprint founded by Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. But you shouldn’t hold it against them. (Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week.)

The connection to Nickelback ends with the imprint deal, however, for Theory of A Deadman – guitarist/vocalist Tyler Connolly, bassist Dean Back and guitarist David Brenner – has long specialized in the astute marriage of classic rock tropes and post-grunge riffs in a manner at odds with Kroeger & Co.’s watered-down metal.

Still touring on the back of the 2011 release “The Truth Is …,” Theory of A Deadman performs its hard rock onslaught at 5 p.m. Friday in the Labatt Blue Canal Concert Series, Ulrich City Center in Lockport. Pennsylvania’s Kingsfoil plays direct support to the band. Buffalo’s hard rock/electronica/dance outfit Breakerbox – comprising dynamic frontwoman and soulful vocalist Christina DeNee and producer/multi-instrumentalist Scott Calandra – and indie-rock trio the Etchings round out the bill. Admission is free, with special VIP packages available for purchase through

Jeff Miers