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The Sheepdogs turned heads early this summer when the band opened for Gov't Mule as part of the Labatt Canal Concert Series in Lockport. This was a fitting bill for the Saskatoon-born band, since, like the Mule, the Sheepdogs excel in delivering a thick, soulful, guitar-heavy blend of R&B, Southern rock, blues and good ol' rock 'n' roll.
Certainly, the band made some new fans that recent Friday evening. Those fans will get a chance to welcome the Sheepdogs back to town as the group makes its Western New York headlining debut at 6:30 p.m. Sunday inside the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls).
The timing of this return engagement is fortuitous, as the band has just released its major-label debut in the form of a self-titled album produced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. (It's a beast, too - like the Black Crowes and the Black Keys teaming up to cover James Gang and Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.)
Tickets for Sunday's show are $15 advance, $20 at the door (Ticketmaster). Fellow Canadian indie-rockers Yukon Blonde will open.
- Jeff Miers