Led by the high-decibel, post-blues guitar stylings of founder Gordie Johnson, Canada’s Big Sugar summons a mighty wall of sound in service of hook-heavy hard blues and eminently grooving reggae. Since its formation in the early ’90s, the band has played many a memorable show for its loyal fans in the Buffalo area. I can still recall an aural onslaught of a gig at the old Icon on Ellicott Street in 1994. In fact, I believe my ears are still ringing from the band’s visceral, emotional and incredibly loud set that night!

Big Sugar took a hiatus beginning in 2004, but since 2010, has been back at it with a vengeance. The release last year of “Revolution Per Minute” made the band a gold-selling concern in Canada once more, and touring has returned the group to its previous in-concert glory.

At 8 tonight, Big Sugar, with guest reggae legend Willi Williams, takes over the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $30 (box office). Visit

– Jeff Miers