Recently there has been a number of long time rockers lamenting over the lack of good rock and roll from newer bands. But such was not the case on August 25 in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino when Captain Beyond took the stage to perform before a packed house – many of who came to see their home town hero Jamie Holka.
And while there were shout outs for co-founder Bobby Caldwell, Jamie heard his name called out numerous times throughout the night. More than just a Niagara Falls native, Jamie Holka is among the inaugural class of the newly formed Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame and will be officially inducted in a gala ceremony in October.
With some half a dozen albums released, Capetian Beyond could not perform everything they knew, but they did perform music from throughout their career.
After opening the show with a drum solo from Bobby Caldwell and “Slow Blues”, Captain Beyond stirred up a rock and roll frenzy that carried through “Oblivion”, “Distant Sun”, “Dancing Madly Backwards”, “Everything’s a Circle”, “Sufficiently Breathless”, “Thousand Days”, Frozen Over”, white Summer”, “Night Train”, Starglow Energy”, and “Raging River” that had the house demanding more.
And Captain Beyond obliged with not just one encore song, but with a total of four songs – “Mezmerization Eclipse”, “Saturn”, “Harlem”, and “I Can’t Feel Nothing (Part II)”.
The show was deemed a sell out 13 minutes after the tickets went on sale with avid fans scarfing them up in short order. But not everyone in the house was a long time fan of the band.
Fir me, it was a first time seeing..and hearing…the band. And like a strong narcotic, it took only once for me to be hooked on the band. During the show, Bobby Caldwell said that when they started the band they wanted to do something different. Not the typical basic rock band, the music of Captain Beyond draws fans in, creating an aural experience like no other.
Created in the early 70’s, Captain Beyond had less than a decade before band members went on an indefinite hiatus. The band re-emerged in 2000 and has been entertaining old fans and creating some new ones ever since.
All photos by Sherrill Fulghum
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