NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol.109
As I mentioned, I will start to spotlight some information for each of the artists performing at MUSICwestport Festival sponsored by WAC.
The idea of Grace illustrates the concept of free and unmerited love that is bestowed upon us by the source of all existence. The Grace Babies emphasize this idea through their natural, simple, elegant, honest, raw and unaffected approach to music. The 4 seasoned professionals were brought together through happenstance (or Grace, one might say) during an informal Montreal loft jam-session in early 2017. Despite the fact that this particular outfit was formed quite recently, the musical connection and mutual respect are immediately evident upon hearing their contemporary melange of Blues, Rock ‘n Roll, Funk, Punk and R’nB. A musical journey through past, present and future that is guaranteed to satisfy the soul.
NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol.108
In the immortal words of Steve Benner, Terry Gillespie “showed us how it’s done” this Friday past. Mr. Groove had his groove on and then some. It’s that blend of hazy slapback vocals with a Blues talking thing, not so much singing. And the back alley reggae vibe with the sunshine of your love stuffed in somewhere on half volume thing too. Really enjoyed having Terry and the boys back in the house and it was so much fun jamming out a few numbers to stitch up the final set too. Thanks once again to all of the wonderful supporters, the always smiling staff Series promoters The Leduc-Doran’s and congrats eh to our winners of the year end grand prizes! Blues on the Rideau at The Cove couldn’t have as successful a series without all these moving parts. See everyone in September with Angel Forrest returns to kick off the 13th season! This woman from Quebec can channel Janis Joplin and Robert Plant. On my knees!!! Some old favourites and tasty surprises are going to be injected too…www.bluesontherideau.ca
NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol.107
As I write this today, it’s really hard to decide on what is more entertaining, Trump firing the main prosecutor on his own case or the Senators vs. Rangers game. I call it a tie.
Was an unreal show of reality at The Cove on the weekend! The Beatles were close to reincarnated in the form of a quartet of men from Montreal called A Day in the Life. From the early Liverpool days to the rooftop last show, black suits and wigs, vintage tone, thick cockney accents, absolute tightness and the feeling that the Fab Four were in the house. Even the size of the room, packed dance floor and low ceilings remind me of some of the shots of Kaiserkeller, the place where The Beatles plays for about two months in Hamburg, Germany in 1960 after they were kicked out of the Indra Club for noise complaints! Most enjoyable food I have to say and poor MC, full house for the boys from Liverpool made the night go over the top. All of the members have enjoyed the stage as their home for many years in bands like Sam Roberts Band, Spoon River and The Dears. Thanks to Jason, Pete, Ian and George as George, John, Paul and Ringo! Coming back soon…www.adayinthelife.co
Coming this Friday to Westport:
The final Blues on the Rideau Series show of 2016/17 brings “Mr. Groove” Terry Gillespie and his band to The Cove.
Terry Gillespie is one of those unsung heroes of the Canadian Blues scene. A man who was born in Detroit who literally forced himself backstage to introduce him to greats like Howlin’ Wolf and Junior Wells. Thankfully he did as we all benefit from his deep rooted funkiness and Reggae tradition mixed with the Blues. Through his experimental days with the melting pot sound of Heaven’s Radio to his current days resetting to his roots Blues, Gillespie has always been revered by a huge cross section of musicians and critics for his faithfulness to the true heart and sound of the music and its simplicity and soul. Catch him Friday as he releases his newest record and performs some of those tracks alongside great Blues classics and other originals. It’s also the last show of the season so here will be some sweet draws for show and overnight at The Cove prizes. Thanks to James and Diane of Choose the Blues Productions for the continues work to bring the best of Blues to the Rideau masses! Buffet, Show and Charity 7-11pm $65 + HST. www.bluesontherideau.ca www.terrygillespie.ca
Also, country rock cover band Picket Fences rattle the Legion on Friday. Local boy and former bass player of The Cronies Jim Jones will most likely be rockin’ out on guitar singing some of your favourite classic rock and classic country tunes! 9pm-1am. I think it’s about $10-15 with maybe a light snack?
John Wilberforce is back for your absolute listening pleasure. This man is smooth, soulful and has a great set list of tuneage. We are always so happy to have him warm up the room and accelerate that evening sense of enjoyment throughout the night! The Cove 6-9pm www.johnwmusician.com
Next week is the last Wings ‘n Tunes of the winter and so it will transition to Rack ‘n Tunes from 7-10pm for the summer months from May.17 until Oct.4. Shawn McCullough has been unreal. Giving it every week. Just giving it all! And he is the best at welcoming all musicians of multiple calibers to the stage to showcase their talents by performing a song with the chance to win a guitar courtesy of Long and McQuade music of Kingston. The draw happens next week and you have to be in the club to win it! 6-9pm www.reverbnation.com/shawnmccullough
First Jazz Night of the season at The Cove! Wow. Oh my. Oh no…20 years later? Why does this mean so much? Because we are still doing it? Because it’s the single longest running gig of my life? Because I use my ears and fingers and rarely my eyes to follow a man possessed? (That man, one part goat, one part boy) I can’t believe how it’s all happened. Rock and roll, jazz, blues, funk, soul, polka, country, comedy, Arrogant Worms, jingles, commercials, whatever. Spencer Evans and I have managed to keep it together all his time and will probably continue to do so for more to come! Thanks for contributing to the Cove music scene for for so long! Jazz Night as a band name and a show is now an institution of The Cove, Westport and the Rideau! This year will see some more special guests and and a mix of drummers. See you next Thursday of the first of the season! 8-10pm in the shoulder season, 9-11pm in the high season. www.coveinn.com
Brea Lawrenson, Wade Foster and Shawn McCullough will create a Country Song Circle to remember in that they will out their songs out for all to hear, around the circle. Brea is our local Country songstress superstar with two of her band mates. Wade’s sounds like a voice and Shawn’s voice and guitar sound like the real thing! 6-9pm hopefully on the patio. www.brealawrenson.com www.wadefostermusic.com
Congrats to the young opera singer from Rideau District High School who is heading to Italy to study! What a place for inspiration. Front cover news feed too!
Congrats to the aspiring young musicians Ron Steeves and Evan Carlson who are planning on going to College to study in a multidisciplinary way. Put your mind to it and you can accomplish anything.
Head Over Heels are back to gently entertain your eardrums on The Cove patio come May.21. Incredible to have them back for the weekly slot! 12:30-3:30pm www.kevinheadmusic.com
Tom Watson from Perth. One man band. Can’t wait to hear how he rocks The Cove patio with his newer rock/east coat sound next Sunday night from 6-9pm.
Mother’s Day. Don’t forget. Love your mother and wife and recognize them!
Tom Savage recording sounding rough and ready. Stay tuned! www.tomsavage.ca
Hear you soon!
#covemusic #Rideaumusic #bluesontherideau #wingsntunes #rackntunes #shawnmccullough #jazznight #spencerevans
NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol.106
Good to know there is music with this wetness all round! When will be able to open up our patios with these open skies? Coming this weekend to The Cove!…The Beatles Tribute you want to see. A Day in the Life is from Montreal and is made of some of my old Montreal musical buds, Jason Kent of Sunfields and formerly The Dears and George Donoso formerly of Krief, The Dears and Sam Roberts Band, to mention just a small few. They have been through before but make no mistake this time will be phenomenal as they have been absorbing this sound through their veins. www.adayinthelife.co will give you a snapshot. This Saturday 7-11pm Buffet and Show $65.
Sat.Jun.10 Rehearsal & Auditions
Kingston Ceili Band (East Coast Folk, Kingston) www.ceiliband.com
Brea Lawrenson Band (Country, Carleton Place) www.brealawrenson.com