NOTES FORM THE PORT Vol. 117
NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 116
NOTES FORM THE PORT Vol. 115
Fast times at Westport High this last weekend. Something else. Schooooool’s out, for, the summa! Schooooool’s out, fo, eva! I almost feel like it’s time for us to have a school’s out for the summer party. Back it is. Bring it on. The music is amazing outdoors these days. The patio is such a lively place to exist and hang out. Come outside and hear it!
The one, the only, Rueben DeGroot and a collection of his bag full of colourful characters in Rocket Surgery crowded the Cove Patio stage on Sunday. The sun shone, beer flowed and the tearful smiles were seen all over. Rueben is on his way out of Kingston after being a creative force on the scene. He has brought together so many through his wonderfully positive feeling, inspiring songwriting, inclusive band size and open mind. I loved spending time working on our Tribute to The Travelling Wilburys called We are Wilburys March 2015. It was all about pulling as much B-Side material together as possible! Thanks to Rob, Eli and Dan for the memories too. Roob Dean, you always have a place here at The Cove. C’Mon back soon and god speed you Blue emperor.
Thanks to all you folks who keep coming to strut your stuff and sing your guts out at Rack ‘n Tunes every Wednesday at The Cove. Shawn McCullough is all the more stronger for it. 7-10pm weekly
Jazz Night every Thursday is back and it’s bad. You know what I mean by bad, right? The drumming, the piano playing, the tunes, the pace, the 20 years. Come and dance! 9-11pm $5 weekly at The Cove. Reservations are a good thing.
Friday, Turpin’s Trail gave a patriotic set and I must say I was thoroughly inundated with goosebumps singing six-part harmony on The Northwest Passage. Thanks for your shows at The Cove guys!
Head Over Heels give their heart and soul and beam it from stage weekly on Sunday afternoons on The Cove Patio. There is always a new guitar. 12:30-3:30pm
Grant Fullerton formerly of the Great Canadian Rock and Roll Band Lighthouse will be a one man band on stage in the flesh on Friday night. He was here last year on the recommendation of our friend Doug Allan. Boogie Woogie and good on rock and roll are the staples on the menu with a few specials and jokes for good measure. 7-11pm at The Cove $10
Tennis demon and Dave Matthews fan Dave Balfour is one The Cove stage from 6-9pm probably with Fiddle firestorm Johnny Richard. He has been running the Open Mic at O’Reilly’s in Perth for years and has been instrumental Stewart Park Festival for many years as well. You’ll love them. 6-9pm
Paul Renz is a American great Jazz Guitarist who vacations in the area and hosts week long Jazz training day camps. Reasonable considering the amount of knowledge that can be acquired and meals included. 8am-8pm $250 per day. This year, famous Manhattan Transfer vocalist Cheryl Bentyne will be teaching you how to not only crawl up and down passing time scales and Melodic Minor modes but groove, jazz and jive through the music with others under Paul’s tutelage. Contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queens of the Stone Age coming out with a new record sooner than later by Mark Ronson has produced Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, etc to name a few. What can I say, I love this scaly chameleon of a rock and roll band. Always have. Always will. They exemplify leadership in a weird way. Overtly, sometimes crushingly powerful yet cerebral and soulful. Funky and spun out. Always driving but unpredictable. Like AC/DC meets Jefferson Airplane? Looking forward to the latest record coming out and the Toronto show to follow, Sept.9.
Finally, wanted to mention how proud I am of my bud Steve Benner. At his 70th birthday at one of his favourite places, The Cove, he mentioned how I’m like another son to him. Well the feeling is mutual and you are definitely family to me man! Inspiring speech. Show ’em how it’s done Steve-O! 30+ years since we’ve known. So happy to be a part of your life and your family!
Thanks for having ears! Keep them open!
NOTES FORM THE PORT Vol. 114
As I walked in from work tonight, I realized once again how much I love my little family and how I live to be a dad. Turns out my eldest son is starting to figure out another element of his personal waterworks. And the other, well he just gazes at us as though he is some divinely inspired, wide smiling messenger of the future with emerald-eyed wisdom. Both were subject of a selfie video that Megan and the boys did to the song “Make you feel my love” by Dylan, Adele. Sam had never really heard it before but he did about as genuine and solid a performance of the song as I’ve ever heard (slightly biased). Long story short, the future is bright.
150 years. Despite the clichés, it’s really true that Canada is one of the greatest places to live on earth. We are so lucky to live in a place where so many in the world want to be. It’s sense of leadership through democracy and freedom, the value it places on our environment and green spaces and how deeply it cares for the well being of its people. I’m proud to be here and whenever I go away, I’m always grateful there is this haven to return to.
Wednesday Rack ‘n Tunes will be in full patriotic form with the songs both cover and especially original by the one, the only, Shawn McCullough Esquire! The man can play! 7-10pm or later…sing a song and you could win a guitar! www.reverbnation.com/shawnmccullough
Thursday will be a red and white evening of Can Con with your friendly Neighbourhood Jazz Night band of Spencer, Seamus and Rob! Come and celebrate music and improvisation with us! Requests always welcome! 9-11pm yadda, yadda, yadda!
On Friday, Turpin’s Trail are back to head the Pre-Party Canada Day in Westport! The East Coast flair and Celtic roots shine though as a clear Westport favourite on Friday! Happy to have them back at The Cove as a major tradition of the entertainment calendar! www.turpinstrail.com
Taylor Angus is at The Opinicon Pub from 7:30pm. www.taylorangusmusic.com
Canada Day will be above and beyond in size and scope everywhere this year and Westport’s annual Celebrations and Fireworks are no exception! Music all day with an Elvis impersonator, Dj and full on rock ‘n’ roll band! This year the celebration will take place at Rideau Vista public school with the bicycle parade and many other similar events of the past years at the beach. Of course, the final main event will blast off one thousand million dollars in fireworks…happy birthday! All day from 1-10pm
Head Over Heels will keep you thinking about and singing the songs you love that hold you close to your Canadian roots on the weekend as well. Saturday night 6-9pm on the patio! www.headoverheelsmusic.blogs.blogspot.ca
JW JUNO Jones plays 3pm on The Chaffey’s Lock waterside! Must be nice! www.jw-jones.com
Special Head Over Heels Canada Day Hangover Party on The Cove Patio happens on Sunday as their house gig keeps them on home soil after the night show. 12:30-3:30pm. www.headoverheelsmusic.blogspot.ca
Greg Ball joins Rocket Ball super hero forces with Rueben DeGroot on The Cove Patio from 12:30-3:30pm Mon.Jul.3, who is leaving the Kingston area sooner than later…friends and family welcome! We love you Roob! www.ruebendegroot.com www.gregball.ca
Miles Mosley, revolutionary upright bassist and composer. Seriously? Check him out! www.milesmosley.com
Kalil Bailey was super doop on Friday for his inaugural Westport gig. Keep it real my man!!!
Delorme brother singing Tennessee Whiskey was a beaut and the Marise/DJ playlist at wedding on Saturday was endlessly awesome. It’s still awesome…
Tavis E. Triance and the Natural Way (some members including myself of Spoon River) album release is officially set for Sept now that my good friend who was to have the record released on Tonic Records and tour for a couple of weeks through western Canada has had to cancel due to blowing his voice out. I wish him a speedy recovery and look so forward to the release later. Love! www.tavistriance.com
Be true to the game…hope I didn’t forget to mention anything super special this weekend!!!