NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 158

What a week. Here are some names that define it. Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Kim Jong Un, Dennis Rodman, Doug Ford, Rafael Nadal, Marco Cechinatto, Alex Ovechkin, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Steph Curry…ok, some have more weight than others but seriously, what a thick week to trudge through. So much information and emotion. I really don’t feel like I ever thought I should get political on this forum but lightly, come on people, what is happening out there in our world with our neighbours to the South with resectt foreign policy and common sense? What kind of message is being sent with the way that world leaders are being revered and not reprimanded for unlawful actions against humanity and questionably unfair treatment towards closest allies! Where is loyalty and coalition anymore? Why can’t people see through this and stand up to what is happening? We have the power to do so if we do! It’s a mess! A travesty! It’s downright scary and we are all in the cars behind the madmen at the head of the roller coaster! Dennis Rodman, the main man who has the closest connection between two leaders who are headbutting with potential nuclear destruction? It’s honestly reminding me of that genius a Hollywood black comedy, Idiocracy with Luke Wilson. I think the most telling thing from our side of the big pond is that in our little tourist town flooded with great American folk, as I feel out the person and question them on the state of US politics, I’m hearing a consistent air of embarrassment and fright. The resistance needs to keep coming.
 
And now from our bubble back in rural Ontario…
Our honourable and overdue tribute to the late great Mr. Tom Petty (and Neil Young), Young & Petty on Saturday was an absolute blast and howl all the same. Playing music with Jason Kent, Eric Lawrance and Rob Radford is a true stroke of luck and genius. I always look forward to it and get those nervous jitters because I always want it to go so well! Full house party too, which was encouraging! Looking to have another one in August, stay tuned. In the meantime, thanks to Cove friend and musician Kevin Head for booking Young Petty Stones at the Joel Stone Park in Gananoque @ 8pm. Bring bug spray and a chair or throw!
Thanks to “princi-pals” Jamie Campbell and Dave Balfour for a great evening on Friday on the patio. Perfect weather.
Thanks to Gary Tregaskis from Tennessee who vacations here throughout the summer for bringing a slew of folk from the Clayton Antique Boat Museum to see Dale Lyons’ carriage house and take in an evening food at The Cove with some east coast folk music by Chris Murphy and Brian Flynn.
Coming this Friday is the 2nd annual Meet the NHL Pros Gala: A Fundraiser for F.O.T.A. (Friends of the Arena)! Thanks to all of the co-organizers and members of F.O.T.A., especially Bob Scott, Rick Smith and Mark Herlehy! There will be a silent and live auction with crazy prizes like pro jerseys and game tickets, 50/50 Draw, delicious buffet dinner and meet and greet/Q&A with NHLers in the house Jay McClement, Fred O’Donnell, Chris Clifford, Rick Smith.Pat Murphy’s 80s tribute band, 80s Enuff will literally blow up this night!!! The full itinerary starts 6pm and goes until after 11pm. $60 + HST per person with half of each ticket going to F.O.T.A.
PC Majority. Discuss!
Farewell to Doug Allen. Wonderful man, tireless proponent of all things Westport. He was the man who helped elevate the women’s shopping experience in Westport with his wife Jude and their store Seasons of Westport, which will continue under new management. He worked closely with the village as a liaison with the government and Valley Heartland securing valuable grants and building strong relationships for our community along the way. We wish him all the best in Ottawa on the next chapter. Thanks for the party to the Chaikowsky’s!
Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup! 46 years in business and their first win with arguable he best player in their franchise history. Two of my ex-Habs Eller and Smith-Pelly were great! Always love to see the mic-less hoisting of the cup. It’s a sacred time.
RIP Anthony Bourdain. This man created a show that stole so many of us away in the cool months to escape on a Sunday evening on CNN to his fantastical world of food, culture, life, death, geography, society…Parts Unknown. Truly remarkable revelations of unknown, under exposed, dangerous, remote places around this planet. I’ll never forget the music he threw in there too. I’ve always love Queens of the Stone Age and the fact that Mark Lanegan and Josh Homme wrote and played the intro tune. Some great shoulder rubs with all kinds of this world’s crazy, creative types! I love the episode in Northern Rhone where he exposes the way children learn to cook from their earliest school experience. Or the trip back home to Japan with his NYC Sushi chef friend. Joel Rose, brother of our local friend Ken Rose of Lake Effects/Pinecone helped to publish Bourdain’s iconic first novel Kitchen Confidential which confesses all things good, bad and ugly behind the scenes in the restaurant kitchen scene. From there, they have continued to keep in touch and be friends. They were just about to release a couple of shows on Netflix which we all will still be released. We who “knew” him will miss him. Thank god he has a wonderfully colourful documented legacy.
Mono Mono is the latest release by my friend and bandmate Jason Kent of Montreal. Jason has such an authentic and soulful voice in music. This record exhibits this in a fine, fine way. His tones are impeccably investigates and produced. A couple of cameos by some of Montreal’s great musical visitors appear on this one too. Damn good record! If you want another incredible record, limited edition physical CDs of Jason Kent’s first self titled record are available at The Cove bar for $10.
The incredibly soulful sister Miss Emily has a show called “Miss Emily Songs Kingston II” at The Isabel Bader Centre this Fri.Jun.16. I’ll be sharing bass duties with one of my great bass teachers Zak Colbert for the evening! I’ll also be doing some backup soul sister impressions on the vocals…Call for tickets today!!! 7pm
The one and only hard working Shawn McCullough is working on a new record! Aren’t you excited?! Chalk full of friends and good vibes, it promises to be historic. See him every Wednesday at Rack ‘n Tunes + Open Mic as he hosts one of the most consistently entertaining nights in the land at The Cove. 7-10pm
Spencer Evans plays weekly under the name Jazz Night! Maybe you’ve heard of it? Maybe you haven’t. Well, it’s been 22 years of Jazz Night at this time of year at The Cove! The band joins in next week. Get ready for some more! 8-10pm Spencer solo this Thursday and next Thursday, it’s 9-11pm weekly until September!
Don’t forget, Head Over Heels plays every Sunday on the patio from 12:30-3:30pm! Bass player extraordinaire Zak Colbert will be joining them for two consecutive shows on Canada Day: 12:30-3:30 & 6-9pm on the patio!
Terry Tufts will be back after a long break to spread his incredibly gorgeous folky tunes on his acoustic guitar this Saturday night on The Cove Patio. Terry has performed with everyone from George Fox to Susan Aglukark, The Arrogant Worms to David Francey, Wayne Rostand to Ian Tamblyn. 6-9pm
Congratulations to Barecat and Lisa on their son Nolan Seed being the first pick chosen by the OHL Owen Sound Otters! Perseverance and dedication personified…from the whole family! It takes a lot of people to build a champ!
Shinnecock Hills hosts the US Open. I’m sure my buddy Al Wyse will walk over to the course in his back yard…
Kevin Murphy, author of The Sinking of The Hannah will doing a book signing at The Cove Sat.Jun.23 3-5pm. Thanks for making this happen Jane Murphy!
Switching to paper straws…

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In weekly typo news, I should’ve put Glen Allen and I put Doug Allen! I suppose it’s too late to change this says it’s already gone to print but I would just like to send it to you anyway.
NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 158

 
What a week. Here are some names that define it. Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Kim Jong Un, Dennis Rodman, Doug Ford, Rafael Nadal, Marco Cechinatto, Alex Ovechkin, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Steph Curry…ok, some have more weight than others but seriously, what a thick week to trudge through. So much information and emotion. I really don’t feel like I ever thought I should get political on this forum but lightly, come on people, what is happening out there in our world with our neighbours to the South with resectt foreign policy and common sense? What kind of message is being sent with the way that world leaders are being revered and not reprimanded for unlawful actions against humanity and questionably unfair treatment towards closest allies! Where is loyalty and coalition anymore? Why can’t people see through this and stand up to what is happening? We have the power to do so if we do! It’s a mess! A travesty! It’s downright scary and we are all in the cars behind the madmen at the head of the roller coaster! Dennis Rodman, the main man who has the closest connection between two leaders who are headbutting with potential nuclear destruction? It’s honestly reminding me of that genius a Hollywood black comedy, Idiocracy with Luke Wilson. I think the most telling thing from our side of the big pond is that in our little tourist town flooded with great American folk, as I feel out the person and question them on the state of US politics, I’m hearing a consistent air of embarrassment and fright. The resistance needs to keep coming.
 
And now from our bubble back in rural Ontario…
Our honourable and overdue tribute to the late great Mr. Tom Petty (and Neil Young), Young & Petty on Saturday was an absolute blast and howl all the same. Playing music with Jason Kent, Eric Lawrance and Rob Radford is a true stroke of luck and genius. I always look forward to it and get those nervous jitters because I always want it to go so well! Full house party too, which was encouraging! Looking to have another one in August, stay tuned. In the meantime, thanks to Cove friend and musician Kevin Head for booking Young Petty Stones at the Joel Stone Park in Gananoque @ 8pm. Bring bug spray and a chair or throw!
Thanks to “princi-pals” Jamie Campbell and Dave Balfour for a great evening on Friday on the patio. Perfect weather.
Thanks to Gary Tregaskis from Tennessee who vacations here throughout the summer for bringing a slew of folk from the Clayton Antique Boat Museum to see Dale Lyons’ carriage house and take in an evening food at The Cove with some east coast folk music by Chris Murphy and Brian Flynn.
Coming this Friday is the 2nd annual Meet the NHL Pros Gala: A Fundraiser for F.O.T.A. (Friends of the Arena)! Thanks to all of the co-organizers and members of F.O.T.A., especially Bob Scott, Rick Smith and Mark Herlehy! There will be a silent and live auction with crazy prizes like pro jerseys and game tickets, 50/50 Draw, delicious buffet dinner and meet and greet/Q&A with NHLers in the house Jay McClement, Fred O’Donnell, Chris Clifford, Rick Smith.Pat Murphy’s 80s tribute band, 80s Enuff will literally blow up this night!!! The full itinerary starts 6pm and goes until after 11pm. $60 + HST per person with half of each ticket going to F.O.T.A.
PC Majority. Discuss!
Farewell to Glen Allen. Wonderful man, tireless proponent of all things Westport. He was the man who helped elevate the women’s shopping experience in Westport with his wife Jude and their store Seasons of Westport, which will continue under new management. He worked closely with the village as a liaison with the government and Valley Heartland securing valuable grants and building strong relationships for our community along the way. We wish him all the best in Ottawa on the next chapter. Thanks for the party to the Chaikowsky’s!
Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup! 46 years in business and their first win with arguable he best player in their franchise history. Two of my ex-Habs Eller and Smith-Pelly were great! Always love to see the mic-less hoisting of the cup. It’s a sacred time.
RIP Anthony Bourdain. This man created a show that stole so many of us away in the cool months to escape on a Sunday evening on CNN to his fantastical world of food, culture, life, death, geography, society…Parts Unknown. Truly remarkable revelations of unknown, under exposed, dangerous, remote places around this planet. I’ll never forget the music he threw in there too. I’ve always love Queens of the Stone Age and the fact that Mark Lanegan and Josh Homme wrote and played the intro tune. Some great shoulder rubs with all kinds of this world’s crazy, creative types! I love the episode in Northern Rhone where he exposes the way children learn to cook from their earliest school experience. Or the trip back home to Japan with his NYC Sushi chef friend. Joel Rose, brother of our local friend Ken Rose of Lake Effects/Pinecone helped to publish Bourdain’s iconic first novel Kitchen Confidential which confesses all things good, bad and ugly behind the scenes in the restaurant kitchen scene. From there, they have continued to keep in touch and be friends. They were just about to release a couple of shows on Netflix which we all will still be released. We who “knew” him will miss him. Thank god he has a wonderfully colourful documented legacy.
Mono Mono is the latest release by my friend and bandmate Jason Kent of Montreal. Jason has such an authentic and soulful voice in music. This record exhibits this in a fine, fine way. His tones are impeccably investigates and produced. A couple of cameos by some of Montreal’s great musical visitors appear on this one too. Damn good record! If you want another incredible record, limited edition physical CDs of Jason Kent’s first self titled record are available at The Cove bar for $10.
The incredibly soulful sister Miss Emily has a show called “Miss Emily Songs Kingston II” at The Isabel Bader Centre this Fri.Jun.16. I’ll be sharing bass duties with one of my great bass teachers Zak Colbert for the evening! I’ll also be doing some backup soul sister impressions on the vocals…Call for tickets today!!! 7pm
The one and only hard working Shawn McCullough is working on a new record! Aren’t you excited?! Chalk full of friends and good vibes, it promises to be historic. See him every Wednesday at Rack ‘n Tunes + Open Mic as he hosts one of the most consistently entertaining nights in the land at The Cove. 7-10pm
Spencer Evans plays weekly under the name Jazz Night! Maybe you’ve heard of it? Maybe you haven’t. Well, it’s been 22 years of Jazz Night at this time of year at The Cove! The band joins in next week. Get ready for some more! 8-10pm Spencer solo this Thursday and next Thursday, it’s 9-11pm weekly until September!
Don’t forget, Head Over Heels plays every Sunday on the patio from 12:30-3:30pm! Bass player extraordinaire Zak Colbert will be joining them for two consecutive shows on Canada Day: 12:30-3:30 & 6-9pm on the patio!
Terry Tufts will be back after a long break to spread his incredibly gorgeous folky tunes on his acoustic guitar this Saturday night on The Cove Patio. Terry has performed with everyone from George Fox to Susan Aglukark, The Arrogant Worms to David Francey, Wayne Rostand to Ian Tamblyn. 6-9pm
Congratulations to Barecat and Lisa on their son Nolan Seed being the first pick chosen by the OHL Owen Sound Otters! Perseverance and dedication personified…from the whole family! It takes a lot of people to build a champ!
Shinnecock Hills hosts the US Open. I’m sure my buddy Al Wyse will walk over to the course in his back yard…
Kevin Murphy, author of The Sinking of The Hannah will doing a book signing at The Cove Sat.Jun.23 3-5pm. Thanks for making this happen Jane Murphy!
Switching to paper straws…

NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 157

Couldn’t have bought a stronger solo act to bring a blues party to the Cove in Saturday. Just can’t seem to think of anyone as driving, bright…a real bombshell. Got the hot licks that guy. I had a hang after the show and talked being dads. That was fun. Must say though, this man has enjoyed sharing stages with some of the world’s finest Blues acts. Bizarre times with the carnivorous Buddy Guy, warm and fuzzy with B.B. King. So many flirts with fantasy and success for one person to count. So much that I felt like saying, “I’m proud of you Steve”. He used to be in the 90s hit machine Plasticine and is now off to France for a bout with those music hungry maniacs this summer. I wish him all the best of luck. Thanks for your endorsements. I loved playing tunes with you. Strong connection!
Logan and Taylor won some new fans on the weekend too. Fun to hear. For his age, Logan Brown is so talented on that guitar that it makes me physically ill. Looking froward to some summer reappearances on the patio. Rain, rain, stay away, come again another…day.
 
Building of the new outdoor stage at Lockwood Park has commenced. The work of the Lockwood Park Rehabilitation Group, some local folk and the WAC has made this all possible. Congrats on making it to this final phase of actually building. The work is to be finished by July 1 for the location of the parade to kick off. Scott Blair Construction is at the helm. Future site of outdoor summer events, etc. Stacy Blair
 
RIP Margie Norris. Thinking about Tommy Norris and the whole clan and the folks at Village Green where she worked so reliably for about 15 years. Take your smile with you wherever you go up beyond the stars sweet Margie. It’s so large out there that it’s really quite small.
 
Songsmith Father John Misty is back with another musical rocket ride. Classic sounds and vibes but clearly his own thing. A direct descendent is the last record. It’s all about that 70s Harry Nilsson, Lennon sound. Lyrically quirky as it gets. Right in your face and streaming consciousness with classic snakey jazz vocal melodies. Empowering! God’s Favourite Customer.
 
Not much left in the tank here. Volcanoes. Trump…still. The Ontario Election choices. June weather 2017/18. Daddyin’. Looking forward to letting it all hang out on stage with as much collective strength as we can all muster on Saturday when Young and Petty pay a full tribute to the gentlemen at The Cove Saturday Night.
Friday is the inaugural event of old buddies and present school principals Jamie Campbell (of The You’ve Got a Friend tribute, Roch Voisine touring/writing partner) and Dave Balfour (holy, happy customer, former O’Reilly’s pub jam night leader/Stewart Park Fest MC) pair up for an evening of song and folksy-ness on Friday at The Cove. 6-9pm on the patio.
 
Saturday is full up for Young + Petty for seating but you can still walk in for less.
 
Wednesday is Rack ‘n Tunes with Shawn Shawn Mccullough, Thursday is Jazz Night with Spencer Evans and Sunday is Head Over Heels on the patio with Kevin and Vanessa Head.
See y’all soon there!

NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 156

Last weekend was a patio weekend at The Cove! Tom Watson was a fun factor and Jeff Callery had them all turning their heads out there on Saturday. The weather pulled it out for all shows!
Rack ‘n Tunes and the open mic continues to be out of control good clean fun with Mr. Shawn McCullough piloting the charge. Weekly 7-10pm. Unreal ribs. We make ‘em, you eat ‘em. www.reverbnation.com/ShawnMcCullough
Spencer Evans is solo schizophrenic, robotron, soul brother number one every Thursday! The band will join on Thursdays on Jun.21. 8-10pm weekly ‘til then. Some new wild and crazy tunes on the playlist. Some deep ones. And that is more than just the vault I’m talking about. Spencer Evans. A true one of a kind.
This Friday on the patio if it’s nice out, Logan Brown and Taylor Angus will transform the outdoors to a coffeehouse theatre of sorts with their brand of acoustic soul with a swift undercurrent of funk. Logan alone is worth the price of well, there actually isn’t any admission to see him. His next level finger style always make me turn my head. 6-9pm
Saturday will be another acoustic evening to be reckoned with. Hamilton’s Steve Strongman is the man, and with that laser focused acoustic guitar picking and banging down doors style of strumming. The man sings a driving vocal too. He has played with international blues royalty and is now national Blues royalty. Pretty honoured to have him our house on Saturday as a solo show. He is a multiple JUNO award winning and nominated fellow. He also has enough Maple Blues awards for one guy. This isn’t officially a Blue on the Rideau show but it is a Blues show on the Upper Rideau. Quality Blues is what we love to present here. Quality blues is what you will get if you come! “Raw, powerful. Straight up.” 7-11pm Buffet and show $45. Call for reservations. www.stevestrongman.com
Never ceases to amaze me of the endless free fall of musical wormholes that you can travel through in a lifetime. If you’re like me, you find this supremely satisfying and sobering all at the same time. It’s something you do when you’ve gone around the block and felt there were some more rocks to unearth. Great songwriting will never, ever die folks. It is the thing that connects an integral firing of a neurone to another in order to continue the songwriting language. Jackson Browne was my latest. I’ll forever be finding this journey satisfying.
Westport Heritage Festival Presents: Heritage Day this Sat.Jun.2 9am-4pm at Westport Public Library. The day’s activities include archival displays, build your family tree, research materials and friendly advice, access records online and in archives, food available, pick up a new Westport Walking Tour Guide, launch of the Westport Arts Council “Westport Chairs”.
Thanks for the info and hard work to everyone including Jacky Brady!
Anna Ruddick! Nice to hear about here motherdom! Former musical mate of Montreal days. Played with everyone from Amanda Rheaume to Randy Bachman to Bry Webb to Ben Caplan and Colin Cripps.
Mark Palmer and Shelly are parents of humans now! Twins of boys! Congrats guys. A legacy not to tread lightly upon.
Vote wisely. Read up!!! It’s important. I don’t think enough youth realize this.
Short and sweet. Find a wormhole! Open up your mind and enjoy!

NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 155

Whew! Quite a little ride this weekend on the old hamster wheel at The Cove and in Westport! I must say, it`s so great to have that feeling back in the air with the patio full, the staff running, the calm warm air, the screaming vibrant colours and music flowing from the outdoor stage. (although we didn`t actually have that this weekend, it will come soon)

The weekend started with Sara McCullough winning the Long & McQuade donated acoustic axe on Wings `n Tunes night this past Wednesday. Thanks again to Nathan and the folks at the generous music store!

Thursday continued with the unbeatable, unflappable, unreal, individual pianist Spencer Evans! It`s been 21 years of musical mayhem with that man since my twin bro and I started Jazz Night together with him. Never the same show, set or jokes twice. It`s just incredible how that man`s mind works. I urge you to check him out every Thursday until Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Spencer will be doing it solo until Jun.21 then the band kicks in behind him…with Andy “Treebot” Love and yours truly.

Friday brought Monsieur Jesse Stone in from Montreal. An old school troubadour type with some drawl and swagger. Definitely a performer and knows his goal. Did an all acoustic set with his harmonica a guitar on the patio then moved it inside to Looking forward to seeing him here again at the end of the summer.

Saturday was snuggie with our east coast folk hero Chris Murphy, reelin’ them in.

Sunday was the return of Head Over Heels for another season of pretty patio ditties. Weekly matinees until Thanksgiving. Sunday night was a full on rock and roll show featuring everything from prog-rock radio friendly b-sides to absolute pop classics of the 60s and 70s. It’s always such an all out musical experience with Tony Silvestri and his band featuring Westport’s Tom Savage on guitar! Thanks for bringing it boys! Hope to have them back in the summer as well!

Fun playing in the Miss Emily band for a big Princess Margaret Cancer Fundraiser on Wednesday downtown. Kirt Goodwin, James Wannamaker and Ben Vandergaast were the wild cards on this one. Kirt just got off tour playing guitar with Sate, James plays sax in You’ve Got a Friend/Downtown Trio and Ben recorded keys/etc. on the latest Miss Emily record In Between as well as touring with his group Moon Sugar. Pretty fun to play with such pros of the game! The next Miss Emily show is Sat.Jun.16 @ The Isabel Bader Centre of Queen’s University on the shore of Lake Ontario in Kingston. The evening is all music written by Kingston area musicians called Miss Emily sings Kingston II (the sequel to last year’s performance).

On Friday at The Cove is hard working, big music singer Tom Watson. This kid loves his east coast music, is super proud to have done some jamming with The Mahones and throws about anything and everything at you. No lack of variation here! Patio 6-9pm

Powerhouse singer/songwriter Jeff Callery will be back in action on the patio solo on Saturday night! Jeff quitely has a pedigree that you wouldn’t imagine! He has been writing with some of Nashville’s finest over the last couple of years, but he would never tell you that. He has so many great tunes up his sleeve. Get him to play one. Request one! Come on! 6-9pm

Steve Strongman is coming back to The Cove next weekend! This time, he’ll be back with he and himself only…That’s right, a Strongman solo show is in our midst. He is a complete demon on the guitar when the flood gates open. He can literally and has literally played with the best in the blues world on this planet. Congratulations to him on his 2018 JUNO Nomination! He won Best Blues Album with A Natural Fact. Guy can play the blues. Strong slide! He is right on it. From the Hammer! Never misses a beat and you don’t feel like you’re missing a band either…although when he comes, it’s like that Rotundo thing. $45 for food and show on Sat.Jun.2 @ 7-11pm. Call for reservations!

One of my lifelong brothers, Chris Atack has moved on from The Ottawa Senators. Some of you might know about him through the Carkbus when we used to catch those wild Ottawa Senators games when local Matt Carkner played for them. He is now moving on but will most likely be utilizing his talents learned as ticket sales director of an NHL team. You’re one of the most talented, hard working kids I know Chrissy! Best of luck on the new venture whatever it is and if it’s in the same realm, maybe we will catch some games…

Heard the Walkin’ Hawks really walked the hawk and rocked around the clock on the weekend at Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall. Keep an eye out for more shows…Tom Savage plays there this summer Sat.Jul.21.

Stress. Keep them down. I hear too many stories. Life is just too, damn, short. Believe in your happiness and avoid letting the daily struggle get under your skin. It’s like Trooper said…”If you don’t like what you got, why don’t you change it? If your world is all screwed up, rearrange it.”

Raise a little hell?!

Send me your musical events!


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What a weekend with the magical blues power of David Rotundo. Mr. Magnetic and his band of Chuck, Des, James and Shane are clearly loved and were sorely missed by the clambering fans both nights this weekend at The Cove. David hadn’t returned into years and it showed! The shows were the perfect fit for closing out the 12th season of Blues on the Rideau!

I personally had a nerve-racking, yet incredibly rewarding and intimate performance with David on Saturday afternoon where we played an acoustic lunch matinee together. He sang mainly Bob Dylan songs and I sang some of my tunes as well as some other chestnuts. It felt real good and we plan to do it again next year for sure.

Check out www.bluesontherideau.ca for up to date info on the 2018/19 season lineup coming out anytime now! I know David Rotundo will be back as well as greats like Jack De Keyzer, The Hogtown Allstars and more. Some great new additions as well! Thanks James and enjoy your track out west on your bike. Diane will be with you all the way!

Big week at the Cove for music! This week marks the beginning of the summer 2018 summer music programming of music five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday until Canadian Thanksgiving!

This Wednesday will be the guitar draw at Wings ‘n Tunes which will happen somewhere near the end of the night around 9pm. Leading up to that you still have a chance to win the guitar if you play a tune and put your ballot in the bucket! Thanks to Nathan that Long and McQuade for graciously donating yet another guitar to the cause! Next week is the seasonal change and start of the summer-long Rack ‘n Tunes + The Open Mic 7-10pm!

Thursday is the first Jazz Night of the season with Spencer Evans solo! That’s right folks! The Wild man will be flying free! No band to get in his way…drummer Andy Love and I will be joining him weekly, come the end of June. Catch this one and only, One of a kind show 8-10pm weekly if you dare!

Friday night on the patio is Jesse stone from Montreal. A ragged old school rocker somewhat reminiscent of the aura of Sam Roberts, Jesse will take you on a trip with original and classic jams. 6-9pm

Saturday morning is the inaugural Royal Wedding Viewing + Breakfast Party at 6:30am! Harry and Meghan tie the knot! Thanks to Kim Bonner for all her help! Sold out!

Saturday night is the return of the one and only Chris Murphy, solo of Turpin’s Trail! If you don’t know about this guy and you love East Coast, Celtic folk and more, this is your new best friend. 6-9pm

Sunday afternoon is the return of Head Over Heels on the patio for the seventh season playing Sunday matinees while you drink Caesars and eat poutine! Their on stage synergy is so real and easy. Come and relax with them! 12:30-3:30pm

Sunday night is the main event! Tony Silvestri Band is back! Hometown boy Tom Savage is the guitar slinger and Tony is like Ian Lord from Deep Purple or Elton John or himself whenever he wants to be! Come and see for yourself how amazing this classic rock monster is! $45 Buffet and Show. $15 Show only.

Did you check out “This is America” by Childish Gambino (Donny Glover’s Hip Hip alter ego)?

Year of the Peg. Shout out to my cousins and my Gram! The whiteout is on. Lots of action about there in Winnipeg with the Jets doing so well this year. Imagine a win for a Canadian team? Why is it so weird?

Gibson is bankrupt! Not exactly. Seems that is the word on the musical instrument company around the net. The company who wield the great Les Paul electric guitar in their arsenal are “re-focusing in manufacturing and reorganizing around its core businesses in the Musical Instruments segment.” If you own a Gibson like me, you’re thinking this is sort of blow but I think it’s a case of the effects of the share of market toll on globalization of business and those who have tried to diversify too much! Perhaps more should stick to the Steamwhistle beer mantra, “do one thing and do it well”. My 1980 Grabber bass never had a warranty that I know of anyway.

So good to see our bud Larry Miles Friday night. His wife Gail passed away not too long ago and it’s been hard to say to the least.  He came to see David Rotundo at The Cove as well as local friends and also hit the annual Gretsch guitar nerd show in Kingston! Something he highly recommends for Guitar nerds by the way…

As we start to enter the busy months of summer I’d like to thank everyone who supported live music in the area over the winter. It’s a tough time for all of the Westport residents during that slower time and you help us get through the sometimes tough times at the Cove. We are grateful for the support from all of you as each and every show would not be as special. As we all know, reciprocation is the name of the game when it comes to performance so having an audience is key. Luckily there is music st The Cove year round!

I’m proud to announce the 12th annual MUSICwestport Festival lineup! First off, the annual Kick Off Party at The Cove Fri.Aug.17 with one of the most impressive fiddlers/performers/acts in Canada, Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything. It’s dinner and show $50. Call for early reservations! Then there is the free all day outdoor music festival which is growing in size and activity yearly! Ariana Gillis, Treebot feat. Andy Love, Joe Skuce Band feat. Jamie Campbell and Dave Balfour, The Hit Pickers, Abby Stewart fear. Chris Murphy, Greg Ball feat. Rob Radford, Yuka (Canada’s Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings), The Bank Street Bonbons (8-Piece Brass Band) and The Steadies feat Earl Pereira of Wide Mouth Mason! Thanks again the amazing volunteers of WAC and the unwavering support and generosity of the local business to help keep this a free festival to lucky festival goers for 12 years!!!!!!!!!!

Do you just love the arts and want to join a strong organization that wants to make an impact and sustain the Arts  on our area?…

Join the Westport Arts Council! Contact them www.westportartscouncil.com

Did you hear that local illustrator and proprietor of Papillon Press Joel Kimmell designed an official coin for the Royals? And he is a local Westport guy? And you can spot him most likely when he is flaunting his most incredibly decorated house at Halloween or walking his dog with his partner Chantal!? Congrats on seizing the opportunity all way!!

Thinking about Margie Norris and her cancer treatment. Hoping she gets the best care. I know that the folks at the Village Green have been really great to her! Bless.

Thinking about Murray Dier too. Have known the Dier clan all my days here in Westport with Brad and family my former neighbours in Slabtown. Hoping he gets well.

Looking forward to playing a Toronto show with Miss Emily Wednesday night.

Coming up next weekend at The Cove: Fri.May.25 Tom Watson and Sat.May.26 Jeff Callery.

“My love is Alive” – Gary Wright