NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 163
Ok, so it`s finally happened. I have one degree of separation from The Who! My friend Kevin Head walks into my office on Sunday after he was finished playing his weekly matinee gig on The Cove patio and proceeds to tell me that he posted an old beat up acoustic online and someone by the name of Pete Townshend responded to him wanting to buy it. After asking an old friend who has been working as a guitar tech and roadie for many rock and roll stars to help confirm it was actually THE Pete, he said yes, it was actually THE Pete Townshend of The Who…kids, you know all the CSI shows that have those blast out of the gates rock and roll songs that are in the opening sequence? They are Who tunes…Won’t Get Fooled Again, Who Are You?…Then there is the iconic My Generation, I Can See For Miles, Pinball Wizard…They were headliners at Woodstock, wrote one of the first rock operas Tommy, are still touring into their 70s with two of the original four members still alive! It goes without saying this is amazing to me and I’m so glad Kevin told me about it! One of my favourite live records is Who’s Next, the MCA Deluxe Edition from 1971 which has studio versions of Baba O’Riley, Bargain, Behind Blue Eyes, The Song is Over and an unleashed live set from The Young Vic Theatre in London 1971 with Pure and Easy! Enough from me. Hope that guitar gets in his hands and writes a gorgeous tune, Kevin! Good luck to Kevin and Vanessa as Head Over Heels on Thursday at The Kemptville Music Festival on the Bounder Stage! Should be a beauty with all those classic rock bands including The Beach Boys…what!!??
Such a summer for heat. Music has been optimal on the patio at The Cove and I’m sure many other areas! Catch as much music as you can on the patios in the area! I know Henry Norwood played Evergreen…
There is a bit of a commotion at The Cove this weekend as the stakes have changed a bit with no music on Saturday. Yuk Yuk’s Comedy will storm the stage instead! This isn’t Dave Chappelle, SNL, SCTV or Sienfeld but it’s going to be a tonne of fun as just like live music, live comedy is best seen live in order to get the crowd involved and the creative juices squeezed out. I’m so looking forward to hearing Ryan Dillon, Cedric Newman and Patrick Haye have the house in stitches! 7-11pm Buffet and Show $50 + HST. There might be some room at the door if you want to just come at last minute to the show…
Friday is the warm and comforting return of Mr. John Wilberforce. Such an incredibly pleasing entertainer who knows a thing about creating a magnetic aura and easy sound. His affinity for the folk/pop/rock tune has people eating out of the palm of his but not begging. Quite a talent. He will be on The Cove patio overlooking Westport Pond on Fri.Jul.20 from 6-9pm.
The same night, Young Petty Stones will be playing one set in Gananoque at Joel Stone Park @ 8pm. Should be fun to play outdoors again with the boys!
Every Wednesday continues with Rack ‘n Tunes and the Open Mic with Shawn McCullough. Come catch some local up and comers like Hillary Hutchings, Billy Allen, Jessica Wedden and many more! Thanks to the house band with Bill Parson, Dave McCullough and Mike Cochrane too! You never know what you are going to get but it’s always a good time with friends in a casual atmosphere over some ribs and tunes…7-10pm Play a tune and you could win a guitar!
Every Thursday is Jazz Night with the monster of the piano…keep those requests coming…Spencer Evans! Yours truly and Andy Love round out the group who play everything from old school jazz to dirty blues to 80s pop to psychedelic rock to freaky funk and bouncing soul! Give us your best shot with a request and we will make it happen! 9-11pm and why not come for dinner in advance?
Finally, my good friends in the Tom Savage Band will be playing at Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall this coming Sat.Jul.21. Tony Silvestri will be on keys and let me tell you, this kid is magic! Bonz Bowering and Richard Piche round out the band who is sure to play a swath of B-side classic prog-rock gems from late sixties to early seventies! Doors & Bar open 7pm, Music starts 7:30pm. www.chaffeyslock.ca Tickets $20 online or Brown’s Marina $25 at door
Coming next weekend is the talented acoustic folk pop cat, Nolan Hubbard. Recommended by Logan Brown, if you love Michael Jackson, John Mayer and Jack Johnson, this is your guy. Fri.Jul.27 on The Cove patio 6-9pm.
Enjoy music down the rabbit hole…
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All I could think about was Gooooooood Mornin’ Vietnam! this weekend! “It was so damn hot, I saw a little guy in an orange robe burst into flames!” I think it’s good for us all to sweat a bit like that and realize what Mother Nature is capable of.
The World Cup has been unreal. Full of underdog wins and champion team losses. All the games are full of fans at The Cove.
Fun mix of musical talent at the Cove this weekend past. From the country of Open Mic to the anything goes mix of Jazz Night to the Hip Campfire to the east coast folky times of Turpin’s Trail to the low end folk of Head Over Heels…Happy Canada Day! And a special shout out to The Dier’s and their next door annual party! Radio is a Karaoke Star!
Coming up at The Cove this week:
Rack ‘n Tunes with the great Shawn McCullough and friends and the Open Mic! Sing and Win a guitar! 7-10pm every Wednesday. Call for resos.
Thursday’s are getting wound up for the summer season with Jazz Night. 9-11pm weekly, it’s the Spencer Evans Trio with Andy Love and I. Anything you think you want to hear is what we want to play. Jazz is fun, jazz is played but it’s a name that isn’t 100% accurate of the music played. Come out! Party. Call for resos.
Friday is the return of the real, the local, the legend, Henry Norwood! Henry will be on the patio form 6-9pm. Not much more seems to be said or known!
Logan Brown and Taylor Angus won’t be playing this coming Saturday on the patio due to a recent hiring to be the resident lounge musicians at Ottawa Bluesfest. Couldn’t be happier for this young talent who literally have everything going for them. Play the blues kids! The folk sounds of Dave Balfour will be heard on the patio instead. Great to have this accomplished singer songwriter back on stage. 6-9pm
Head Over Heels are back every Sunday with their soulful folk, jazz and blues music. What treat all around to have Big Poppa Zak Colbert on bass all day Canada Day! Sunday’s 12:30-3:30pm on the patio providing it isn’t feeling like an equatorial rainforest!
Yuk Yuk’s Comedy night at The Cove on Sat.Jul.21…some hot Toronto comics are coming! Call for resos.
Congrats to the people around the US that marched to support their sense of pride and respect for basic rights at the Immigration marches this weekend. Talking to you Jessica and Joe McQuillan especially.
Pat Murphy and I had a chat about how unreal it was that the little Kingston band gone big, The Glorious Sons opened for The Stones in Marseille, France last week! Such an honour! Our friend and former sound man Geoff Chown who has been on the road with them has been a rock in their band too. Chris Koster is in seventh heaven after this one…congrats guys, The Cove stages awaits your triumphant return as soon as you can fit us in…
Sending love, support and thoughts to Karen Hodgson who lost her home in a fire off Sunnyside Road this past week. Any support in any way is incredibly appreciated.
I’m quite happy and proud of my little nephew Braydon Kelly. He finished a school project called the Greatest Canadian and decided to do it on Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. He is the greatest to so many for sure. It was serendipitous that the day he finished that project, he also had a chance to meet Paul Langlois of The Hip as they were playing The Cove Friday. Inspiration comes in simple ways and sometimes timing is key.
Congratulations to the members of the committee involved in the Opening of the Lockwood Park Stage on Canada Day! Thanks to Scott Blair Construction, the members of council, the village team, local residents and volunteers and everyone else who pitched in to this great benefit to the community. It is truly a beautiful structure. Without people like Kim Bonner and her vision, this just would not have been possible. And that goes for the refurbishment of the whole park!
Thinking about our buddy Richard, Margot Rothwell’s husband. Get well man.
Special shout out to my good friends and musical compatriots Tavis Triance and Jason Kent, formerly of Spoon River. They are going to be playing as a duo for the Montreal Jazz Festival at Place des Arts opening for stomp slide blues troubadour Jack Broadbent. Are you reading the Montreal? Go.