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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 email@example.com.
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!
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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!!!
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One of the most underrated acoustic guitar fingerpicking masters around was in Westport on Friday night. Terry Tufts is his name and terrifying new listeners and hippie folk lovers alike is his game! His fingers equipped with essential false fingernails danced all over a Gordon Lightfoot romp called (That’s what you get) For Lovin’ Me. A man with a certifiably strange yet clear sense of humour which translates into some of the lines and rhythms he plays. His vocal style peaks beautifully with his falsetto so pure and the jumble of lyrically packed teams he has in his set remind you of a hip-hopper. Looking forward to his return to The Cove this year.
Guts and God, Brea Lawrenson’s new music video is charting quite well according to friend and fan, Jeremy Barr. Brea has been working with players and writers out of Nashville as well as her band here in Canada. We wish her well and she climbs up the ranks in the Canadian country music industry…
Super special day for me on Saturday with a whole day of rock ‘n’ roll activity with Young Petty Stones. At one point I thought things might get stagnant but the beauty of the music keeps every night as good as the next or better than the last! Under the guitar/keyboard/Vocal leadership of Jason Kent, the band of myself, Eric Lawrance and Rob Radford thrives on a deep, well written tune with heavenly harmony and guitar uncontrollability. On top of the musical church which we celebrated, it was fun to see the house full of other milestone celebrations.
Weekly at The Cove:
Rack ‘n Tunes continues to roast people’s minds at The Cove from 7-10pm with Shawn McCullough on thunderous acoustic guitar and a whole hosts of great guests, stragglers, locals and passers by.
Jazz night will be dialled up with the solo, hungry Spencer Evans goat boy music machine from 8-10pm.
Head Over Heels looking to need to provide the engagement music soundtrack for your Sunday Cesar afternoon patio stop. 12:30-3:30pm. They have a new website in the works too!
Thu.Jun.15, unless you’ve been living under a proverbial rock, the NHL Meet the Pros Gala and FOTA (Friends of the Arena) fundraiser with Jazz Night featuring Emily Fennell will be happening. 50% of the proceeds go to the arena! Thanks to Bob Scott, Mark Herlehy and Rick Smith for working with me on this! It will be a silent auction, 50-50 draw and door prizes. But the the highlight of the night will be hosting five NHL stars/alumni who will be in the house to help fund raise. Thanks to the players like Carkner and Helmer who have donated items but I can’t be present. Some of the alumni in attendance will be Chris Phillips, Doug Gervis, Rick Smith, Rob and Murphy and Fred O’Donnell. Meet and greet and autographs at 6 PM, dinner at 7 PM and shoe around 9pm. www.facebook.com/friendsofthearena
Coming this Friday to The Cove is a special old-time country/Bluegrass show with the immortal Mike O’Brien and his wife Michelle. Romantically tight harmony, either opening acoustic fingerpicking and a sweet couple of people from Montreal. 6-9pm No charge. www.sinandswoon.com
And this Saturday, it’s John Wilberforce from up north of the seaway around Kemptville. You get the good feeling when John comes around again. Folks, rock, blues and a well curated song list.
Learned last night that my new friend Mike was a DJ on Electric Circus on MuchMusic circa early 90s.
Gearing up for Summer Concert and Dance Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall? Sat.Jun.17, Old Man Grant comes through. These Bytown Swamp Stompers have a definitive greasy bluegrass style that as the trio going in all hands on deck. Gritty, it’s nice to see they are playing in dives where they fit in so well like Grumpy’s. $20 advance or $25 at the door if available. Doors open at 7pm. Contact Cindy Crank for tickets. www.oldmangrant.com
Don’t forget about the literally one and only Morgan Davis. A pot of acoustic blues Sun.Jun 16, 7-10pm
Talk to you next week!