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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?!
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