NOTES FROM THE PORT Vol. 59 for The Review-Mirror Jan.27.2016

Missed the paper again. Sorry to all of those regular readers who expect it there. I appreciate people’s positive comments by the way. This past weekend at The Cove was a wild one with the rhythm machine, Steve Strongman Band performing two nights at Blues on the Rideau. A rock of rhythm section too. Colin and Sean were cooking like a wood stove back there. Seemed like there was a fair amount of heat as well! Star of the show, Steve was as great as I have ever heard him. The chank from his beefed up axe, yearning in his blues growl, the call to arms on the dancefloor. All of it was there as well as the tunes. His power trio soul sound cut deep with some psych blues breakdowns on acoustic too. As always, the privilege was mine to play some tunes on bass. Looking forward to having him back, maybe solo acoustic, before too long.

Some interesting things happening in the music world right now with respect to the socio-political side of the art. Popular rapper Macklemore has just released a 9 minute epic sojourn exploreing racism and hip-hop in a new song called “White Privilege II”. He raps about a white person’s position in society with black people fighting injustice – and even namechecks Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea and Elvis Presley for appropriating black culture, along with himself. It has caused a huge uproar in the musical community and opened up the conversation questioning where artists stand on the issue. Macklemore defends this tunes to be essentially self-reflective. Check out the culture panel’s introspective discussion on CBC’s radio show Q.
Rob from Battersea has been getting the ski doo trail access from Upper Rideau lake to Westport Pond ready for accessibility beside the Pedherney home. Thanks to them for offering a piece of their property with which many ski dooers use to get from body to body of water. Just need a string of frozen days now. No rain!
Wednesdays each week is Shawn McCullough’s night to shine his love light on you and maybe even get you up to sing a tune to win a guitar again! Yep, there is a chance you could win a new acoustic guitar. Draw happens the last Wednesday in May! Come and jam. 6-9pm
Fri.Jan.29 is huge tribute at The Cove to locals Emily Brown and Bryce Vanderschuit who are about to welcome a baby chunk into the world! We couldn’t be happier for them! Thanks to all of the organizers, food makers/producers, donators and friends who will be coming out to enjoy the Chinese Buffet 6-8pm and Dave Quesnel’s Travelling Karaoke Party 8-11pm. Come and chip in for Em and Bryce by bidding on silent auction items and a cash draw! Reservations required at this point…
Shawn McCullough is also playing on Sat.Jan.30 at the Legion from 2-5pm then running to the Cove for the performance of his life as a duet with child phenom Henry Norwood as they provide a punctuating Country soundtrack for the Annual Westport Rideaus Jr. B Hockey $5000 Elimination Draw! All 130 tickets are sold out! Thanks to the hard work of all the organizers, it’ll be another howl! Music 6-10pm, Draw starts 7pm.
Next week at The Cove: Friday is solo country/rock guitar/vocal from outside Peterborough, Art Lajambe. Saturday is Head Over Heels!
This week’s shout out goes to Mackelmore. You know some of his hits including the recent Downtown featuring some old school hip hop cameos and an absolute mish mash of a Broadway theatre-like production music video. Well, thanks to him sticking his neck out there to voice some inner turmoil he has pent up, there have been some clashing of the titans happening in the music world right now with respect to the socio-political side of the art. Popular rapper Macklemore has just released a 9 minute epic sojourn exploreing racism and hip-hop in a new song called “White Privilege II”. He raps about a white person’s position in society with black people fighting injustice – and even namechecks Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea and Elvis Presley for appropriating black culture, along with himself. It has caused a huge uproar in the musical community and opened up the conversation questioning where artists stand on the issue. Macklemore defends this tunes to be essentially self-reflective. Check out the culture panel’s introspective discussion on CBC’s radio show Q. This of course extends to the issue of relating the snub of black actors from the Oscar nominations.
Thank a volunteer! I keep seeing so many familiar faces volunteering for local initiatives! Things wouldn’t get done without you! Thank you!