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!