Blues at The Cove Series 2023/24 (SEE FULL ROSTER AT BOTTOM!!!)
Did you say Blues at…The Cove? Yes! Well, you knew that! For 17 incredible years of music, laughter, community and overall great times, Blues on the Rideau has been one of the longest running Blues music series in Canada!
Thanks to the team of James Doran and his wife Diane Leduc-Doran and their Choose the Blues Productions, thousands of ecstatic Blues and live music fans have flocked to The Cove Inn to enjoy evenings of all-out dancing to Canada’s greatest JUNO and Maple Blues Award winning Blues acts. We thank them for all of those years of partnership and honour them by dedicating the 2023/24 Series to them as we transition to Blues at The Cove, highlighting some of the best of the series of the years!
Imagine a warm, intimate venue setting in a historic waterside inn on the Rideau Canal featuring a tasty buffet dinner and a donation to a local charity and you have Blues at The Cove! Join us for the new season!
Call us 613.273.3636 or email email@example.com for reservations!
18th Season of Live Blues at The Cove Inn!
Dinner, Show + Charity $100 +HST
Includes delicious full course buffet style dinner with served dessert, door prizes, dancing and donation to local charity.
Show Sets 8:30-9:30pm + 10-11pm
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Call 613-273-3636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK EARLY! – ESPECIALLY IF YOU WANT TO STAY OVERNIGHT
(Well priced accommodation at The Cove, nearby B&B, AirBnb and Westport Station Motel)
MOST SHOWS SELL OUT WELL AHEAD OF SHOW DATES. The earlier you reserve the better the choice of seating location.
We look forward to seeing everyone again soon for another GREAT season Blues at The Cove
Black Dog Inn, Westport www.whatsonwestport.ca/profile/the-black-dog-inn/
Gristmill Place, Westport www.thegristmillplace.com
Upper Rideau B&B, Westport www.urbb.ca
Lake 88.1, Perth www.lake88.ca
Perth Brewery, Perth www.perthbrewery.ca
Rosehall Run Vineyards, Wellington www.rosehallrun.com
Village Green, www.facebook.com/villagegreenltd/
Kingston Sound Works www.kingstonsoundworks.com
To keep up to date on everything at the Cove, including Blues at The Cove, please join our Mailing List www.coveinn.com/mailinglist. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you again soon and keeping in touch!
Friday, May 10 & Friday, May 11 ***TWO NIGHTS, TBC!!!***
David Rotundo Band (Mexico/Toronto)
DAVID ROTUNDO (From www.davidrotundo.com)
Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo heard James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo in 1991. “He blew one note on the harmonica that hypnotized me…” The next day, Rotundo went out and bought a harmonica. “…and I’ve been playing the blues ever since.” Obsession with the blues led on a diesel-fueled roots tour of blues epicentres of the United States including – New Orleans, Clarksdale, Austin, Memphis and Chicago with little more than his wits and a bag full of harmonicas. “I wanted to hear and experience the real thing.”
He returned to Canada with a visceral perception of the blues and a deep knowledge of blues history. After making the stories his own, he earned the right to tell them. Rotundo has developed his own language of the blues, honing the technique that gives the voice power and authenticity.
In 1997, Rotundo led a band called The Blue Canadians (with Peter Schmidt, Shane Scott, Julian Fauth and Doc MacLean) who played the Toronto circuit. In 2000, he was asked to join the legendary Jack de Keyzer Band, while continuing to tour internationally with the Blue Canadians. He was thrilled by the opportunity to play with “one of the best Canadian guitarists”. Aside from de Keyzer, Rotundo has performed with Lee Oskar (orignal composer of the hits including “Lowrider”, “Spill the Wine” and “Slippin Into Darkness”), Ronnie Hawkins, ex- Muddy Waters drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Madagascar Slim, Mel Brown, Jeff Healey, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Finis Tasby, James Cotton, Magic Slim and The Tear Drops, Shakura S’Aida, members of Downchild, among many others.
Rotundo’s 2001 debut album “Blowin’ for Broke” featured twelve original songs written by David and produced by bassist and engineer Shane Scott of Stone Pillar Productions. The album was nominated “Blues Album of 2001” by the Canadian Independent Artist Association and was winner of the MapleBlues Award “Best New Artist of The Year 2002”.
In 2003, David returned to Stone Pillar Studios with his newly formed international “David Rotundo Band”, resulting in the highly popular, critically acclaimed “Blues Ignited” album featuring international guitarist Enrico Crivellaro. Rotundo, as well as writing the material for this album, also co-produced it with bassist/engineer Scott.
After much fan demand, in late 2007, David recorded and released his live album – “Live at Roc ‘N Doc’s” which captured the true essence of the band’s high energy live performance. In 2008 it was considered in the top twenty blues albums released that year by various community radio stations with the blues format shows.
As a songwriter who easily pulls inspiration from the world around him that fuels his continual writing, Rotundo chose twelve new original songs that graced his fourth album, “No Looking Back”, which again featured Enrico Crivellaro on guitar as well as Jeff Healey’s keyboardist Dave Murphy on organ. Released in March of 2009 to overwhelming response from fans both new and old, as well as industry – when you see David Rotundo live, you’ll know instantly that he lives for what he does.
Blues at The Cove Series 2023/24
Friday, October 27, 2023
Tony D Band feat. Members of MonkeyJunk (Ottawa)
“Basically, I’m like Lightnin’ Hopkins with an electric guitar” – Tony D
Proceeds from this show go to support Westport Food Bank
Friday, November 17, 2023
Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick Band (Niagara/Peterborough)
Proceeds from this show go to support Dick Ready Memorial Christmas Tree
at Spy Rock on Foley Mountain overlooking Westport.
Friday, December 8, 2023
Steve Marriner Band (from MonkeyJunk) feat. Jimmy Bowskill (Blue Rodeo, Brooks & Bowskill, The Sheepdogs, Toront0)
Proceeds from this show go to support Friends of Westport Library
Friday, January 19 & Saturday, January 20, 2024 ***TWO NIGHTS!***
Jack de Keyzer Band (Toronto)
Friday, February 16, 2024
River City Junction (Brockville)
Proceeds from this show go to support Kids Shinny Hockey Westport
Friday, March 15, 2024
Miss Emily (Kingston)
Proceeds from this show go to support Rideau Waterway Land Trust
Friday, April 19, 2024
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar (Toronto)
Proceeds from this show go to support Kick in for Kids of Rideau District High School
Friday, May 10 & Friday, May 11, 2024 ***TWO NIGHTS, TBC!!!***
David Rotundo Band (Mexico/Toronto)