With dazzling choreography, authentic costumes, stunning vocal performances and a fabulous live band, this high-energy show with the most timeless music of our lives is not to be missed!
Free parking at City Hall.
The 9th annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash is upon us again! Join Ray and Lefty from Friday Nite Truck Stop, with their friends The Whiskey Standards and a slew of special guests, celebrating the life and music of The Man In Black, all night long!! Proceeds go to CKCU 93.1FM, Ottawa's longest-running community radio station. Special guests include Slo' Tom, Pat Moore, Steve Stacey, Mabel Beggs, Ashley Newall, Jon Laurie-Beaumont, Howie Hooper, Maria Hawkins. The Whiskey Standards will be slogging away all night, show them lots of love too, Ray Harris/Lefty McRighty - hosting, guitars, etc, John Cormier - electric guitar, Steve Donnelly - upright bass, Ian Cook – drums, Jim McDowell – keyboards, Gary Schertzer - harmonica/percussion. Bring some cash for raffle prizes, including prize packs from The Record Centre, and customized Johnny Cash Guitarwork from Hipcrank.
Recently nominated for keyboard player of the year 3 times at the Maple Blues Awards Jesse received his first Juno for Co-producing The Harrison Kennedy album “This is From Here” in 2016.
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Well-priced accommodation available at The Cove, nearby B&Bs and motel
Westport is a beautiful historic town on the Rideau Waterway - a 90-minute drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston.
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"We started as a straight blues band," vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. "We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We're an American music band and we're much higher energy than we were before."
In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.
In addition to the press and Blues Music Award love, Zito has earned from fellow artists. Anders Osborne says, "I love Mike Zito! He's got that rare kinda voice that resonates in your soul. All his hardship, life experiences and kind heart oozes out of every note his sings. His guitar playing dances delicately between a contemporary blues virtuoso and an old fashion soul man. Mike continues to impress me with his straightforward and honest songwriting. His joy and grace shine through every record he makes."
John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echoes of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard and Rosa's Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend.
There are very few fans, critics or musicians who will deny the fact that John Primer is the real deal.
Special guests Bonecat.
They will be playing all your favourite CCR hits as well as John Fogerty solo hits. The band will also perform a bonus set of classic rocks covers.
The Uninvited Guests are:
Corey Sullivan - lead vocals, acoustic/electric guitar
Dave Shroeder - bass, vocals
Marty Sobb - electric guitar
Matt Sobb - drums
Get your tickets now, this one will fill up!
The Wild Oat Bakery has much on offer besides Bread and baked goo.ds; is licensed with craft and gluten free beer, good coffee and tea, great sandwiches and soup, and fresh eggs too... in short everything you could want on a stroll in the Glebe on a Sunday afternoon. Go for a skate on the canal and stop in for a tune or two... see you soon.
1/3 of the JUNO Winning act MonkeyJunk.
Just a small sampling of what you may find at one of our shows... • Small Antiques • Old Tin Toys • Dolls • Advertising Signs • Country Store Items • Vintage Paper Items • Bottles • Coca-Cola Collectibles • Books • Tools • Postcards • Tins • Coins • China • Vintage Comic Books • Vinyl Records • Board Games • Music, Movie & Television Collectibles • Military Items • Railroad, Automobile & Gas Station Memorabilia • Brewery Collectibles • Vintage Sports & Non-Sports Cards • Vintage Collectibles from the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s.
As always, too much to list!
Featuring Vocalist Joanne Hotte-Sigouin
All the Great songs from the Big Band Era including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey with vocals made famous by Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.
Joseph Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters)
Freddie Dixon (son of Willie Dixon)
MAURICE JOHN VAUGHN
Maurice John Vaughn is a true blues original. A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals, Vaughn writes powerful, innovative and often humorous songs that spring directly from his vast musical experience. His soulful and passionate vocals are convincing because they are earned – Vaughn means what he sings. Coming out of the streets of Chicago, Vaughn was raised on Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, black Top 40 and James Brown. Like the greats who have come before him, he has incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style that is completely his own.
Son of Willie Dixon, whose 500+ songs include "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "Little Red Rooster", "My Babe", "Spoonful", and "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover.”
Born April 14, 1964, in Chicago Illinois, Joseph is the youngest son of the world-famous Muddy Waters.
Listen to the 17-piece Stan Clark Orchestra featuring guest vocalist Johnny Vegas. All your favourite tunes from the big band era performed live.
Come dance, eat and celebrate with us!
Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 22 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.
Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years. Suzie’s latest album, “Shake The Love Around”, is a full-band roots and blues extravaganza!
It wasn’t until 2016’s “Blue Highways” that James found himself on a blues chart: the album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits: “Riding in the Moonlight,” a Willie Dixon song that James once covered when busking in the streets and subways of Toronto and Montreal, landed on a Spotify playlist and garnered millions of streams.
When James set out to make “Blue Highways”, an album of blues covers recorded with his touring band, he always intended it to be the first of two installments. Now we have “Miles to Go”, in which James records nine new covers of his favourite artists (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Little Willie John, Robert Johnson, etc.) and adds two originals, ‘I Will Remain’ and ‘40 Light Years’. “Blues has always been a pass-it-forward kind of thing,” says James.
“It’s also surprisingly hard to write. You have to be careful how modern you get in your phrasing. Certain writers can write a song that sounds like it was done 40 years ago, but it’s deceptively hard.”
To be a blues musician is to always have a dialogue with the past. As with much blues music, it’s the performances on the original versions rather than the actual song that drew James to them. That said, what could he possibly bring to them in 2018? “You bring what you can,” he says. “If I feel like I’ve brought enough, then I put it out. I knocked a bunch of songs off this record when I realized that I can’t bring anything to them that isn’t there already. All my life I’ve tried to bring vitality to older songs. Hopefully, my dedication to it is what floats it over the mark. That’s a subjective thing; some people will always prefer the original. However, there’s always a group of people coming up to see me after a show who might say, “Oh, I never would have heard ‘One More Mile’ by James Cotton—nothing in my life would have pointed me there.”
So much of Colin James’s career has pointed him to this moment: joyfully tangled up in the blues, which, as he notes, “is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.”