Lance Anderson brings an all-star line-up to Hugh’s Room Live:
‘Soulsville – The Music of STAX’
An all-star Canadian cast of award-winning blues and roots musicians will perform a special concert honouring The Music of STAX Records, the legendary Memphis recording company that brought you Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MG’s, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, the Bar-Kays and more!
Under the direction of Juno Award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, the May 5th appearance at Hugh’s Room Live will also bring together three legends of the ‘Toronto Sound’, The Blue-eyed Prince of Soul, George Olliver, (Mandala) the irrepressible John Finley (Checkmates, and the super group Rhinoceros) and Jay Douglas (The Cougars). These wonderful soul veterans, all grew up on this music. They are the real deal! Add extraordinary singers Cheryl Lescom and young Kitchener ON phenom Matt Weidinger and you have a show not to be missed. You have a remarkable event!
It is a very rare occasion to get all these wonderful artists on stage together.
Featuring Memphis-born drummer Shamakah Ali (The Bar-Kays, Al Green) on drums laying down that fat southern backbeat and Collin Barrett on bass, with Toronto veteran guitarist Terry Blersh (Danny Brooks, The Royals) Simon Wallis (Lighthouse) saxes, Dave Dunlop (The Boss Brass) trumpet and musical director Lance Anderson (Joint Chiefs of Soul, Shakura S’Aida) on piano and Hammond B3 organ, this is truly an all-star performance.
STAX Records (Memphis Tn) was a breeding ground for the Soul music explosion of the mid sixties to late seventies. With The MG’s as the house band and Booker T. and Steve Cropper (amongst others) as songwriters and producers, they created a string of hits that continue to influence R&B music today. The hits kept coming, and ‘Soulsville’ will feature them all, like: Hold On I’m Coming, Soul Man, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Knock on Wood, In The Midnight Hour, and instrumentals like Green Onions and Time is Tight by Booker T. and Soul Finger by the Bar Kays. This infectious music will soothe your soul and have you dancin’ in the aisles. And when you hear Cheryl Lescom sing ‘I’ve Been Lovin’ You too Long’, you will think you have died and gone to heaven.
“A perfect Saturday night soul revival. “
Anderson says: “These singers and players are some of the best that Canada has to offer. The music is a combination of Gospel and Blues that was born on the Mississippi at Memphis but was ground out in the clubs across Canada. This is not the slick soul of Detroit’s Motown, but the gritty Yonge St. soul that captured Canada’s bar scene and turned Toronto and Kitchener into soul towns.”
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate with Soulsville – The Music of STAX
– and honour Toronto’s best Rhythm and Blues artists. Creators of the ‘Toronto Sound.’
This will be the fourth in a series of concerts that Anderson has brought to the “Room”. The previous concerts, The LAST WALTZ – A Musical Celebration of The BAND’ ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen – The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell’, ‘Genius+Soul=The Music of Ray Charles’, have all been highlights of the Hugh’s Room calendar and have gone on to tour Ontario and Canada.