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Matt Weidinger Presents a Tribute to Van Morrison

Friday, January 17, 2019 | 8:30pm

Matt Weidinger Presents a Tribute to Van Morrison
$35 Advance / $40 Door *

… Matt Weidinger and his stellar group of musicians have put together a live music gem.” – Bob Hunt, The Blues Studio Sessions

Young Matt Weidinger is an old soul. Steeped in real-deal rhythm & blues, blues, and soul music from his earliest years, he is renowned for his blue eyed soul vocals, guitar playing, and prowess on the Hammond organ. Matt’s 2018 Registry Theatre amazing concert of the music of Van Morrison was a season highlight, with its rich, authentic take on a genuine music icon. The concert such a hit that Matt will be back next season for Van The Man Volume 2. – Lawrence McNaught,  Registry Theatre

“Matt’s interpretation of Van’s music is a deeply moving personal memoir of Celtic soul. Simply marvellous..Actually fantabulous!” – Bruce Hall,  Grand Rivers Blues Society

Born decades after Van Morrison was creating some of his most enduring music, singer-songwriter, Matt Weidinger, has a musical connection to the ’60s and ’70s, what he calls the golden age of record-making.

Anyone who’s seen him perform would agree with the “old soul” label, so it’s particularly fitting that he’s taking on the songs of an old soul master with his latest tribute to the music of Van Morrison.

It’ll be something of a retrospective of Van the Man’s extensive song catalogue, with a particular focus on the early stuff that was Weidinger’s introduction to Morrison’s brand of Celtic soul.

“I started listening to Van Morrison in high school, with Astral Weeks … and then Moondance,” he says, soon uncovering a treasure trove of musical offerings. “He’s got a huge catalogue. With Van Morrison, there’s just so much to see, so much to discover.”

Morrison has been prolific, with dozens of albums to his credit since 1967’s Blowin’ Your Mind! Fifty years on, in fact, he’s currently touring 2017’s Versatile, a collection of jazz standards and originals.

For Saturday night’s show, Weidinger’s put together a seven-piece band, including two horns to reflect the sound for which Morrison is known.

Weidinger’s own influences stem from the ’60s, as can be heard in both his vocals and his choice of music. Like Morrison, he began performing as a teen. For a relatively young performer, he’s already got more than a decade of experience under his belt that has earned him a solid following. In addition to singing and writing songs, he’s a multi-instrumentalist, equally at home on the piano, organ, guitar, bass and mandolin.

In preparation for the show, he’s had to dig deeper into Morrison’s music, developing an even greater appreciation for it … and banking some songs for future performances.

“Any time I can learn songs that I can put in my repertoire, add to the list, it’s great,” says Weidinger, adding such exercises help his own songwriting, providing a way to see words and music from a different perspective.

website: http://mattweidinger.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB0vCB6QHEg


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Mad Dogs and Englishmen: The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 8:30pm

Lance Anderson Presents Mad Dogs and Englishmen: The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell
$40 Advance / $45 Door

Juno Award-Winning producer Lance Anderson (Music From The Last Waltz, The Music of Ray Charles, Matchedash Parish) has brought together another wonderful roster of all stars from around the province. Featured singers include Chuck Jackson (The Downchild Blues Band) and Matt Weidinger (Lumberjunk), Cheryl Lescomb and the Gospel Sensations, Quisha Wint and Selena Evangeline, all of whom will take to the stage and recreate the magic of that award-winning 1970’s tour, album and movie of the same name.

Backed by a nine-piece band which includes two drummers (Michael Sloski,  The Cameo Blues Band) Shamakah Ali (The Barkays)) and percussionist (Art Avalos, Manteca), horns David Dunlop (Boss Brass), Simon Wallis. (Lighthouse), Hammond organ (Matt W), and piano (Anderson)  and guitar Terry Blersh, (Danny Brooks) and bass Howard Ayee, (Rough Trade), the rhythm this group creates is a freight train which will pick you up and drop you down at the Fillmore East in NYC.

They come together to celebrate the music that Joe Cocker and Leon Russell threw together to fulfill a tour that almost didn’t happen. Cocker’s English band was not allowed into America, so at the last minute he asked Russell to assemble a group of musical all stars for a tour. Joe asked the right man, as Leon was one of the most connected studio musicians and songwriters in L.A. Part of the ‘Wrecking Crew’.

Our Mad Dogs show is in that same all-star spirit.

During this two hour show you will hear the wonderful arrangements from not just Joe Cocker and Englishmen, but all the greatest music and musical arrangements of the legend, Leon Russell, including his famous arrangements of all your favourite hits by The Beatles.

website: http://makeitrealrecords.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH4PnjtCGYg

 

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Matchedash Parish CD Release

Monday, September 23, 2019 | 8:00pm

Matchedash Parish CD Release
$25 Advance / $30 Door
Every ticket purchase includes a FREE copy of the debut self-titled album

Matt Weidinger and Lance Anderson have formed the Matchedash Parish with 12 of the country’s top blues and roots music artists. It is a powerhouse soul and gospel/roots show guaranteed to bring the house down.

Juno award-winning producer Lance Anderson (leader of Mariposa’s An Evening of Blues and Gospel and The Last Waltz – the hit closer of Mariposa Folk Festival 2017) has brought together another wonderful roster of BLUES ALL STARS, but this time to perform original songs and masterful arrangements some of the greatest soul and gospel tunes. Along with Kitchener phenom Matt Weidinger and and three background singers led by the amazing vocalist Quisha Wint, and featuring Michelle White and Jill Zahdeh. Matchedash Parish will create a tent revival atmosphere with this ‘congregation’ of talent.

Backed by a nine-piece band including two drummers: Memphis born Shamakah Ali (Al Green, The Barkays) and Ben Rollo (Lucky Peterson, Danny Michel), percussionist Art Avalos (Manteca), horns Gene Hardy, sax (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir), William Sperandei, trumpet (Harry Connick Jr., Colin James), Hammond organ, piano, mandolin (Weidinger), piano, accordion (Anderson), guitarist Mackenzie Jordan, (Jackets) and on bass Mark Mcintyre. The rhythm this group creates is a freight train that will pick you up and drop you down in the swamplands of the south.

Matt Weidnger: http://mattweidinger.com
Quisha Wint: http://www.quishawint.com
Lance Anderson: http://makeitrealrecords.com

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Soulsville: The Music of Stax Records

Friday, September 13, 2019 | 8:30PM

Soulsville: The Music of Stax Records
Advance $40.00 / Door $45.00 *

Stax Records is synonymous with Southern soul music. Originally known as Satellite, the Memphis company was founded in 1957 by Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton, and took its new name in 1961 from the first two letters of their last names. Among the many artists who scored hits on Stax and its Volt subsidiary during the Sixties were Rufus and Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the MGs (an interracial instrumental quartet that also served as the company’s rhythm section), Sam and Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, and Otis Redding.

Under the direction of Juno Award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, the September 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 supergroup 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 Kitchener phenomenon, Matt Weidinger, and you have a show not to be missed.

The show will feature Memphis-born Shamakah Ali (The Bar-Kays, Al Green) on drums laying down that fat southern backbeat; Collin Barrett on bass; Toronto veteran Terry Blersh (Danny Brooks, The Royals) on guitar; Simon Wallis (Lighthouse) on the saxophone; Dave Dunlop (The Boss Brass) playing 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 line-up.

Stax Records 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.

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.”

This will be the fourth in a series of concerts that Anderson has brought to the Hugh’s Room Live. Previous concerts include:

The Last Waltz: A Musical Celebration of The Band
Mad Dogs and Englishmen: The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell
Genius and Soul: The Music of Ray Charles

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