Archive for Music Matters – Page 2

David Rotundo

Saturday, June 13, 2020

David Rotundo
Advance $40 / Door $45*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

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 Rotundo on a diesel-fuelled roots tour of blues epicenters 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. Proof of his impact shows in the fact that he has been nominated for a Maple Blues Award for 11 consecutive years!

In 1997, Rotundo led a band called The Blue Canadians alongside such notables as Peter Schmidt, Shane Scott, Julian Fauth and Doc MacLean. In 2000, he was asked to join the legendary Jack de Keyzer Band and 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, 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, Elvis Costello, Shakura S’Aida, members of Downchild among many others.

Rotundo’s 2001 debut solo album, “Blowin’ for Broke”, featured twelve original songs written by David and produced by bassist/engineer Shane Scott of Stone Pillar Productions. The album was nominated “Blues Album of 2001″ by the Canadian Independent Artist Association and Rotundo was the winner of the Maple Blues Award “Best New Artist of The Year 2002″. In 2003, David returned to Stone Pillar Studios with his newly formed “David Rotundo Band”, resulting in the highly popular, critically acclaimed “Blues Ignited” album featuring international guitarist Enrico Crivellaro. In 2007 Rotundo won the Maple Blues Award for “Harmonica Player of the Year”, an award for which he has been nominated 10 times. 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 blues format shows. Rotundo is a songwriter who easily pulls inspiration from the world around him and that is well demonstrated by the twelve new original songs that grace his fourth album “No Looking Back”, which was released in March of 2009 to overwhelming response from fans both new and old, as well as industry, and again features Enrico Crivellaro on guitar. Bright prospects continue to lie on the path ahead, which goes to prove, that for The David Rotundo Band, there really is no looking back…When you see David Rotundo live you’ll know instantly that he lives for what he does!

website: https://www.davidrotundo.com/ 
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCqOCop7D_Q

 

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David Francey Screen Door Anniversary Performance

Thursday, June 11, 2020

David Francey Screen Door Anniversary Performance
Advance $40 / Door $45*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

“Francey’s clear, simple songs speak volumes to his followers. After a decade in music, David Francey is known as one of Canada’s finest tunesmiths and a champion of the Everyman, admired for his less-is-more approach to writing. It’s amazing how he manages to address deep stuff with such spare ingredients”– The Edmonton Journal

David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released eleven albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.

1Website: https://www.davidfrancey.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIjyh3nzhM0

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Kaki King

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Kaki King
Advance $45 / Door $50*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Kaki King is an American guitarist and composer. King is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, use of multiple tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitar, and her diverse range in different genres.

In February 2006, Rolling Stone released a list of “The New Guitar Gods”, on which King was the sole woman and youngest artist (beating Derek Trucks in age by two months as the youngest on the list). Her career includes six LP and two EP albums, as well as several scores for television and film. She worked alongside Eddie Vedder and Michael Brook contributing music for the soundtrack to Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, for which the trio received nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

Website: http://www.kakiking.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvxVWukROTw

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Sue Foley with Benji & Rita

Friday, May 22, 2020

Sue Foley with Benji & Rita
Advance $30 / Door $35 *

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:00pm

Sue Foley

Enjoy Sue Foley is a multi-award-winning musician and of the one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. She is a veritable triple-threat of musical talent as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. As with many blues women of the past, Foley has a long history of defying convention, and being a positive role model for aspiring, young female musicians.

The Canadian has been working professionally since the age of 16, and by the age of 21, Foley had relocated to Austin, TX and began recording for Antone’s—the esteemed blues label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others. In the two decades that have followed, Sue Foley has been busy touring and recording steadily, all while toting her signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster. In 2001, she won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) and also holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.

With 11 recordings under her own name, an instructional DVD and book, as well as various compilations and projects, Foley is set to release her new album, The Ice Queen (March 2, 2018) on Stony Plain Records. “I’m extremely excited to be working with Holger Petersen and Stony Plain Records. Holger is one of the most knowledgeable “real music” people in the business”, says Foley. “Stony Plain is known to put out great music and I know The Ice Queen has found her home.”

Recorded throughout 2017, The Ice Queen represents Foley’s full circle journey – her return to the roots of her career in Austin with producer Mike Flanigin. The album was recorded with her long-time friends and collaborators Jimmie Vaughan and Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top) as well Chris ‘Whipper’ Layton from Double Trouble, Charlie Sexton, and members of the Tedeschi Trucks and Gary Clark Jr bands.

“When I was a teenager I idolized Jimmie Vaughan and Billy F Gibbons,” Foley says. “They’re both legends now so this feels like an historical event (at least it does for me). And I grew up sitting at the feet of players like George ‘Big Beat’ Rains, Derek O’Brien and The Texas Horns. I spent many nights watching Charlie Sexton and the Arc Angels with Chris Layton. I learned and grew more musically in my years in Austin than at any point in my life. The fact that all these mega talented musicians have graced my album is beyond anything I hoped for. I am still pinching myself.”

A flood of inspiration and themes can be found on each of the tracks – ranging from lost love, anguish, and struggle to release, forgiveness and rebirth. Mostly recorded live-off-the-floor, Foley’s emotional vocal delivery, conviction, accessible yet inspired lyrics and intrepid guitar playing are all laid out, bare and raw for the songs to reveal.

Opening with the radio friendly and funky “Come to Me”, The Ice Queen also features upbeat and rollicking tracks “Run”, “The Lucky ones” (a duet with Jimmie Vaughan) and “Gaslight”. There are several bluesy and soulful tracks including “81”, “The Ice Queen”, “Fool’s Gold” (featuring Billy F Gibbons on vocals and harmonica)”, “If I Have Forsaken You”, and a cheeky, guitar-heavy cover of Bessie Smith’s “Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair”. Foley also provides some more mellow and unexpected songs on The Ice Queen with the jazzy “Death of a Dream”, the flamenco-blues hybrid “The Dance” and a beautiful cover of the Carter Family’s “Cannonball Blues”.

The Ice Queen represents Sue Foley’s indefatigable commitment to her craft, and her transparency with the journey that birthed her, further proving that you can’t keep a good blueswoman down, particularly when she is The Ice Queen.

Website: https://suefoley.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t0pfAsGOkU

Benji & Rita

Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo are two well-respected Brazilian jazz musicians, though their approach is quite different. Kaplan, a New York native, is an intimate songwriter who gently strums the guitar, sings poetic lyrics, and harmonizes gorgeously. Rita Figueiredo, who hails from São Paulo, Brazil, has similar traditional Brazilian music-meets-jazz influences, but with a much more theatrical approach. Her talent as a composer with her fierce singing style gives her music unbridled passion. Rita’s intensity of spirit might seem to be an odd mix with Benji’s understated complexity but it’s quite a logical fit. You really can’t do better than these two when it comes to current players of this genre. – Aaron Carnes (East Bay Express)

Cinematic and refined, Benji & Rita channels the scents and sounds, the flora and fauna of the couple’s homelands, drawing on everything from samba and baião, to waltzes and pop catchiness, much as Brazilian popular composers have over the last five decades.

They have toured throughout Europe, North America and South America, enchanting audiences with their unique approach and take on Brazilian, jazz and classical traditions. They have performed alongside such acts as: Earth Wind and Fire, Alceu Valença, Bernard Purdie, Junior Mance, Seu Jorge.

“A collection of lush, iconoclastic arrangements and distinct vocals that make for a unique marriage. The team combines samba, waltz and pop arrangements by Kaplan (on guitar) with additional lyrics by Figueiredo, that are said to draw on the lyricist and singer’s roots in a country known for its Amazonian jungles and hard scrabble urbanscapes and are sung in Portuguese, so who knows: The music’s charm is in its dramatic delivery and its evocation of Tropicalia.” – Denise Sullivan (Downbeat Magazine)

“Fans of classic Brazilian styles will take an instant liking to this. It’s quite an impressive and wide-ranging debut, sporting roots in Brazil and branches in many other places. I hope this twosome stays and plays together for a long time.” -Tom Orr (World Music Central)

“A freewheeling, gorgeously orchestrated whirlwind through the many facets of Brazilian music (samba, baiao, waltzes, pop)…whimsical, deeply romantic sonic images of New York and Brazil by the dynamic husband and wife team of Benji Kaplan (composer, arranger, producer, guitar, vocals) and Brazilian born singer-songwriter Rita Figueiredo.” – Jonathan Widran (L.A. Times, Jazziz, Billboard & All Music Guide)

“…one of the most lively and magical sessions I’ve heard in 2019…Tunes like “Memorial Day” will hold you spellbound…Rita takes flight over the top with her sweet vocal stories… priceless.” – Dick Metcalf (Contemporary Fusion Reviews)

Website: http://www.benjiandrita.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVoRSest_W4

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Jazz Goes to the Movies with Anne Hampton Callaway

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Jazz Goes to the Movies with Anne Hampton Callaway
Advance $40 / Door $45*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Jazz Goes to the Movies is an album by American jazz arranger and conductor Manny Albam recorded in 1962 for Impulse! This May, celebrated jazz vocalist, Anne Hampton Callaway, is coming to deliver that music live.

Anne Hampton Callaway is one of America’s most gifted and prolific artists. A leading champion of the great American Songbook, she’s made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted by Broadwayworld.com as “Performer of the Year” and two years in a row as “Best Jazz Vocalist,” Ann is born entertainer. Her unique singing style that blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters, and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical “Swing!” and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series “The Nanny.” Callaway is a Platinum Award-winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand’s recent CD’s. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland, Amanda McBroom and Shelby Lynn to name a few. Callaway has shared the stage with great artists from many genres- George Shearing, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Liza Minnelli, Betty Buckley, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Audra McDonald, Harvey Fierstein, Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling and Michael Feinstein. Callaway’s performances and recordings have garnered her The Theater World Award, 15 MAC Awards, several Bistro Awards, The Mabel Mercer Award, The Johnny Mercer Award for Songwriting and The Blanton Peale Award for Positive Thinking. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.”

Website: http://www.annhamptoncallaway.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr29GbevFQY

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Classic Lightfoot Live

Friday, May 8, 2020

Classic Lightfoot Live
Advance $40 / Door $45*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Classic Lightfoot Live celebrates the music and the long time folk-rock legend’s career and his stories from the early 60s, through his 1970s fame, up to his last studio recording in 2002. Gordon Lightfoot is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s.

Take a trip down memory lane with Classic Lightfoot Live!

The performance features John Stinson, a long time Ontario musician, as lead vocalist. John has been entertaining audiences around Ontario for over 30 years. He has been widely praised for his uncanny sonic resemblance to Gord, and his attention to replicating Gord’s original studio recordings. “To me Lightfoot’s music really does reflect what it means to be Canadian. His lyrics tell stories; his stories, our stories. They reach out and touch audiences in deep emotional ways.” Playing 6 and 12 string guitars just like Gord, John is backed by the Classic Lightfoot Live band, an impressive cast of musicians bringing the music from the studio albums to life. Steve Eyers is on bass guitar, Eric Kidd on lead guitar, JG Jones on keyboards and Malcolm Gould is on percussion. Each of them has been influenced by Lightfoot’s music and the passion comes through in every performance.

website: http://www.classiclightfootlive.com/index.html

video: https://vimeo.com/367383351

Join us on May 8 as we gather at Hugh’s Room Live to witness the epic live show by Classic Lightfoot Live. Tickets available right now.

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The Ultimate Sam Cooke Experience with Carla Cooke

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Ultimate Sam Cooke Experience with Carla Cooke
Advance $30 / Door $35*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

Sam Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, civil-rights activist and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His music, inspired in large part by his religion and the political climate of the time, was in itself timeless, adored by millions still to this day.

Carla Cooke is the youngest daughter of Sam Cooke. Carla’s future mirrors the image of her father. Carla crafted her sound in the church similar to her dad. Carla knows her father’s roots are so deep that she  has become her own person and connects with her roots through her father’s music. Having her father and godfather, as well as Sir Mac Rice, writer of “Cheaper to Keep Her” and “Mustang Sally” and her Uncle Recording Artist, LC Cooke, as inspirations motivates the journey she is on as an independent artist.

Carla Cooke’s style is diverse in Gospel, Christian, R&B, Soul, Pop and the contemporary sound that embraces today’s culture. Carla has the flavour of longevity. With a strong vocal range and warm presence passed on to her by her father, Carla is a commanding force on any stage she performs.

website: https://carlacooke.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awy_a2n939s

 

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Okavango African Orchestra

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Okavango African Orchestra
Advance $20 / Door $30*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

“It’s obvious that Okavango respects the continent’s myriad musical traditions. It’s in the glorious mix of rhythms in their songs” – Toronto Sun

Multiple instruments, ten languages, and seven countries define Okavango African Orchestra, winners of the 2017 JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year. The Toronto orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, where different animals, predators and prey, coexist and share meager resources. Similarly, Okavango African Orchestra brings together the traditional music and instruments of several major African cultures that historically have had little or no interaction. The musicians of Okavango create a common meeting place for these disparate cultures and a new musical language that harmonizes different tuning systems, rhythms, and timbres. The multicultural spirit of modern-day Canada bridges ancient African solitudes.

website: http://www.okavangoorchestra.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ftjwjs10wk

 

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Lachy Doley

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Lachy Doley
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:00pm

“Makes you feel good the way he plays that clavinet” – Bootsy Collins

“The greatest living keyboard player in the world today” – Glen Hughes (Deep Purple)

Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, Lachy Doley is Australia’s most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player in the world today. A player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent.

Recently going viral on Facebook with videos clocking up millions of views. His version of the Bill Wither’s classic Use Me is now sitting at four million views alone.

Lachy Doley has seen much of the world, recording and touring with acts as diverse as Powderfinger, Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes, The Beautiful Girls – more recently recording on a new album of Joe Bonamassa’s which came out in early 2015. It was 2010 though, that saw the birth of The Lachy Dooley Group and they have been heavily recording and touring ever since.

The group’s latest album Make or Break is on track to surpass their previous album by debuting at #40 on the Australian National Chart, the ARIAS. Their previous album Conviction reached #5 on the UK Blues Broadcasters Charts, #1 on the Australian iTunes Blues Charts and #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts.

Website: https://www.lachydoley.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAKoTYFZH6Y

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Pierre Bensusan

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Pierre Bensusan
Advance $40 / Door $45*

Doors: 6:00pm
Performance: 8:30pm

“The way the guitar would want to sound if it played itself.”

Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore” (2014), “Rose d’Or” of the Montreux Festival for his first album, “Près de Paris” (Switzerland, 1976), “Best World Music Guitar Player ” by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time.

Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”, Pierre’s name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique.

Join us on April 23 as we gather at Hugh’s Room Live to witness the spectacular live show by Pierre Bensusan. Tickets available right now.

website: https://www.pierrebensusan.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luWveym90uE

 

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