Archive for Soul

New Year’s Eve 2020 with Oakland Stroke

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | 9:00pm

New Year’s Eve 2020
Oakland Stroke: A Tribute to Tower of Power
Advance $55.00 / Door $60.00 *

Experience the sound and soul of Tower of Power and the GREATEST horn hits of the 70s!

Oakland Stroke faithfully recreates the music of fabled Bay area soul band Tower of Power. The funk, the excitement and the soul. Based in Toronto, Canada, the band is led by Lou Pomanti and Tony Carlucci. Audiences can expect to hear the biggest and baddest hits from the decade, including songs by Blood, Sweat & Tears (Lou is a former member), Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and MORE!

Let’s ring in the new year with good music, good food, good company and a big brass section. Tickets in advance highly recommended.

Introducing, Oakland Stroke! Members include:

Lou Pomanti – keys
Jivaro Smith – lead vocals
Tony Carlucci – trumpet
Chris Howells – trumpet
John Johnson – sax
John Panchyshyn – sax
Simon Wallis – bari sax
Lou Bartolomucci – guitar
Marc Rogers – bass
Steve Heathcote – drums

* All tickets include appetizers, cocktail, midnight toast and dessert
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Luke McMaster: The Christmas Show

Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 8:30pm

Luke McMaster: The Christmas Show
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

Celebrate the joy of the season with internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Luke McMaster and his band as they take you on a journey through the music of classic Christmas with a Motown twist.  Enjoy Luke’s soulful take on holiday classics like Silent Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Baby Please Come Home, as well as Luke’s own chart topping holiday favourites including Raise A Glass (Top 10 in Canada, two years running), and Merry Christmas Beautiful (Top 3 Hit on Billboard AC).

Take a trip through the hallowed halls of Motown with favourites like Signed, Sealed, Delivered, My Girl, and Ain’t No Sunshine sprinkled with stories from Luke’s ground breaking ICONS OF SOUL project which features music he’s written and recorded with Motown legend Lamont Dozier (80 Top 10 Motown hits) and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals (Groovin’, Good Lovin’).

A Motown Christmas with Luke McMaster is just the ticket to kick your holiday season off right!

Luke McMaster
Award-winning Canadian singer and prolific songwriter Luke McMaster has graced the stage and shared the studio with the best of the best in the music industry. He’s written and produced music for such stars as Rihanna and Nick Lachey from the Backstreet Boys and performed in the opening act for Christina Aguilera. He’s entertained our Canadian troops in Afghanistan, toured across North America with Grammy-nominated piano sensation Jim Brickman (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John etc.) and most recently, served as an artist ambassador for the Government of Ontario, promoting tourism during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

website: https://www.lukemcmaster.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhok6IV81Mo

 

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Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Aretha Franklin Story

Monday, November 25, 2019 | 8:00pm

Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Aretha Franklin Story
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

Dr. Mike Daley and Jill Daley present another instalment of their popular lecture/concert series at Hugh’s Room Live with the Aretha Franklin Story. With classics like “Respect,” “I Say A Little Prayer” and “Chain Of Fools,” Aretha Franklin was the undisputed Queen of Soul. Her life and music are the subject of Mike and Jill Daley’s latest lecture/concert in their popular Hugh’s Room Live series.

Mike Daley is a musicologist and sought-after lecturer on popular music history and his wife Jill is a full-time pianist at Canada’s National Ballet School and Musician-In-Residence at Church of the Redeemer. Joining Mike and Jill this evening will be the electrifying Karen Weigold, backed by Laurel Tubman and Tahirih Vejdani.

These performances typically sell out quickly, so advance tickets are STRONGLY recommended.

website: https://mikedaleymusic.com
website: https://jilldaley.ca

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Celebrating Jackie Washington’s 100th Birthday

FILMING NOTICE-

This performance will be filmed for promotional use by Hugh’s Room Live.

 

Sunday, November 17, 2019 | 2:00pm

Celebrating Jackie Washington’s 100th Birthday
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

Doors: 12:30pm
Brunch: 1:00pm
Performance: 2:00pm

* Please note that cameras will be on-site for the performance to record the event for promotional purposes. If you wish not to be on camera, please let the host know up entry. Apologies for any inconvenience, folks. 

Jackie Washington was born 100 years ago and we’re celebrating his life and music with a special afternoon concert including Sneezy WatersChris WhiteleyJohn SheardVictor Bateman and host Ken Whiteley.This concert will celebrate the release of “The World Of Jackie Washington”, a new cd of 22 unreleased performances with contributions from Colin Linden, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Mose Scarlett, Graham Townsend, Reg Schwager and producer Ken Whiteley, and the package also includes the documentary DVD, I Want To Be Happy.
Jackie Washington was born on November 12, 1919 in Hamilton, ON., the second oldest of 13 children. He began performing at age 5 and over his almost 90 years gave untold happiness to thousands of people across Canada.  Right after the Second World War he became Canada’s first black disc jockey.  He had a repertoire of over 1,256 songs as well as a remarkable memory for people, places, birthdays and trains among many other things.  His song “Alone In The Dark” from the Juno nominated recording he made with Mose Scarlett and Ken Whiteley, was selected by the Canada Council as one of the songs honoured to mark 100 years of recorded music in Canada. He was a living connection to early African Canadian music, the swing era and much more. He received many awards and honours including an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster U., but it was his positive attitude to life that really made him so loved.
The legendary Sneezy Waters is another national treasure.  From his early years performing with the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Susan Jains and many others to “His Excellent Band” with which he toured to every province and territory in the 1970’s.  He is perhaps most well known for his title role in Hank Williams – The Show He Never Gave, which toured across Canada, the United States and Europe.  He won the Best Actor award at the 3e Festival du Film Musical in Grenoble, France for his role in the film version of the Hank show.  An expression of his long friendship with Jackie Washington including getting Jackie to appear in the film and sing “Mind Your Own Business”.
Chris Whiteley has carved a unique path playing trumpet and swing music in the folk world, making a mark as a songwriter in the blues world and is most often seen performing these days with his wife, the wonderful singer Diana Braithwaite.  Chris has won multiple Maple Blues Awards as a horn player, songwriter and winner of the Blues With A Feeling Lifetime Achievement honour.  He played with Jackie Washington many times, including on most of his recordings and embodies that positive attitude to life.
John Sheard was one of Jackie Washington’s favourite piano players with his imaginative sensitivity, his profound knowledge of older jazz styles, his technical expertise and his good humour.  For most of Stuart MacLean’s long run with the Vinyl Cafe, John was the musical director and band leader and in that role performed hundreds of radio shows and live concerts in every part of Canada.  He is also an accomplished record producer and session musician.  Look for the twinkle in his eye as he tinkles the ivories.
Victor Bateman is a highly accomplished string bass player.  He has led his own contemporary jazz ensembles, large improvised music groups and along with the late Justin Haynes and David Baxter, Another Country, a wacky group that pushed the envelope of country music. He has recorded with many people including the Whiteley Brothers and he currently tours with Murray MacLachlan.  He plays bass on most of the cuts on “The World Of Jackie Washington”.
Ken Whiteley is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and powerful singer, as well as very successful record producer. He first saw Jackie Washington live at the Orillia Winter Folk Festival in early 1966. Ken admits that he didn’t initially know what to make of Jackie. However his mind was opened when the great singer, Geoff Muldaur, who was in Orillia playing with Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band, commented that Jackie was one of the best scat singers he had ever heard.  Over the following years Ken would play with Jackie every chance he got at summer festivals (Home County in London, Northern Lights in Sudbury, Festival of Friends in Hamilton,) and they would hang out together at the festival after-parties where they would invariably be up playing until the wee hours. In 1975, when Jackie made his first long play album called “Blues and Sentimental” he was accompanied by Ken, Chris Whiteley and fellow Original Sloth Band members. In 1986, Ken had the idea to make a recording with Jackie and another friend Mose Scarlett. The process of recording “Where Old Friends Meet”, stretched out over a number of years and by the time of its release in 1991, the three of them began a new phase as Scarlett, Washington and Whiteley.  As they began to tour together Ken’s appreciation of the scope of Jackie’s repertoire grew. He knew that it would be an important cultural document if he could get Jackie back into the studio so when time and money permitted, they spent a number of days over the next decade-and-a-half recording.  “The World Of Jackie Washington” includes previously unreleased cuts from some of those recording sessions.

* All-you-can-eat brunch ($25) not included in ticket price
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Etta James Tribute

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 8:30pm

Etta James Tribute
$40 Advance / $45 Door

PRESENTED BY
BluesIn’ Toronto

HOSTED BY
Danny Marks

FEATURING VOCALISTS
Crystal Shawanda
Cheryl Lescom
Quisha Wint
Miss Emily
Shahi Teruko

Few female R&B stars enjoyed the kind of consistent acclaim Etta James received throughout a career that spanned six decades; the celebrated producer Jerry Wexler once called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers,” and she recorded a number of enduring hits, including “At Last,” “Tell Mama,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and “All I Could Do Was Cry.” At the same time, despite possessing one of the most powerful voices in music, James only belatedly gained the attention of the mainstream audience, appearing rarely on the pop charts despite scoring 30 R&B hits, and she lived a rough-and-tumble life that could have inspired a dozen soap operas, battling drug addiction and bad relationships while outrunning a variety of health and legal problems.

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The Jitters

Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 8:30PM

The Jitters
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Always fun, funny, irreverent and rockin’, The Jitters return to Hugh’s Room Live after an 18-month absence. Snarky, sarcastic, the pop-rockers may not look like they did in their heyday but they deliver a great evening of laughs and catchy songs.

The Jitters (singer Blair Packham, guitarist Danny Levy and bassist Matthew Greenberg) originally formed in 1981. They recorded with super-producer Bob Ezrin, made an independent video in 1984 for the song “Take Me As I Am” and eventually got a record deal with Capitol-EMI Music of Canada. Along the way, they picked up David Quinton Steinberg on drums (who has been the driving force behind the band’s latter-day reunions). In 1986, The Jitters opened for Huey Lewis and the News at the Canadian National Exhibition, tied for third place in Q107’s Homegrown Contest with the song “Last of the Red Hot Fools.” They opened for The Kinks, The Byrds, Kim Mitchell, Rik Emmett, and in 1988, they played support for Heart on their UK tour, ending the tour with three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena. Nominated for a Juno Award that spring, the Jitters flogged their debut album across Canada, and then began writing for their second album with producer Jules Shear.

With a total of 5 Top 20 hits in Canada to their credit, the Jitters are enjoying playing together again, and looking forward to the release of the Universal Music best-of compilation which will include two new songs.

Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sgWpUuaDRM

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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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Monkey House

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 8:30pm

Monkey House
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00

Sophisticated musicianship, imaginative lyrics, and a flair for melody are signatures of the sound of Monkey House, a sound that has earned the group serious critical acclaim, peer respect, and a steadily expanding international following.

Those characteristics are again evident on Friday, set for release on ALMA Records July 26, 2019. It is the fifth full-length release from the L.A./Toronto combo that has just celebrated the notable milestone of 25 years of playing together. That rare longevity has resulted in an invaluable empathy in the musical interactions of the core members: singer/songwriter/keyboardist Don Breithaupt, drummer Mark Kelso, bassist Pat Kilbride, and guitarist Justin Abedin.

Monkey House founder Breithaupt explains: “Because I’ve been working with Justin, Pat and Mark for so long, I have such a good feel for what they do well. I can play to their strengths, I can take a polaroid of something in my studio and have a pretty good idea of how it’ll pan out when the band sinks its teeth into it.”

Also contributing prominently to Friday is the elite Toronto horn section of William Sperandei, Vern Dorge, John Johnson, William Carn and Tony Carlucci, as well as percussionist Art Avalos.

Adding to the comfort level in the studio for the recording of Friday was the return of the team of co-producer Peter Cardinali and engineer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey, reprising their roles from previous Monkey House records. Cardinali also plays bass on four tracks.

All but two of the tracks on Friday are solo Don Breithaupt compositions. He co-wrote  “Say It For The Last Time,” with Chris Smith (ex-Regatta) and Guido Luciani, while “Book Of Liars” is a cover of a song by Steely Dan’s Walter Becker. “As a lifelong Steely Dan fan, Walter’s death hit me hard,” says Don. “I thought it’d be a nice gesture to do one of his.”

Breithaupt is a prolific songwriter who collaborates regularly with such acclaimed songsmiths as Marc Jordan, Jay Graydon, and (his NYC-based brother) Jeff Breithaupt. He explains that the stress on solo compositions on Friday “had to do with getting songs that felt like they belonged together. When they are coming from multiple sources, it’s harder to make them all feel integrated.”

The generous 12-song collection certainly does sound cohesive, while possessing enough musical twists and turns to keep things interesting. Don terms Friday “an album that may be more rhythmically-based than any of the previous ones. For the last album [2016’s Left], I made a concerted effort to write each song at the piano. With this one, I was often looping rhythms and playing along with grooves, even on the first day of writing. When you have a rhythm going, it gives everything momentum.”

“A couple of songs here show more of an ’80s influence from bands like The Police and XTC. It still sounds like Monkey House, but it’s fun to stir in a couple of extra ingredients each time and see how they mix in. If you’re thinking of Friday on a compass, it has moved a few degrees towards R&B, soul and blues as opposed to some songs on earlier albums that were more poppy or Beatles-derived.”

As has become the norm on Monkey House records, Friday features some notable guests. Guitarist Drew Zingg (Boz Scaggs) and trumpeter Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan) have guested on previous albums and make tasteful contributions here, as does Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri. Ground Up artist Lucy Woodward (Rod Stewart) adds background vocals throughout, while famed vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer add their magic to the choruses of “The Jazz Life.”

Don explains, “I’m proud to say The Manhattan Transfer have been big fans of Monkey House for a while. Their presence is a major vote of confidence for me, as I’ve loved their stuff since the seventies. It’s hard to mistake the sound of those four incredible voices together.”

One song sure to provoke discussion is “10,000 Hours,” described by Don as “a winking spoof” of Malcolm Gladwell’s famed maxim. “You have to do the right stuff, not just put in the time,” he stresses. The tune features both funk and Latin feels, with Lettieri soloing in both styles.

Don notes, “I have a tradition of having at least one poppy, quirky, outlier track on an album. This time, it’s ‘(I Wanna Ride) Shotgun,’ which is designed to be fun and funky and stick in people’s heads.” It’s a tune as warm and breezy as a Malibu drive in a vintage convertible.

Equally catchy is “I’ll Drive, You Chill,” an engaging tale of a woman leaving her “pet-friendly pharmacy” life plan behind as she takes to the road in search of adventure with a total stranger. The song vividly showcases Breithaupt’s skill in creating intriguing characters and narratives.

As for the album’s title, Don explains, “As I was looking for a thread in the new material, I noticed the word Friday coming up in the lyrics. I thought, ‘This is our fifth album, and Friday is the fifth day of the week. That’s a nice tie-in.’ Plus, I was born on a Friday, and Friday is the ‘go out and enjoy’ night of the week.”

The ever-increasing audience for Monkey House music is gratifying for Breithaupt. “It means I have the luxury of putting the band at the top of my work pile, where it belongs,” he stresses. “I can put in the time and try to have every record outdo the last one.”

Monkey House has done exactly that with Friday, an album that rewards listening every day of the week.

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Brian Auger

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 8:30pm

Brian Auger
Advance: $30.00 / Doors: $35.00

The legendary Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express has returned. The famed B3 and keyboard player, has created a distinct voice that combines jazz, rock, soul and funk, that is clearly recognizable to his millions of fans. With over 20 albums to his name and lengthy stints on the RCA and Warner Bros. labels, Brian Auger has accumulated Grammy Nominations, 10 albums charting in Billboards Hot 100, a #1 single, and the title of “The Godfather of Acid Jazz”. Brian’s bands over the years have featured Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and even Jimi Hendrix. In addition, Brian has recorded with great luminaries as The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Eric Burdon and Down To The Bone. The latest incarnation of the Oblivion Express is a family affair featuring Karma Auger on drums and Ali Auger on vocals, who live up to the Auger name and make the Oblivion Express smoke. Rave reviews and demands for return engagements follow this artist wherever he goes…

Don’t miss this one, folks. Tickets available right now until they’re gone.

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Oakland Stroke: A Tribute to Tower of Power

Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 7:30PM

Oakland Stroke: A Tribute to Tower of Power
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

Experience the sound and soul of Tower Power along with their greatest horn hits of the 1970s as local supergroup, Oakland Stroke, takes the stage at Hugh’s Room Live April 7, 2019.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Oakland Stroke faithfully recreates the music of fabled Bay-Area soul band, Tower of Power. The ten-piece band is led by Lou Pomanti and Tony Carlucci. Expect to hear not only the biggest jams from Tower of Power, but other funky icons from that era, including Blood, Sweat and Tears, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Oakland Stroke is…

Lou Pomanti (organ)
Tony Carlucci (trumpet)
George St. Kitts/Jivaro Smith (vocals)
John Johnson tenor (sax)
Marc Rogers/Steve Lucas (bass)
John Findlay /Lou Bartolomucci (guitar)
Steve McDade/Chris Howells (trumpet)
John Panchyshyn (tenor sax, vocals)
Pol Coussee/Simon Wallis (baritone sax)
Steve Heathcote/Bryan Humphreys (drums)
Bernie Sandor (sound)