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Midge Ure

Friday, January 31, 2020 | 8:30pm

Tom Dertinger / Fusion Arts Present: UK Recording Artist Midge Ure
$35 Advance / $40 Door *

An artist who has received Ivor Novello, Grammy, BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs very little introduction. Musical success is seldom measured in time spans of more than a few years, if not Andy Warhol’s often quoted “fifteen minutes”, so the fact that by the time Midge’s single “If I Was” went to No1 in 1985 he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career speaks volumes – Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous one off group in musical history Band Aid had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation.

Then you have to take account of Midge’s musical directorship of a series of rock concerts for The Prince’s Trust, Night of the Proms, Wicked Women for Breakthrough and in honour of Nelson Mandela; record production for Phil Lynott, Steve Harley and countless others; his video direction of memorable hits by the Fun Boy Three, Bananarama and others, or a whole swathe of landmark singles by Ultravox; TV, theatre and film music credits ranging from ‘Max Headroom’ to stage and big screen.

His influence on the sounds of the 1980’s are undeniable. We couldn’t be happier to present to Toronto the incomparable Midge Ure on Friday, January 31, 2019. Tickets available right now.

website: http://www.midgeure.co.uk/?LMCL=KtblER&LMCL=bMYOoR&LMCL=KtblER
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx-Mho3qU2I

 


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Celebrating the Music of Tina Turner

Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 8:30pm

Celebrating the Music of Tina Turner
$35 Advance / $40 Door *

Tina Turner is the unofficial queen of rock ‘n’ roll and one of the world’s best selling artists of all time. This winter, we are going to take you on a journey from the start of her career beginning in the mid-fifties right up into the modern era. In just ninety minutes non-stop energetic show like you’ve never seen before here at Hugh’s Room Live

This spectacular show will feature Toronto’s R&B Vocalist Quisha Wint with special guests Gospel Contemporary Recording Artist Karen Jewels, Toronto R&B Jazz Soul man Justin Bacchus alongside a SEVEN-piece high energy band: Shamakah Ali, Roger Williams, Joe Palawan, Duff Musiq. Background Vocalists: Michelle White, Joanne Harris and Jill Zadeh.

website: http://www.quishawint.com/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RASBg4R_BU

 

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Ken Whiteley Gospel Brunch

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | 2:00pm

Ken Whiteley Gospel Brunch
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

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

Ken Whiteley is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and powerful singer, as well as very successful record producer. His regular brunch series at Hugh’s Room Live has become a cornerstone of the Hugh’s Room Live music calendar. Join us on January 19 as the man himself brings together another cast of renowned gospel musicians and vocalists to rejoice in the sounds of Sunday.

Artists TBA

* All-you-can-eat brunch ($25) not included in ticket price
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Sweet Baby James: A Tribute to James Taylor

Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 8:30PM

Sweet Baby James: A Musical Tribute to James Taylor
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit in 1971 with his recording of “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by Carole King in the same year. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. Every album that he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over 1 million copies. He enjoyed a resurgence in chart performance during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road, and Covers). He achieved his first number-one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.

He is known for his popular covers of other people’s songs, such as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” and the aforementioned “You’ve Got A Friend”, as well as originals such as “Fire and Rain” and too many more to mention is an event description.

Michael Wrycraft is a Juno-Award Winning graphic designer / art director / photographer who specializes in music. Join us for a night sharing songs and stories behind this amazing writer.

 

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Eric Andersen and Scarlet Rivera

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 8:30PM

Eric Andersen and Scarlet Rivera
Advance $30.00 / Door $35.00 *

Eric Andersen
Eric Andersen, one of the founding fathers of the great American Folk Family, continues to evolve and reinvent himself.  It’s as though he has an unquenchable thirst to create new works and adapt the works of other literary icons of the past. For me that is the mark of a true artist, constantly moving the finish line and looking for new ways to express himself and not fearful of taking the great works of others and translating them into song in his own undeniable fashion.

Andersen is the most elegant of singers.” – Rolling Stone
A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” – The New York Times
Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer and writer.” – Bob Dylan

 

Scarlet Rivera
Scarlet Rivera is a talented and accomplished American violinist. She is best known for her work with Bob Dylan, in particular on his album Desire and as part of the Rolling Thunder Revue.

Bob Dylan is often credited for discovering Scarlet before the rehearsal for his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. After a session with her, Dylan invited her to play on the “Rolling Thunder Revue” tour.

Scarlet has multiple CD’s as a composer in numerous styles, instrumental, New Age, Celtic and world music. Scarlet has performed in the US, Europe and Japan with her Celtic group. She also recorded and performed with Tracy Chapman, Indigo Girls, Kori Linae Carothers, Keb Mo and others. Scarlet was a soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and the Carnival of Venice, Italy. She continues to be an active recording artist, performer and composer, and we’re over the moon she’ll be joining Eric Andersen on stage at Hugh’s Room Live on Tuesday, January 19, 2019. Tickets are on sale right now.

 

 

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Sammy Miller and The Congregation

Monday, January 13, 2020 | 8:30PM

Sammy Miller and The Congregation
Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission, crisscrossing the country like a vaudevillian revival show with evangelic fervor for music. The seven-piece band is pulling people out of their solitary lives and putting them in the moment with a bracing dose of joyful jazz performed with infectious theatricality. The New York City-based, familial collective has captured its frenetic energy and unflinchingly optimistic songwriting on its debut album, Leaving Egypt.

“We want to get people back in a room together,” Sammy Miller says. “I love the idea of being unhinged, sincere, vulnerable, and breaking down walls through humor. Music is an uplifting gift, and I want to be generous in sharing it with people.”

Sammy Miller and The Congregation has been described as a mashup of the sensibilities of Ben Folds and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The band freely mixes vocal and instrumental tracks live and on record, asking the audience to go along for the ride with the lead melody being carried by vocalists half the time, and instruments the other half.

The seven-piece group is a community of adventurous and charismatic superstar musicians who are conservatory-trained but who have not lost their childlike wonder and awe for playing music. The band lineup is Sammy Miller, drums and vocals; Sam Crittenden, trombone; Ben Flocks, tenor sax; Sammy’s sister Molly Miller on guitar; Alphonso Horne, trumpet; Corbin Jones, bass and tuba; and David Linard, piano. Independently, the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, and Beyoncé.

Sammy convened the band in 2014, and 2015, he earned a Grammy Award nomination for his work as a drummer with Joey Alexander. Since the band’s inception, the Congregation has played nonstop around the world. Select highlights include performances at Umbria Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz At Lincoln Center, The White House, The Kennedy Center, Prokofiev Concert Hall in Russia, and at the Newport Jazz Festival where the group received a standing ovation. The seven-piece band has also garnered prime critical acclaim from such venerated outlets as Los Angeles Times, Wall Street JournalSF WeeklyVanity Fair and Jazz Journal, among other publications.

In addition to these accolades and accomplishments, the award-winning theatre incubator Ars Nova selected The Congregation for the “Makers Lab” to develop their genre-bending show, Great Awakening. Sammy Miller and the Congregation have also done an exuberant TEDx video illustrating their philosophy on jazz and showcasing their irresistible theatricality and musicality.

Sammy started playing drums at age five in a group with his five siblings. “After school we would teach ourselves rock songs, disco songs, and country songs — ”everything was fair game” he recalls. When he got a little older, he discovered an all-consuming love of comedy and jazz. As a kid, he’d go to the library and check out 30 CDs a time, alphabetically exploring the jazz section from Ahmad Jamal to Zoot Sims. He also became obsessed with comedians such as Chris Rock, Lenny Bruce, and Bobby Slayton. “I’ve always loved the risktakers in entertainment — the people who would rather get it real than right,” Sammy shares.

Starting his career at an improbably young age, Sammy was cast on Mad TV at 11 years of age. At 18, Sammy moved from LA to New York City; at 21 he started studying for his master’s in jazz at Juilliard. “When I was at Juilliard, I realized jazz couldn’t just live in a conservatory vacuum. It needed to provide its initial function of being an expansive creative outlet where the rules are there for you to break and improvisation went beyond notes and into an experience,” Sammy says.

He soon found a cadre of jazz students who felt similarly — outliers who were fiercely individual on their instruments, but also craved a manner of expression beyond the solo. “We all went to Juilliard and have these credentials, but we didn’t like the insular feeling of the jazz scene. We were seeking warmth and connection,” Sammy says. These misfit creatives descended on venues around NYC where the genre was not played. “I wanted to find a new audience,” Sammy says. “We played in dive bars where people were scared of jazz.”

Their live show grew to be something of a mix between a comedy troupe and a dazzling rock band that played a vigorously reimagined strain of jazz. “We let ourselves be free on the bandstand and we took the audience with us,” Sammy says. The band’s boundless energy, inclusive ideals, catchy songwriting, and revue style presentation made them a word-of-mouth buzz band. The septet expanded its reach through adopting the rock band philosophy of touring endlessly in a van to build a fanbase.

The Congregation’s 9-song debut album, Leaving Egypt, opens with the lone drum figure of “Searching For Ragtime.” Here, the music is stripped down to its essentials, its heartbeat. The journey from there spans rollicking gospel-tinged jazz, rowdy and funky New Orleans second-line music, smoky back alley blues-jazz, and stately balladry. The album concludes bookended with a tender solo piano track “When I’m Gone”.

Select album standouts include the singles “Shine,” “Date A Jew,” “Bluebird,” and “It Gets Better.” The track “Shine” boasts Sammy’s ingratiating vocals, undeniably uplifting lyrics, playful piano hooks, and an imaginative arrangement with dynamic horn and backup vocal-driven crescendos. Sammy sweetly tucks in some purposeful messaging in “Date A Jew.” This is a simmering narrative track that showcases the Congregation’s groove pocket and its subtle musical interplay. The balmy “Bluebird” exudes a Paul Simon-imbued folk elegance. “It Gets Better” bursts forth with a loping groove, and cleverly unfolds with moody passages that veer into the sunny side of the street.

Leaving Egypt was cut in four 16-hour days at the legendary United Studios where the many famed Count Basie sides were tracked. The band enlisted drummer extraordinaire Jay Bellerose (Alison Krauss, Ray LaMontagne, Robert Plant, B.B. King) to supervise and produce the proceedings.

The debut represents a milestone for Sammy Miller and the Congregation’s creative continuum. It captures the group’s vulnerability, communal nature, charming and warm wit, and playfully virtuosic musicality. “This is us,” Sammy says of the album. “I’m proud of it, and I’m eager to embark on our mission to bring joy to people’s lives through music.”

website: http://www.sammymillercongregation.com/

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOtXFbstD3A

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A Birthday Tribute to Elvis Featuring The Lustre Kings

Saturday, January 11, 2020 | 8:00PM

Cadillac Lounge Presents: A Birthday Tribute to Elvis Featuring The Lustre Kings
Advance $30.00 / Door $35.00 *

Long live the king.

With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, Elvis Presley ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture.

This January, we pay tribute to the king with a tribute by critically-acclaimed Lustre Kings from New York. Together with a specially curated group of featured musicians and singers, we’re going to celebrate his birthday in style. TIckets available right now.

The Lustre Kings
The Lustre Kings boast a devoted international fanbase and continue to perform over 150 dates a year, including regular stops at nightspots, festivals and casinos like Tip Top Deluxe, Skinny Dennis and The Continental Club; Viva Las Vegas, Heritage Folk Festival and the Rockin 50s Fest; and the Potawamoti Hotel. Gamsjager, a Gretsch guitars endorsee who has taught for the National Guitar Workshop, has been a guest at prestigious venues ranging from Kennedy Center (Washington DC) to the Montreal Jazz Fest.

Beginning with 1995’s Mark Gamsjager Rocks & The Lustre Kings Roll, the band staked a claim to a modern take on the reverb-driven sounds of early rock, leaning also on touchstones of country, blues and R&B. Other artists, like the famed “Queen of Rock,” Wanda Jackson, hear the authenticity in The Lustre Kings. Perhaps that’s why she hired Gamsjager and the group as her backing unit for many tours. “I have worked with many bands around the world through the years,” Jackson says, “and none are better than Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings. Their fine showmanship and musical ability make them the greatest in my book. They rock!!”


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Luke and the Apostles

Saturday, January 4, 2020 | 8:30PM

Luke and the Apostles
Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

Luke and the Apostles were a 1960s blues band known for their 1967 hit “Been Burnt.” Members included Luke Gibson, Mike McKenna, Peter Jermyn, Jim Jones, and Pat Little. They are considered to be innovators of the electric Blues. Many of the members from Luke and the Apostles would go on to form other notable Canadian bands, including McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Kensington Market, and the Modern Rock Quartet.

An iconic band from Yorkville scene in Toronto, the boys are finally back again, making a rare appearance at Hugh’s Room Live to kick off the new year in style. Tickets available right now.

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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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Wintergarten Orchestra

Monday, December 30, 2019 | 8:30pm

Wintergarten Orchestra
$30 Advance / $35 Door *

Wintergarten Orchestra is known and loved for delivering popular songs from the USA, Berlin and Paris during the roaring 1920’s and 1930’s. Their influences include Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Palast Orchestra. Needless to say, you’ll love this band if you’re a fan of movies like The Great Gatsby, Some Like it Hot Television series: Downton Abbey, Jeeves and Wooster or Boardwalk Empire.

This big collection of seasoned Toronto musicians are coming back to celebrate 2020 New Year’s Eve… somewhere in the world. We invite everyone to skip the madness of New Year’s Eve on the usual night, and join us for a night of spectacular music to ring it in ahead of the crowd. Brash horns, crooning vocals and soaring violins will take us back nearly a hundred years to the dawn of The Jazz Age!

website: https://wintergartenorchestra.com
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxAPBiF7Qmo&feature=youtu.be

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* Ticket price includes a glass of bubbly for an early new year’s toast