Saturday, August 09, 2008


Ok, the bad news first. Looks like our days at the Anchorage are numbered. As a matter of fact, November 1st will be our "Last Shuffle". This means there's less than three months of Saturday night shows left. We've been so lucky to have the Anchorage put up with us for five long years, and truthfully, who knows where the NRS will end up when it's all over. We may find a new home in NOTL [Niagara-on-the-Lake] if we can, but truthfully, how many venues are there that would support such an endeavour?

So, this could be your last chance to hear some of the greatest and most diverse artists from all over Ontario. So don't put it off until next week! Come early and come often! The good news is that our Live at the Anchorage, Volume 2.0 CD will be released in about 4- 6 weeks and just like Volume 1.0, it's got some really great stuff on it! And, of course, there's this Saturday night...

Niagara Rhythm Section featuring really great guests you've probably never heard of...

The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, 905-468-2141

Every Saturday night - 9:45ish -

No cover.

This week: SAT., AUG.9th: Martin Alex Aucoin and Paul Martin

This week we welcome back Martin Alex Aucoin and Paul Martin. These guys have serious credentials. Chances are pretty good that you have never heard of Martin Alex Aucoin (unless you've seen him here at the Anchorage). He’s an accomplished pianist and vocalist, composer, arranger and producer, who has made his living for years as a side and session man in places like Nashville and Toronto. He's got a new CD titled, So Far. Check it out at:

"Man, he can, outright, play" is what you hear about Martin Aucoin. He doesn’t just play, he lets you hear what he’s saying. Martin has played keyboards in numerous bands around Toronto, including Johnny Max, Morgan Davis, and Jack DeKeyzer, before moving to Nashville in 1990. He then toured with BJ Thomas for a year and a half. He also played on recording sessions for George Strait, Garth Brooks, Confederate Railroad, and John Michael Montgomery. He has played live with Larry Carlton, Tony Joe White, Bo Diddley, Ricky Van Shelton, Alan Jackson, Alex Harvey, the Drifters, Mark O'Connor, as well as having a four-year gig at the Grand Ole Opry with Jimmy C. Newman, the great Cajun singer. Despite all that, he's a real down to earth guy and we have a ball every time he's here.

Paul Martin is also going to be here with us on Saturday. Known for his work in The Blushing Brides and The Dylan Tree, he's been in numerous bands over the years. He always wows us with his superb guitar playing, great singing and a huge library of classic rock tunes you forgot you ever knew.

Other dates coming up:

Sat., Aug 16 - NRS @ the Beehive presents:


Memorial Park Pool & Pavilion, NOTL - 6 - 10:30 pm

Sat., Sept 6 - NRS @Southside Shuffle, Pt. Credit

Sat., Sept 13th - Penner MacKay's 3rd annual "Drums Along the Niagara" drum festival

Navy Hall, NOTL

All-day event -

Saturday, September 27 - the Beehive presents:


Simcoe Park Bandshell, NOTL - 1 - 9:30 pm

And more musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage, NOTL

The Niagara Rhythm Section with special guests:

Aug 16th - Espanola Slim & Eric Mahar
Aug 23rd - Bruce Longman
Aug 30th - Ed Kopala
Sept 6th - Blair Packham & Steve Grisbrook
Sept 13th - Lance Anderson on the B3 & Steve Grisbrook on guitar
Sept 20th - Gayle Ackroyd & Ed Kopala
Sept 27th - Johnny Max & Steve Grisbrook
Oct 4th - Chuck Jackson & Steve Grisbrook
Oct 11th - Bob McNiven (Whiskey Jack), Howard Willett (Bebop Cowboys) &
Pineapple Frank Barth (he's just legendary!)
October 18th- Mark & Paul Lalama
October 25th - Denis Keldie & Neil Chapman
November 1st - "The Last Shuffle" - our final night at the Anchorage. It's going to be a big bash!

If you missed our shows lately, you can now see the Niagara Rhythm Section live and other homemade videos at:

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