First Annual One Day Blues Revue - Saturday October 3rd - Victoria Hall Concert Hall
(PICTON REGENT THEATRE DOUBLE CHICAGO BLUES HEADER FRIDAY OCTOBER 2ND 8 PM)
Coming the first Saturday in October to Victoria Hall - Cobourg, the first annual one day Blues Revue! (only 230 seats available)
GREAT CANADIAN BLUES FROM 2-6PM (featuring RICK FINES), A BREAK FOR SUPPER AND THEN THE HEADLINERS, FROM CHICAGO START AT 8PM. WE HAVE ASSEMBLED SOME OF THE BEST BLUES ARTISTS ON THE PLANET! (Cabaret style, LCBO licensed event)
October 3rd will see Cobourg's first Annual Blues Revue! Headlining the day will be 2 Blues Greats from Chicago - MELVIN TAYLOR and STUDEBAKER JOHN.
Melvin Taylor has been called 'STUNNING!" by Jazztimes magazine, Rolling Stone says he's one of the best, and industry paper after paper cannot figure out why Melvin Taylor is not a household name.
Studebaker John, also out of Chicago, has played and recorded with the Yardbirds as well as the Pretty Things. On Studebaker John, the Chicago tribune says..."His harmonica work recalls past masters like Little Walter and Big Walter Horton while his slide guitar is descended from Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor (with whom he was friends). On top of that, John is a powerhouse singer and a talented songwriter who has several CD's out on the legendary Delmark label out of Chicago and produced multiple soundtracks.
Backing the two sets is journeyman drummer Kenny Coleman, who has played with everyone in Chicago and also worked with musical legends from Johnny Mathis to Koko Taylor. On bass, the master Felton Crews, who played with jazz icon Miles Davis for 7 years. This is a stellar line-up that is going thrill Blues and music lovers to the soul.
For the Canadian talent, we kept it local, as we have great musicians around with lots of Blues notches under their belt. Dave Mowat, Blues Harmonica great, has just confirmed. Dave spent 9 years out west making his living playing Blues, playing dozens of times with Canadian Blues great Big Dave McLean and Ben Sures. Dave was also featured on a CBC produced showcase called Wang Dang Doodle in Winnipeg. His performance is exceptional. His sound on harp is a nod to classic players like Little Walter and Walter Horton, while his strong vocals are more like Howlin' Wolf. He aint puttin' it on, that is the way he sings! Also confirmed are The Fabulous Tonemasters, aptly named, they pay attention to their sound. These guys have been playing Blues for years, and guitarist Gerry spent a number of years playing with Marty and the Mojos. Both acts can be found on myspace.
At 45, Rick Fines is a veteran of the folk and blues circuits in North America. In October 2005 Rick went to Alabama where he took first place in the Sweetgum Bottom Acoustic Blues Competition. His song "Riley Wants His Life Back" won first place in the blues category of 2003 International Songwriting Competition, with B.B. King one of the judges! He won the MapleBlues Award for Songwriter of the Year this year, Acoustic Act Of The Year twice (98, 99), and has received eight additional nominations. His work with Jackson Delta (for 15 years) brought nominations from both the Juno and the Handy Awards. He has played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins, songstress Colleen Peterson, folk icon Penny Lang and many others.
The tour will be Thursday, October 1st, Killaloe Lions Hall, Friday October 2nd, Picton Regent Theatre 8pm, tickets $26.50 and Saturday, October 3rd, Victoria Hall Concert Hall, 2-11:30pm with a two hour break for supper.
The Cobourg show will feature Canadian Blues artists all day with the Double Bill at night starting at 8:00 pm. Melvin and John will do their own set and then jam together at the end. Tickets are $39.95 and are available at Zap Records 20 King Street East Cobourg, toll free 1-877-562-2222 and the Victoria Hall Box Office 55 King Street West, 905-372-2210.
Here is more from the critics on Melvin Taylor..."One of the most exhilarating blues guitarists to emerge in the past decade...[he} is more a blues innovator than a purist, mixing jazz chords and rock influences into his tapestry of electric blues."Rolling Stone Magazine" A volcanic guitarist...the sort of virtuosity that drags an audience into a world of risks and chances and excitement."The New York Times"Taylor's arsenal consists of blinding speed, a feverish wah-wah pedal, a range of tones that leaps from groans to squeals, and notes bent so dramatically that his guitar sounds like it's retching. Taylor succeeds because he's a virtuoso who pushes the limits of his own skills."Living Blues Magazine" dizzying speed, stunning!"Jazz Times