Wednesday April 26 – For Immediate Release
Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5 the Friends of Richard Newell, The Hamilton Spectator, Oldies 1150 and View Magazine present the 9th annual “Blues With a Feeling” Concert and Blues Cruise. The shows pay tribute to the late Richard Newell a.k.a. King Biscuit Boy and proceeds fund the Richard Newell Scholarship in the music department of Mohawk College.
The Saturday night concert at the Leander Boat Club in Hamilton is like a one day Blues Festival with four headlining acts. Jack DeKeyzer has long been associated with Richard Newell and was prominently featured on a number of King Biscuit Boy recordings. His latest CD recorded at the Corktown Tavern in Hamilton garnered Jack his second Juno for Blues Album of the Year. He is also the winner of multiple Maple Blues Awards. This is his much anticipated first appearance at Blues With a Feeling. Fathead headlined the show in 2006 and are back by popular demand. They are also two time Juno winners and hold a trunkload of Maple Blues Awards individually and as a group. The Cameo Blues Band are legends on the southern Ontario rockin’ blues scene. Formed in the 1970’s by Crowbar keyboard player Ray “Rabbit” Harrison and Downchild Blues Band vocalist “Hock” Walsh they are named for their long stint as the house band in the Cameo Lounge of the Hotel Isabella in Toronto. For over thirty years they have been bringing down the house with their own brand of boogie. Finally Danny Lockwood’s Favourite Grooves are also back after their sensational debut at Blues With a Feeling 2009. They’re an indescribable gumbo of jazz, blues, latin music, reggae and a large dose of Hamilton soul. Led by drummer Danny Lockwood they are an aggregation that includes some of the most respected players on the scene today. As always Eddie Cookie (Ronnie Copple), an original member of Richard Newell’s Chessmen band of the 1960’s will be there to musically greet everyone. The concert begins at 8 PM and doors open at 7:30. Admission is $25.
The party continues on Sunday with Trickbag’s Blues Cruise of the Hammer – a three hour boat ride/ blues concert on Hamilton Bay. The popular Hamilton band, which backed King Biscuit Boy for a number of years, will be joined by a few special guests including another King Biscuit veteran Sonny Del Rio on sax and one of Canada’s most respected keyboard players Denis Keldie. The $35 admission price for this licensed event also includes food. The party casts off at 6 PM
Tickets for the Leander concert go on sale April 29 at Chedoke Flowers, The Hamilton Spectator, Dr. Disc, Picks and Sticks, Stardust Records, and Looney Tunes (in Burlington). Blues Cruise tickets are only available at Chedoke Flowers. For more information, contact Rob Platsko at firstname.lastname@example.org.