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My Son The Hurricane Blows Into Clarksburg

All summer long there has been a hurricane blowing across Canada.  In May it hit Owen Sound and this Saturday it will descend on Clarksburg.  No need to hunker down, though.  Instead you want to jump up and dance.  It’s My Son the Hurricane, a big 14 piece band (half of that is the brass section!) that plays funk with a healthy mix of jazz and hip-hop thrown in.  It takes a lot for frontman Jacob Bergsma to ride that beast but he’s been earning kudos for his charisma and vocal chops. Earshot said, “The Hurricane sound is still a big, fun wall of brass, a propellant rhythm section and the hip hop styling’s of emcee Jacob Bersgma, who can playfully pluck every nerve in your body with his voice.”   

Even better, the band now includes a foil for Jacob in the form of Sylvie Kindree, the singer who  did so much to bring out the genius of Bryan Leckie’s songs on Kreuger Motel.  She’s  doubly valuable to the band, helping out drummer and de facto manager Danno O’Shea with a lot of the business load he has taken on for the band.

Meaford Hall is Brimming With Live Music This Fall

On Friday night, the last of the Meaford Summer Concert Series ended with a big Tom Barlow concert in the parking lot outside Meaford Hall.  But in the Opera House upstairs a full slate of great music is packed into the next few months.

The biggest show of the fall season, Jann Arden at Meaford Hall in October is already sold out, to no one’s surprise.  Already catching on with advance sales is the next big show from Chris Scerri, this time a tribute to The Last Waltz, a favourite concert movie from the seventies in which The Band featured an array of stars and friends.  For the Meaford Hall show, Chris has assembled the very best local talents to reproduce the excitement of the original, in a band comprised of Drew McIvor, Jayden Grahlman, Jon Zaslow, Beaker Granger, Jared Koop and John Hume .

While The Last Waltz uses local talent to reproduce the sixties, country music shows off our local country stars early in September at Meaford Hall in the Bruce Grey Country Jamboree Meaford Style.  Produced by Bognor Jam, the show is hosted by the True Country Show Band, who hosted last year’s Grand Ol’ Opry at the Music Hall of Fame Auditorium in Hepworth.  In addition to the True Heart Trio, this band of great country players will be backing up local Meaford talent.  Amanda Dorey and Scott Almond will both get a chance to perform in The Opera House with a great band.

Record Review – Kreuger Motel

“Kreuger Motel” by the Kreuger Band Dark Angel Music 2017 – Reviewed by Bill Monahan

I’m ready for the desert island.  You know that game when they ask you, if you were on a desert island with just one record, which record would it be?  I could never play it.  I like all kinds of music and the list would be too long.  There’s never been just one record that I think could satisfy me listening to it again and again alone on a desert island.   Until now, that is.  I’ve found my desert island disc – it’s Kreuger Motel.

Actually it’s three discs in one package, so maybe that’s cheating.  But it has everything I need for my musical listening.  I’ve never heard anything quite like this little purple package.

Krueger Motel is the latest release from Bryan Leckie and The Kreuger Band.  It contains thirty-five songs that he has written, in arrangements that include the cream of the crop of Owen Sound area musicians.  His distinctive voice, which floats between Bob Dylan and Dr. John, has a quality all its own but periodically gives way to vocals provided by The Kreuger Girls.  The songs all chug along with insinuating rhythms, mostly in the form of shuffles, boogies and blues.  Keyboard and guitars are more than just decorations; they create the fantastic moods and dreamscapes that are the essence of the recordings.

Steve Dickinson Revisits His Roots at Massie Hall

Local music fans, and particularly fans of Bob Segar, have a real treat in store this Friday at Massie Hall with a concert by Steve Dickinson.  This is a return to his roots for Steve, who grew up in nearby Elsinore, learning his vocal chops by listening to the records of Bob Segar among others.  He was the first performer to play at Massie Hall thirteen years ago when a local non-profit group bought the historic schoolhouse from the school board to create a community centre and local musician Pete Miller (May Contain Nuts) approached them with the idea of putting on concerts there.  “If I remember right,” says Steve, “I sold him the PA there.”

Steve served on the board of Summerfolk and performed there.  “For many people it seems performing at Summerfolk is seen as the pinnacle for them,” said Steve, “but I saw it as a launching pad”.  He went from there to showcases in Nashville and, over the years has recorded four albums of his own songs.

Steve had grown up playing music locally.  “Steve Richie (Tanglefoot and RPR) was the drummer in my first band,” he says.  He played around a lot with a group that included Rob Richie (Tanglefoot and RPR), Sandra Swannell (Tanglefoot and My Sweet Patootie), and Roger Williamson, who will be joining him at this concert.

“He is a great talent,” says Steve, “He and I have done some duos over the years and I feel very fortunate that he will be sitting in with me.”  Performing at Massie Hall this time around was suggested to him by Bryan Leckie (The Kreuger Band) and his is looking forward to the opportunity to play some of his own songs in an acoustic performance.  “I’m glad I’ve got some new material to play,” he says, “I’m going to tell some stories about my escapades and sing my songs.”

He also appreciates that this area is a hotbed of exceptional talent, and it’s changed since he was young, with a lot more venues open to original music.

And he has some great stories to tell.  His most recent adventures include singing on a tribute album of songs written by the legendary Glasgow songwriter Frankie Miller, joining a stellar international cast that includes Willie Nelson, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh, Huey Lewis, Kid Rock and many more household names.  The fact that Steve, the only Canadian and not exactly a household name, was included in the project speaks to his talent, particularly his powerful voice.