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Bringing In The New Year With Live Music

If you’re looking for live music to bring in the New Year with, here are some local options:

(many of them are sold out already, so check before you go)

Higher Funktion will be bringing in the new year at Heartwood Concert Hall.  This is where you go to shake your booty and shake off the old year.  They’ll have the party favours, snacks and the midnight bubbly but best of all they’ll have the music of this band with their mix of funk, pop and even reggae.

You can get a taste of funk as well at the Owen Sound Legion where The Honey Hammers ring in the new year with dancing to some great musicians.  Led by the duo vocals of Sylvie Weir and Josie Elder, the band includes Kimmer T on bass, Mike Weir on drums and Trevor MacKenzie on lead guitar.

If you’re looking for a black tie gala to do it up right, join the Rat Pack at Gustav’s Chophouse at the Georgian Bay Hotel for a luxury dinner and dance.  Chef Jeff Anderson and his team have created some culinary delights for a special menu and on stage is MEMORIES OF THE RAT PACK with a tribute to the three most famous members of The Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. in two 50 minute acts with stories and songs. As a bonus, everyone gets a $10 cab voucher for a ride home from Ace Cabs.

The party band Switchbeat will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Harbour Street Fish Bar.  Take in the four-course dinner starting at 6 pm or come later just for the band, the party favours and the midnight champagne toast.  Switchbeat underwent at slight lineup change a month ago when founding member Jennifer Little left the band.

She’s been replaced by Nikki Ponte.  Born in Toronto, Nikki made a name for herself in Greece and Cyprus, where she came third in The X Factor, was signed to Sony, and competed in the Eurovision Song Contest.  Now back in Canada, she brings considerable chops to fill the gap in Swichbeat.

The Beckett Family returns to the Roxy Theatre for two shows on New Year’s Eve, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  As a duo, Linsey and her brother Tyler have performed throughout Ontario with their blend of traditional country music, old time fiddling and step dancing. It’s a family tradition for The Beckett family who have been entertaining for three generations.  The show at the Roxy also welcomes special guests Kelly Prescott, Devan Ballagh and Stan Beckett.

Local Players Excited To Be Doing The Last Waltz

The latest production at Meaford Hall by Chris Scerri, a tribute to The Last Waltz scheduled for November 25th, is a bit of a departure from his previous productions.  Up to this point he has put together variety shows that combined local and imported talent, built mainly around the talents of musical director Tyler Yarema and others from the Port Credit area that Chris has introduced to Meaford.  This time around it will be all local talent, some of the best that our area offers, under the musical direction of keyboard player John Hume.

For each member of this tribute band, The Band and their iconic farewell concert both hold special significance.

“It was a magic moment in music history,” says Chris Scerri, “that allowed for some of the most influential modern day artists to get together for the ultimate Jam.”  He adds that the DVD of the concert movie is one which, “I can watch time and time again, and continue to be inspired by both the musical talents and the show itself.”

The Last Waltz was the name Robbie Robertson gave to the farewell concert of The Band, performed on American Thanksgiving Day in 1976 at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.  A film of the concert by Martin Scorcese was released in 1978 and was hailed by film critic Michael Wilmington as “the greatest rock concert movie ever made – and maybe the best rock movie, period”  Time bears that out, with the influence of the movie being felt almost forty years later.

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.

The Thursday Outlook – June 15 to 18, 2017

It’s always special when Victoria Yeh joins Chris Scerri at the Thursday Night Leeky Open Stage as she will tonight.  She is usually willing to play along with anyone who asks and she is so talented and adaptable she adds a sheen to anything she accompanies, no matter what the style.  The Leeky open mic starts at 9 now instead of 8 pm.

Don’t forget the other open stages that happen throughout our area every week.  There are so many talented musicians locally an open stage is always a good bet.  It makes for a great night out during the week, and there’s never a cover.  Also on Thursday, Dave Russell regularly rocks out at the Corner Café open stage in Thornbury.  Sunday afternoons at The Barn Coop are always inspiring, and on Tuesday nights Brianna McGowan hosts at Molly Blooms in The Village at Blue.  Wednesday’s at Bruce Wine Bar is always crowded with Drew McIvor hosting an open mic.

Then there’s the granddaddy of all open mics every Wednesday at Ted’s Range Road Diner, the place where our area’s most impressive musicians learned their chops over the many years it’s been happening.  Last night was a particularly auspicious night because Tara Mackenzie, indisputably the best vocalist for miles around (many miles, including the GTA) was able to perform again after being sidelined for many months by a concussion.  This is good news for fans of the Mackenzie Blues Band, which may soon see them back in full force, with the combination of killer guitar from Trevor Mackenzie and those incredible vocals from the Tara.

Other legendary local favourites, Tinman and The Flying Monkeys, will be at The Leeky on Saturday night.

Saturday night also brings some impressive artists, fresh from European tours, to some out-of-the-way venues in the area.  Christina Martin will be at Massie Hall on Saturday night, with a special appearance from Matt Epp.  And in Desboro, Ben Kunder and Sarah MacDougall join forces at the Desboro Music Hall.  They toured Ireland, Italy, UK, the Netherlands last fall and now they are in our area.

Friday night the place to be is Heartwood Hall to dance to K.C. Roberts and the Live Revolution, an 8-piece funk band that has excited fans and critics for years, being  compared to  Earth, Wind and Fire, Sly and The Family Stone, Tower of Power, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Review the listings on the right side of this page to find a long list of favourites who play often in our area so you can go check them out for the first time or revisit what you know will be a great performance.

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