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Parkdale Funk To Fill Heartwood Hall This Weekend

This Saturday, K.C Roberts and The Live Revolution are bringing “Parkdale Funk” to the Heartwood Concert Hall.  The Parkdale neighbourhood in Toronto has a reputation as a breeding ground for lively and varied musical talent, and some of them have been bringing that special energy here to Southern Georgian Bay.  Last week at Heartwood it was Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party, this week it’s the 8-piece funk band Live Revolution, winners of the 2007 Toronto Independent Music Award for the best live act.  Heartwood Hall is the ideal venue for a band like this; no other room in the area can accommodate the kind of energy this band delivers.  Exclaim! Magazine raves that Parkdale Funk 1 is filled with “wickedly contagious grooves…truly smoking J.B.’s- and Tower of Power-inspired horn charts, sick guitar soloing and colourful keyboard touches.”

In 2011 the band turned to crowdfunding to finance a double album called Parkdale Funk 2: Sides, and their fan base was so strong that they raised over $26,000, more than three times the budget of their two previous releases combined.  It allowed them to bring in over forty friends to help out on the album, a testament to the vibrancy of the Parkdale music scene.  As Roberts told Michael Warren at Exclaim! at the time, “We’re eight people, and then all of the sudden there are all these people in the room for different things. It doesn’t feel like a band that’s just hiring strangers, it feels like people we know, our friends. I think the craziest biggest parts were the strings. I’ve never had strings on anything I’ve ever done, and it was like 12 strings — eight violins, two violas, two cellos. That sound, you hear it all the time, but when you hear it and it’s something you wrote, it’s like “holy cow!” There was also this day where we had a big band day. That sound was just so powerful and so smart and encompasses all of these different harmonic things. So to have that in a room was unreal. It was a really cool artistic project and it seemed like all the people we knew in the community around us came and helped.”

Coral Andrews of the Waterloo Region Record raved, “From Robert’s masterful wah-wah guitar riffs to the band’s sassy, savvy wall of horns, KCLR has the essence of retro-funksters Earth, Wind and Fire, Sly and The Family Stone, and Tower of Power mixed with the hip-hop cool of Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus the happy-go-lucky performance flair of Jamiroquai.”

This is a band that knows how to fire up a party.  In 2005 when they played North By Northeast, a Toronto festival where bands come from all over to try to catch the eye of industry professionals, they placed Top 5 in Chartattack.com’s report card reviews.  When they celebrated the release of the double album at the Mod Club in Toronto, they played for more than four hours, rocking until quarter after two in the morning.

Sounds like a great way to kick off a summer weekend!

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The Thursday Lookout – May 25 to 28, 2017

Start your weekend at The Leeky Canoe tonight when a cast of local musicians will offer their individual interpretations of the songs of Bob Dylan, who celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday.  When Chris Scerri put the word out that he was dedicating tonight’s open mic to Dylan songs he received a flood of responses from performers so that the night is shaping up to be something of a showcase of local talent.  And to expand your Bob Dylan fix, get over to Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound on Saturday night to see and hear The Kreuger Band’s mix of Dylan covers and originals done in a style that is all their own.

If you’re looking for a different kind of vibe tonight, check out . SweetWater Jazz: An evening of Swingin’ Strings tonight at Heartwood.  The show was put together by SweetWater Artistic Director Mark Fewer who has teamed up with guitarist Nathan Hiltz, violinist Drew Jurecka, and Joseph Phillips on bass in what he calls a performance inspired by Grappelli and Venuti.  Sounds pretty sweet for fans of “le jazz hot”.

Veteran musician Pete Boynton will be at The Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood tonight starting at seven.  He was the keyboard player for Tom Cochrane’s band Red Rider and has played with everyone from Bo Diddley to Alfie Zappacosta.

The Red Door Grille at The Meaford Motel has been steadily building a reputation as the place to see artists you may not have heard of but will never forget once you have.  Tomorrow night, its Romney Getty performing with Aisha Chiandet, offering harmonies that include Neil Young covers and originals on banjo and ukulele.  Romney has toured he has Canada, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, garnering reviews like “Wow, can this girl deliver a song or what!  Romney is a singer-songwriter from Canada and her very personal and soulful deliver of country and blues is totally spellbinding, ”  from Guitar Techniques Magazine and “…Truly the complete package…With enough sheer guts and charisma to cross virtually any genre barrier, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Getty became the next major breakthrough from the Canadian roots rock scene,” from  Exclaim! Magazine.  This is your chance to see a major talent in Meaford’s most intimate venue.

When it comes to major talents in unexpected places, jazz fans can’t miss with a special performance by Russ Little on Friday night at the L. E. Shore Library in Thornbury.  After an early career that included touring with the Woody Herman Orchestra as lead trombone and later with the Count Basie Orchestra, he became an original member of Canada’s legendary Lighthouse, and through the early ’70’s performed in the world famous Boss Brass, while pursuing a very successful career as conductor/composer/arranger for major Canadian and American television networks.

Also on Friday night there is a very special evening in store for those who make their way to Massie Hall for a concert by Steve Dickinson, joined by his old friend Roger Williamson.  They are both local talents whose abilities soar far beyond our area.  Steve has returned home after touring England with a band that included former players from the bands of Eric Clapton, Bob Segar and Kid Rock and contributing to a tribute album of Frankie Miller songs that also featured Rod Stewart, Elton John, Huey Lewis and a who’s who of international stars.  Internationally respected as a vocalist, Steve will be telling some road stories and featuring his own songs on Friday night.

Meaford’s Jayden Grahlman, who is as busy as he is talented, is increasingly in demand both as a solo performer and sideman in a variety of incarnations.  He’ll be at Heartwood on Friday night joining the “energetic wave of psychedelic funkiness” that calls themselves Zuffalo, a band with four songwriters who put the emphasis on “community, positivity and fun”.

With all that going on there are still more choices (check the listings on the right).  Trish and The Tractors, whose following continues to grow by leaps and step dances, is hosting another of their  Country Dance nights at the Royal Canadian Legion in Owen Sound on Saturday night and Bill Murdoch hosts an old time Gospel Show at Hepworth Shallow Lake Legion on Sunday afternoon.

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