The Thursday Outlook – Aug. 31 to Sep. 4, 2017

A few outdoor music shows remain on the Labour Day weekend that marks the end of the summer season.  On Sunday evening The Friends of The Meaford Library will feature Dixieland  from Collingwood’s Regal Jazz Band beside the river in the Rotary Pavilion.  Up in the Blue Mountain Village the Coca-Cola stage has Alysha Brilla and The Brilltones on Friday night and Chris Scerri’s last Sunday night show with the Summit band for this season.

Alysha Brilla, at 8 Friday on the Coca-Cola stage in Blue Mountain Village, is a performer whose music is interwoven within her personal tapestry of creativity.    She is a multi-racial child of the Indian diaspora, born in Mississauga.   As a Canadian daughter of an  Indo-Tanzanian immigrant father and a European-Canadian mother, Alysha has grown up with a unique view of the Canadian cultural kaleidoscope.  In addition to her music, she is an arts educator;  TEDx speaker, YWCA mentor, and a general activist along the lines of cultural diversity, gender equality and inclusivity.  These themes that are reflected in alluring worldbeat songs.

The Leeky Canoe on Saturday has Andrew Litt , a survivor of Brothers The Band.  With his brother Rob Litt that band had him touring for thirteen years under the management of their father Chuck Litt.   Andrew and his brother grew up in the orb of Chuck’s musical ambitions, with a family band that at one time included their other brother Matt on drums and their sister Julie on vocals. Their show grew big, including big lights and smoke machines.   After a decade of gigs and two albums, they split up and now each does his own thing.  Andrew is carrying on the family band tradition to some playing occasionally with his own son, Dylan Litt.

Rory Platt, joining Tamica Herod and The Harbour Street band tonight at the Harbour Street Fish Bar is a must see for harmonica fans.  He’s in demand as a studio musician, having been recorded on over 1700 individual album cuts, movie scores and national jingles, and as a teacher of the harmonica.  His roots come from bluegrass but he learned a variety of styles touring with country and R & B bands.  Roly’s distinctive sound, versatility, and intuitive sense of “what works”, should work for him tonight when he’s jamming with Tamica, Gerry Markman and the boys.

Jane’s Party are here for two nights at CROW Bar and Variety in Collingwood on Friday and Saturday. Their latest full-length album, Tunnel Visions was produced by Greg Keelor at his country studio.  For years since they formed in 2006 they’ve been toured alongside the likes of The Arkells, Sam Roberts Band, LIGHTS, Blue Rodeo, Stars, Lord Huron, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and others, and then they took off on their first European tour as main support for the U.K.’s, Tom Odell.  Toronto based, they’re closer to home here in Georgian Bay.  Check out this latin flavoured tune:

Check the listings at right for jazz, classical music, and classic rock live in our area this weekend.

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