The Thursday Outlook – July 20 to 23, 2017

It’s a lively weekend in Meaford with some great music on offer.

The second show in the Meaford Summer Concert Series is going to be an exciting one with Higher Funktion bringing a high energy collection of soul and funk tunes to get you jumping, full of great horn riffs and chunky rhythms.  Opening for them, Ragwax is offering a taste of his unique take on hot club jazz, swing and even be-bop, which he’ll extend later in the evening across the street at The Leeky Canoe.

The youth performer on the bill is Sophie Wensley, who will be accompanied by Jayden Grahlman on guitar.  Chris Scerri discovered her beautiful voice one night at an open stage at Heartwood Hall and immediately asked her to be part of this series. Sophie’s parents have Gio and Fran’s Italian Eatery across the street at 78 Sykes Street (the window says “Butcher Shop”), an ideal spot for dinner before the show at the Market Square.  This new restaurant has been creating a buzz with their delicious locally sources food and exceptionally friendly service, so far scorring 100% with every Trip Advisor review.

A couple of members of Bored of Education are moonlighting this weekend at The Red Door Pub in the Meaford Motel.  On Friday, the band’s bass player Brian Miessner, the former faux Fab Four fellow and Sugar and Spice survivor who’s had a taste of chart success and toured arenas with Trooper, does a dinner duo show on acoustic guitar with Melinda Camplin on violin.  And then on Saturday, keyboard player Thomas Thwaits hosts a special night for vinyl lovers, inviting everyone to bring along their favourite vinyl records to share, along with personal anecdotes.

The latest in the Terrace Thursday series at Meaford Hall happens tonight presenting the exceptional talents of Jayden Grahlman paired with the equally exceptional culinary talents of Soulshine Kitchen for a pleasant al fresco dinner and music event.  On the menu:

SoulShine Bowls w/ grilled veggies ~organic black rice, local greens, grilled onion, zucchini and sweet potato topped with sprouts and a wild leek vinaigrette.

On Saturday night the celebrated Eagles tribute band, Hotel California, will be in the Opera House at Meaford Hall.

On Saturday, Ian Harker and Amanda Dorey are inviting everyone to a celebration of live music with a resurrection of the legendary Harkerfest, held at Ian’s property at 599490 Sydenham Concession 2.  Ian says “This event is open to everyone. Musicians and music lovers and it’s family friendly. It’s an open invite to everyone who wishes to experience this monumental event. And as always being courteous and respectful of each other is all that is expected.”  It’s an open stage so musicians can arrive and there will be a place for them.  There’s camping on site and admission is free, with commemorative T-shirts for sale to help cover costs.  It’s been eight years since the last one and good memories still linger.

Tonight at The Harbour Street Fish Bar, blues guitarist Ian Ross joins Tamica Herod and the Harbour Street Band.  Ian has been entertaining audiences in the Barrie area with his impressive guitar playing for over 10 years. Hailing from a musical family, Ian was inspired by his father and then studied with the acclaimed jazz guitarist, Joe Huron. Ian has played in the International Blues Challenge, the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, the Orillia Spring Blues Festival, Kitchener Rib Fest, and Kempenfest.

This time of year is ideal for outdoor concerts.  In Owen Sound on Sunday night, The Kreuger Band plays down at the harbour as part of the Owen Sound Harbour Nights Series.  Up in the Village at Blue Mountain, Chris Scerri rocks with his all-star Summit Band every Sunday night from 7 to 10.  And The Friends of The Meaford Library continue their summer concert series this Sunday with The Valley Concert Band from 7 to 9.  All of these events are free or pay what you can.

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