The Thursday Outlook – March 9 to 12, 2017

Victoria Yeh is back in town this weekend.  She’ll be adding her inimitable talents to the Thursday night open stage with Chris Scerri at The Leeky Canoe, and joining him again on Friday night at Gustav’s in Collingwood.

If you weren’t proactive enough, you’ve missed your chance to see a couple of great shows this weekend that have been sold out.  One is the latest in the Meaford Hall Gallery Series on Saturday night with multiple award winning guitarist and singer Wendall Ferguson.  If you’re a fan of great guitar players, you can spend the evening across the street with David J. Russell instead.  He been very busy playing all over the area and hasn’t played The Leeky in a while, so it’s worth catching.

The other show you’ve missed if you don’t have tickets already is the Songwriters’ Evening at The Bleeding Carrot in Owen Sound, hosted by Summerfolk’s Jon Farmer and featuring Meaford’s young phenomenon Greg Smith, along with Marshall Veroni and Pat Maloney.  But you can stay in Meaford on Friday night and enjoy the guitar stylings of Stevie Gee, returning this week to The Red Door.

Or check out Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party at Bruce Wine Bar on Friday.  This band, up from Queen West in Toronto, began as kitchen jams that spilled out into the street, eventually coming together with Dale Morningstar to record a debut CD, “Old Town” at The Gas Station studio in Toronto in 2012.  Great reviews have built a reputation for the band, known particularly for Andre (Dre) Flak’s songs and storytelling, as well as genre-jumping musical styles that have attracted notice in Montreal, New York, and as far afield as Eastern Europe, and the UK.

The Harbour Street Fish Bar continues its string of great Toronto based blues bands on Saturday night with Jerome Godboo, and Godboogie.  This veteran harmonica player, legendary to Toronto fans as front man for The Phantoms, took home the Lee Oskar best harmonica Player award at the International blues Challenge 2014 held in Memphis.  He’s recorded and toured with the Phantoms, Alannah Myles, Dutch Mason, Jeff Healey, Ronnie Hawkins, Jack de Keyzer, among others.  This will be another hopping Saturday night at the Fish Bar.

There’s lots of other good stuff happening in this great Georgian Bay music hub: check the listings at the right.  And then on Sunday afternoon chill out at The Barn Cooperative in Meaford where their open mic has a real magic about it that brings out talent of all types.  No tickets required, but if you want a good seat you’d better try to be there by noon.

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