Legendary rock/blues guitarist/bassist and Rock Talk radio show host Greg Godovitz (Goddo/ex-Ronnie Hawkins) will be headlining an all- star concert lineup of performers at Jeff Healey's Roadhouse this coming Sunday night, December 9th, 2007 for his annual John Lennon Tribute Concert.
This John Lennon musical tribute will be celebrating the musical
genius of the late and indisputably great Beatle, John Lennon -- and his indispensable and highly entertaining contribution to music hi …
Grammy Award-winning blues piano man Pinetop Perkins of the legendary Muddy Waters Band, is nearing his 95th birthday soon. He’ll be celebrating in high musical style as a true bluesman should, by playing his 95th Birthday Bash Concert in Toronto on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at Sound Academy 2, at 11 Polson St.: http://www.sound-academy.com/events/show/125
This is an all- …
The 12th Annual Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Fest will be happening this coming Friday through Sunday, September 10, 11 & 12, 2010. It begins the day before on Thursday, with a Gala blues extravaganza called the Beggars Blues Banquet. This Gala features most of the bands from the Shuffle, sitting in with each other, in a huge blues explosion onstage. This writer has been present at several of these Galas and they’ve always been mind-blowing!
Gino Emprywas Canada’s best-known and most flamboyant publicist and talent booker -- and just about everything else in entertainment! Empry passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2006 in Toronto at the age of 83. It's hard to determine Empry's exact age for sure, since he never disclosed it, and looked decades younger than he actually was.
Over the decades Empry booked and publicized all the ‘greats’ in show business. These incl …
It was a great shock to hear the sad news of Richard Bell, keyboard great in The Band, passing away unexpectedly at his home here in Toronto, Ontario, Friday, June 15, 2007, at the age of 61. I heard this unhappy news from my good friend, guitarist Buzz Thompson, who performed onstage with Richard many times, in Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins' band, The Hawks .. along with Le …
Jeff Healey was a one of a kind. A kind man with a hearty laugh, and infectious sense of humor. He could get the whole place laughing, and at the same time poke fun at himself and the blindness which claimed his sight from retinoblastoma when he was only one year old. And he was one helluva guitarist, jazz trumpet player and keyboardist -- not to mention exceptional vocalist! He passed away suddenly this past Sunday evening March 2nd, 2008 of cancer at St. Joseph’s Hospital i …
It was an outstanding night of blues, R&B and soul at the Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub in Toronto, Ontario, on Thursday night, September 23, 2010. Soul man #1, George Olliver, sang up a storm with blues harp player/vocalist Jerome Godboo and his band onstage -- rippin' it up for the huge crowd that attended! It was a great night of high-energy entertainment!
Glen James Singleton-Wood was very impressive as usual on ten
The 2nd Annual Waterfront Blues Fest took place at Woodbine Park, in Toronto’s trendy Beach area of east Toronto, for three glorious days of blues, Friday June 4th to Sunday June 6th, 2010.
Many times throughout this very bluesy weekend, rain clouds did their thing, raining on the sometimes sparse and other times quite well-attended crowds who came out to this show.
Despite the bad weather which prevailed throughout most of this weekend, there w
I recently attended an extremely interesting and unusual venue for the Tom Robertson Blues Band. This was an outdoor afternoon annual Family Day 2009 at Canada Post’s huge South Central Letter Processing Plant in Toronto. (It’s the largest mail sorting plant in Canada).
This was an ideal sunny day, perfect for listening to ‘da bluz’ outdoors . . . in a beautifully tranquil setting of grass and trees and a nature trail to the south . . . with the beach at Lake Ontario just
It was a ‘magical’ night of blues at Toronto’s venerable Massey Hall, when blues guitarist Buddy Guy and his fabulous blues band appeared on stage.
Prior to their always enjoyable show, blues diva Shemekia Copeland and her band played a 45-minute set that got the blues fans in attendance warmed up just right for Buddy.
Buddy’s show opened with the high-energy "Best Damn Fool" and went right into "Only Nin