The 9th Annual Southside Shuffle this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 & 9 in Port Credit, Ontario, has some of the most amazing talent playing on various stages outdoors and indoors, and in blues and jazz clubs along Lakeshore Rd. It's brought to us courtesy of Shuffle founder Chuck Jackson (lead vocalist/blues harp player in the Downchild Blues Band).
Here’s the link to all the Main Stage acts this weekend, including blues guitar legend Buddy Guy and many others:
There’s an 'All Star' Blues Jam at the Port Credit Legion Saturday night starting at 10 p.m., and running right up until 3 a.m.
Hosts of this jam include legendary tenor sax player extraordinaire Johnny Pennino, the 'Sax King of New Orleans' (who is in the Louisiana Hall of Fame). There’s also rock ‘n’ roll tenor sax legend Jimmy Cavallo (who played the title song in the 1956 rock ‘n’ roll movie classic Rock, Rock, Rock starring Alan ‘Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Freed) - who the '70s movie American Hot Wax was all about! Bassist Chuck Sgroi who’s been performing with Cavallo since 1962, is also part of this all-star ‘jam band’ (loosely termed) -- and is ‘in the pocket’ in blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll like nobody’s business, like he lived and performed through the era and he did!) Friday night at The Legion, tenor sax man Pat Carey (Downchild) performed with Pennino and Cavallo in a special concert as The Three Tenors (saxes) at 11:30 p.m. They recorded a live Three Tenors (saxes) CD here at last year's Shuffle.
Blues vocalist/frontman/blues radio show host Johnny Max is another highlight of this jam, which will have some extraordinary special guests drop by both nights to sit in and amaze the crowd ... and even entertain each other with some guaranteed musical surprises, that only spontaneity in a jam can produce!
This year’s Shuffle also features many other performers Thurs. through Sunday. This past Friday night’s highlights included: Juno-winning blues guitar great Jack de Keyzer, keyboard genius Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and Downchild, featuring Donnie 'Mr. Downchild' Walsh. Wayne and Walsh also took part in the Beggars Banquet featuring the Three Tenors (saxes), and an 'All Star' Jam the previous Thurs. night, which was a huge fundraiser for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto:
Saturday features Canadian folk legend Valdy at 4 p.m. on the South Stage; followed by another iconic folk legend Murray McLaughlin at 5:30 p.m. And before that, blues harp player Paul Reddick at 12 noon and renowned blues guitarist David Gogo at 1 p.m., and the Be Bop Cowboys (with multi-instrumentalist/jazz legend Chris Whiteley with vocalist Caitlin Hanford as special guests) at 2:30 p.m.
Some of this weekend's highlights include some amazing blues harp players: Juno winner Michael Pickett, Paul Reddick; Shrimp Daddy, Mark ‘bird’ Stafford, Little Bobby, Juno winner Al Lerman (Fathead) and Jerome Godboo (ex-Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks); as well as Jordan and The Blues Angels (with ex-Alice Cooper/Lou Reed/Funkadelic bassist Prakash John), and The Johnny Max Band.
Sunday’s talent lineup starts off appropriately at 11 a.m. with the Detroit Women Gospel Show. Other fabulous talent includes blues guitar great (and Juno winner) Paul James; outstanding blues harp player David Rotundo; The Lincolns (R&B, soul and blues, again featuring renowned bassist Prakash John and jazz/blues keyboard player Martin Alex Aucoin).
Canadian rock legends Lighthouse ("One Fine Morning", etc.) are the headliner on Sunday's talent lineup.
There’s even a blues harp ‘workshop’ on Sunday, for kids who want to play harp, led by award-winning blues harp player Mark ‘bird’ Stafford followed by a ‘Junior Jam’ afterwards:
** Please check the links and website, for exact times and stages.