Archive for August, 2010

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Superfly in 2010

August 23, 2010

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Band: Superfly
Year: 2010
Genre: Funk and Jazz covers
Home: Chatham

Members:
Justin McMath – Bass
Nicky Novosad – Keyboards
Steve Walker – Guitar, Vox
Nick Sennema – Drums and Percussion
Byron Harrett – Sax / Flute
Matt Brunke – Trumpet

An all-around great live band bringing the funk and jazz classic sounds of the hit makers to Chatham-Kent with a class act of local musicians.

Visit them online here, here or here.

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Golden Tap and Grill in Chatham Ontario

August 23, 2010

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Venue: Golden Tap and Grill
City: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Country Music Bar
Bands: Live bands on weekends
Phone: (519) 351-1907
Address: 429 Grand Avenue East

The Golden Tap has remained the only true country music bar in Chatham Ontario since the early nineties. But it did not begin there. The venue was previously known as the ‘Kingsway Hotel’, which had a good run through the 1970’s to the early 1990’s. Bands from around the continent (big and small) performed here in the 1970’s when live music was the main and only source of weekly entertainment.

Today, you can still enjoy country music bands performing every weekend at the Golden Tap.

Anyone with info or pictures, please email:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Mike Francis Bio 2010

August 23, 2010

 

 

Musician: Mike Francis” (Pepe)
Year: 2010
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario (Grande Pointe)
Resides:  Moved away to pursue carreer choice in the Toronto area.
Son of the late Ray Francis (Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills etc)

MIKE FRANCIS – Biography
Extraordinary Anonymous Guitarist
Mike Francis has been a professional musician since the age of 17. The first several years of his professional career was spent playing the regular club circuit before Mike discovered his ability to perform well under the pressure that is the recording studio. The past 22 years he has worked as a first call studio guitarist in the Toronto recording scene, as well as being a musician first an foremost, he is also a writer and producer.

He is mostly known for his commercial jingle or session work.

  Versatility is key to a session musician and his session credits include most of the commercial jingles heard regularly on TV and radio. Mike’s clients include some of the busiest advertising agencies and jingle writer / producers working. Some of his more identifiable performances are heard commonly on O/V, Budweiser, McDonalds, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Harvey’s commercials. He’s also the guitar player on any Miller, Molson Ex, Labatt’s, 7-Up, Coors, Blacks Cameras, GM Trucks, Esso, Ford Trucks, Pontiac, Pizza Pizza, Chrysler, Toyota, Canadian Tire, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Swiss Chalet, The Bay, Canadian Pacific or Sears commercial you may have heard.

  Also as a session player, Mike has performed on and / or written material for a number of television shows and movie soundtracks over the years. Some of the more visible projects he’s been involved with include Beverly Hills 90210, Street Legal, Due South, Beetlejuice, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and the Jim Henson Hour.

Canadian productions such as Traders, E.N.G, Legacy, Black Harbour, The City, Nothing too Good for a Cowboy, Scales of Justice, Rita & Friends, Corey Hart Special, Elvis Stoyko Special, Canadian Country Music Association Awards Show and the Juno Awards have also used Mike as the first call guitarist.

Album projects are all in a day’s work for a session veteran, and the list of recording artists and album projects Mike has been involved with is a testament to his skill and versatility as a guitarist. He has recorded with artists like Alanis Morissette, Shirley Eikhard, Liona Boyd, Dan Hill, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Enrique Iglesias, Kim Mitchell and George Massenberg. He’s also been on albums with Harem Scarem, World On Edge, Rita McNeil, the Rankin Family, Terry Kelly, Ron Hynes, and Roger Whittaker, Cassandra Vasick, Susan Aglukark, Natalie McMaster, Michelle Wright, John McDermott, Bruce Gruthro and Tim Thorney.

In addition to playing on sessions, he has also been active as a producer in the studio. The Mavericks, Jeff Healey, Dallas Harms, Dick Damron, Terry Carisse, Carroll Baker, Matt Minglewood, Joan Kennedy, Anita Perras, The Good Brothers, Joel Feeney, Don Neilson, Robert Armes and Ken Harnden.

Mike does get out of the studio on a regular basis, and over the years his involvement with live radio and live television broadcasts has meant that he has played with some of the best and brightest stars the industry. Versatility as a player is a key to his success as a session player, so he has been called to support a diverse group of artists on stage. His live performance credits include performing with Shania Twain, Terri Clark, Chet Atkins, Buddy Emmons, Jesse Winchester, and Ronnie Hawkins. He’s also performed with Ronnie Milsap, Liza Minelli, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, kd lang, Smokey Robinson, Paul Schaffer, David Clayton Thomas, Jeff Healey, Hiram Bullock, Chris DeBurgh, Hal Linden, Michael Burgess, Dr. Music, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Paul Brandt, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Pride, Dolly Parton, Roy Clarke, Jerry Reed and Charlie McCoy.

Anyone with info or pictures, please email:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Jade Lester CD 2010

August 23, 2010

Singer: Jade Lester
CD Release: Love’s Funny That Way
Year: 2010
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Country/Pop

Notes: Jade Lester (19) Just released her first album in April 2010. She performs with the local crew ‘The O’Hara Brothers Band’. Material for this album was written by top songwriters from Ontario, to Nashville to LA. Jade is currently attending high school at Chatham-Kent Secondary School.
 Jade began singing country music at age six, winning many awards through out the years since then. She has also become active as an actress in many local theatre productions in the past few years.

Produced by Will Haas at Willyboy recording studios in London.

Visit her website here or here.

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Acoustic MF 2007

August 21, 2010

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Duo: Acoustic M.F.
Year: 2007
Home: Chatham
Genre: Acoustic covers.

Members:
Mat Drew – Vox
Dave Richie – Guitars

  Mat & Dave previously played together in The Janet Theory.  Acoustic M.F. was put together to perform sets at local pubs including the Elephants Nest. In 2009, the guys went back to a full group performing in ‘Face For Radio’, a good local dance/ top 40 cover band.

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Ancestors NIGHTFALL 2009

August 21, 2010

Band: Ancestors
Release: NIGHTFALL 7″
Year: Feb. 2009
Genre: Indie Rock
Reside: Toronto
Home: Members from Chatham

Note: Wes played drums in a few good local indie bands before splitting to Toronto. The most notable being the punk trio “The Beat Junkies”, before leaving for Toronto. Chatham boys Wes Moore (Now bass guitar) and Corey Wells (Vocals. Guitar) also perform in “Buckets Of” and have made it back home a few times bringing that band to perform at the Elephants Nest.

300 press on black vinyl w/ MP3 download. Design and print by Michal Majewski

Tracks
Superpyscle, Black Dust, Future Confusion, Six Fathoms. CERN, Nightfall

The video ‘supercycle’. Camera and lighting by James Hayward.

Links:
Myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/ancestors 
Official website: http://www.ancestors.tv

Origianl video host
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUp7BZWYKH4

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The Weekenders

August 21, 2010

The Weekenders

Band: The Weekenders
Year: 2006
Formed: 2001
Genre: ’50′s and ’60′s covers.
Home: Chatham, Wallaceburg

Members:
Tim Nishimura
- Bass, guitar, vocals
Jeff Vercauteren – Guitar, vocals
Jeff Emerson – Lead Guitar, vocals
Matt Daudlin – Sax
Grayling Church – Drums, vocals

Scott Gallowayplayed keyboards for the band in the earlier years of the band.

Watch videos of the band in the comment box below.
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Erasmus Huntington

August 14, 2010

Song Writer: Erasmus Huntington (E.S.S.)
Year: 1907
Home: Wallaceburg On.

Best known for the song ‘I’m tying the leaves so they won’t come down’. The original melody was composed by Fred Helf and copyrighted in 1907. The song hit the charts becoming popular in Canada & the U.S.A. Byron G. Harlan recorded a version of this song in 1907.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

I’m Tying the Leaves So They Won’t Come Down
Playmates were they, girl and lad
She’s home today -lad feels sad
Doctor who calls…whispers low
“When the last autumn leaves fall, then she must go”.

Lad with a tear, climbs a tree
I’ll keep her here, murmurs he.
Big man blue sternly cries
“What are you doing there”?
Lad replies…

“I’m tying the leaves so they won’t come down,
So the wind won’t blow them away.
For the best little girl in the wide, wide world
Is lying ill today

Her young life must go when the last leaves fall
I’m fixing them fast so they’ll stay
I’m tying the leaves so they won’t come down
So Nellie won’t go away”.

Sad Mother grieves, day by day,
Watching the leaves, hears boy say,
“You mustn’t cry, for you see
I have tied all the leaves fast up in the tree”.

Doctor brings joy one glad day
Mother tells boy…Nellie will stay
Lad at girl’s side, cries with glee,
“That’s what I said one day in a tree”.

Anyone with info or pictures, please email:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Acoustic Duo 57 Chevy

August 14, 2010

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Acoustic Duo: ‘57 Chevy
Year: 2010
Home: Chatham-Kent
Contact: (519) 397-5385

Members:
Glenn Smith
– Vocals, Guitar
Dave Richie – Vocals, Guitar

  Glenn Smith recently transplanted to Chatham, Ontario from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Glenn has been in the global music scene since the mid-nineties when he was one of the first promoters of music over Internet Protocol. He’s worked with Michael Jackson, KISS, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and many other great artists. He’s an accomplished singer and acoustic duo performer and makes the perfect complement to Dave.

  The band is available for booking from Windsor to London, with preferred rates available for Chatham area gigs. They play clubs, private parties and special occasions and need no equipment support from venues.
They perform a lively, quirky show with music ranging from the Beatles magical “I Am The Walrus” to the pensive “Hurt” by Johnny Cash. They play guitars, harmonica, and percussion and keep their act moving with primarily up-tempo songs.

Demo Kid Note: Last year, I was lucky enough to spend a week down in Florida at Glenn’s and also catch his duo act (at the time) perform live. He is a highly creative mind with a great sense of humor. Chatham is lucky to inherit Glenn’s talent.  I have played in a few bands with Dave including The Janet Theory & Dead Girls Union.  This will be a fun act to catch live.

Visit them online here.

Check out Glenn’s creative energy where he performs cover songs and also creates videos for them.
 Online @ http://www.youtube.com/user/rekabeduts06

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Free Ride Band from Chatham Ontario 2010

August 14, 2010

Band: Free Ride
Genre: Classic Rock & Roll
Home: Chatham, Wallaceburg
Year: 2010
Formed: 2001
Contact: 519-351-4959

Members:
Jeff Emerson
– Guitars, Vocals
Ken Allgate – Bass, Vocals
Grayling Church – Drums, Vocals

Notes: All three members sing lead vocals, which creates a lot of variety. The band plays mostly classic rock, but adds a bit of country, 50’s & 60’s, and modern rock, to try and please even the toughest audience.

Set list includes The Rolling Stones, Trooper, Tom Petty, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wilson Picket, C.C.R., Bob Seger, Wild Cherry, Eric Clapton, The Zack Brown Band, The Tragically Hip, Van Morrison, Steve Miller band, Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, Aerosmith, The Proclaimers, Nazareth, Kiss, Poison, Weezer, David Wilcox, ZZ Top, The Beatles, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Led Zepplin, Free, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Jason Maraz,  & much more.

The band just finished a weekend at the Golden Tap in Chatham.

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Judy Paling Second Chance At Love 1999

August 13, 2010

Artist: Judy Paling
CD: Second Chance At Love
Year: Circa 1999
Home: Chatham Ontario

Members:
Judy Paling
Chuck FitzGerald
Steve Kubica

Additional Artists: Amber Ladd, Richard Arsenault, Beth Fox, Noreen Donnell, Gary Barnett.

Songs: Second Chance At Love, He Rises Up In Me, Say Yes, How Beautiful, Go Light Your World, Bring That Child To Me, He’ll Be Waiting For Something To Happen, He Is Good, Thy World, His Strength Is Perfect.

Recorded & Mixed At Baseline Studio, Chatham.

This release was dedicated to the memory of Mile Nuets & the grade 5/6 class of St. Agnes School. 

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Judy Paling My Wings CD

August 12, 2010

Artist: Judy Paling
CD Title: My Wings (For His Glory)
Year: 1995
Home: Chatham-Kent
Genre:  Gospel

Members:
Judy Paling
Chuck FitzGerald
Steve Kubica

Tracks:
01
A Miracle And Nothing Less
02 Mary Did You Know
03 Joy
04 In The Name Of The Lord
05 Immanuel
06 Prince Of Peace
07 The Altar
08 Women Of Mystery
09 The Name Above All Names
10 Well Done My Child

Co- Produced by: Gary Barnett
Digitally recorded and mixed @ Baseline Studio, Chatham, Ontario, Canada

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Chatham Cultural Centre 2010

August 10, 2010

Venue: Chatham Cultural Centre (Kiwanis Theatre)
Location: Chatham Ontario Canada
Phone: 519-360-1998, 519-354-8346
Ticket Box Office: 1-866-807-7770
Kiwanis Theatre: 519-354-8338
Website: http://theculturalcentre.com/cms/

Address:
Chatham Cultural Centre
75 William Street N.
Chatham Ontario
N7M-4L4

Located in historic downtown Chatham, the Chatham Cultural Centre offers the Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham-Kent Museum, Thames Art Gallery, and within a short walk, the Milner Heritage House. Nowhere else in Ontario exists such a rare combination of art, heritage and entertainment in one convenient location.

The stage at Kiwanis Theatre hosts the best Canadian and local performing artists. Welcoming 40,000 patrons to events each year, this 679-seat venue is Chatham-Kent’s premier host for professional touring artists, local theatre companies, musicians and more. In its studio the Kiwanis hosts more intimate events such as the Friday Night Jazz series.

A few events happening this year at the Kiwanis Theatre: 2010 CK Guitar Summit, Just For Laughs Road Show, BAM Percussion – eXplosion, Black Violin, The Fabulous Crooners, Crystal Gage, The Mask Messenger, Jade Lester CD Release Concert, Brooke Nicholls, Irish Fire,

History: In 1963, the building (last used as the Chatham Vocational School) was bought by a group of citizens eager to establish an art centre in Chatham. By 1969, The Thames Theatre Association for the Arts was presenting live performances in the original 700-seat school theatre and the old gymnasium was being used as a gallery.  Renovations to the gymnasium and the studio areas of the building began in 1975 and the Thames Art Gallery, National Exhibition Centre was born.

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Toast and Jam in 2010

August 9, 2010

Band: Toast & Jam
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada
Genre: Cover duo of popular music
Formed: 2003

Members:
Michael Uher – Vocals, guitar
Mark Slater – Percussion, vocals, guitar

Mike grew up in Blenheim and Mark grew up in Chatham, but was born in Leeds England.

Note from their official facebook group: okay, get “BREAKFAST” out of your head……here’s the real story: Mike and Mark created this unique duo in 2003, as a second band to their trio, THIS END UP. What started as a little idea grew into a popular and in-demand musical act. They do over 200 shows a year these days, and no sign of letting up, with engagements in southern Ontario, Ohio, and even the occasional show in Nassau Bahamas!
With some great vocal harmonies, an acoustic guitar (and sometimes two) and a unique percussion ensemble that has since been copied by many others, these guys play a very big repertoire of music, with pop, rock, folk and country from the 1950′s to today.

In 2010, the duo took their cover band act to many places including Windsor, Port Stanley, Rondeau, Tobermory, Pelee Island, Kelley’s Island, Ohio, Lasalle, Chatham, Illinois, Nebraska, and much more.

Contact their website to hire them for your event.
Website: http://www.toastandjam.ca/

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Rock Stock 2010

August 9, 2010

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Event: Rock Stock
Where: Tecumseh Park, Chatham Ontario
When: Aug. 13th & 14th 2010
Note: proceeds to benefit the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Price: $30 a night, or $45 for both.

Website: http://www.rockstockconcert.com/

Note: This will be the third annual Rock Stock. The first two years were held at the Chatham Airport.

Line-up  Aug. 13th
The Doors
Time (Windsor Band)
The Long Lots (Local)
Redinger
The Standstills
Songs From A Room

Line-up Aug. 14th
Big Sugar
Thornley
Marginal Potency (local)
The Cause… If Anything (Local)
Forclosure (Local)
S.U.D.S. (Local)
Mic Lordz (Windsor)
Dead End Charlie (Local)

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The Gentlemans Band

August 7, 2010

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Band: The Gentleman’s Band
Home: Chatham
Year: 2008
Genre: Hard Edge Cover Band

Anyone with info, please email:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Black Box Theatre in Chatham

August 7, 2010

Venue: PURE: Black Box Theatre
City: Chatham Ontario
Year: 2010
Address: 121 Heritage Road
Phone: 519-352-5000
Website: http://www.pureacademy.ca/

  The Black Box Theatre at the PURE Academy in Chatham, ON is a brand new concert venue, with a hip vibe and fantastic events.  The Black Box Theatre is a 90 seat venue with state of the art sound and lighting design, top amenities and a great location.

  Events at the Black Box Theatre range from cool jazz concerts, rock concerts, plays, comedy nights, multimedia presentations, choir concerts and so much more.  One of the best kept secrets in Southwestern Ontario, the Black Box Theatre is one of the best intimate theatres in the region. It is used during classes as a premium teaching space, but it is also a highly versatile meeting and event space, and an incredible, intimate performance venue. It has a large stage, 10 foot wide HD video screen, intelligent lighting system, and exceptional sound.

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