Posts Tagged ‘entertainers’

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Bomb Squad 2019

January 23, 2019
Band: The Bomb Squad
Home: Windsor/Detroit
Year: 2019
Style: Cover Band
Genre: Dance variety.
Places: Casinos & festivals.

Chatham Connection: Chatham resident Brian McDonnell (Dirty Weapons, United Snakes & Beggar’s Opera) is the bass player.

Members
Mark Chichkan – Vocals & Guitar
Brian McDonnell – Vocals & Bass Guitar
Phil Charrette – Vocals & Drums
Tony Calabrese – Keyboards

Notes: Bombsquad formed 16 years ago, with no member changes since. They perform often at area casinos and festivals on both sides of the border (Windsor/Detroit). Disco, funk, soul, motown , rock & roll, country,  are all in their music mix.mix

Links:
* Website here.
* Facebook here.
* Youtube here.”
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Most viewed band pages for 2014

January 2, 2015
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Here is the annual most viewed band pages @ The Chatham Music Archive for 2014.
Note: People can still view pages by year or month etc, without having to click on separate pages to view, so those stats can’t be calculated.

Most viewed band pages @ The Chatham Music Archive for 2014

01. Bluetonium Band – 2010. (Cover band)
02. Mike Francis Bio 2010.
03. Free Ride Band 2010. (Cover band)
04. The Colours  – 1968 album.
05. The chasers band 2012. (Cover band)
06. Elyse Weinberg 1968.
07. Hoogie On The Road 2014.
08. Toast and Jam in 2010. (Cover band)
09. Diego de Oro 2011.
10. Blutonium Band Chatham 2014. (Cover band)
11. Ray Whaling 2014 CD Release.
12. Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills – 1963.
13. J Browning 2014.
14. Diesel band from Blenheim 2012.
15. Colours 1969 Atmosphere.
16. Full Frontal Band 2011.(Cover band)
17. Foster Child – Self Titles CD (1996).
18. Face 4 Radio 2012. (Cover band)
19. John Peneycad Near The Cross (1998).
20. Big House. (Cover band)
21. M.A.D. – Taboo Of The Western World (1991).
22. Quadrant band 1975.
23. Jeanne Gordon Opera Singer From Wallaceburg.
24. Stephanie Rhodes 2013 Run For Cover. (Cover band)
25. Demo Kid Free 2014 – Home Demos Volume 6.
26. Craig James Laur Music 2011.
27. The Missing Links – It’s Link Up Time (1966).
28. LITTLE SISTER Band 1991. (Cover band)
29. Superfly – 2008 – (Cover band).
30. OHara Brothers Band 2010.

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The Repertoire 2011

July 13, 2011


Band: The Repertoire
Year: 2011
Genre:  “50’s and 60’s” Hits
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Email Contact: bstpierre_80@sympatico.ca

Members:
Brian St.Pierre – Vocals, guitars
Jared Lozon – Stand up & electric bass
Chris St.Pierre –  Cocktail drums

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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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The Force 1982

July 9, 2010

Band: The Force
Year: 1982
Circa: 1977-1983

Members
Rick Rankin
– guitar
Brent Hunter – bass
Pat Crone – drums
Tom Starks – keyboards

The Force was formed in 1977 after the breakup of the band Beginings.

  Tom Starks on keys and Pat Crone on drums joined Rick Rankin (guitar) and Randy Young (bass). Bassist Brent Hunter replaced Randy Young in 1981.
The band was in high demand and worked steadily, playing disco (they had to) and rock/top 40 music that was popular at the time at many local hotels, festivals, and special events in Chatham-Kent from 1977-1983.

  With a talented horn section consisting of Dave Sass, Jack Drobko, Bob Fazecash and Brian Murphy, The Force had a large and unique songlist.
 
 About 10 times each year, the band put on themed shows with special guests Craig (Pork) Koehler and Ed Smitchen, “The Fast Fried Pork Revue”. They added musical comedy  that was zany, hilarious and often strayed from the script.  The shows were authentically costumed thanks to Ed and his family.
The movie Star Wars opened in `77 and was the inspiration for a series of “Summer Trek” concerts (Gross Encounters of the Force Kind).
Hallowe’en productions were a specialty. Parodies of popular movies like Star Wars, The Blues Brothers, The Rocky Horror Picture Show were performed at places like the Tilt’n Hilton in Erieau, the CAW Hall, the Tecumseh Hotel, the Turf Room, and the Thames Theatre (opening for Max Webster).
 
 When The Force and Hatrick bands split up in 1983, new bands Advance Green, Texas and Manpower were formed.
Thank You to Mr. Crone for the information.

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Ray Francis and Lucy Schaefer 2009

December 4, 2009

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Duo: Ray Francis and Lucy Schaefer
Year: 2009
Genre: Country Music

The musically talented duo performs at Churches and nursing homes around Chatham Ontario.

  Ray Francis, 78, has been writing and performing music for over 60 years. He has released six records and earned success in the 1960’S and 1970’S as a recording artist, entertainer, and radio star.
  Ray is a true world class musician and human being who lives and breathes music with a passion that cannot be denied. He continues to bring smiles to his audiences with his talent, sincerity, humour, and just plain likeability.

To learn more about Ray’s music, please visit previous posts in the Chatham Music Archive.

Ray’s Discography:
Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills – 1963 – Country Jamboree
The Whippoorwills – 1964 – The Whippoorwills
Ray Francis – 1973 – The Country Way
Ray Francis – 1973 – An Olde Tyme Christmas
Ray Francis – 1974 – Two Sides of Country
Ray Francis – 1975 – The Good Old Days

Ray also played with The Rancheros.

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Chatham Music Archive Article 2009

November 18, 2009

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‘BAND’ING Together
Posted By ELLWOOD SHREVE
Chatham Daily News Nov.14th 2009

If you have a favourite local band still playing or from when you were younger, try checking out the website www.chathammusicarchive.com created by Shawn Beaulieu.
In a short period of time, the 35-year-old Chatham resident has compiled an impressive amount of information on local bands and musicians, including photos and small biographies, which are listed by both name and year released.
Beaulieu began the project about four or five years ago as a blog, but since being laid off six months ago, he has been able to devote several hours a day to the website.
“All of a sudden it turned into more than a hobby and all of a sudden it got bigger and bigger,” Beaulieu said.
He has been a part of the local music scene as a member of the band Foster Child, which became the Janet Theory.
Beaulieu credits the help he has received from Jeff Mifflin, who works at Strings N’ Things and is the guitarist with The O’Hara Brothers band. He said Mifflin was able to access photos of several local bands that have been displayed at the local music store over the years. He also noted the members of the 1980s group Manpower, which have teamed up again this year, “got me into a lot of this.” Beaulieu said the website is getting the attention of several local musicians, past and present, noting people have been coming to him with information. Beaulieu is impressed with the wealth of musical talent and the wide range of genres that has come out of the Chatham-Kent area, and wanted a way to show that to the world.
He has done extensive research at the Chatham Public Library, gathering information dating back to 1889 with the formation of the Chatham City Band. There is plenty of interesting information on well-known older bands, including the Melody Ramblers, which once boasted current country music star Michelle Wright as its lead singer. When Wright left to pursue a solo career, she was replaced by Wendy Jenkins, who also enjoyed success with the popular band. Then there is The Missing Links, including members John, Fred and Eddy Larson and Bill McGrath, whose 1966 album “It’s Link Up Time,” was produced by Paul Shaffer, best known today for his long stint with the David Letterman Show.

The site is also filling up with information on several local bands from today’s era. Beaulieu said the website can also serve as a resource for bands that are looking for musicians with certain skills or local clubs that want to hire local bands to play. “I only knew about 10 per cent of the bands when I started doing this,” Beaulieu said. “There’s a big scene going on, but nobody knows each other.”

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