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13 September 2007


This week in my neighbourhood, we celebrate the onset of autumn with the biggest jazz and blues festival east of Montreal. Under normal circumstances, I'd be out for the whole week, taking time off work and blowing every spare penny I have on show passes and beergardens. This year, because of my ill-timed surgery, I am unable to attend the majority of the festivities. Thanks to wonderful friends who got me tickets to the best sit-down shows, I will be able to attend. I fully expect to be exhausted by the end of the week, but really good music is worth nearly any price.

So ... here are the headliners. There are lots of other shows, too, but these are the truly recognizable names in th jazz and blues world:

Arturo Sandoval (woohoo latin jazz trumpet - would love to take B to see this! Someday, when he's a bit older, I will pay any price to expose my kid to this calibre of musicianship.)

Shemekia Copeland (heard this NY blues diva a couple of years ago, and she can BLOW!)

Matt Mays and El Torpedo (fantabulous blues band with an international reputation from right here on the East Coast)

Watermelon Slim and the Workers (Oklahoma grassroots blues - wish I could go to this one, 'cause I'm hearing great things about 'em.)

Molly Johnson (Toronto-based jazz singer - she's been here before and is an awesome presence.)

Warren Haynes (doing a solo show, and I'm sooooo gonna be there!!! He's classed as one of the top 25 guitarists of all time, so danged straight I'm pumped!)

Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes and ... didn't score tickets to this - they sold out in 3 minutes. That's a festival record. I could get tickets off the street, but I just don't have that kind of money, ya know?)

Dr. John the Night Tripper (New Orleans blues piano dude. This is the real thing ... the reason I love the blues. Saw him on video before and I'm looking forward to this show even more than the Warren Haynes one, since I am a pianist by trade ... life is great, I tell ya, absolutely grand!)

There's a whole lot more going on than these few: Matt Minglewood, Garrett Mason, Silvio Pupo Quartet, God Made Me Funky, Grand Theft Bus, The Lee Boys, Detroit Women, L'il Brian and the Zydeco Travellers, and the list goes on ... wish I could see it all, but there's no way, not this year ... can't wait till next year, though!


Bond said...

Great glad you will get to see some of the shows, and like you year you can do it all

Barbara (aka Layla) said...

Thanks for stopping by Layla's! I like your blog a lot, I'll be back to read more soon. Great slide show!

Twyla said...

I loooooove Matt Mays!

COCO said...

Bond: thanks Hon! i am so excited about the two shows i am going to see, that the rest doesn't really seem to matter much ...

Barbara: thanks for dropping by - i'll be back to check on your blogs regularly, too. They're great!

Twyla: i do too, but had to forego his show this year ... there'll be other opportunities in the future, i'm sure. *hugs*

Travis said...

That's great that you get to see some of it. I'd hate for you to miss it because I know how happy music makes you.

Meribah said...

Sounds like you are going to have a ball! Glad to hear it. :)

TopChamp said...

Arturo Sandoval - Let me know how this is!!!!!!!!