Drew’s Blues Southern BBQ Benefit

Saturday Nov. 24, 2012

at Gambrel Barn

8560 Tremaine Road Milton, Ontario L9T 2Y3
905-878-8151 or 888-307-3276
  • Cocktail Lounge opens at 6:30 PM
  • Southern BBQ buffet at 7:30 PM
  • Blues Concert from 8:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Tickets

$99 per person, dinner & concert
$750 corporate table of 8
$49 per person, concert only, entry at 8:00 pm

 

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Concert Performances by:

Two time Juno Award winners Fathead may be the best blues and roots band to come out of Canada since Ronnie Hawkins hired the future-Band to become his backup group, The Hawks, in the mid-1950s. An ultra-tight ensemble, Fathead brings together the most respected musicians in the United States’ northern neighbor to create an energetic blend of funk, soul and rockin’ blues. “Real Blues” referred to the group’s harp and guitar-dominated sound as “one of those rare, much sought after, but seldom achieved, chemical/spiritual reactions that happens when all the right ingredients come together: talent, personality, humour, united vision and a little bit of hoodoo/voodoo”. “The Toronto Star” praised Fathead when it commented, “If the blues were a sports league, Fathead would be the equivalent of an all-star team”.

Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue is not your typical bluesman. Born James Whiting – he was raised in Harlem, New York, where his mother was a singer and dancer at the fabled Apollo Theatre. He spent his childhood among the musicians and show people who knew his mother, including the great Billie Holiday, and decided that he wanted to be a performer.

Sugar Blue incorporates what he has learned into his visionary and singular style, technically dazzling yet wholly soulful.

Blue hooked up with members of the Rolling Stones, who instantly fell in love with his sound. The Stones invited Blue to join them in the studio. Besides his work on the Some Girls album, he can be heard on Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You. He appeared live with the group on numerous occasions and was offered the session spot indefinitely, but he turned it down, opting instead to return to the States and put his own band together rather than became a full-time sideman.

He has performed on festival stages with classic artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Art Blakey and Lionel Hampton. Blue continues to appear in clubs and festivals around the world and has also set his sights on television and the big screen. He sat in with Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and Jerry Lee Lewis for the Cinemax special, Fats Domino and Friends, and has appeared on screen and in the musical score of Alan Parker’s acclaimed 1987 thriller Angel Heart, starring Robert De Niro.

He bends, shakes, spills flurries of notes with simultaneous precision and abandon, combining dazzling technique with smoldering expressiveness and gives off enough energy to light up several city square blocks…

And sings too! His distinctive throat tends to be overlooked  in the face of his instrumental virtuosity – he’s got a rich, sensual voice with a whisper of huskiness which by itself would be something out of the ordinary. But oh, there’s that harmonica again…

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