Mad Dogs and Englishmen, a Crowd favourite at the 2013 Kitchener Blues Festival, the show with 14 of the country’s top Blues and Roots music artists is a powerhouse Soul and Gospel/rock show guaranteed to bring the house down as the show rolls into the Brockville Arts Centre on Friday March 18, 2016 at 8pm.
Juno Award winning producer Lance Anderson (who brought The Last Waltz to the Regent Theatre last year) has brought together another wonderful roster of BLUES ALL STARS. Singers Chuck Jackson (The Downchild Blues Band), and Matt Weidinger, Cheryl Lescomb and gospel sensations Quisha Wint and Selena Evangeline to recreate the magic of the award winning 1970’s tour, album and movie of the same name.
Backed by a nine piece band which includes TWO drummers (Michael Sloski, The Cameo Blues Band) Shamakah Ali (The Barkays) and percussionist (Art Avalos, Manteca), horns (David Dunlop, Boss Brass), Simon Wallis. (Lighthouse), Hammond organ (Matt W), and piano (Anderson) and guitar Terry Blersh, (Danny Brooks) and bass (Collin Barrett), the rhythm this group creates is a freight train which will pick you up and drop you down at the Fillmore East in NYC.
They come together to celebrate the music that Joe Cocker and Leon Russell threw together to fulfill a tour that almost didn’t happen. Cocker’s English band was not allowed into America, so at he last minute he asked Russell to assemble a group of musical all stars for a tour. Joe asked the right man, as Leon was one of the most connected studio musicians and songwriters in L.A. Part of the ‘Wrecking Crew’.
This Mad Dogs show is in that same all star spirit.
During this two hour show you will hear their wonderful arrangements from the ‘Hall of Fame’ hit record including:
The Letter, With a Little Help From My Friends, Feeling Alright, Space Captain, Honky Tonk Woman, Cry Me a River, Drown in My Own Tears.
And Leon’s other wonderful arrangements of Beatles tunes like:
She Came In Through the Bathroom Window, Something, Let It Be,
And Leon Russell originals like:
Superstar, Give Peace a Chance and Dixie Lullaby
All these wonderful songs played with the original size of band and arrangements. It is part revival meeting, hippie love-in and part R&B and Soul history.
Tickets for this incredible show are onsale now at the Brockville Arts Centre Box Office
Here’s a taste of what you will experience at the show next Friday night in Brockville!