Hard to have the Blues when you are nineteen years of age.
Sometimes – the classroom is all around and unless you are paying attention; the teacher remains invisible.
That is not the case with Spencer MacKenzie as he makes his way up the musical ladder. Already winning the best new artist at The Maple Blues Awards at the age of seventeen – Spencer is someone to watch and listen out for.
Spencer? What’s Up?
No Blues – no popular music. That is the fact.
Men like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Elmore James – the framework for what we now know as ‘auto-tune’. These men would be rolling in their graves if they knew how their hard work has been destroyed by computers.
That is the great thing about Blues music and the players that play it. Real. Authentic. True.
Please listen below to my chat with Brian Slack about some of these musicians that will be in
Trois Rivieres from Aug.23rd – Aug.26th.
Brian? What’s up?
Music can be a curse.
Unfortunately – the very same songs which may cause happiness, can also hold a soul prisoner.
Here are The Top Ten Signs You Are Musically Stuck in the Eighties.
10. Every time you sit down for dinner you say; ” I’m hungry like a wolf …”
9. Even at your African American friend’s nuptials you say; ” What a nice day for a white wedding.”
8. And you may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile?
7. You don’t like Mondays and you want to shoot the whole day down !
6. You refer to the Titanic disaster as ‘six months in a leaky boat.’
5. Your favorite David Bowie tune is Modern Love.
4. Every morning you tell your spouse to ‘ wake me up before you go go …’
3. You tell everyone that your kid ‘walks like an Egyptian …’
2. The only Beach Boys’ song you know is Kokomo.
And the number one sign you are musically stuck in the Eighties ?
1. You sold your house, your car and your first born child to purchase front row tickets to see Culture Club at Strangers in the Night !
Visit Strangers in the Night Here !
If you live or have lived in the West Island for the past twelve years, you are no stranger to the noise that takes place in the night.
The charity event, which traditionally raises funds to help local organizations – is also an opportunity for local restaurants to showcase their wares. Depending on how much you wish to spend, food and drink from practically all corners of the globe provide a backdrop to the live entertainment. Eighty restaurants delight the diners as local celebrities pass with twinkles in their eyes.
Founder Larry Day started the event in the parking lot of his club The Firm. The Boogie Wonder Band was the first band to dance the night into what is now history. As the event grew and the crowds and bands became larger, a move to Fairview Pointe Claire took place. The shopping center parking lot became the temporary home away from home for the likes of The Pointer Sisters, Randy Bachman, Blue Rodeo and April Wine among many more. Great bands and performances yet nothing compared to Day’s bucket list band in what may turn out as a farewell to Fairview.
In 2017 Styx was ‘in the house’ and as Styx keyboardist Lawrence Gowan pointed out from the stage; ‘it was the most fun most have ever had in a parking lot since high school and the back seat of a car’. Styx drew the largest and noisiest crowd to date.
Starting this year, a new page has been turned with Gowan’s words the closing script as Strangers in the Night will be in a new home this coming August.
Due to land expropriation at Fairview Pointe Claire for the Light Rail Project, Strangers in the Night will be held at the Borough Hall, 13665 Pierrefond Blvd. The date is August 25th and ‘the show’ will start at 8pm.
The Miriam Foundation, Lymphoma Canada and the West Island Women’s Shelter will be the charities who benefit from the arrival of a bouncing ‘not really a baby’ boy.
Boy George that is and unless you lived solely under a Rock n Roll rock since 1980 – George and his Culture Club are in your ears every once in a while.
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Karma Chameleon and The Crying Game were staples of the video age eighties and chances are – Boy George’s effeminate image is etched in your memory if the songs are not. Culture Club set the bar high for drag queens to ‘come out’ by the millions? To dance the night away.
As usual , Strangers in the Night offers more than just one chance to dance.
Freddy James and Chrystal Waters are just two of the supporting acts providing beats to bump away everything eaten from the gourmet feast that took place earlier. More acts and delights will be added as the date approaches and details can be found shortly on the Strangers in the Night official website. Tickets will also be available shortly via Evenko.ca
Meanwhile – contact Ellen at 514-233-7535 for info and tickets.
Keep coming back to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for ongoing news, reviews and interviews pertaining to Aug. 25th