Join us for the 2oth Annual Bluegrass Old Country Jamboree featuring Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Bluegrass Brothers, and PEI’s own Joe Casey & Westwind. The Master of Ceremonies for the night will be Marilyn Singer.
About Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass:
Virginia-based Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. Their combination of instrumentation and vocals convey the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Danny’s lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered Danny as one of their favorite singers.
About The Bluegrass Brothers:
Nominees for Instrumental Group of the year at the 2017 SPBGMA Awards. The Virgina-based band consists of Jamie Sparks (banjo), Donald Dowdy (mandolin), Victor Dowdy (bass), & Chris Hart (dobro). The band performs the traditional bluegrass music they grew up with.
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE PERFORMS:
QUEEN – A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Note for Note. Cut for Cut.
Queen’s ‘A Night at the Opera’ was a game changer for rock ’n’ roll. If you grew up in the 70s, this album was everywhere. All of a sudden, long haired rockers were singing along to operatic songs with soaring arrangements. A far cry from Foghat.
Queen became one of the world’s greatest bands by working hard. They toured endlessly and in the studio – they strived for perfection. And that’s our challenge. How do you learn perfection? Answer: By working hard.
Nick Walsh rallied to sing this album. Originally a rock singer, Nick found his theatre vibe singing the David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust album. Now he’s immersed in the brilliance and effortlessness of Freddie Mercury’s voice. Alongside the vocals comes the challenge of Brian May’s overdubbed guitar sound. We’ve got a small army of guitarists to cover the flash and fun.
Classic Albums Live loves a good challenge. Queen provides just that. We’re all familiar with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “You’re My Best Friend” but it’s the deep tracks like “Prophet Song” and “Love of My Life” that reveal a profound depth of songwriting. We’re ready.
Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball and Betty Hutton: trailblazers who refused to be “just another ingénue” during the golden age of cinema. An evening of scandalous headlines and marvellous melodies. Critically-acclaimed Toronto creator and performer Rebecca Perry takes to the stage to look at the lives of the ladies who broke convention and started something bigger, perhaps, than even they knew. With this affecting show, Perry shows that she not only creates her own wonderful characters, but beautifully inhabits those – maybe even larger still than her own – that inspire her.
Premièred to critical acclaim at the Next Stage Theatre Festival in Toronto, ON in January 2016 – one of ten shows selected from across Canada for the festival!
Sold out the entire 12-performance run at the festival.
Written by award-winning solo show writer and performer Rebecca Perry.
“Expertly weaving stories, songs, and impressions, Perry once again shows off her knack for making everyone forget that they’re watching a one-woman show” – ★★★★ – Torontoist
“[Perry] does not impersonate; she encapsulates” “A smart, sharp portrait of four women who changed Hollywood performed by a smart, sharp performer…who sets the standard for such shows” – The Slotkin Letter
“Perry has a gorgeous jazz voice, capable of Cole Porter-esque perkiness and soulful richness” – ★★★★ – Broadway Baby
“Perry doesn’t do impersonations … she channels the women” – Mooney on Theatre
Coppélia is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets and is the best known and most performed comedic ballet. It is a daring, bold and funny story that takes us into the mysterious mind of Dr. Coppélius, a lonely and disillusioned toy maker who wishes he could bring a perfect doll to life. CBJ’s contemporary retelling of the story will delight audience of all ages.
Dr. Coppélius creates Coppélia, a stunning, life-sized dancing doll. The story’s beauty and hilarity develop quickly as Nathanael, one of the local villagers, falls madly in love with the doll. His sweetheart Klara enacts revenge, and confusion and love are explored through her pretending to be Coppélia to punish Nathanael.
Choreographed by Bengt Jörgen and set to the original score by Leo Delibes, CBJ’s production of Coppélia originally premiered in 2001 and is an international co-production between Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and The Hong Kong Ballet.
Coppélia’s choreography will take advantage of the exceptional technical standards of the company’s current dancers. The production reflects our classical identity, and storytelling approach with humor, intimacy and dramatic intensity.
Coppélia is one of the company’s most popular family ballets.
|‘They’re on their way, to the city lights’ … and, THE predominant Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll band of the 1970s – The Stampeders – are bringing along all their classic hits: Wild Eyes, Carry Me, Oh My Lady, Devil You, Monday Morning Choo Choo, Minstrel Gypsy, Hit the Road Jack and, of course, the quintessential Canadian – and Hall of Fame – song, Sweet City Woman! A veritable soundtrack to a whole generation that will ‘carry you home’ … maybe not to Birmingham … but back to a time of tie-dyed t-shirts and elevator shoes, 15¢ coffee and homemade apple pie, dating and dreaming … By the time The Stampeders get to the first chorus of the first song, everyone will be singing along.
No seventies group represented Canada’s musical identity to the world like The Stampeders. A quick look at Canada’s music scene from 1971 until 1976 confirms The Stampeders were truly the country’s international musical ambassadors, touring more extensively in Canada and overseas than any other Canadian group during that time. In 1977 the trio: Rich Dodson (lead guitar), Kim Berly (drums) and Ronnie King (bass) parted company but reunited, fittingly at the Calgary Stampede, 15 years later in 1992. Since then they’ve been recognized by SOCAN for their Lifetime Achievement, been inducted into the SOCAN Songwriters Hall of Fame on five occasions and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for their 1971 seminal hit Sweet City Woman.
The enduring musical legacy of The Stampeders… ‘better catch a noon train, better get there for a rock ‘n’ rolling good time!’
For more info visit: www.shantero.com or www.stampeders.net
Over the course of their notable career, Canadian group Leahy has secured a place as one of the country’s most highly regarded progressive folk-roots bands. Their emergence on the Canadian music scene in the late 1990’s with their chart-topping instrumental single “Call to Dance”, introduced audiences to a new way of accessing a uniquely Canadian music genre. The “Leahy sound” – a combination of strong stride piano, unique bass guitar and drumming styles along with driving rhythm guitar – was the foundation from which wildly talented fiddle led instrumentals and vocals were launched to mainstream music listeners. Leahy would go on to win three Juno awards and receive countless accolades for their dynamic and powerful performances.
To date Leahy has sold more than half a million albums worldwide. They have been featured in three PBS television specials – Leahy Live in Concert, Gael Force (with the Chieftains), and Leahy Live from Gatineau, Quebec – and are the subject of an Academy Award winning documentary, The Leahys: Music Most of All. As well as touring extensively throughout Canada, the USA and Europe in support of three acclaimed records – Leahy, Lakefield, and In All Things – the band had the enviable opportunity of opening for fellow Canadian, Shania Twain, throughout the USA, Canada and the UK on her record-breaking Come On Over tour.
Since early 2017 Leahy has been back in the studio recording new music. The focus is on songs and the band’s original songwriting and instrumental compositions. The result is a wide-ranging collection that reflects the individual personalities that make up Leahy. Built on their roots and the distinctive “Leahy sound”, their new material reveals the band’s drive to continue pushing beyond its traditional footings. It’s a powerful record that delivers a sumptuous feast of solid music, pulse-raising rhythms, compelling storytelling and infectious melodies.
On the edge of a new chapter in their career, some things don’t change – the experience. An encounter with Leahy is inimitable. Performances are full of energy, big rich sound, poignant songs, fiery instrumentals and percussive step-dancing – all delivered with unapologetic passion! In one word – unforgettable.
With both humorous and serious moments, Vic’s Mix is a kind of “best of” spanning the immense creative territory explored by Quijada, extracting jewels from the choreographer’s repertoire. In a remix of his own work, orchestrating the clash between urban pop and classical composition, Quijada goes further in his experiments defying notions of theatricality and audience expectations, while making sure that each body gravitating onstage in the highly athletic segments exemplifies the RUBBERBAND Method.
Vic’s Mix is a RUBBERBANDance Group production supported by Festival international DansEncore, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Ontario Arts Council.
The premiere of Vic’s Mix took place in June 2016 as part of the Festival International DansEncore in the Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau of the Maison de la Culture in Trois-Rivières.
Choreography: Victor Quijada
Original cast: Jean Bui, Marilyne Cyr, Arielle Locke, Franklin Luy, Sovann Prom Tep, Zack Tang, Lavinia Vago, Lea Ved, and Paco Ziel
Lighting design: Yan Lee Chan
Original music: Jasper Gahunia
Music: Various composers
Costume design: Camille Thibault-Bédard
A Curious Tale of Fingerpickin’ Fury
Written by Chase Padgett & Jay Hopkins
Following up on his wildly successful performance of 6 Guitars in 2016, skilled musician and actor Chase Padgett returns with a riveting new show, Nashville Hurricane.
40 years ago, a mysterious acoustic guitarist appeared from nowhere, conquered the music industry, and vanished without a trace… until now.
Chase Padgett becomes a manager, a mother, a mentor, and the guitar prodigy himself as each one tells their side of the rise, demise, and resurrection of the best damn guitar player you’ve never heard of; the Nashville Hurricane.
“If this isn’t worth 75 minutes of your time than I don’t know what is.” Houston Press
“Get. Tickets. Now.” Georgia Straight
During the course of this 75-minute one-man masterpiece, the audience learns about Henry Waltrip (the Nashville Hurricane) from his humble trailer park beginnings alongside his white trash mother, Brenda, to the crazy gigs on the road with his blues playing mentor, Tyrone. The stories and songs unfold into hilarious rants on love and music, a riveting tale involving the dark side of show biz, and blazing guitar work any audience is sure to rave about such as the finale: a one man acoustic “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
Occasional adult language.
The lawns of historic Wyatt Heritage Properties are transformed into a Victorian style carnival featuring five cent carnival games, ten cent tea tent, tea leaf readers, live music, clowns, petting farm, arm wrestling, tug of war, miniature horse rides, storytelling, carnival food and more. Admission is free. Something for all ages.
Wednesday evenings in July and August, Culture Summerside presents outdoor concerts on the lawn of the beautiful historic Wyatt Heritage Properties. On stage are local musicians and bands playing a variety of music. Admission is by donation. Wyatt’s homemade ice cream is sold during the break. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a relaxing evening of Island entertainment.