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Occurs on Saturday August 13 2022

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Gravenhurst Opera House
295 Muskoka South
Gravenhurst ON P1P 1J1

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Lance Anderson presents MAD DOGS and ENGLISHMEN The Music of JOE COCKER and LEON RUSSELL Juno Award winning producer Lance Anderson has brought together another wonderful roster of CANADIAN BLUES ALL STARS. Singers Chuck Jackson (The Downchild Blues Band), and Matt Weidinger, and three wonderful background singers including gospe sensations Quisha Wint, Selena Evangeline and Kitchener’s first lady of the Blues Cheryl Lescom 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 Shamakah Ali (The Barkays, Al Green) Charlie Coolie (Manteca) and percussionist (Art Avalos,, Manteca), horns (David Dunlop (Boss Brass), Simon Wallis. (Lighthouse), Hammond organ (Matt W), and piano (Anderson) and guitarist Terry Blersh, (Danny Brooks) and on 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 the 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’.

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