Date: July 16, 2016
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Show starts at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Presale / $30 Door
Headliner: Pat Travers Band
Special Guest: Rik Emmett of Triumph
Opening Acts: Higgins Madewell & Mark Cantwil (Acoustic)
PAT TRAVERS BAND (9:00-10:15/10:30)
This Pat Travers Band is one seriously tight rockin’ unit, and live they always deliver. Pat welcomes longtime sticksman, Sandy Gennaro back into the fold. In between dates with the Pat Travers Band, Sandy has been a regular counselor at the World Famous, “Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps” The groove between Gennaro and O’Quinn is a force that is undeniable. There is an energy that is tangible, an enjoyment that is infectious, and, quite frankly, you owe it to yourself to catch this band whenever and wherever you can. From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, and still kicking your ass…The Pat Travers Band.
It’s early 1979, and the Pat Travers Band have just been introduced and subsequently recorded for what would become one of the slickest and hottest guitar-rock albums ever committed to vinyl. “Live! Go for What You Know” was a huge success on both sides of the pond, acclaimed by their musical peers, fans, and music critics alike. It was high-energy. It was electric. It was lightning in a bottle. The album, much like the Canadian musician himself, remains an influence for a whole generation of guitar slingers.
The band in question – Pat Travers, guitarist Pat Thrall, drummer Tommy Aldridge and bass player Peter “Mars” Cowling – were unarguably one of the most talented rock quartets ever to perform.
They were also responsible for a pair of bona fide studio classics – their 1978 guitar rock debut “Heat in the Street”, and 1980’s more musically diverse and critically acclaimed “Crash and Burn”. “Go for What You Know” was the musical meat in that sonic sandwich. Thrall’s fusion was the perfect foil for Travers, who has always put the melodic tone, and feel of his solos before any fret burning. Aldridge was one of the most noted and flamboyant sticksmen of the era. Cowling was the inspiration, driving the rhythm through his ever solid, yet extremely flexible, four-string work.
Toronto born Patrick Henry Travers had already delivered a tasty trio of releases before the formation of that formidable four-piece, and would go on to deliver classy melodic eighties rock before a blues period in the nineties, but it’s that famous foursome that set standards, kicked your ass, and made such a musical mark.
Rik Emmett of TRIUMPH (8:00-8:40) – This is an acoustic performance with Dave Dunlop!
Triumph is a Canadian hard rock power trio that was popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Between the band’s 16 albums and DVDs, Triumph has received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in Canada and the United States. Triumph was nominated for multiple Juno Awards, including Group of the Year Award in 1979, 1985, 1986 and 1987. Like their fellow Canadians Rush, Triumph began building their reputation across North America as a live band, peaking in the early to mid-1980s. The band was formed by Toronto music veterans Gil Moore (drums, vocals), Mike Levine (bass, keyboards), and Rik Emmett (guitar, vocals) in 1975.
Among his peers, Rik Emmett is widely considered to be one of the most proficient and versatile guitarists. Although he is best known as a premier rock guitarist, his playing style incorporates rock, blues, jazz, classical, bluegrass and flamenco techniques. Similarly, his songwriting and discography demonstrate his ability to employ and blend multiple genres.
Dave Dunlop was a member, writer, guitarist, and back-up singer in Canadian rock band The Full Nine. Since 1990, he has had a successful musical relationship with Rik Emmett, sharing guitar-playing duties in The Rik Emmett Band, Strung-Out Troubadours, and, most recently, Triumph.
HIGGINS & MADEWELL (7:00-7:50)
This versatile duo includes a strong combination of vocals, acoustic guitar, and heartfelt lyrics or as they put it “Hippie Country that Rocks!”. They have won Active Dayton‘s award for Best Local Rock Band from 2010-2012!
MARK CANTWIL (6:00-6:50)
Mark is a singer/songwriter from Ohio. Along with numerous festivals and club gigs, Mark has had honor and privilege of playing with some National acts such as Sister Hazel, Chris Knight, John Moreland, The Bacon Brothers, Mipso, The Black Lillies, Darryl Worley, Stephen Simmons, Bret Michaels and Molly Hatchet.
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